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Aug. 14, 2013 8:54 pm 
Updated: Aug. 15, 2013 7:31 pm
After a "breather" during which time I discovered that I'm anemic, and one of the dogs has Valley Fever (respiratory infection common out this way) which has spread to his bones, I do appear to be back in action! What's on the menu?  Yesterday, and batch of sandwich rolls (bread machine dough)… MORE
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Aug. 13, 2013 9:09 pm 
Updated: Aug. 14, 2013 7:17 pm
I want to cook... like today for instance... BUT then there are days, Be well, and if you want to, just "HANG." I'll be back soon, with today's antics!  Be well! MORE
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Jul. 31, 2013 11:37 am 
Updated: Aug. 8, 2013 5:16 pm
Born in the midwest, raised partially in England, and now planted (by choice) in Arizona, I'm a culinary mess, other than what I've picked up on my own.  I cook of necessity - or did, before the passion developed into sheer insanity... My tastes follow suit, enjoying down home comfort food of… MORE
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Jul. 23, 2013 10:17 pm 
Updated: Jul. 30, 2013 4:47 am
Bread pudding seemed to be on the lips of some of you folks, so that's where I headed this time.  Starting here at A/R, I began my search for a "diet friendly" recipe, but I found myself wandering about the web before I had chosen "the one...."  well I narrowed it down to three recipes,… MORE
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Jul. 17, 2013 10:58 pm 
Updated: Jul. 25, 2013 2:09 am
I must admit that I'm becoming a bit confused, as one dessert turns out real well, after cooking for HOURS longer than the recipe calls for, while the next seems dry after the recommended time...  Either way, that has nothing to do with tonight's post, but is simply an observation. My latest… MORE
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Jul. 15, 2013 12:56 pm 
Updated: Jul. 20, 2013 5:18 am
My fourth dessert has been chosen, as the cheesecake dish is in the dishwasher as we speak, and I'm leaning toward another chocolate cake dessert.  Some of the reicpes I've chosen call for a cake mix as a base, which left to my own choices I would avoid, but that is simply a matter of … MORE
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Jul. 11, 2013 10:52 pm 
Updated: Jul. 12, 2013 5:17 pm
So after a bit of trouble with the cobbler, I moved on (for now,) to my next choice:  Ginger Orange Cheesecake.  It went together quite easily, and baked in about the time suggested by the recipe.  Perhaps you would like to try a slice?       The reicpe called for sliced oranges as a garnish,… MORE
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Jul. 7, 2013 2:08 pm 
Updated: Jul. 13, 2013 5:16 am
Crazycook had never made a "cobbler," so what turned out may have been as it should be, but it was not at all as I had anticipated.  Now, I must take any and all blame for this "failure," as I did alter the recipe a bit...  I had expected the finished dessert to have a cake-like topping on… MORE
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Jul. 2, 2013 10:57 pm 
Updated: Jul. 8, 2013 3:13 pm
Yarnell is a small town near Prescott AZ, and the area around has been ravaged by wildfire for many too many days now.  The cost has been dear... 19 firefighters, not to mention loss of property...  For all who have lost a part of their life, taken by this fire, here is my wish for you...  I… MORE
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Jun. 25, 2013 10:16 pm 
Updated: Jul. 7, 2013 8:10 am
While we enjoyed the Amazing Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake, I've been on such a sugar buzz that I've not been able to choose what dessert 2 may be...  I just finished perusing addtional recipes from some alternate sites.   Some call for boxed mixes (but not ALL recipes.) I really don't know that… 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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