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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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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
Jan. 11, 2012 10:53 pm 
Updated: Apr. 26, 2012 7:31 am
Just sharing some of the recipes I’ve made recently.I cannot make a single recipe without tweaking it to suit my preferences, except when it comes to baking.  I am to understand baking is somewhat of a science when it comes to ratios.  This really is not my area of expertise so any tips and… MORE
Chef John's Mac and Cheese
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Roasted Broccoli with Bell Peppers
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Stir-Fry with sauce (and chicken)
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Peanut Sauce
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Dec. 20, 2011 5:48 pm 
Updated: Dec. 30, 2011 10:30 am
Earlier this month, my friend, Christal, and I got together to bake some cookies. When I say ‘some,’ what I mean is a bottle of champagne and 7 or 8 hours later in the kitchen, there were stacks of cookies everywhere! It was a blast! We listened to Christmas music and giggled and chatted… MORE
Toll House Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Nestle Dark Chocolate Cookies
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Me in the Santa hat with Christal
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I baked about 17 dozen cookies!
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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 1 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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