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Oct. 29, 2013 11:37 am 
Updated: Oct. 31, 2013 10:17 am
I discovered today, after talking to a grandchild, that blogging should be more about things in life than just recipes.  Then I looked back over my own blog, and realized I really don’t have much to say with the exception of the beginning of a recipe, so here goes nothing.Cooking, is not now… MORE
Oct. 24, 2013 6:22 pm 
Updated: Oct. 27, 2013 4:31 pm
I am sharing with you today a recipe near and dear to my heart. My Grandmother was an awesome baker.  She could make some of the most amazing baked pies, cakes, fresh donuts, cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls and bread.  She passed onto me the recipe for her bread dough many years ago, and it has… MORE
Oct. 10, 2013 5:13 am 
Updated: Jan. 21, 2014 12:49 pm
Guess what? I received my first request for an answer to a question from my blog today, so I thought I would share it with every one. This goes out to Nancy, her question is "what is the best type of shrimp to buy for recipes when you go to the store.  I live in the Midwest and find that there… MORE
Oct. 7, 2013 9:08 pm 
Updated: Oct. 10, 2013 6:23 pm
It is eleven PM and I have been working diligently on my personal Cookbook I hope to have out by the end of November.  It is funny how when you start putting your recipes together you run across some favorites you have seen in a while, and the cooking bug is off and running again. As I… MORE
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Sep. 9, 2013 10:02 am 
Updated: Sep. 11, 2013 4:45 pm
I think it is funny sometimes when a particular dish or food becomes popular, and realize it is really something you have made all along, or at least a version of it.  A Good example of this is Pico .My family has lived in the Ozarks for generations, and in some cases, the Delta Region of… MORE
Sep. 9, 2013 10:00 am 
I am going to try to change this article up every now and then and offer some stories and hints that have been passed down to me by four generations of Ozark cooks. Sometimes wisdom and experience far outpaces knowledge and training, and even to this day, my mother, who is 82 years old… MORE
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Jun. 11, 2012 4:21 pm 
Updated: Jun. 12, 2012 6:48 am
One Thing that can definitely be said about summers here in the Ozarks is the Heat and Humidity. It is not something for everyone and we all seek out ways to stay cool and get the gardens in at the same time.  Canning takes priority at the house and often times we try to come up with… MORE
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May 31, 2012 11:44 am 
Updated: Jun. 1, 2012 11:05 am
The recipe I offer today, I am not sure it originated in the Ozarks.   My mother called it “Texas Hash” and that is what I am going to go with.  She lived in Houston for a number of years so I suppose the recipe could have actually come from Texas, but I am not going to promise!  We were… MORE
May 20, 2012 6:11 pm 
This blog has become a way for me to go back over memories of a different time and place, while most will be family recipes, some are from dear friends passed to me when i begged and pleaded, this recipe is one just like that, in honor of Betty, a dear friend and supporter for Years: Sweet… MORE
May 17, 2012 3:26 pm 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2013 3:15 am
Have you ever noticed that we, as a society tend to want to constantly change and add things that are not broken?  I am not talking world changing things, I am talking about the simple ones. Recipes are often time like people; they have a history,  Many are birthed in the kitchens and lives… MORE
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About Me
I have been cooking since i was 12 years old, got my first job in a restaurant when I was 14. I was trained by a professional Cook, also my Mother and Grandmother who had deep roots in the country style as well as the Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking.
My favorite things to cook
All though I can cook almost anything, my favorite thing to cook is breads. I have making homemade breads, rolls and baked goods since I was 18 and I am now 50!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Almost all of my Family Recipes center around Country Cooking, with a Dutch flare, or style. My family all comes from the deep country where you cooked what you raised.
My cooking triumphs
I once prepared and served a Banquet for President Bill Clinton when he was Governor of Arkansas. Multiple Blue Ribbons at the Arkansas State Fair as well as the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair.
My cooking tragedies
Once cooked a Standing Rib Roast that was so tough you needed a Skill Saw to slice it and it was already on the table.
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