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Aug. 1, 2013 2:08 pm 
Updated: Aug. 8, 2013 2:59 pm
Where I live in Grand Rapids, MI there is this specialty store called Martha's Vineyard.  They sell these amazing peanut butter bars that are 3 inches thick and the size of the palm of your hand.  They have a chocolate chip cookie crust the peanut butter filling and then they are topped with… MORE
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Jul. 26, 2012 5:50 pm 
Updated: Jul. 27, 2012 8:36 am
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/lasagna-alfredo/detail.aspx This Lasagna is amazing.  I cooked it tonight but I may have screwed it up.  I usually don't cook the noodles and this time it ended up a little dry.  I am trying to think about how I can redeem it.  I am wondering if I can add some… MORE
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Jul. 8, 2012 3:53 am 
Updated: Jul. 10, 2012 9:36 am
I had foot surgery on 6/29 so getting around has been nearly impossible.  That also means navigating the kitchen with safety.  I say that but we had a cocktail party with some neighbors last tuesday and I brought dates stuffed with blue cheese and pecans wrapped in bacon.  They are to die… MORE
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Jun. 30, 2012 6:01 am 
While Quiche sounds like a very fancy dish it's quite simple and it can be broken down into a few ingredients and then you add your favorites.  My base quiche recipe if 5 eggs, 1/2 cup of half and half, 1 1/2 cups, half a cup of onions (vadalia or green) of your favorite cheese.  I generally… MORE
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Jun. 24, 2012 7:43 pm 
Updated: Jun. 30, 2012 5:45 am
I hate to admit it but this weekend was the first time I went to the farmers market.  There was a lot of the usual but I picked up rhubarb this time.  I had it as a child but didn't think it was anything special.  Now most of the deserts I make are pretty decadent, heavy cream, lots of sugar,… MORE
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Jun. 17, 2012 1:59 pm 
Updated: Jun. 17, 2012 2:16 pm
My husband is at work and I am making him the most fabulous father's day dinner.  I started with quiche. (he will at that for breakfast the next couple of days).  I made oatmeal cookies, see cowboy oatmeal cookies in my recipes.  For the main event I am cooking Mexican (his favorite).… MORE
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About Me
I am 37 years old and I live in Grand Rapids, MI. I just bought a new house with my husband. We have an 11 year old daughter and we have a pit bull named Zara. Until three years ago I was "career woman hear me roar". Getting more in touch with my domestic side brought me to the kitchen, and I'm loving it.
My favorite things to cook
EVERYTHING and ANYTHING. I got my feet wet with desert but I will cook anything. I love pushing the envelop with exotic ingredients and sharing recipes with my sister Julie who lives in New Jersey. I go in spurts with what I cook. I will cook one thing and then I will spin it 10 different ways over two months.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am making my own cooking traditions. The first deserts I made for my husband when we were dating were cheesecake and flourless chocolate cake. A couple of thanksgivings ago my mother made a "house to dress a turkey" video. It ruled!
My cooking triumphs
Besides the cheesecake and flourless chocolate I would have to say my biggest triumph has been an apple pie I made for my father. It knocked my mother's recipe out of the water and now she uses my recipe (sorry mom).
My cooking tragedies
The first couple of quiche I made were disgusting. I tend not to follow recipes unless it's desert. I have learned to find a good base recipe and build from there.
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