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Dec. 31, 2014 10:36 pm 
Updated: Jan. 4, 2015 11:29 pm
Not going to lie...I like to bake cookies, brownies, make chocolatey confections and candies, yummy things of that sort.But I really hate when my tasty treats stick, or spread, or get stuck in a pan.  I hate greasing cookie sheets.  I prefer not to use those non-stick sprays.  I get sad when my… MORE
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Aug. 31, 2013 2:46 pm 
Updated: Sep. 10, 2013 6:12 pm
I'm not a red meat eater.  I eat it very rarely.  I'd never even cooked it myself other than making corned beef at St Patricks Day.  I stopped eating it when I was an early teen.  It just started becoming unappetizing to me.  I didn't like the taste of it or the look of it.  Then I took a few… MORE
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May 30, 2013 9:37 pm 
Updated: Jun. 6, 2013 11:31 am
Life's Little Moments, featuring Sargento Cheeses I love riding  my motorcycle.  There is something freeing about it that gives me a closer connection to nature as the wind rushes alongside me and my bike.  Smells of the fresh-cut grass, flowers, and the lake are pushed up into my nose. … MORE
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Dec. 31, 2012 6:37 pm 
Updated: Jan. 7, 2013 4:51 pm
I wanted to do a blog around Thanksgiving but I didn't get around to it.  I will take the opportunity now to reflect not only upon what I am thankful for, but also the good things that have happened over this past year, and some of the joy experienced this holiday season.Time always finds a… MORE
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Oct. 30, 2012 9:59 pm 
Updated: Nov. 13, 2014 12:22 pm
Throwing a party can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be.  There are many cheap, and easy ways to prepare your decor and food for Halloween!Like most people, I'm a budget shopper, but I like to be spirited at the holidays.  I am a huge fan of dollar stores.  I get lots of decorations… MORE
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Sep. 23, 2012 8:15 pm 
Updated: Sep. 24, 2012 9:01 pm
I created dinner last night with al fresco's all natural chicken sausages.  I used the fresh garlic & herb sausages that come 14 oz on a tray.  There are five in a pack but since it's just hubby and me, we have three for another time.  So this is what I threw together...  First I preheated… MORE
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Jun. 13, 2012 3:17 pm 
Updated: Aug. 5, 2012 2:42 pm
This is a story of the visitor who came by for a snack today, but also for the cat lovers out there....I know it has nothing to do with recipes or cooking, but I thought I'd share for the fun of it. I live on the edge of the forest. Beautiful, tranquil, serene. I can sit in my yard and stare… MORE
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Apr. 27, 2012 2:56 pm 
Updated: May 2, 2012 6:01 pm
How can you not love butter?There's just something about butter that those imposters cannot replicate.For starters, look at the ingredients next time you are in the market.Compare real unsalted butter to margarine, vegetable spread, and another non-butter substitute if you wish-we all know… MORE
Apr. 20, 2012 11:12 pm 
Updated: Apr. 24, 2012 3:45 pm
There's no doubt about it, the Allrecipes website has a lot to offer, including a great community. I first stumbled upon a few years after I moved out of my parents' house.  I had thoroughly exhausted my piddly cooking repertoire.  I didn't even really know how to cook… MORE
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Mar. 31, 2012 3:31 pm 
Updated: Apr. 1, 2012 4:21 pm
Thanks for reading the 5th volume of Cookin’ in Lissa’s Kitchen!  March is the perfect month for trying out new Irish-inspired recipes, and, of course, enjoying the old favorites!  This month checked out some recipes from the UK/Ireland Allrecipes sister site.  Your recipe box doesn’t carry… MORE
Nana Dot's Irish Soda Bread
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Corned Beef and Cabbage I
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Irish Coffee
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Black and Tan
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About Me
I live in beautiful wine country, Northern California, on the edge of state forest. My husband and I are in our 30s and have the most amazing little 2 year old girl. I haven't had as much time in the kitchen since becoming a mom, but I love that she is getting old enough to enjoy my cooking! I enjoy riding my motorcycle and snowboarding, camping, classic and hard rock music, tattoos, singing, and *of course* fiddling in my kitchen! I love trying new recipes and have had fun as an Allrecipes Allstar in the Brand Ambassador program!
My favorite things to cook
Skillet dinners, chicken, vegetables, rice, pasta, cookies, brownies, quick breads, Italian, Asian, mac & cheese, mushroom or broccoli Alfredo, pie-especially apple, pear and chicken pot pie, pork in the crock pot for carnitas or BBQ pulled pork.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents have always had lots of food at family get-togethers! Such a selection of food that there's hardly room for plates at the table: nuts, cheeses, wings, beans, meats, veggies and many other side dishes, cakes, cookies, pies, etc-there's something for everyone! There's no excuse if you go hungry at one of our family functions. There's always good food, drinks, people and laughs :D
My cooking triumphs
It's nice to be able to throw things together on the fly without having to make a trip to the grocery store. Learning the methods of cooking have made it easier and my food tastes better. I never have dry chicken breasts, pork chops or burgers anymore! Dec 2012: I finally made fudge that set properly!
My cooking tragedies
Trying out new recipes that don't taste right or I don't care for. Or turning my back to do 10 things at once and burning something. Mistakes = lessons learned. Sometimes you have to do a little trial-and-error to get something how you like it. I'm still trying to perfect French loaf.
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