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GIVE THEM FOOD...and other ways to cope with life

Nov. 14, 2009 3:05 pm 
Updated: Nov. 23, 2009 3:20 pm
This is my secret in the kitchen , cooking creating, serving friends..and having someone always clean up.  I could do this and very little else and be perfectly happy.  But no, life has to have other annoying realities that scream for our attention. Such was our demise… MORE
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Nov. 12, 2009 3:49 pm 
Updated: Nov. 19, 2009 2:29 pm
"Well, YOU can just eat leftovers!!"  was the snide remark that never made it out of my mouth as I slammed the door on my way to "find some sanity".  Some days, the saint you just hailed on Monday turns into an unidentifiable irritation by does that happen? … MORE
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Nov. 10, 2009 2:40 pm 
Updated: Nov. 14, 2009 6:11 pm
I taught a fun class this weekend on recipes from Ina Garten, Giada, and Emeril.  The class was full of people who weren't too familiar with cooking. This is my favorite kind of class because it is wonderful to see them tackle these recipes and then be so proud of their dishes.  I… MORE
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Nov. 4, 2009 7:36 pm 
Updated: Nov. 6, 2009 9:40 am
Why do those words strike fear into the hearts of many?  It's getting to be the holiday season and I am always on the look out for interesting appetizers to bring to events.  When I was up in Canada, I bought a copy of  "Canadian Living" , a magazine that was a favorite when I… MORE
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Nov. 1, 2009 4:32 am 
Updated: Nov. 18, 2009 3:23 pm
Well, it's been over 3 weeks since I posted.  We are back from Canada where my Dad passed away peacefully on October 24th.  Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for my family.Usually we only spend a few days back in Ontario but this time we were there… MORE
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Oct. 7, 2009 2:01 pm 
Updated: Nov. 12, 2009 5:27 pm
Chocolate is complicated.  I'm not talking about the chocolate chip kind of chocolate or the melting wavers type...I'm talking about the high cocoa percentage, needs to be tempered and handled with kid gloves type of artisan chocolate.  When Holiday time arrives or you just want a… MORE
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Oct. 6, 2009 4:59 pm 
Updated: Oct. 8, 2009 6:39 pm
I have a love hate relationship with changing seasons.  True, I am Canadian but can clearly be heard for miles grumbling about summer leaving.  I don't like being cold..ever!  And yet, I find myself drinking in the sight of falling leaves, pumpkins appearing everywhere, vivid… MORE
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Oct. 3, 2009 6:15 pm 
Updated: Oct. 9, 2009 8:41 am
Last week my niece was married and I supplied the wedding favors.  Making you own favors is easy and much more economical.  Here's what I did in case any of you are headed down the isle as bride or mother of the bride looking to cut the cost of the perfect wedding for which I'm… MORE
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Sep. 29, 2009 8:35 am 
Updated: Oct. 9, 2009 8:33 am
In the last 28 days my beautiful dog Fred died, my father in law passed away, my last child left for college and I just said probably my final good bye to my own father who is dying of liver cancer.  Quite a month.  As I was traveling up to Canada last week I found myself dreading the… MORE
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Sep. 12, 2009 7:12 pm 
Updated: Oct. 6, 2009 4:26 pm
I moved my "little boy" back to college today.  He has a great old house to share with 2 other guys andwe all met the 4 girls that will live on the top suite of their house...gratefully, they seem sweet and are juniors in the Dental School, so hopefully they like to study more than play… MORE
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Loving life at 50ish. Kids are gone and I'm focusing on my career! I enjoyed running a chocolate truffle business for 3 years and now teach adults and children about chocolate. I also teach hands on cooking classes at a local cooking school and am writing my first cookbook! Please visit me at my blog
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook almost anything but particularly enjoy Italian. I have been studying Vegetarian and Vegan cooking for the last few years and love to make healthy meals.
My favorite family cooking traditions
from scratch cinnamon buns on Christmas morning...they take forever but Oh! so worth it!
My cooking triumphs
landing my dream job as a teaching chef.
My cooking tragedies
when I was teaching myself to cook way back in college, I made these wonderful oatmeal raisin cookies for my roomies....only problem was I forgot the flour! The cookies became one big mass that overflowed the cookie sheet and made a huge mess in the oven!
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