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Jul. 28, 2009 10:00 pm 
Updated: Oct. 16, 2009 10:57 am
Oh where... oh where could it be?    Every year, my summer seems to play out in much the same manner.  Right after Easter, when there are no more non weekend days off until the end of the school year, I start daydreaming about summer.  I imagine the productive days and… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 16, 2009 1:47 pm 
Updated: Jul. 26, 2009 2:43 pm
I desperately wanted someone to invite us to a BBQ for the fourth of July. I really wanted a grilled brat. Normally, we have several invitations, and this year... none. It was supposed to rain, so my aunt wasn't having anything. My friends were all busy or out of town. My mom offered to throw… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 10, 2009 8:15 pm 
Updated: Jun. 11, 2010 2:43 pm
Friday night I made the first really nice dinner I have cooked since Brad and I got home from our honeymoon two weeks ago. It began with... Pears with Cashel Blue Cream and Walnuts 4 oz. cream cheese 3 oz. Cashel Blue Cheese (I used whatever they sell at Aldi, and it was still… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 2, 2009 8:57 pm 
Updated: Jul. 5, 2009 9:09 am
Okay, so I would really like to post my recipes daily, but I am teaching this pesky summer school class and between teaching it and planning for it, and taking my requisite daily nap in the summer, I don't seem to have as much time as I would like.  On Sunday, I made sloppy joes from… MORE
 
 
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Jun. 28, 2009 9:06 pm 
Updated: Jun. 29, 2009 9:56 pm
... So, hopefully the third time is a charm with this entry.  I was completely finished with my writing last night and in hopes of finding spell check, I pushed a button I should not have pushed, which erased my entire writing.  THEN, I had completely rewritten what I had to say when… MORE
 
 
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Annabelle

Home Town
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Living In
Troy, Missouri, USA

Member Since
May 2003

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet

Hobbies
Knitting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Walking, Reading Books, Music

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My cooking tragedies
Growing up, my nanny used to make her own pasta sauce using fresh tomatoes in season, but canned tomatoes in the winter. I watched her do it all of the time, and she used the pasta sauce in all of the same dishes that we always used the jar variety. One day, when I was in middle school, I decided I was going to make lasagna. I had watched my mom make lasagna a myriad of times, so I was confident I could do it too. However, I didn't realize until half-way into the process that I didn't have any spaghetti sauce. I figured I would just "make" some, like my nanny always did. I guess I forgot that she let the sauce simmer for hours, because I just threw all of the ingredients together and the used it as my sauce. The noodles didn't bake. It was soggy and crunchy at the same time. It was a disaster. My dad ate it to be polite, but my brother took one look at it and asked if we had any peanutbutter. Even after numerous successful lasagnas and close to 15 years later, my brother sti
 
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