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I Haven't Burned the Kitchen Down Yet...

Jan. 20, 2014 5:52 am 
Updated: Jan. 25, 2014 5:43 am
So, I'm happy to report that I've completed my first full week of "cooking through my recipe box" and I've made 17 recipes so far!! I'm really happy with my progress. I didn't expect to make so many in one week. Plus, as an added bonus, by shopping sales and using things I already had in my… MORE
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Jan. 15, 2014 7:31 am 
The other night I made Quick and Easy Stuffed Peppers for dinner.  While I planned on trying them, I made them mostly for my mother, knowing she enjoys stuffed peppers.  I myself have never been fond of peppers, nor tomatoes (which are also in the recipe) so I had low… MORE
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Jan. 13, 2014 6:02 am 
Updated: Jan. 13, 2014 12:59 pm
Happy Monday all!I'm excited to report that I have completed my first weekend's worth of cooking through my recipe box.Saturday night I made Ranch Burgers with Baked Basil Fries.  They came out really delicious, especially the basil fries.  I love when a recipe relies on various spices for… MORE
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Jan. 9, 2014 7:37 am 
Updated: Jan. 12, 2014 6:18 am
Ok, so haven't posted to this in over 3 1/2 years, but it's a new year so I figure, why not?Over the past few years I've been sharpening my cooking skills, learning new techniques and gathering recipes that my family loves.  One big problem I have, though, is that I tend to spend more time… MORE
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Aug. 11, 2010 6:12 am 
Updated: Aug. 12, 2010 11:06 am
Ok first, yes, I realize how completely sad that title is, but that's me and if there's ever an opportunity for me to use a cultural reference with a lame take on play-on-words then I will, darn it.  Plus it applies to dinner here last night. It's been crazy hot around here for about two… MORE
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Jul. 14, 2010 6:38 am 
Updated: Jul. 15, 2010 6:44 am
My dad is only 55, but he's in the hospital right now having tests done to monitor the condition of his heart.  Based on what doctors have told my mom and me so far, we're basically really lucky that he hasn't had a heart attack...yet.  Apparently if anything is found today he'll be taken to… MORE
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Jun. 8, 2010 9:13 am 
Updated: Jun. 11, 2010 11:39 am
I've always been really interested in baking, but I always felt like I was all over the place with it (not surprising given the fact that I'm all over the place with everything).  For a while I thought I'd really enjoy getting into cake decorating (I blame all of those wedding cake shows. … MORE
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Apr. 23, 2010 7:46 am 
Updated: Apr. 26, 2010 7:16 pm
Ok, so since I've been trying to cook a lot more recently, I've been making more frequent stops and my local supermarket.  As I've done so, I keep noticing my total bill steadily increasing.  Now, I fully expected this to happen to a certain degree, especially since a lot of the stuff… MORE
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Apr. 22, 2010 7:05 am 
Updated: Apr. 23, 2010 7:39 am
I've got a lot of chicken in my freezer at the moment, so I've been trying out quite a few different chicken dishes to try and use it up.  Last night I made a variation of the ranch burgers, using ground chicken instead of beef.  When they were done cooking I put a thin slice of… MORE
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Apr. 19, 2010 5:42 am 
Updated: Apr. 20, 2010 8:05 am
As this entry title might suggest, I'm fond of alliteration.  I'm also fond of cooking indulgent dishes, but I find the former far less daunting.  For the most part I've been sticking to rather simple dishes, basic chicken or beef that didn't take much fuss.  Although I certainly… MORE
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About Me
I started cooking around the time I turned 20, and have been honing my skills for the past five years. I am in no way an expert, but I enjoy trying out new recipes and discovering new tasty combinations.
My favorite things to cook
I've been trying to cook healthier lately, though I have no problem indulging every once in a while. I love recipes that are quick to get on the table, since I work late and commute a substantial distance to get home. However, I love breaking out more in-depth recipes on the weekend.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom never cooked much when I was growing up, but my grandma was an amazing cook and baker, so my desire to learn how to cook sprung from her. She would make the most amazing cookies and desserts, and you always had to go to her house hungry, because she'd feed you whether you liked it or not! I doubt I'll ever be quite as good as her, but at least it's a goal to work towards.
My cooking triumphs
I make a mean marinated grilled chicken, and my roasted veggies (particularly kale, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts) have earned raves from my boyfriend (which is really saying something!)
My cooking tragedies
Sugar cookie cutouts are the bane of my existence. I'm not sure if I just haven't found the right recipe or if I simply don't possess the gene needed to make them. I always run into trouble when it comes to rolling the dough. Still, I won't give up (not sure if this is perseverance or stupidity)and I'm going to make a decent batch of them, even if it kills me...which it just might.
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