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Aug. 30, 2009 12:13 pm 
Updated: Aug. 30, 2009 11:37 pm
I could not be prouder of myself if I tried..I MADE JELLY!!!!! Now no laughing please, it may be a small step, but it is one more thing I get to check off my food adventure list!!! I have you fellow canners out there to thank, because I wouldn't have attempted to can anything before I read your… MORE
 
 
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Aug. 16, 2009 2:35 pm 
Updated: Aug. 20, 2009 1:11 pm
Good afternoon ya'll! I just wanted to drop in and share my newest addiction, and to ask a few questions. I stumbled across a pickle that is like no other and my whole family is completely hooked! They are called "Wickles", which is short for wicked good pickles. I have to say that they live up… MORE
 
 
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Aug. 15, 2009 6:04 pm 
Updated: Aug. 30, 2009 1:04 pm
Hello fellow AR addicts! This being my first blog, please be gentle with me. I have been enjoying reading everyone's blogs the last couple of days. I just recently became a supporting member and was curious to what "blogging" was all about. I have to say you are all fascinating people. I… MORE
 
 
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BUMPKINLVR

Home Town
Arlington, Washington, USA
Living In
Everett, Washington, USA

Member Since
Dec. 2004

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

Hobbies
Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Hunting, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting

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About Me
I have worked in restaurants (including running my own) my whole life. I LOVE to cook. My husband and I own our own construction company which keeps us very busy. But we always sit down to dinner with our three boys. Eating together we think is very important. My dream is to open up my own Bed and Breakfast when I decide to semi retire. :-)
My favorite things to cook
My husband is a picky eater, so I'm always excited when I can "sneak" an unfamiliar food on him and he enjoys it! I love to cook down-home family favorites, as well as experimenting with new recipes and creating my own. I LOVE pasta and I'm always looking for new ways to serve it. I just recently developed a love of Thai food as well, and am learning to cook it at home!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have always cherished cooking with my mother and grandmother. Both are wonderful cooks who have taught me a lot. The kitchen has always been the heart of our home. Because the time in the kitchen with my grandmother and mother mean so much to me, I'm teaching my own children how to cook. I've discovered that my kids will try new things if they helped to make it! We all like to sit down together and thumb through my cookbook collection picking out recipes to try. We also enjoy watching the food network as a family.
My cooking triumphs
As funny as it may sound, I have never been able to cook rice well. I have been given numerous ways of preparing it, but could never seem to get the hang of it. I finally broke down and bought myself an electric rice cooker. WOW! It seems that I couldn't screw up rice now if I tried....now if I had only known about that wonderful invention sooner!!!!!!
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at making homemade bread was terrible. I had made "quick" breads hundreds of times but never made anything with yeast. I was terrified! And rightfully so! Even though I never did figure out what I did wrong, my bread was the hardest thing known to man. Thankfully I've improved greatly over the years. ;-)
 
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