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Cooking for my son - he'll be home from Afghanistan soon...

Sep. 20, 2010 10:55 am 
Updated: Sep. 20, 2010 8:02 pm
I had a pretty rough weekend.  I had treatment on Friday and I didn't feel well at all, couldn't eat much, couldn't sleep and had joint pain in my hips, knees, legs like none other.  My doctor says he can give me Valium for it, but I just don't think that's going to cut it... seriously Valium? MORE
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Aug. 29, 2010 4:35 pm 
Updated: Sep. 1, 2010 9:39 am
Tonight the Bronco's aren't playing until 6:00pm, so I'm still finishing up the dinner - simple as it may be.  I decided to used a boneless pork shoulder from the butcher that I had in the freezer.  I threw it in the slow cooker with a bit of water and a Knorr's vegetable broth cube.  Set… MORE
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Aug. 21, 2010 11:56 am 
Updated: Aug. 25, 2010 1:47 pm
I've been in the kitchen for a few hours - making my husband a special meal for his 49th birthday.  The steaks, beans and potato salad were all his choices.  Everything on the menu is coming from the AR site.  Here's the plan: Ribeye steaks - with Northwest Steakhouse Marinade Red Potato… MORE
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Aug. 20, 2010 10:48 am 
Updated: Aug. 21, 2010 12:12 pm
I made a huge pot of pork green chili this past week and finally got around to dividing it up - some for the freezer and some for breakfast burritos.  I spent last night making about 2 dozen breakfast burritos (scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, pork green chili and co/jack shredded cheese).  I… MORE
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Aug. 17, 2010 9:10 am 
Updated: Aug. 20, 2010 10:20 am
My youngest son has been stationed in Afghanistan for almost a year.  In addition to his being there, it's been a tough year for me as well - health wise.  I have been undergoing Interferon treatments for cancer and not only do the treatments affect my appetite, but my energy levels.  I have… MORE
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I love to travel above all else and have enjoyed the time we were able to spend in Europe - especially Italy - eating and drinking wine at little trattorias located off the beaten path. I am now unemployed, after working for 30+ years of my life, it's a new experience. I've been focusing on cooking, sewing - looking to vastly improve those old "home ec" things I learned in junior high. In addition, I collect and LOVE to read cookbooks - especially those featuring the history of food, cooking techniques and certain dishes. Reading a good cookbook is like reading a good novel to me!
My favorite things to cook
Pasta dishes, BBQ, salads - any kind, soups, stews and chowders.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Mom taught me how to make donuts when I was about eight years old. It was one of my favorite ways to spend time with her.
My cooking triumphs
My Lasagna, Spaghetti Pie, Corn Chowder, Clam Chowder, Pork Green Chili Burritos, Baked Ziti, any Roasted Chicken or Turkey.
My cooking tragedies
Potato Leek Gratin - wow, what a disaster! My cheese separated and my potatoes never fully cooked.
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