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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 for.  I also brought lemon bars.  It was too much hobbling around the kitchen with such a bum foot. I did manage to put together some hamburgers and roasted potatoes another night.  I used a pound and half of ground beef, about 3 ounces of crumbled blue cheese, 3Tbs Mustard, 3Tbs of ketchup, a few dashes of A1, 1/4 cup of bread crumbs (I use crushed up Rothbury Farms croutons) .  I use these croutons for almost everything that needs to be breaded as well.  I made two patties, one large and one small for my husband and I use the rest of the mixture to make meatballs for a snack the next day.  I dress the burgers with Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce with lettuce and tomato instead of the traditional ket, mus, and mayo. 
Jul. 8, 2012 7:07 am
I have made date appetizers except I used one whole almond and goat cheese stuffing then wrap in bacon. To die for. But the blue/pecan sounds good too and I will try it next time.
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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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