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Aug. 17, 2012 7:23 pm 
Updated: Aug. 21, 2012 7:10 am
Recently, my husband and I decided our house needed hardscape - the new deck needed a landing, a patio for the gas grill and maybe a walkway out to the gate.  After drawing out our ideas and calculating our supplies we realized we'd need 150 large paving blocks.  More daunting, we realized… MORE
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Dec. 4, 2010 3:10 pm 
Updated: Jan. 1, 2011 9:14 am
These days my youngest son is an accomplished cook.  The only forewarning we might have had was his confidence in the kitchen.  When he was three and his brother six, we were organizing our first teacher’s meetings at the local school, and my husband and I were discussing whether to take… MORE
 
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Nov. 24, 2010 7:33 pm 
Updated: Nov. 30, 2010 7:36 am
In the years since my mother died, Thanksgiving has been a sad affair.  The first year my husband and I had dinner with his sister’s extended family.  Sister-in-law and her husband are wonderful hosts, and dinner was delicious.  There was even some humor when one of the guests asked me what… MORE
 
 
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Nov. 16, 2010 5:18 pm 
Updated: Nov. 16, 2010 7:42 pm
I’m making no promises to continue this, but I want to work my way through my “Mmmm that looks good” recipe book and I will promise to share the results.  Here’s this week’s recipe as written.  See my recipe box for my version.  TUNA TURNOVERS In an easy cream-cheese crust  2  3-oz packages… MORE
 
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Nov. 6, 2010 8:34 am 
Updated: Nov. 7, 2010 4:41 am
Cake fresh out of the oven smells heavenly and tastes good, too.  But to make an event special, cake isn’t cake without frosting.  My mother’s favorite cake was from a rich chocolate recipe baked in an angel food pan, coated with cooked white frosting and then drizzled with melted… MORE
 
 
Oct. 28, 2010 10:16 pm 
Updated: Nov. 7, 2010 4:41 am
Sometimes help in the kitchen is welcomed.  And then there are those times when there is no help for what happens.  Several years ago my husband took pity on a stray dog who was hanging around the local grocery store.  When he rescued the small, matted, homely dog with floppy ears, our kids… MORE
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Oct. 25, 2010 6:35 pm 
Updated: Nov. 7, 2010 4:44 am
“Good afternoon.”  As sure as the sun rises, that was the greeting from Dad when we made our way downstairs in the morning.  I don’t know when it is he got out of bed, but he was always the first one up.  A fresh cup of coffee (with a two creams and half a teaspoon of sugar) and a piece of… MORE
 
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Oct. 24, 2010 9:19 pm 
Updated: Nov. 7, 2010 4:45 am
It’s been awhile since I picked up a magazine and browsed through the recipes.  Even so, my collection of “mmm-that-looks-good recipes” is pretty extensive.  A few years ago, at one of those rare moments when a desire for organization and a little spare time came together, I took an old book,… MORE
 
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Oct. 21, 2010 7:03 pm 
Updated: Nov. 7, 2010 4:50 am
The recipe, originally scribbled on a spare scrap of paper, marked a new beginning for our family.  It was the first recipe my mother wrote down after a fire destroyed most of our belongings.  With cookbooks, recipe cards and her collection of Mmmm-that-looks-good clippings gone forever, the… MORE
 
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Oct. 19, 2010 5:56 pm 
Updated: Nov. 7, 2010 4:54 am
Dieting.  Ugh.  Who wants to think about dieting just before Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas?  But a recipe for “Carrots and Figs” scribbled on an bright pink slip of paper caught my attention as I browsed through my recipe box.  Carrots and figs?  What's up with that? Carro MORE
 
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KATHNH

Member Since
Feb. 2005

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Low Carb, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy

Hobbies
Scrapbooking, Knitting, Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Genealogy, Painting/Drawing

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About Me
Married with two grown sons, a dog and two grand-dogs. More a baker than a cook, every so often I simply have to "channel" my grandmother and just spend the day in the kitchen. Sure wish there were more people to eat what I cook!
My favorite things to cook
It's feast or famine. I love cooking for a crowd because I really enjoy having six things going at once.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My son is a fantastic cook; I love it when he offers to make something or teach me how. Some favorites: Sweet Potato Chips; Paella; and Shrimp Scampi.
My cooking triumphs
Winning the competitive soup contest at work with the Pumpkin Bisque I had spent weeks perfecting. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- And the day my husband was checking out the "cook of the month" feature in the local paper. "I should put your name in for that" he says. "Wow" I replied, "that's the nicest thing you've ever said about my cooking!" "Well," he said, "I was just sitting here thinking.... You cook about once a month."
My cooking tragedies
Too many to count. I suppose the low point was the "beef stew" I tried to make out of leftover garlic mashed potatoes and sirloin steak. I've never been sure if I really had morning sickness or if it was a result of eating only my own cooking!
 
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