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The Frazzled Pan - Cooking for Real

Mar. 27, 2009 8:46 am 
Updated: Mar. 28, 2009 4:11 am
My husband is turning 49.  ( I can’t believe I just wrote that…)  49…49…49… I just realized it last night.  49!  That means I’m……..never mind.  But he’s turning 49!  I met him when he was 20, married him 6 years later, and now he’s TURNING 49!!   Ok, enough… MORE
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Mar. 23, 2009 7:48 am 
Updated: Apr. 7, 2009 6:15 pm
I used this recipe when interviewing for a teaching position at a local cooking school.  The classes were held right in the front of a retail kitchenware store in a busy mall (talk about pressure.....)   I was asked to hold a demo during store hours to promote the classes, and… MORE
Mar. 5, 2009 10:00 am 
Updated: Oct. 29, 2009 1:13 pm
I have a new rule at my house.  Each kid must make one family dinner a week….really!  They’re 15 and 17 for goodness sake.  They’ll be off to college before I know it and they won’t be living on ramen noodles.  Well…..maybe they will, but I at least want them to feel… MORE
Mar. 3, 2009 7:16 am 
Updated: Mar. 3, 2009 9:11 pm
The class was sold out, wait listed, had people begging for seats – every time I offered it.  You would think that the cooking class junkies (you know who you are) would be clamoring to attend a “Romantic Dinner for Two” or “Sensational Seafood” or even “Tuscan Dinner Party”.  Well,… MORE
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Chicago, Illinois, USA
Living In
Kirkland, Washington, USA

Member Since
Aug. 2008

Cooking Level
Not Rated

Cooking Interests
Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy

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About Me
I recently returned to work full time and -- life's gotten pretty hectic. I have 2 really busy (and really hungry) teenage girls, a very active husband and an old yellow lab who really misses having me around the house. I love to cook and feel that sitting down to a meal with the family is really important. Unfortunately, I don't have the time or, frankly, the energy, to put a lot of work into meals every night. I'm determined to figure out how to get a delicious and healthy family dinner on the table with a minimum of fuss. As I figure it out, I'll post on my blog.
My favorite things to cook
I went to culinary school, taught cooking classes and read cookbooks for entertainment. Do we eat a gourmet meal every night? No way. Weeknight meals are quick and easy and, usually, nutritious. Weekends are when I have fun with my food. My weekend favorites: anything Greek, anything Italian, breads, soups and braises. I like trying new foods and techniques and love to have dinner parties.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Dolmathes (Greek rolled grape leaves) for birthdays, gnocci for Christmas Eve, pitzelle cookies with my Italian pitzelle iron, jack-o-lantern cake for Halloween and avgolemono soup for whoever is in need of comfort.
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