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Home Town: Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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Jan. 20, 2010 11:24 am 
Updated: Jan. 21, 2010 1:32 pm
Hello All! A few months ago I started this blog to think about food and my relationship to it. So many of you have posted kind, encouraging, sympathtic responses, and I have appreciated everyone of them! Recently, I've started using, and I've decided my blog is more suited… MORE
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Tags:  Health, Lifestyle
From The Blog:  The Cookie of My Childhood
About this Cook
I'm a high school English teacher and poet. I live in Central MA with my husband and our cat, Taco. Yes, my cat is named after food, but her name is also "O cat" spelling backwards. One of my greatest joys is feeding my friends and family delicious meals. When I'm not cooking, I'm probably hiking, playing the guitar, reading, or writing.
My favorite things to cook
I've become a bread-baking fanatic--from yeast breads to quick breads, I love to bake it. Nothing makes the house smell more like a wonderful home. I also like to cook meals that involve lots of chopping. Standing in the kitchen preparing a meal is a bit like therapy for me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Each fall, we have an evening of "pesto fest," where we harvest all the basil we grew that year and turn it into pesto, which we freeze in ice cube trays. We make enough to get us all the way through until the next summer when we plant more basil.
My cooking triumphs
My biggest kitchen triumph was succeeding in making my husband's birthday cake. For his entire life, his mother has always made him the Silver Palate's Decadent Chocolate Cake. Two years ago, he decided I should make it. As much as I love baking bread, I'm not fond of baking that requires precision, so I approached the task with dread. I figured either it would be great or I'd never have to bake him a cake again. Let's just say my mother-in-law has since decided she's never baking that cake again. She's just going to leave it to me.
My cooking tragedies
Somehow thinking a meatloaf recipe that called for two pounds of beef would be a good thing to make for just my husband and myself. Mistake! Actually, that incident represents an entire category of mistakes in which I have sentenced us to eating the same thing for six nights in a row because I didn't think through the obscene quantities I was whipping up, and whatever I made wasn't worth freezing for later, but neither could we bring ourselves to throw it out.
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Creamy Black Bean Dip
I eat a lot beans, and I have made many bean dips. As written, I found this dip to be nearly inedible. I made some changes based on other reviews, but in the end, I threw most of it away.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 13, 2010

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