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Feb. 22, 2009 8:11 am 
Updated: Feb. 26, 2009 8:56 pm
There has been some talk on the exchange lately about agave nectar.  I have a friend who has succesfully been using this sweetner as an alternitive.  I believe that there is a lot of mis information out there on sweetners both natural and artificial. What is Agave?  Well the agave plant does… MORE
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Feb. 16, 2009 3:53 pm 
Updated: Feb. 17, 2009 1:48 pm
My kids used to love that song when they were little.  It came on some casset tape that I had picked up along the way of them growing up.  The tape is long gone, but my family continues to like peanut butter.  We go through almost a jar a week.  It got me to thinking....peanut butter is a… MORE
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Feb. 13, 2009 9:05 am 
Updated: Apr. 8, 2009 9:55 pm
I often go to Costco to help fill in on staple items that I use on a regular basis.  I don't buy every thing there.  I have found that not every thing is a good deal at Costco.  It helps if you know what the prices are on items that you buy at your market on a regular basis.  Here are some… MORE
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Feb. 8, 2009 12:24 pm 
Updated: Feb. 11, 2009 6:40 pm
In today’s tough economic times it is hard to feed a family nutritious meals on a budget.  I think I have done a really good job at it and want to share with you some of my secrets to healthy budget cooking.  The first thing that I think is important is to go to the market a limited… MORE
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Feb. 7, 2009 9:47 am 
Updated: Feb. 11, 2009 5:32 pm
I'm just getting back from a week in Laguna Beach, CA.  Weather was beautiful until Thursday.  Here is the second in my series about bad things that are in processed foods.  Hydrogenated oil is present in so many foods that we buy for ourselves and our families.  Here is what wkipedia says… MORE
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Feb. 1, 2009 11:27 am 
Updated: Feb. 2, 2009 10:28 am
After hearing the news last week about finding mercury in high fructose corn syrup it got me to wondering.  What exactly is that stuff?  I have known for sometime that it is not good for us, it is used in a lot of processed foods, it wasn't in food when I was growing up AND the HFCS makers are… MORE
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Jan. 28, 2009 3:21 pm 
Updated: Jan. 30, 2009 2:59 pm
So the FDA this morning announced that they have found mercury in High Fructose Corn Syrup.  One of the agents has said for years that they have been finding levels of mercury in the stuff.  If you saw my post yesterday you know it has been years since I have purchased food with HFCS.  This… MORE
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Jan. 27, 2009 3:36 pm 
Updated: Jan. 28, 2009 9:09 am
I sometimes feel like a Preacher in my church of healthy food.  It took a health scare with my husband several years ago to finally throw out ALL of the processed food that lurked in my kitchen.  To my childrens shock they lost overnight a lot of the food they thought they couldn't live… MORE
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Jan. 23, 2009 4:41 pm 
Updated: Jan. 26, 2009 1:58 pm
I think I like to cook so much because it is a way that I can spread a little joy in the lives of people I love and care for.  I love to be able to produce a hot meal for my family that is nutritious and tasty.  I love to give the gift of food when people are down and out.  It makes ME feel… MORE
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Jan. 22, 2009 10:22 am 
Updated: Jan. 22, 2009 1:46 pm
Here in the southwest we can plant just about any time of year except the summer.  I have wanted a garden for as long as I can remember.  There is something to eating food that you have sowed.  For Mothers Day last year my husband and two kids pooled their money and built me a garden.  It… MORE
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My Romas just started to rippen!
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I love to cook and have often thought I should have gone to culinary school. My biggest cooking influence is my mother she is really a good cook, but I look up to my brother who has never used a recipe in his life....he cooks by taste; a little of this and that and it is always amazing. I cook almost every night for my family. My true passion is entertaining. I secretly want to be Martha Stewart...he he!!
My favorite things to cook
I like good soup and hearty meals. I also love to come across a good apetizer recipe. I recently purchased a bread machine and have really enjoyed using it. I'm not baking so much now that my daughter is doing a lot of it around here.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baklava every Christmas. It looks like you spent all day in the kitchen, but it is a snap! My dad made stuffing every holiday. It is still the best I have ever tasted with apples and raisons. YUMMY!
My cooking triumphs
I will try anything, once! I made that italian dish they always talk about on Everybody Loves Raymond. It was time consuming, but interesting to make. I always say if you can follow a recipe you can be a good cook. Teaching my daughter the love of cooking and baking. When I'm out of town she actually gets a hot meal on the table and can even make home made bread. I'm so proud of her. She will be making all the pies for Thanksgiving dinner this year.
My cooking tragedies
The biggest one is a recipe for brussel sprouts that you steamed than cooked in a jelly of some sort. I didn't think I was steaming them long enough. They were raw! Very dissapointing side dish to a Thanksgiving meal!
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