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Aug. 1, 2013 6:38 pm 
Updated: Aug. 6, 2013 4:36 pm
Hi,  It's been a while-a long while.  I have been swamped with work (special ed teacher) and working out.  I am happy to announce that I reached my goal weight on July 20.  I'm in my second week of maintenance.  Not to plug, but Weight Watchers works, when you follow it.  My new goal is to… MORE
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Jan. 21, 2013 5:16 pm 
Updated: Jan. 24, 2013 10:35 am
I hope everyone has been eating well.  I am on Weight Watchers and am about 10-15 pounds from my goal weight.  I have rediscovered Israeli couscous.  I highly recommend it as an alternative to rice or pasta.  Easy to make and versatile.  Makes a great pasta salad too.  Try cooking it in stock… MORE
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Dec. 26, 2012 6:50 pm 
Updated: Dec. 28, 2012 6:46 pm
I posted my potatoes au gratin recipe. It's listed as "Robin's Potatoes Au Gratin." I have to take a photo of it next time I make it.  I hope anyone who finds it enjoys it.  There may be others like it, but I think this one is pretty accessible and user-friendly. MORE
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Dec. 25, 2012 6:30 pm 
Updated: Dec. 27, 2012 7:30 am
This holiday season, I tried to make potato latkes-which I haven't done in awhile.  Like riding a bike, right.  Well...I grated the potatoes, wrung them out with my bare hands, wrung them again in paper towel, and again, pressing them through a sieve to get any excess water out.  Still, when… MORE
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Dec. 9, 2012 7:04 pm 
Updated: Dec. 26, 2012 5:19 pm
I was told I have a Vitamin D deficiency.  I take Vitamin D3, but I am on the hunt for more vegetarian food sources of it, besides "fortified milk" and "fortified soy milk"  Looking for ideas. MORE
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Dec. 9, 2012 6:28 pm 
Updated: Dec. 30, 2012 5:11 pm
I have always loved vegetables.  Even before becoming a vegetarian, I loved veggies.  I don't know whether it was because my family always made a point of eating them, or because they never served army green, gooky veggies.   I became a vegetarian mainly because it felt like a calling of… MORE
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I have loved cooking since I can remember. I have fond memories of watching my mom, grandmother--and my dad and grandfather cook. I learned even more when I became a vegetarian and my mother said she'd buy what I needed but I'd have to cook my "concoctions" myself.
My favorite things to cook
Gosh, I wish I could pick one. I make a rice casserole that I love. I like baking pies too. There's a veggie version of puttanesca sauce that I make from scratch. And I'm pretty proud of my greatly-reduced fat version of Alfredo sauce.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My cousins and I talk about watching our grandmother make "tagelach," a Jewish dessert made of sweet fried dough nuggets held together with nuts and honey (the Italians make something similar, but I don't know their name for it). Potato latkes and different "kugels" are also fond memories. My family's recipe for chopped liver is legendary. I make a vegetarian version of it.
My cooking triumphs
I am pretty dam proud of my vegetarian chopped liver. My other triumph is my stuffed mushrooms. The recipe I am proud to take credit for is my vegetarian stuffed red peppers. It's complicated so I haven't made it in awhile.
My cooking tragedies
I began looking at the cookbooks lying around the house when I was about nine. I decided to make my father a sardines and canned peas omelette. He got sick and the dog wouldn't eat it. Then there was the chocolate cake I baked with my cousin, to which we added 4 bananas. The cake deflated before our eyes. But the one that comes in second, behind my omelette, is the eggplant I roasted in the oven, without making slits in it first. It exploded in the oven and I spend days cleaning it off. The explosion caused the rests that the oven racks went on to bend, making the racks in the oven rest on a slant (interesting when trying to bake cakes).
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