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Jun. 5, 2010 9:47 pm 
Updated: Jul. 4, 2014 7:30 am
I'm happy to report that I have four happy, healthy teenage chickens now. I originally got 3 on Valentine's Day but we lost one to a mean neighborhood cat :(  But it's ok because we introduced two new little guys and now all four are attached! All four try and sleep in the same nesting box… MORE
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Nov. 2, 2009 7:04 pm 
Updated: Nov. 3, 2009 9:26 am
I know summer has just recently come to an end and everyone is now looking forward to the upcoming Holiday season, but I really can't wait for Spring this year! Don't farm fresh eggs straight out of the backyard sound amazing? Over the last few years of cooking I have become more and… MORE
Aug. 22, 2009 6:02 pm 
Updated: Aug. 27, 2009 2:47 pm
Fried food has to be one of my favorite foods. I mean you really can't go wrong when you get a good group of friends together for some drinks and greasy snacks! :)  For the last few years I've been on a quest to find the perfect batter to deep fry food with and after making the AR… MORE
Aug. 1, 2009 7:48 pm 
Updated: Jun. 24, 2010 10:04 pm
Ok, so I've finally discovered it. The secret to amazing pizza crust. "So how to do you make this amazing crust?" might you be thinking. Well here it is:20 oz. bread flour12 oz. water (115-120')1 oz. olive oil2 teaspoons kosher salt3/4 teaspoon dry active yeastCombine ingredients and… MORE
Day 1 
Jul. 31, 2009 12:17 pm 
I'm excited to have just joined as a supporting member. This is a great thing is doing! I love everything cooking and am happy about the opportunity to put my thoughts out there. I've been cooking for a little over 5 years now and love trying new recipes and experimenting… MORE
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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian

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About Me
I am a serious cooking enthusiast living in the RAINY NW. Getting cooped up inside most weekends makes it easy for me to spend time making the kitchen explode! :) I've definitely taken after my Grandma when it comes to cooking and making it look like a bomb hit the kitchen- but more often then not the mess is worthwhile when it comes to spending a great evening with my other half or a group of friends enjoying great wine and drinks and a delicious dinner. Cooking in a healthy and local/organic way has become a higher priority over the last few years and having a large veggie garden and now my own backyard urban chickens this coming summer should now be filled with great food and gatherings.
My favorite things to cook
I really enjoy making cooking a challenge and switching up what I cook and the level of the recipe. Cooking or baking is always a great way to spend a rainy afternoon (since we have so many of them here in PDX)and it's always wonderful how the aroma will fill the house. Baking breads and BBQ in the summer are probably two of my favorite things to make- along with my current obsession with Italian food...more specifically authentic pizza.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always love when our family gets together for Christmas because we put together a great schmorgisborg full of crab, lox, deviled eggs, etc...and of course good wine and drinks! I must say that the rum cake made for dessert is still my favorite part.
My cooking triumphs
Discovering the secret to perfect pizza crust! It took me many many tries and many different variations but I finally got it perfected. Italian food is absolutely amazing and making a more authentic Italian pizza was a challenge until I figured out the proper way to make the pizza dough. My apple tarte tatin with homemade puff pastry was another tasty triumph. I've also been making my own dog food and love being able to make sure my dog is getting everything she needs nutritionally. No more bad commercial dog food here.
My cooking tragedies
Having a passion for food means there have also been a few kitchen disasters...there is a chicken pot pie that no one is allowed to talk about in my house and can't forget the pumpkin pie I was craving for weeks and then forgot to add sugar too. Oops!
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