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Jun. 26, 2009 7:07 am 
Updated: Aug. 11, 2009 9:50 am
Megan was at it again. She loves to give her homemade creations as gifts, and this time she was gearing up for Father’s Day. Dad deserved something special. She took her time deciding on a recipe, and settled on..…..baklava! Baklava is surprisingly easy to make. Layer… MORE
Keep the phyllo dough from drying out under plastic wrap and a damp towel.
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Pouring the syrup over the baked pastry.
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Ready to serve!
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May 11, 2009 10:02 am 
Updated: Jul. 17, 2009 11:30 am
A couple of months ago, I instituted a new rule at my house.  Each daughter is to make one meal a week for the family.  It’s been a good rule.  The kids have learned some great kitchen skills, and I have had a little time off from dinner prep.  My youngest, Megan, has embraced MORE
Megan's Pavlova
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Chicago, Illinois, USA
Living In
Kirkland, Washington, USA

Member Since
Aug. 2008

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Cooking Interests
Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy

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About Me
I recently returned to work full time and -- life's gotten pretty hectic. I have 2 really busy (and really hungry) teenage girls, a very active husband and an old yellow lab who really misses having me around the house. I love to cook and feel that sitting down to a meal with the family is really important. Unfortunately, I don't have the time or, frankly, the energy, to put a lot of work into meals every night. I'm determined to figure out how to get a delicious and healthy family dinner on the table with a minimum of fuss. As I figure it out, I'll post on my blog.
My favorite things to cook
I went to culinary school, taught cooking classes and read cookbooks for entertainment. Do we eat a gourmet meal every night? No way. Weeknight meals are quick and easy and, usually, nutritious. Weekends are when I have fun with my food. My weekend favorites: anything Greek, anything Italian, breads, soups and braises. I like trying new foods and techniques and love to have dinner parties.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Dolmathes (Greek rolled grape leaves) for birthdays, gnocci for Christmas Eve, pitzelle cookies with my Italian pitzelle iron, jack-o-lantern cake for Halloween and avgolemono soup for whoever is in need of comfort.
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