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Apr. 4, 2010 1:28 pm 
Updated: Apr. 7, 2010 8:55 am
"Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! One ha'penny, two ha'penny, hot cross buns! If you have no daughters, give them to your sons. One ha'penny, two ha'penny, hot cross buns!" -- English nursery rhyme.I have no daughter, so I gave them to my son. He loved his special Easter hot cross buns.In his… MORE
Hot Cross Buns using Hunza Bread II recipe.
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Feb. 15, 2010 9:19 pm 
Updated: Feb. 23, 2010 7:27 am
I have a confession to make: I've had fear of yeast. Sure, I've tried to get past it. I've brought home little packets of yeast, vowing to coax the darlings into life and fill my house with the loving aroma of freshly baked bread. But in my pantry the yeast languished until well past its shelf… MORE
My first attempt at sticky buns.
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Oct. 29, 2009 8:44 am 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2009 10:35 am
Check out this fat, happy squirrel. It's perched on top of a Halloween house I made two years ago. Kind of cute, isn't it? Now imagine being a tiny person inside that gingerbread house. Imagine listening in horror as the giant squirrel gnaws its way through the roof, one piece of candy corn at… MORE
Mmmm...candy corn!
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Oct. 28, 2009 8:35 am 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2009 8:21 am
Up until few days ago, my Halloween mojo was missing in action and it took a crisis to bring it back. Here's what happened. I was gearing up to make my annual Halloween gingerbread house, but deep inside I just wasn't feeling the love. I'd done it the same way for so many years that my… MORE
Halloween 2009
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Side view
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Not such a scary thing after all
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Back of the house
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Oct. 2, 2009 1:37 pm 
Updated: Oct. 13, 2009 11:57 am
There's an old saying that goes something like, "Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are." I was reminded of that this morning when I decided to make a French Apple Tart. Sadly, my pantry was missing some of the main players--and it was too rainy outside and too cozy insid MORE
French Apple Tart
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The prolific old apple tree.
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Red Gravenstein, perhaps?
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Sep. 18, 2009 12:55 pm 
Updated: Sep. 24, 2009 11:45 am
Because I’ve been saying it wrong all these years, as I discovered when a cherry clafouti came my way this summer, served up by a Frenchman named David (dah-VEED) who, of course, would know better than I how to pronounce the name of this fruity dessert from his homeland. Clah-foo-TE MORE
Plum Clafouti
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A perfectly ripe Italian plum
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Sliced plums ready to be translated into French
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Jul. 8, 2009 8:54 pm 
Updated: Jul. 13, 2009 5:50 pm
It's not enough to stop and smell the lavender; this year I've decided to cook with it. And I won't be running out of this heady little flower any time soon thanks to my inability to accept that a tiny lavender plant eventually grows into a large lavender plant, multiplied by… MORE
Lavender Tea Bread with a sugar and lime juice glaze.
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Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso' aka "lavandin" (which certainly sounds nicer than Grosso).
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Lavender flowers, up close and personal. No bees, though. They were camera-shy.
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May 13, 2009 11:25 am 
Updated: Jul. 4, 2011 5:32 pm
I did a bad, bad thing. I baked a rhubarb coffee cake in the company kitchen. What's so bad about that? I could only make enough to feed my department, yet there was more than enough aroma to go around. And there's where I committed a crime against hospitality. You cannot invite the nose but… MORE
Meet Dedo, the guardian of the rhubarb.
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My, what big ears you have.
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Freshly picked rhubarb ready for a wash.
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I'm surprised there was rhubarb cake left to photograph.
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Feb. 24, 2009 10:14 pm 
Updated: Feb. 27, 2009 1:23 pm
I have an unhealthy relationship with bread. I love it but it doesn't love me. While I could happily live the rest of my life in the company of freshly baked bread and a dish of butter, that much togetherness wouldn't have a happy ending. And in the rose-colored spirit of denial that kicks… MORE
Delicious Rosemary Bread tied up in knots
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Jan. 19, 2009 11:49 am 
Updated: Jan. 20, 2009 11:08 am
So I’m watching the latest episode of Wild Kingdom out my kitchen window and a squirrel scampers by holding an apple in its mouth. The squirrel leaps into my herb bed, digs a hole and buries the apple. Then it digs another hole, extracts a different apple—this one has bite marks all over it—and… MORE
Snowy apples, December 2008
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Vanessa Greaves

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San Pedro, California, USA
Living In
Seattle, Washington, USA

Member Since
Nov. 2005

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert, Gourmet

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Knitting, Gardening, Camping, Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Music

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About Me
Two working adults and a kid in school. Someone has to cook and that someone is usually me. *sigh*
My favorite things to cook
Whatever makes my family smile while they're eating.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I cook, they clean up after me. It's the kind of tradition I can fully embrace.
My cooking triumphs
No one has asked me to stop yet.
My cooking tragedies
When I was 13, I made pecan rolls for my family. The recipe called for 8 refrigerator biscuits but the package held 10. My mom asked me what I did with the other 2. Judging from the look on her face, "I threw them away" wasn't the right answer.
 
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