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Jun. 17, 2014 11:14 am 
Updated: Jun. 20, 2014 11:38 am
Cooking in foil packets always reminds me of going camping. We took our two kids camping every summer. Of course the best part of camping was eating outdoors. Using foil packets was easy to make tasty food packets and then the clean up was a breeze.  Just throw away the packets after eating.… MORE
 
 
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May 14, 2014 8:22 pm 
Updated: May 18, 2014 6:39 am
I love muffins. I like how easy they are to make. My kids like the fact they can grab a muffin and run off to work. Why did I start making muffins? When my daughter was a little girl, she had a sensitivity to wheat. So, the allergy doctor suggested removing offending foods. I also had an… MORE
 
 
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May 4, 2014 11:39 am 
Updated: May 5, 2014 5:50 am
Back in October of 2103, I couldn't fry potatoes to save my life So, I asked for help on the Buzz. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe-Exchange/Recipe-Request.aspx?RequestID=312660 http://allrecipes.com/Recipe-Exchange/Recipe-Request.aspx?RequestID=311077       Some very helpful people stepped… MORE
 
 
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Apr. 12, 2014 3:37 pm 
Updated: Apr. 16, 2014 7:26 pm
In my last blog, I posted my dilemma about broken and worn out kitchen items.I am happy to say I have replaced most items from Ebay. Of course, I did add a couple of other items. I found an avocado measuring cup, a whole set of orange Tupperware measuring cups, and a set of Tupperware… MORE
 
 
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Mar. 28, 2014 9:20 am 
Updated: Apr. 3, 2014 7:13 pm
Once upon a time, a long time ago, some kitchen gadgets became a cherished part of my family. I didn't realize how much the kitchen tools were some of my most prized possessions until a handle broke off my measuring cup. The set of green Tupperware measuring cups resided in my house for over… MORE
 
 
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Jan. 25, 2014 10:43 am 
Updated: Jan. 29, 2014 6:47 am
I broke up with my old blender, Oster. I got the blender when I got married and it lasted over 40 years. If something went wrong with it, I could always get parts for my blender. Sad to say, Oster is now in the basement because it just wouldn't mix a smoothie without lumps of ice. I couldn't… MORE
 
 
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Jan. 23, 2014 1:58 pm 
Updated: Feb. 10, 2014 7:17 am
Perhaps, I have gone coconutty for finding a solution for a dry skin. Do you have dry skin? Have you tried different products without results? My skin was so dry that I would make jokes about having skin like a lizard. Or my skin looks like crepe paper. I would wear long sleeves to hide my… MORE
 
 
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Dec. 19, 2013 9:15 pm 
Updated: Jan. 15, 2014 1:31 pm
Winter is here along with the wind which of course includes dry skin. I have tried so many different lotions and creams for dry skin, but the best thing I found is coconut oil. I have to thank Manella for sharing this wonderful recipe for Body Butter. You will need three ingredients, coconut… MORE
 
 
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Dec. 10, 2013 8:43 am 
Updated: Dec. 14, 2013 6:51 am
I thought I would share a few items I bought for special people on my list. Maybe these ideas will give you a few good ideas. Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love baking the Christmas goodies, wrapping the presents, and especially finding that special gift for someone on my list.… MORE
 
 
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Nov. 19, 2013 8:17 am 
Updated: Dec. 6, 2013 5:59 am
As I look out my window, tumbleweeds are jumping and dancing in the wind. The wind is howling and and the sun is shining. I am glad I am in my house and not driving on the highway. I feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Very strange windy weather we are having in Southern Colorado. In the… MORE
 
 
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Lela

Member Since
Nov. 2009

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian

Hobbies
Sewing, Hiking/Camping, Walking

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About Me
I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
My favorite things to cook
I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
My cooking triumphs
Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
 
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