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Feb. 6, 2012 10:30 pm 
Updated: Feb. 9, 2012 5:20 am
About this time of year, after months of dark, cold weather, I start wistfully thinking about summer and the promise of warmth and sunshine. One of my favorite desserts from childhood was a summer-only treat made of angel food cake/cream cheese/whipped topping ‘snow’, which Mom and Grandma… MORE
Berries in the Snow
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Dec. 18, 2011 1:51 pm 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2012 4:56 am
Oh man. Thursday night I made Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge by Janet Awaldt.  Leave this stuff out for Santa instead of cookies, and baby, he's not going to care one bit if you've been naughty this year! I forget from year to year just how decadent and smooth and evil this fudge is – it… MORE
Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge
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Dec. 11, 2011 9:16 pm 
Updated: Dec. 18, 2011 1:56 pm
When I was a little kid, winter meant one thing especially – venison stew. Living far out in the country and being on a strict budget, hunting was one way for Dad to supplement our groceries. Mom would stew the venison in onion and broth, add big chunks of home garden-grown potatoes and… MORE
Sunday Slow Cooker Roast
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Dec. 8, 2011 11:27 pm 
Updated: Dec. 9, 2011 8:51 am
During this time of year, when we do more traditional meals than in other seasons, I think about the past, present, and future, and how cooking has or will affect each. There's an old saying, "Rosemary for Remembrance,” and I look back to so many fabulous recipes collected and created by my… MORE
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About Me
Scientist during the day, artist at night. Getting home from a very analytical job and starting a meal is so amazingly relaxing... Cooking is my daily creative outlet apart from gardening and drawing.
My favorite things to cook
Pretty much anything! It's all an adventure, but lately I've been working specifically on making items that are new to me (pastas, grains, sauces), and meals that are healthy and protein-veg adaptable. Breads and seasonal fruit desserts are my favorite weekend treats to bake!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Dinner with the family was a huge part of growing up. No matter what we were doing, or which directions we were going, everyone sat down to a home-cooked, from scratch, out-of the-garden dinner (in the summer) every night. I especially remember Thanksgiving turkey done on our Webber BBQ; so golden and crispy on the outside and moist inside! We'd stand around the BBQ for hours just sniffing and waiting for the bird to be done. I'm continuing the tradition of dinner as togetherness with my family.
My cooking triumphs
A 3 tier, custom turquoise fondant cake with pearl dusted fondant daisies for my sister's bridal shower. Every part except the silver dragees hand-made. Amazingly for a first-time fondant experience, it came out nearly perfect thanks to all the advice from AllRecipes members!
My cooking tragedies
I'm around 5 or 6 years old. Mom is out in the garden and I decide to make chicken noodle soup from a packet. Half way through boiling the noodles, I add more noodles, because it doesn't look like there are enough. Oops! Crunchy and overly tender noodles together! I've never forgotten that first basic lesson in cooking.
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