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Dec. 1, 2010 9:56 am 
Updated: Dec. 1, 2010 3:42 pm
Well ya'll, it's getting colder and colder down here in Texas. I know those of you in the northern end of the country scoff when we complain about 40 degree temperatures, but Texans just like warm weather! We've actually hit freezing temperatures and I felt some teeny, tiny little snowflakes… MORE
Jul. 19, 2010 9:18 am 
Updated: Aug. 31, 2010 8:16 am
Warning, this blog is going to be very depressing and off-topic. I'm putting it here because it has somewhat of a food spin to it and I have no other place I could put it without it being horribly awkward because of mutual friend situations. It had been a little over three weeks since we'd… MORE
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Jul. 12, 2010 8:22 am 
Updated: Jul. 14, 2010 9:16 am
I'm currently house- and doggy-sitting for my mom and sister while they're up north in Iowa and Minnesota, visiting our relatives. This is the third year in a row I haven't been able to join them because they go up for 2+ weeks and I can't get that much time off from work. So it's been… MORE
Jun. 28, 2010 8:47 am 
Updated: Jun. 28, 2010 10:08 am
Well, I had this ready to post on Saturday, but my supporting membership randomly disappeared this weekend and came back this morning, so I'm posting it now! My goal is to try and save money while eating healthier at the same time. The only thing getting in my way is a holiday weekend filled… MORE
Jun. 23, 2010 8:46 am 
Updated: Jun. 23, 2010 4:10 pm
Living right next to a grocery store is kind of fun. It's easy to just walk over, grab a few things, walk back and make dinner or lunch or brunch or breakfast or whatever! It's not so great on the budget, though... I find myself buying more than I need, more often than I need, which isn't… MORE
Jun. 21, 2010 8:10 am 
Updated: Jun. 21, 2010 8:40 am
Monday morning seems to have come far to quickly. This weekend was a blast, but it just flew past in a blur. I know it's horribly cliche, but time really does fly when you're having fun! Friday evening I helped host a movie night at the uptown apartment. We're watching all of Hayao… MORE
Jun. 18, 2010 8:29 am 
Updated: Jun. 21, 2010 12:24 pm
My parents started encouraging me to help out in the kitchen at an early age. They'd have me open cans, tenderize meat, fill pots with water and other small things a young child could manage just so that I could experience cooking. Dad would even let me help mix up muffin or pancake batter… MORE
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About Me
I've grown up in a family of amateur chefs. My dad is the grill maste, my mom is the oven improv queen, my grandmas are lean, mean baking machines, my uncles have great taste in wine and my aunts know how to cook for the masses. I used to love spending time in the kitchen with them when I was a kid; learning as I watched and helped them prepare meals. Now I have a pretty good sense of my own taste and cooking ability. I definitely have a love of baking and making sweets, mostly because it creates a great excuse to invite people over =) Other than that, I'm pretty adventurous in the kitchen. I love foods with strong, complex flavors. Growing up in Texas, I developed a taste for spicy food and can't get enough of it. Right now, I'm concentrating on healthy meals with balanced nutrition to help myself and my family get in great shape for this summer and the future =)
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake. Cooking anything is fun, but put a cake pan or some muffin tins in front of me and I just get excited =)
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love all the baking tips I've gotten from my grandparents who are some of the best bakers EVER and the patience I've learned from my mother, who makes the best northern-style chili you will ever eat!
My cooking triumphs
I love to entertain and make tapas for parties. I think some of my greatest triumphs have been snack foods for parties and conventions ranging from Mediterranean shrimp croustinis to heart healthy blackberry mini-muffins =)
My cooking tragedies
Fondant. I have never been able to really get fondant down. I can usually make it alright, but something always goes wrong when I'm trying to use it. I'm very much a perfectionist, so when it doesn't look JUST RIGHT, it bugs me =P
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