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Oct. 20, 2010 11:06 am 
Updated: Oct. 25, 2010 8:18 pm
Stollen is a traditional German Cake.  The Dresden stollen (originaly Striezel) is a moist, heavy bread filled with fruit. It was first officially mentioned in a document in 1474.  It is produced in the city of Dresden and distinguished by a special seal depicting King Augustus II-the… MORE
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Oct. 15, 2010 11:54 am 
Updated: Oct. 15, 2010 6:16 pm
The artchoke is one of the most fasinating vegetables we have in our kitchen.  The globe artchoke also called the "french Artichoke" derives it's common name from Northern Italian words articiocco and articiclos which comes from the word pine cone.  It's a perennial in the thistle… MORE
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Oct. 13, 2010 10:42 am 
Updated: Oct. 18, 2010 9:48 am
YesYes Yes Garlic! That little white globe with the tight thin skins and round firm pedals is sexy. Pungent yes but only in it's raw form. Did you know that garlic comes from the Old English garleac meaning spear leak.  It dates back 6,000 and is native to Central Asia.  The Egyptians… MORE
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Oct. 12, 2010 3:37 pm 
Updated: Oct. 13, 2010 5:26 am
I had a girl ask me in the grocery store if I knew anything about organic and how she could tell the vegetables there were really organic.  It developed into a very long discussion about organic products, so I decided to share the information. Organic can be very confusing and misunderstood.… MORE
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Oct. 11, 2010 3:05 pm 
Updated: Oct. 11, 2010 6:41 pm
It's October and the weather is changing fast.  Leaves are falling, pumpkins are making there way onto porches.  We all hate seeing the summer end but there is something special about the fall. We are all getting the soup pots out, gathering our old family recipes together and checking the… MORE
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About Me
I started cooking when I was 13 years old. I now have 3 kids and 8 grand childen. Cooking and creating good food is my life. I have recntly completed my first cook book and am in the process of trying to get it published
My favorite things to cook
I love all foods. I love to discover new cuisine and experiment. I love to de-construct an every day dish and bring it back to life in a whole new way.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite time of year is the holidays. My mother made the holidays very special so I love entertaining and creating new dishes every year. We have a traditional Christmas Tree Cutting day where we have a big family brunch-go cut our trees the come back and serve trays of cookies and hot chocolate.
My cooking triumphs
Was my first wedding cake. I become a commercial cake decorator at 19 and my first cake was 4' tall. It was a great feeling. I also catered a party for a fund raiser as one of my catering events and I got more attention then the candidate that put on the party.
My cooking tragedies
The only big tragedie I can recall was when I was 17 years old and I made my first pumpkin pie with the help of my mother-in-law. I put salt in place of sugar-like a cup and half and didnt know it til they came out of the oven Well-who puts salt in a 5 gallon container. They looked great. I had to start over.
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