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Oct. 24, 2014 11:42 am 
Updated: Oct. 27, 2014 4:07 am
We are gathering again!  AllreciPeeps from all over are flocking to Southern California again this December for laughter, food and friendship.   You are welcome to join us!  The more the merrier!  If you have not been to a Round Up, you are missing out!  Don't be shy, join us!When:  December… MORE
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Jun. 13, 2014 7:46 am 
Updated: Jun. 14, 2014 10:15 pm
Is the art of cooking dying?   From the looks of the fast food landscape, the frozen dinner section and the heat and serve options in the super markets, one would think so. Given the fact that everyone needs to eat, one would think everyone would learn to cook but such is not the case and… MORE
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Mar. 22, 2014 3:32 pm 
Updated: Apr. 21, 2014 9:44 am
We live in the land of sunshine.  Backyard pools abound.  The sounds of splashing, laughter and music fills the air, along with wafts of smoke from barbecues and grills. Kids playing in the waves!   Sounds like paradise, right? photo by Is it wonderful .... until tragedy… MORE
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Mar. 5, 2014 12:21 pm 
Updated: Mar. 10, 2014 7:18 am
Will you be making Corned Beef for St. Patrick's Day?   Seen as this is a once a year meal for many people I put together some tips and tricks for selecting and cooking corned beef.  A few recipes from AllRecipes and compared them.  Keep in mind that these are my opinions. … MORE
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Dec. 23, 2013 1:11 pm 
Updated: Dec. 27, 2013 5:58 am
No matter if you are serving prime rib, pork roast, turkey or ham for your holiday dinner, the parade of side dishes are as important as the main entree.  Maybe you have been asked to bring a dish to share, you might want to consider one of these family favorites. Glazed Carrots  Besides… MORE
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Dec. 18, 2013 8:38 pm 
Updated: Dec. 23, 2013 1:17 pm
Whatever you call it - we call it Prime eating!  Ribeye Roast, Prime Rib, Standing Rib Roast - we call it delicious!  "Prime" generally refers to a grade of meat, not a cut of meat.   In December 2010 I did a blog about the various method for making the perfect Rib Roast and my opinions of… MORE
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Nov. 26, 2013 10:19 am 
Updated: Nov. 30, 2013 6:48 am
Here comes the parade of our Thanksgiving side dishes.  Thanksgiving dinner isn't all about Turkey.  Although the bird maybe the star of the show, it is the side dishes that make the meal. These are family favorites, not reserved for just Thanksgiving.  From time to time I can try to sneak in… MORE
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Oct. 22, 2013 8:47 pm 
Updated: Oct. 25, 2013 7:34 am
It's that time again!  Time to FRENZY!  November 1 - 3rd join us for a fun filled crazy weekend of faceless mania. From 12 AM Friday November 1st through midnight Sunday, November 3rd  let's join together to make and photograph as many faceless recipes as we can.  (Reviews can be done later if… MORE
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Sep. 13, 2013 11:22 pm 
Updated: Sep. 25, 2013 7:22 pm
I have not been around much lately.  My apologies.  I do stop in to read the blogs and scroll through the posts on the Buzz but I have been busy, busy, busy!   I am not leaving AR nor have I had my hands slapped for my blog and I am still an Allrecipes Ambassador.  But I have decided to take… MORE
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Aug. 25, 2013 12:09 am 
Updated: Aug. 28, 2013 6:45 am
Wednesday morning dawned clear and bright with no threat of rain in NYC.  Google assured us that the rain had passed.  I had heard horror stories of the August heat and humidity - it seemed as if the weather gods were smiling on us.  Today, was the day to meet Ina Garten at the Meredith… MORE
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Baking Nana

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About Me
Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive!
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
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