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Apr. 19, 2014 10:26 pm 
Updated: Apr. 21, 2014 6:35 am
At the tail end of my last post, I mentioned that I had an abundance of bananas. Perhaps 10lbs worth... Denise, bless her heart, had been out to fav "famers market" while visiting her mom, and brought home a banana box FULL of nanner's, for - get this...  $1.    No, that is NOT a typo! … MORE
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Apr. 11, 2014 9:51 pm 
Updated: Apr. 20, 2014 6:59 am
It was about a month ago that I read (somewhere) that sweetened condensed milk can easily be made into caramel sauce.  Having a bit of free time one afternoon, I decided to put this to the test, so I began searching for the directions...  After about 30 mins, I still came up empty, and… MORE
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Mar. 30, 2014 5:39 pm 
Updated: Apr. 9, 2014 9:56 pm
I began canning  my own "baked beans" some time ago, and got to wondering one afternoon if I could can my own refrieds...  I spent some time researching this thought, and ran into many warnings, that "most often" jars of refrieds explode in the pressure canner.  After some diligent searching,… MORE
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Mar. 25, 2014 10:24 pm 
Updated: Mar. 28, 2014 9:31 pm
Where has this month gone?  The days seem to fly by, weekends come and go...  Have I been "cookin' crazy?"  YES!  I've also been painting the siding on the house that was replaced a few years ago and primed, but never given a top coat - I promised myself that it would be done before the… MORE
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Mar. 1, 2014 2:22 pm 
Updated: Mar. 3, 2014 6:39 pm
Today has been what I consider a more "normal" February day...  I awoke to a heavy downpour, short lived though it was, but just a few short days ago it had been sunny and 70+ degrees...  It has remained mostly cloudy, and has showered a few times today, some badly needed rain!  I recall… MORE
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Feb. 7, 2014 11:09 am 
Updated: Feb. 9, 2014 10:23 am
For most of my life - at least since I've been old enough to give a hoot, mom has shared the story of her visit back to England after my (older) sister was born.  Maybe I was a "twinkle in an eye" at that time, but I doubt it!  She left NY on the Queen Mary, her newborn in arms... It was on… MORE
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Jan. 25, 2014 10:46 pm 
Updated: Feb. 1, 2014 6:40 am
Crazycook is watching a movie for the third time or so, and I'm sitting here chuckling to a few things...  "The Help" has all sorts of ideas about just how food should be prepared, how you should deal with loved ones, and not so loved ones...  For instance, when the "ladies" meet for bridge… MORE
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Jan. 11, 2014 10:23 am 
Updated: Jan. 13, 2014 10:17 pm
While this is not the best quality, it's the only way I've found (at this time,) to add a photo to a blog...  On the left is the "new" tapestry style fabric, and on the right a blue/yellow stripe right out of the '70s!  I like the new better, and bought extra yardage as to make other accent… MORE
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Jan. 10, 2014 10:00 pm 
Updated: Jan. 13, 2014 10:25 pm
It's been a long time since I've been here, with the exception of the blog I just posted...  It was a foodie blog, this is just a catch up amongst friends...  I was touched that Judy commented on my December post, that she was concerned, as I'd been gone for so long!  Thanks, Judy!  I'm sure… MORE
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Jan. 10, 2014 9:29 pm 
Updated: Jan. 13, 2014 10:34 pm
I've been a fan of eggs for as long as I can remember...  Mom used to soft boil an egg, and serve it with toast, cut into little strips for dipping into the yolk.  Of course, I was not that fond of the "white," but the yolk dripping off the buttered toast was divine! I don't remember just… 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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