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Many Thanks and My Cooking Episode 
Nov. 30, 2011 12:49 am 
Updated: Dec. 1, 2011 10:06 pm
     A month has passed since my first blog. Since then I have met many special people here on AR who make you laugh-like Maui Girl, RoboGrandma, Gderr, and Terry. I shared a virtual margarita with Zeebee.  I learned so much from Baking Nana, King Sparta, Mother Ann, Cover Girl, Pam, SuperStarr and Apple Streudel. Thank you all for making a new blogger welcome. 

Lela's Mix-a-lot Cooking Episode:

     I decided to make the rolls the day before Thanksgiving since that day is so hectic. I baked up 72 rolls-that’s 6 dozen for you math wizards.  I mixed a lot. The rolls came out fluffy and soft. (What I do like about my Grandma’s rolls is they do stay soft days later.)  I felt as proud as a peacock, and of course I had to take some photos. While the last batch of rolls were baking, I also was making a Tuna Noodle Casserole-you know the kind with the cream of mushroom  soup. (Except I use cream of chicken soup or in this particular case- cream of celery soup since I am allergic to mushrooms.)  I served the tuna noodle casserole to my family. We all dug in and about half way through the meal my daughter blurted, “Where’s the tuna?” Oops, I was so wrapped up in baking and taking photos that I forgot to put the tuna in the casserole.  Well after we all laughed and my face turned red, I felt like I Love Lucy. I got myself into another predicament.  So just call me Lela Miss Mix-A-Lot! (By the way, my favorite "I Love Lucy" episode is the Chocolate Factory.)

   The next day, during our Family Thanksgiving meal, my husband had to tell about my Tuna less Tuna Episode. I had to take a lot of ribbing and laughing of course ensued. On the other hand, our Thanksgiving meal was delicious and the only mishap that day was my Tuna story.
(Photo from tvland)

Since then I did make Mother Ann’s –Twania’s Cobbler.- an apple version. It was very flaky and delicious.  The whole time I was making it I was wondering if I had made it right. I have to say, my husband ate most of it because it reminded him of his Grandma’s special cobbler. I also posted my first review and one on the cobbler. Mother Ann, with your permission I would like to post my photo if that’s okay.
 Mother Ann-Twania's Cobbler
Rolls again made in dinner rolls and baked on a large cookie sheet.
Thanks To 2 Ladies and a Gentleman

After reflecting on my cooking journey so far—I have to say thanks to the following :
Thanks! Mother Ann for sharing your friend’s cobbler! It is your love that is the best thing in your recipes. This flower is for you!
Thank you King Sparta for your willingness to share your recipes and answering my questionsIt is your knowledge and enthusiasm to cook that I admire.  This pizza with all the works -- on a pizza stone is for you!
(This a pizza I made my daughter and son-with mushrooms.) 
Thank you Baking Nana for all the help you gave me on my Grandma Rita’s Rolls. It is your willingness to help others that makes you such a special person. This flower is for you!


It's late and I am signing off-Thanks everyone for making this  past month a great one!

Lucy Miss Mix-A-Lot or shall I say Lela Miss Mix-a-Lot
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Mother Ann's Cobbler Twaina-So Good!
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Rolls can be shaped into 18 large dinner rolls or 24 medium sized rolls.
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Nov. 30, 2011 3:27 am
Lela - Awwww.... Shucks! Thanks so much! I am gonna have to try the cobbler with apples, yours looks yummy! A scoop of vanilla ice cream with that would be over the top! Your rolls look so professional, too. I'm impressed! How funny you had tuna (less) casserole. We had tuna (with tuna) casserole on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
Nov. 30, 2011 4:31 am
Thanks for the mention! You are a great addition to our AR family!!!!
Nov. 30, 2011 5:09 am
Great read Lela! Keep 'em coming.
Nov. 30, 2011 5:57 am
That apple cobbler is calling my name! Think I'm going to try it for our welcome home meal for DS when he comes home from college in 2 weeks... Thanks for sharing the recipe, Lela and Mother Ann!!!
Nov. 30, 2011 6:33 am
Mother Ann-Perhaps, since the casserole was tuna less, I could of called it Vegetarian Delight. Ice cream does sound great with the cobbler. Goodfood and Terry thanks for the comments. Goodfood-Your DS won't be disappointed.
Nov. 30, 2011 11:55 am
The rolls look very good, Very professional.
Nov. 30, 2011 2:23 pm
Thanks, King Sparta-one of these days I hope to try your artesian bread.
Nov. 30, 2011 3:44 pm
I am stealing your roll recipe. I love any homemade baked good that stay fresh for more than a day. You are so sweet, no wonder people are willing to help you.
Nov. 30, 2011 5:44 pm
BigShotsMom-thanks for the compliment. I guess I get carried away, but that's the way I am-I am not afraid to ask questions must be the teacher in me. I have to say your Kitty reminds me of a cat I had-he was a cat with personality. My son was rummaging through the pantry for rolls yesterday-but they were all gone. I guess I will have to make a batch tomorrow. I was thinking of trying them with 1/2 whole wheat. Let me know how you like them.
Nov. 30, 2011 7:22 pm
Love the blog. I bet my chicken-less chicken casserole could compete with your tuna-less tuna casserole! Darn it, I knew something was missing...
Nov. 30, 2011 7:26 pm
Lela, I love your blog and envy your baking skills. I'm hopeless that way. Keep baking and blogging!
Nov. 30, 2011 7:55 pm
Ahhh - Lela! Thanks for sharing your grandmothers recipe and giving me the chance to try it. You are a sweetie - thanks for the flowers. I love them!
Dec. 1, 2011 5:17 am
Magnolia, LOL, Chicken-less Chicken casserole -that made me laugh-we could form a quiz show called Guess the missing ingredient. What's funny, my family didn't even notice until half way through the meal.
Dec. 1, 2011 5:20 am
Lucylove-where have you been? I see you changed your photo. Thanks, but don't let all this fool you. I was making flat rolls before Baking Nana and the Baking Experts here on AR entered my life. Nice to see you blogging again, too!
Dec. 1, 2011 5:23 am
B Nana, Your welcome! I am looking forward to reading your next blog-and especially hearing about Christmas baking. I need to start gearing up for "The Christmas Baking Marathon."---but first I better get those Christmas decorations up.
Dec. 1, 2011 7:53 pm
Lela, same here. Knew something was different, but just couldn't quite put my finger on it. Until I saw the chicken in the fridge.
Dec. 1, 2011 10:06 pm
Magnolia-nice chatting with you.
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About Me
I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
My favorite things to cook
I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
My cooking triumphs
Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
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