Nature's Pantry Blog at Allrecipes.com (8/2011)

Nature's Pantry

 
Aug. 31, 2011 3:22 pm 
Updated: Sep. 24, 2011 2:02 pm
It's been close to 2 years since I have blogged here on AR and I realized how much I missed sharing my sometimes crazy adventures in the kitchen so I decided to give it a 'go' again. It's a great way to share recipes and to¬† keep a food diary for my kiddos too. It' been a busy 2 yrs and I… MORE
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Can_It_Rachael

Living In
Rhinelander, Wisconsin, USA

Member Since
May 2005

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Vegetarian

Hobbies
Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Fishing, Hunting, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work

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About Me
I live in the northwoods of WI. I always have an ample supply of venison and fish in my freezer! Altho our garden season is a short one, I really like to have the whole family get involved in planting in the spring. I am married to my best friend and we have 2 kids. Hubby and I used to live in Minneapolis,MN but we prefer the rural life. The only things I miss about city living are the ethnic food stores and huge farmers markets...
My favorite things to cook
Canning is a passion! I often have 2 pressure cookers going and I have been known to pull "all nighters" when it's corn and tomato season.. I grill as often as possible and am really enjoying exploring new vegetarian recipes grilled or otherwise. During the winter, (about 7 months here ) I can usually be found making bread and cookies. I experiment with lots of different flavors when making yeast or sour dough breads. I try and not use commercial foods because I want to know EXACTLY what we are eating. My hubby will eat anything,my son is a vegetarian,and my daughter is a picky eater. One thing the whole family agrees on is SPICY!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Each year I can about 500 lbs of tomatoes making sauces and salsas. My kids love getting right in the middle of helping chop and dice. Christmas baking and candy making has become a family gathering time. Lots of fun and laughs in the kitchen !
My cooking triumphs
I was about 11 or 12 and I made fresh bread for when my grandparents came. They asked if it came from the bakery in town. I was thrilled! To this day I am not sure if they really didn't know but that statement all those years ago set me off on a good foot for bread making!
My cooking tragedies
I was pressure cooking venison ribs and the pressure release valve "blew" on my cooker! What a mess! I had greasy liquid everywhere. Anyone who has cooked venison ribs knows that the tallow (fat)hardens like wax when cool. I even had to repaint the ceiling from that disaster.... I also have a habit of melting rubber spatulas....
 
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