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May 3, 2015 6:56 pm 
Updated: Jun. 13, 2015 10:07 pm
It's become my habit since I became a "crazy cook" to gather ingredients for whatever I'm preparing before I begin.  I guess I agree with the cooking show hosts that it saves a bit of time...  So, I gathered what I needed to make a green bean side dish I found here at A/R, and off I went. … MORE
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Jan. 5, 2015 10:04 pm 
Updated: Jan. 7, 2015 9:41 am
Of course it will be some time before I will know whether or not I've chosen the "right" toaster oven for me, but that's the way it is! Have you all been sitting on the edges of your seats, and biting your fingernails in anticipation?  Well, here it comes, hopefully in some sort of coherent… MORE
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Jan. 1, 2015 1:50 pm 
Updated: Jan. 12, 2015 6:07 am
Before I take off on the subject, HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone, and glad that those of you who watched the video link in my last post, ya welcome! I just read Lela's blog about using both her slow cooker, and roaster, which got me thinking about my toaster oven...  I've had three (I believe) since… MORE
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Dec. 22, 2014 10:54 pm 
Updated: Dec. 26, 2014 4:49 pm
Here's a link that a friend sent me... it's "Jingle Bells" as you've never heard it!  This is a German grocery store chain's "THANK YOU" to it's patrons.  Hope you enjoy, I sure did! Be happy, be healthy,… MORE
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Nov. 11, 2014 6:39 pm 
Updated: Nov. 15, 2014 5:47 pm
Well folks, the day came and went, and I'm just about beat!  Don't get me wrong, it was fun, and we just hated it that I made a few "test" items for the Tea, which we had to gobble up, of course!  I began a week or ten days ahead of the event, and began freezing as I baked - wanting to keep… MORE
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Nov. 3, 2014 8:10 am 
Updated: Nov. 11, 2014 10:26 am
To follow up on my last post, the English High Tea is still in full swing... at a SNAIL'S pace!  Should I panic?  No, all will work out!  (Deep breath!) Audie, being the "proper" young lady that she is, has sent out invites to those she figured might attend the 100th Birthday English Style… MORE
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Oct. 19, 2014 7:35 pm 
Updated: Oct. 22, 2014 2:22 am
I've been asked by a dear friend, Audie, to help "cater" a party for an extended family member.  I say "extended" in that Jim is step-brother to Audie's ex-husband, and the party is for Jim's grandmother, who will celebrate her 100th birthday next month!  What a treat!  I met Jim today for… MORE
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Oct. 4, 2014 12:56 pm 
Updated: Oct. 18, 2014 9:59 pm
Well, it would seem that summer is officially over, though our temps don't really reflect so.  Still hovering in the 90's, "we" know that the worst of the relentless sun, and heat, not to mention the thunderous storms we've had this monsoon season, are drawing to an end.  Our beautiful… MORE
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Sep. 10, 2014 7:46 pm 
Updated: Oct. 4, 2014 11:54 am
I've only recently begun using liquid smoke in my crazy adventures, and do find it a suitable substitute for the "hickory salt" that I recall mom having in the spice cabinet those many (many!) yrs ago.  As if it were yesterday, I can see the jar sitting on the shelf.  I can still see the… MORE
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Sep. 3, 2014 1:00 am 
Updated: Sep. 9, 2014 8:17 pm
My trip to the grocery today resulted in my searching (here, of course,) for a recipe, and out of nowhere popped up a recipe that trigerred an entire string of fondest memories.  Before I begin my tale, let me state (so none will split hairs etc.) that I am in no way connected with the… MORE
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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