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Jul. 27, 2011 10:29 am 
Updated: Jul. 28, 2011 11:37 am
About three months ago, I decided to try out the HCG diet. This was a last ditch effort for me, after steadily gaining weight for the last several years regardless of diet or exercise. After doing extensive online research, I decided to go with the sublingual homeopathic drops. At first I was… MORE
 
 
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May 21, 2011 5:48 pm 
Updated: Jun. 1, 2011 12:26 pm
I love farm fresh eggs. Free-range, happy hens that eat grass and bugs and grain make the tastiest, richest eggs. At the farmers market near me, a dozen eggs cost 5.00. Many people either don't know, or forget that our government subsidizes farms to the point that the cost of our farmed goods… MORE
Barred Rock Hens love to get outside and eat grass!
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May 11, 2010 1:28 pm 
Recently I heard about a diet book called the Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose. Although I am comfortable with my voluptuous size, I have been steadily growing out of my clothes for the past several years. I'm tall, curvy, and no matter what I eat I seem to gain weight. I got sick of trying… MORE
 
 
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Mar. 23, 2010 12:20 pm 
Updated: Mar. 23, 2010 5:13 pm
I can't really enter this as a recipe because it's really a bunch of my favorite recipes mixed together. First I made cupcakes using the Black Magic Cake recipe from this site. Once the cupcakes had cooled, I used a homemade caramel sauce, for which I have no recipe, to fill the cupcakes. This… MORE
 
 
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Dec. 7, 2009 7:01 pm 
Updated: Dec. 8, 2009 4:24 am
Every time I make mashed potatoes, I take note of what I add and the final consistency of the potatoes. I have found recipes that turn out great, but these recipes use potatoes by the 5 pound bag. What if I just want to make 3 potatoes for my family? Then what if I want to achieve the same… MORE
 
 
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Nov. 20, 2009 10:19 am 
Updated: Jun. 13, 2010 8:43 am
When asked to make a cake for my uncle's birthday, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to try out some of the fun stuff I've seen on "Cake Boss". My uncle loves to fish, so I thought I would do a cake with a fish jumping out of it. My idea was to use cereal treats to… MORE
Uncle Bob's Fish Cake
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Oct. 19, 2009 5:59 pm 
Updated: Oct. 31, 2009 11:44 am
I've recently begun logging all expenditures in the hopes of tracking just exactly where our money is going and why. I was shocked to see that in past months we had been spending close to 700 dollars a month on groceries for a three person household. Our budget has been set at 500 a month for a… MORE
 
 
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Oct. 12, 2009 9:57 pm 
Updated: Oct. 21, 2009 7:26 pm
I'm heading up to the Seattle area to care for my in-laws for a few days while my father-in-law recovers from a stroke. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to cook for them. My mother-in-law was quite the cook and entertainer in her day. They are on a diabetic diet so I'm going to have to be… MORE
 
 
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Oct. 11, 2009 8:03 pm 
Updated: Oct. 12, 2009 9:43 pm
My mouth is mostly back to normal already and I've been enjoying chewing my food for the last couple days. I had some butternut squash leftover from the soup I made so I made a simple pasta with it. My friend Nancy gave me this recipe at some point but it was so simple that I memorized it and… MORE
 
 
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Oct. 8, 2009 8:17 pm 
So I had my wisdom teeth out yesterday. Thanks to my brilliant surgeon, I have very little swelling and no noticable pain. Still not able to consume solid food though. I tried a new recipe for spinach enchiladas tonight just because I was hoping to get a few bites of something more substantial… MORE
 
 
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Aja

Home Town
Portland, Oregon, USA

Member Since
Mar. 2009

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Dessert, Gourmet

Hobbies
Knitting, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting

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About Me
Although I do have other hobbies, cooking...and eating are at the forefront of all my time well spent. The artform of flavor and aroma paired with the visual beauty of a dish, delights my soul to the core! Not only do I love to experience food, but I love to feed my friends and loved ones and watch as they experience each flavor and texture sensation. My husband and I love to entertain and to cook together. We also love to eat out on the town and recreate the dishes that we try.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook rissotto. I love the time consuming but mindless task of adding the broth and stirring. Watching as the husks on the rice slowly turn transparent and the gluten begins to thicken and look creamy. I also love to make home-made pudding. I think I must like stirring...mind-numbing bliss with a delicious reward!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Pie crust the way my mom makes it. It's a science, you know? Half lard, half butter. Keep the fats cool but not too cool as to be too hard to incorporate. Cut in the lard first using butter knives, then cut in the butter leaving large pebbles. Add ice ice ice cold water 1 tablespoon at a time while stirring till dough just holds together then turn out onto the counter and knead 2-3 times. Roll out to 1/8 inch thickness. You can see the butter in the dough as you roll it out...there's your flaky crust. The trick is to not let the dough come to room temperature where the fats in the crust will begin to break down.
My cooking triumphs
Created recipes for a brandied pear gallette and seared scallops in a lobster mushroom cream sauce. These are the only original recipes I have created although I have "copied" several dishes that I've tasted on many different occasions.
 
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