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Valerie's Kitchen

It's All About the Kitchen 
Jan. 9, 2011 11:49 am 
Updated: Jan. 12, 2011 9:17 pm
So here I go....I'm blogging.  I really didn't intend to do it.  Honestly.  But here I am so lets get to it.  My focus is the reason that we are all here on this site - recipes.  I will do my best not to stray to much into the hilarilously funny antics of the men in my house or bore you with too many family stories.  I will, however, share with you my adventures in the kitchen of a wife and mother of four mostly grown men.  Thankfully, this is my passion because I cannot imagine getting through this time in my life if I didn't love the thing I spend so much of time on.  From creating new recipes, menu planning, hunting and gathering, meal preparation, and serving the hungry carnivores in my home.  I love it all.  However, I find I need inspiration from time to time and luckily that is in abundance these days and just a click away.

Since the focus will be my kitchen, here is a shot of it.  And I didn't even clean it up for you (note slightly overripe bananas near the fruit bowl).  I love my kitchen and it loves me.  We have a special relationship that I hope will last a long, long time.  In the pot on the stove I'm soaking dry pinto beans to serve later with shrimp quesadillas for Sunday dinner.  Mmmmm, more on that later. 

So that's it for my first blog entry.  I'll be back soon to share some of my recent kitchen adventures.

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Jan. 9, 2011 12:14 pm
nice kitchen valerie. we are all drawn here because of our love of food. so many good cooks and even better than that ..great folks as well! 4 boys hun? glad ya can afford those guys! lol!
Jan. 9, 2011 12:31 pm
Thanks gderr. I love your profile picture!
Jan. 9, 2011 2:59 pm
Nice kitchen, I have the same cabinets. I noticed you live in San Jose- my son goes to Santa Clara University What would you say is your favorite type of cooking or your "specialities"?
Jan. 9, 2011 6:38 pm
Beautiful kitchen Valerie and gorgeous granite. Looking forward to what you have to say. I have 4 as well but 3 are girls. They can be big eaters too.
Jan. 10, 2011 3:03 am
Nice looking kitchen. Looking forward to hearing about what you create in there! BTW - Throw some stories in about your boys - I love to hear about family life!
Jan. 10, 2011 6:06 am
Good to meet you, Valerie. Your kitchen looks a bit like mine. However, my granite countertops seem to have spots so I don't get that just cleaned, high gloss effect. Is there a product I need to purchase? TIA
Jan. 10, 2011 7:57 am
Thanks for the nice comments on the kitchen. We just had new counters and a back splash installed less than a month ago, which probably accounts for the squeaky clean sheen on the granite Lace. I know that it was sealed and that you are supposed to clean and reseal granite every so often. Angela, I tend to cook a lot of hearty, man friendly dinners and I bake as often as possible.
Jan. 10, 2011 6:10 pm
Welcome to the blog, Valerie! The "pot" on the stove looks remarkably like my favorite cooking buddy.
Jan. 11, 2011 10:40 am
Thanks, Valerie. Would I get the supplies at Lowe's or do I need a professional? TIA
Jan. 12, 2011 9:17 pm
I do know the sealer is available but I definitely do a little research before attempting it myself.
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Valerie's Kitchen

Home Town
Sunnyvale, California, USA
Living In
San Jose, California, USA

Member Since
May 2004

Cooking Level
Not Rated

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet


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About Me
I've been married for 28 years and cooking even longer. I am the mother of 4 boys ages 25, 23, 19, and 17. I am always looking for inspiration and have been VERY inspired by this site. I have found so many great recipes here and the reviews are so helpful. I try to review every recipe I make so I've compiled a pretty good list of reviews to date. From day to day I'm not sure whether I'll be serving 4 or 12 so I always try to be prepared for anything! I had the pleasure of working with the crew from when they came to San Jose to film a webisode of "What's Cooking" from my kitchen in November 2010. You can see my webisode here Currently I'm enjoying my time as an Allrecipes Allstar and Brand Ambassador. I look forward to seeing what is yet to come from this great site! Please stop by my blog for more.
My favorite things to cook
I'm a very seasonal cook and love to cook and bake things that suit the time of year so we do a lot of grilling in the summer and there are lots of good, hearty dishes in the fall and winter. I enjoy making use of my garden tomatoes at the end of summer and into the fall. I love to bake and have been making pies and cakes for many years.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I know everyone thinks that their Mom was the absolute best cook in the world but actually it was mine! I am sixth out of a family of 5 girls and 1 boy and the action was always in the kitchen. I watched and learned how to be a good cook from her. My best memories are of our large family gathering spontaneously on Sundays for a pizza party where my Mom would throw together delicious home made pizzas. Her Thanksgiving dinners were to die for with every dish made from scratch. She could throw a pie together so effortlessly without ever touching a measuring cup! She was at her best when we had crowds of people in our house waiting for anything from a pancake breakfast to a wonderfully prepared sit down dinner. She will always be my biggest inspiration.
My cooking triumphs
I think the most memorable things I make are my baked goods. I've got a husband and 2 boys who ask for a home baked pie on their birthdays instead of cake.
My cooking tragedies
We used to host a family party each Christmas season at our house. I have a very large family and had 30+ people in my house. I had spent the day preparing all the dishes that I would serve and had several things in my double oven when all of the sudden the power went off! I heard my sister shout "somebody call Dominos" and my heart sunk. Luckily, within just a couple of minutes (very long minutes) the power came back and I was able to finish cooking everything. I guess this counts as a near tragedy but it was memorable.
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