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May 18, 2009 11:04 am 
Updated: May 19, 2009 9:36 am
I plan a menu and it always seem to happen - the only constant about it is change.  So once again, I've dropped my plan for Vegetarian Spaghetti.  I didn't even tell my husband that's what I was planning for today.  We have some leftover pizza from last week and it just… MORE
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May 17, 2009 3:37 pm 
Updated: Nov. 3, 2009 9:16 am
I have attempted several times to make a vegetarian spaghetti that my family likes as well as regular spaghetti.  So far I have failed.  In fact, I feel like I am nearly a total spaghetti failure.  I loved the recipe my mom made when I was a kid and I can do pretty good… MORE
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May 1, 2009 3:14 pm 
Updated: May 2, 2009 8:03 am
I was finally able to make the pork roast and roast veggies tonight.  They are both currently in the oven.  Two bits of bad news - I got the food in the oven much later than I planned.  First, I started too late.  Then, it took me significantly more time to prep the food… MORE
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Apr. 29, 2009 7:05 pm 
Updated: May 1, 2009 3:21 pm
I'm still not feeling well today, so I've put off cooking the pork roast and veggies again.  I made a pretty quick Chicken Stew tonight - one the whole family enjoys. MORE
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Apr. 27, 2009 9:54 am 
Updated: Apr. 28, 2009 5:22 am
Well, plans changed yesterday and I never made the pork roast and roast veggies.  We had a very exciting (ha, ha) meal of egg salad sandwiches and deviled eggs.  The good news is that all the Easter eggs have now been eaten.  OK, almost all, there's enough left for a sandwich… MORE
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Apr. 26, 2009 5:18 am 
Updated: Apr. 26, 2009 1:46 pm
Today's plan is to try 2 AR recipes - Easy and Elegant Pork Tenderloin and Roasted Vegetables.  I'm going to cook the veggies at a lower temp.  I'm wondering how long I'll really have to cook the pork roast - frequently it seems when I cook it, it takes a lot more time than the… MORE
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Apr. 25, 2009 6:30 pm 
Updated: Apr. 29, 2009 11:32 am
Today is my first day as an Allrecipes paid member (I used to subscribe to some of their recipe categories in the past, but they dropped that) since they started their new memberships.  I'm pretty new to blogging too - I started one awhile back, but didn't blog… MORE
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Mom in Wisconsin

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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA

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About Me
My first excursion into cooking was for my Girl Scout badge. Iirc, it was a success; not great, but good. It wasn't until college that I really had to cook on my own and who can truly call college cooking, cooking? After college, I had to cook for myself and I did okay. I had an electric stove in my apt and I hated it. I remember one time finding my wooden cutting board on a burner that was turned on. Thankfully, I caught it quickly and only ruined one side of my cutting board. I cooked more after I got married and I cooked some disasters. Mostly my disasters were related to trying to cook healthy, low fat meals. I guess my skills improved over time or at least they weren't so bad that my husband wanted to cook instead of me! My cooking skills are significantly improved now. I think it’s because I only choose top rated recipes - you rarely go wrong. It is also great having kids – my girls think their mom is the best cook in the world.
My favorite things to cook
I love trying new recipes, sometimes to my detriment. And I'm not talking about not liking the recipe. That hasn't happened too often (thankfully). I'm talking about when we do like it. Because sometimes I am so obsessed with trying something new that I forget about the newer recipes I've made that we liked and when I remember them, I can't remember where I found them. This doesn't happen as often as it used to thanks to search engines, but it still happens occasionally. I'm also getting much better at going back and entering a rating for a recipe I've tried and adding weblinks into my AR recipe box.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is my mother and grandmother preparing Christmas dinner. My memories range from when we went to my grandparent's house for the meal to when my grandma was living with my parents. The night before dinner, my grandma and mom would make dessert. It has a horrid name - Ice Box Cake - but it tastes heavenly. My grandma made it best. I can't make it as fluffy as she did, but we all still love it. I also vividly remember my grandma making the bread for the stuffing and keeping her counters on the table so she'd know if she had enough cups. I remember too that my grandma was the turkey expert. She'd be the one to pass judgment on whether or not it was done and sometimes that meant ignoring that little popped up button. Nowadays, I cook a meal fairly similar to my family's traditional meal. I never seem to have the time to prepare dozens of different kinds of cookies. I also wish we had an extended family meal, but we rarely do for Christmas.
My cooking triumphs
About a year ago, I wanted a salmon pasta recipe, so I made one up. And it worked! It was the first time I just made up a recipe and it tasted good. The good news is that I wrote down what I did. The bad news is that I have currently misplaced that sheet of paper....
My cooking tragedies
Anything that has to rise with yeast. I love fresh bread, but the only way I can get it is with my bread maker. I'm also not very good with fish. Too often it's overcooked and dry, which is not good esp since I try making salmon twice a week.
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