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Penny Lane

Jul. 30, 2010 3:35 pm 
Updated: Sep. 17, 2011 11:16 pm
Hidden in the depths of my pantry was lurking a mysterious kitchen gadget. At one time .... many years ago it held much promise. The promise of perfect rice. Ten cups of rice at a time, all cooked to perfection. Ahhh - the dream! After a few failed attempts it was relegated to the depths of my MORE
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Jul. 22, 2010 11:01 pm 
Updated: Jul. 29, 2010 9:08 pm
It had been a long tiresome day – no plans for plans at all, other than hitting the sack early. The phone rang at 4 PM.... “Hello, Auntie ?” a familiar voice sounded. “Well, I'll be darned, how are you? I've missed you.” I respond, thinking he is calling from… MORE
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Jul. 12, 2010 4:33 pm 
Updated: Aug. 5, 2010 2:38 pm
This is a true story – the names have been changed – other than that – this is “our” story in tolerance and acceptance. The lessons I learned from her – through her and because of her are an invaluable part of who I am today. A Recipe for a Good Life.   Christy is a r MORE
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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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