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Penny Lane

Aug. 25, 2013 12:09 am 
Updated: Aug. 28, 2013 6:45 am
Wednesday morning dawned clear and bright with no threat of rain in NYC.  Google assured us that the rain had passed.  I had heard horror stories of the August heat and humidity - it seemed as if the weather gods were smiling on us.  Today, was the day to meet Ina Garten at the Meredith… MORE
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Aug. 23, 2013 3:48 pm 
Updated: Aug. 26, 2013 7:06 am
I don't know if you have heard rumor about a couple of California gals in New York, if so, that was LindaT and me. We tried to behave ourselves and stay out of the way, really we did! Linda won the Grand Prize in the Worlds Biggest Cookie Swap that was hosted by Ladies Home Journal.   A trip… MORE
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Aug. 22, 2013 3:50 pm 
Updated: Aug. 28, 2013 5:11 pm
This is "Beef, It is what is for dinner!" month for the ambassadors. Yep this is another 'commercial' for beef!   I have to tell you, I don't have a beef with Beef!  I am not the biggest fan of any ground beef, but that does not apply to all ground beef.  My problem with ground beef involves… 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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