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Aug. 26, 2011 7:13 am 
Updated: Sep. 2, 2011 6:07 pm
About a month ago, I learned I have a third primary breast cancer. The first one was 11 years ago; the second was 5 years ago, and now this. All three have been unique (in other words, none is a recurrence of an earlier one). And what this means, put bluntly, is that I'm a high risk breast… MORE
Aug. 24, 2011 1:58 pm 
Updated: Aug. 25, 2011 6:24 am
For much of my life, I followed recipes pretty much as written. Then, when I was somewhere in my 40s, I began experimenting by combining parts of one recipe with parts of another (or others). As time went on, I found myself wanting to add ingredients I was pretty sure would work, but I often… MORE
Aug. 23, 2011 6:22 am 
Updated: Aug. 24, 2011 2:25 pm
I realized (MANY hours) after I posted this that the amount of flour I originally stated (2-1/2 cups) couldn't possibly be right. You can't get 3 tablespoons of melted butter to absorb 2-1/2 cups of flour, no matter how hard you try. I also forgot to mention the potato I'd added to the… MORE
BBQ Seafood Chowder
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Jul. 21, 2011 4:42 pm 
Updated: Jul. 23, 2011 4:53 pm
Here's what I've recently learned after a life time of cooking: You can broil chicken breasts and/or legs/thighs (and probably other parts) for just 20 minutes, and have a main entree that's so fabulous you'll swoon. This very simple recipe dishes up incredibly tender meat, with a taste that… MORE
Jul. 8, 2011 5:24 am 
Updated: Jul. 8, 2011 7:59 am
A quick review of an earlier blog: hubby was raised in a not-overly religious Jewish family, although they followed some traditions, which includes an avoidance of all things pork. Mike, on the other hand, has always been a bit of a rebel: his favorite after school snack was one or more BLTs,… MORE
Baaaaabyyyyy, baby back ribs
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Jun. 22, 2011 11:38 am 
Updated: Jun. 23, 2011 8:40 am
I've wanted to come across a resource like this one for a long time. Figured I'd pass it along: http://www.saveur.com/gallery/Homemade-Condiments Happy saucing, dipping, spooning, and all things tasty ;) MORE
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Jun. 21, 2011 3:47 pm 
Updated: Jun. 22, 2011 6:41 pm
Trotting over the details of my diet — after promising myself I'd never diet again — this time I'm eating a variation of Atkins and, so far, I can't tell if it's doing any good. Which is why I'd like to trot right over to the cedar plank salmon I made tonight and served with green peas and… MORE
Apr. 8, 2011 7:07 pm 
Pretty, isn't it? http://allrecipes.com/PersonalRecipe/62663808/Mexican-Flavored-Quinoa/Detail.aspx MORE
Mexican Flavored Quinoa
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Apr. 7, 2011 5:07 pm 
Updated: Apr. 8, 2011 5:32 am
Over the years, my menus have evolved, but I find that no matter what phase I'm in, I tend to make the same dishes over and over again (until I move on to my next phase... which is usually years in the making). So I got to wondering what dishes you make over and over again. Got some? I'd… MORE
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Apr. 1, 2011 4:47 pm 
Updated: Apr. 3, 2011 5:34 pm
Having been younger myself... as young as 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and so on... I now find myself in my 60s (61, if you insist) married to a man who is closer to his 70s (69 this coming October). And somewhere in our late 50s/early 60s, my husband (man of my dreams) came to need some dentures… MORE
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About Me
I've loved cooking since I was a kid, and still have my first (very battered) cookbook. Other than cooking, I adore interior design, writing, and playing bridge. Oh... and tasting new wines (or old favorites).
My favorite things to cook
As I've grown older, my tastes and philosophy have changed. I now use organic ingredients whenever I can, and I prefer using unprocessed ingredients.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Well, my mother (bless her) had 8 people to feed, so she made foods that were easy to prepare. My favorites were her baked ribs with barbecue sauce; english muffins topped with cheese, tomato, and bacon, and then broiled; and spaghetti noodles with tomato soup and cheddar cheese stirred in. I wouldn't make these dishes today, but they're full of fond memories.
My cooking triumphs
Adding orange juice to diced tomato sauce • Adding Cointreau to fresh fruit salads or a chocolate sauce • Adding tequila and bittersweet chocolate to chili • "poaching" salmon in orange juice, sprinkled with Old Bay and tarragon • adding cidar vinegar and soy sauce to vegetable soups • adding fresh mint to steamed red potatoes • knowing how to bail out a botched dish (example: over-steamed broccoli mashed with bleu or swiss cheese isn't nearly as bad as over-steamed broccoli on it's own).
My cooking tragedies
Over-steaming broccoli and most any other veggie... and a lasagna that was so loaded with oregano, no one could eat it.
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