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Somethin' Good

Dec. 26, 2011 10:47 am 
Updated: Dec. 27, 2011 12:29 pm
My kids got me a Thai Cookbook for Christmas (several pages were bookmarked --hint, hint Mom).  Does anybody know what Palm Sugar is?.........Do I need to go to an Asian market to get it?  It is clearly different from regular sugar as the recipies specify which type.  I see it called for in… MORE
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Dec. 24, 2011 1:34 pm 
Updated: Jan. 1, 2012 8:07 am
Well, I am semi-retired  so I could plan not to work this year during the Christmas Holiday and I set aside Friday in my head for get ahead of the madness day.  Hah!  Daughter in law called in distress, school is closed Friday and so is day care......could you possibly?  Of course I will… MORE
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Dec. 16, 2011 1:48 pm 
Updated: Jul. 5, 2012 9:49 am
Today was the day.  Pho it is.  (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup), quite a complicated recipe which has so many ingredients and takes most of the day to make.  Expecting 3 friends for dinner, this will be the main dish.  Shopped carefully, including going to a specialty Asian market, for all the… MORE
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Dec. 14, 2011 6:54 am 
Updated: Jan. 8, 2012 11:32 am
Yesterday I blogged about a new method for making carmelized onions.  Simple procedure.  Peel 4 sweet onions, add 1/2 stick butter, place in crockpot and cook for 24 hours.  That's it.  Per requests,here's the report.  About 12 hours through they were soft and smelled divine, but still… MORE
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Dec. 13, 2011 8:29 am 
Updated: Dec. 18, 2011 8:00 am
Heard about a novel way to make carmelized onions.  I always have trouble making these because I lose patience with how long it takes and the stirring etc.  New method currently under way is to make them in the crock pot.  4 sweet onions, peeled, and 1/2 cup butter.  Place in pot and COOK ON… MORE
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Dec. 9, 2011 7:25 am 
Updated: Dec. 11, 2011 3:36 pm
Have any of you frequent flyers tried this roasting method.  It got such good reviews but seems so weird.  I know a lot of you are planning a standing rib roast for Christmas (see my Up For Grabs Blog).  Does anyone plan to try it? MORE
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Dec. 7, 2011 1:28 pm 
Updated: Dec. 8, 2011 12:58 pm
When I was a kid, we had the traditional turkey dinner at Thanksgiving, not to be repeated at Christmas. I never understood why people wanted to recreate that meal a month later.  In our house, the Christmas menu was up for grabs.  Suggestions were solicited.  Who picked last was considered. … MORE
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Dec. 2, 2011 1:30 pm 
For those of you who are interested and did not catch my initial blog, I have now posted the homemade Brown Sugar Scrub recipe on my blog page.  It is inexpensive, natural and a great little token handmade gift for lady friends. MORE
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About Me
I am a retired registered nurse. I have two fabulous grandchildren ages 10 and 7, they live only 1 mile from me so we cook together often.
My favorite things to cook
I like one pot meals, slow cooker, rustic fare. Lately, I am cultivating recipes for soup and have turned out some really good results, especially using curry seasoning. I am not a baker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I make many of my mother's dishes. I like to entertain with just a wide array of appetizers sometimes, even though it is labor intensive.
My cooking triumphs
My Italian spaghetti sauce. My famous pot roast made in an oven bag. Appetizers.
My cooking tragedies
My latest debacle is making Pho, Vietnamese beef soup. Very labor intensive, many exotic ingredients, cook all day. I went to strain it through a cheesecloth lined colander and forgot to put anything under the colander. Down the drain it went; 7 hours worth of broth. Oh Well!
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