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Sep. 17, 2011 7:09 pm 
Updated: Oct. 25, 2011 2:21 pm
September 17, 2011 Here we go again! Breaking the rules and stirring it up. Another Southern California AllRecipes gathering! What a wonderful day!We had all heard about North Woods Inn. Famous for their salads and cheese bread.Snow on the roof all year long. This is where we met.  Good… MORE
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Sep. 15, 2011 12:36 pm 
Updated: Sep. 22, 2011 12:35 pm
Moving means sorting - discarding and cleaning.  Getting rid of stuff.  I have been avoiding sorting through the kitchen.  Waiting for inspiration - motivation - energy, something, to strike me.   My inspiration arrived Wednesday- traveling like Army Rangers through the darkness.  They moved… MORE
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Sep. 8, 2011 12:18 pm 
Updated: Sep. 18, 2011 8:55 am
Last week I delivered dinner to a family who's mother had just had surgery on her right shoulder.  She couldn't lift a thing and could not even write.   When it came time to pay me she called her 20 something daughter down to write the check.  I noticed that this college student didn't… MORE
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Sep. 5, 2011 2:00 pm 
Updated: Nov. 24, 2011 10:32 am
I have been feeling kind of guilty.  I ran out of my laundry soap a few months ago and have been buying regular laundry detergent.  Shhh - don't tell anyone. I purchased all the ingredients to make my detergent a while ago - and there they sat.  It isn't hard to make your own detergent but… MORE
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Aug. 29, 2011 8:28 pm 
Updated: Sep. 6, 2011 4:22 pm
The Buzz is always a source of inspiration and many times laughter, sometimes tears.   Many posts bring back memories - long buried (some, for good reason) but somehow those memories bring a smile to my face - well, at least most of them do.  Some are best left forgotten.   Today… MORE
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Aug. 20, 2011 12:09 am 
Updated: Oct. 4, 2011 8:43 pm
When under stress some women shop for clothes, some head straight to to the chocolate.  Not me, I head to the produce stand.  My favorite place for soothing my soul is the the Farm Store - a produce market run by Cal Poly Pomona and it is virtually in my back yard! A visit to the Farm… MORE
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Aug. 8, 2011 11:45 pm 
Updated: Aug. 22, 2011 8:46 pm
We broke the rules - my husband and kids worried about my sanity. I set the rules - as MOM, I am allowed to do that.  Then I met friends on AR and I broke all the rules.  Child to mother,  "You are going where?" "Do you know these people?" "When you get there, drive by and then check in… MORE
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Aug. 8, 2011 9:24 pm 
Updated: Aug. 15, 2011 9:16 am
Since being asked to be an AllRecipes Ambassador I have learned so much about this site.   My assignments have stretched my cooking abilities - helped me explore the site and brought new flavors and excitement to my cooking. Something I had never paid attention to are the contests and… MORE
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Aug. 6, 2011 7:35 pm 
Updated: Aug. 15, 2011 10:27 pm
My little City of Eastvale welcomed the opening of McDonald's last month.  Cars lined up for as long as 45 minutes, circling the building and blocking the main road to secure their family a 'treat' of Big Mac's and fries.  You would have thought they were giving away season passes to… MORE
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Jul. 7, 2011 5:51 pm 
Updated: Sep. 6, 2011 11:08 pm
I have a house full of "stuff" - I don't need more "stuff".  For my birthday I asked my kids to give me time - not stuff.  "Come spend the day in the garden with me.  Bring your clippers and let's play in the dirt."   I recall a friend of mine, just after Christmas several years ago, crying… MORE
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Baking Nana

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About Me
Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at If you would like to contact me directly please use the 'Contact Me' on my site.
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
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