LIFE'S A BEACH Blog at Allrecipes.com (8/2013)

LIFE'S A BEACH

 
Aug. 31, 2013 6:56 pm 
Updated: Sep. 4, 2013 1:10 pm
I grew up eating about as bland and middle of the road as possible. We had good food, and plenty of it, but if you looked up WASP in the acronym directory you would see our diet. My mother thought she was being exotic by adding garlic salt to a meatloaf. Her mother only used herbs or spices… MORE
 
 
Aug. 27, 2013 3:08 pm 
Updated: Aug. 31, 2013 1:05 pm
OK, now that I have your attention....um, you over there, eyes on the written portion for now, please!My grandfather's family business was butcher shops.  They owned a few and they provided a nice living, which included good meats.  I grew up eating the best quality chops and steaks and roasts… MORE
 
 
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BigShotsMom

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Long Island, New York, USA
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Long Beach, New York, USA

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Mar. 2009

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Baking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy

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Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Charity Work

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About Me
I am a mother, grandmother, great grandmother by marriage and great aunt. My empty nest seems full most of the time and they all are ready to eat at any moment. I am busier now than I ever imagined once I retired. I now manage our parish friendship kitchen and help in the food bank. Part of what I love most is helping our clients learn to eat nutritiously on their very meager budgets and Allrecipes has been an invaluable tool.
My favorite things to cook
I love anything i can make from scratch, i like to bake breads, rolls, cookies, cobblers, pies. I like to make large dinners too and entertain frequently. I love trying new recipes out on friends and family. Sunday brunch has become a family focal point and if something new doesn't appear they act deprived.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I didn't really grow up with any. Neither my mother or grandmother were great cooks. I learned to cook by trial and error on my own. But I married into a family of excellent cooks who went all out for holidays. All of my children cook well and we work well together preparing holiday meals.
My cooking triumphs
My first successful yeast bread. I spent years being terrified of yeast. The first time my MIL complimented me on a meal I felt like I had won an Emmy.
My cooking tragedies
My early years of cooking were one fiasco after another. I could actually cook fairly well, but had no idea when to start things so they all were ready at the same time. Some meals took whole evenings. My poor husband never once complained, although he did once mention he hoped dinner would be over before it was time for breakfast.
 
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