Lela's Cooking Journey Blog at Allrecipes.com (1/2012)

Lela's Cooking Journey

Jan. 27, 2012 3:29 pm 
Updated: Feb. 12, 2012 3:07 am
I have a list I call "My Cooking Bucket List."  I write around 10 items I would like to master in cooking before I kick the bucket. Although not sophisticated in nature, the items on the bucket list fill a need to reclaim old family recipes or a request from a family member. I check them… MORE
Brook's Best Bombshell Brownies
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My Cooking Bucket List
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Say It with Chocolate Brownies
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Jan. 17, 2012 8:29 am 
Updated: Feb. 3, 2013 5:33 am
Update on Whole Wheat Batter Bread-I posted a recipe for whole wheat batter bread last week. As I promised, here are the updated photos and especially high altitude changes listed after the recipe. The recipe uses bread flour and whole wheat flour.Click on any of the photos to see an enlarged… MORE
Whole Wheat Batter Bread - An Amish Recipe
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Whole Wheat Dough Photos
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Whole Wheat Photos 2
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Jan. 12, 2012 10:15 pm 
Updated: Jan. 23, 2012 4:35 am
Are you avoiding making bread? Does it seem like a daunting undertaking that you will never attempt? You just need a little inspiration. In my case, I was inspired by Mary from her blog-One Perfect Bite. She had some advice I found useful to bake whole wheat batter bread. My second… MORE
Whole Wheat Batter Bread
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Jan. 5, 2012 7:29 am 
Updated: Jan. 18, 2012 3:00 am
Four years ago, I moved into a new home.  I bought all new top of the line appliances approximately $25,000 from a store that starts with an S and ends with an s. I did not buy the extended warranty on any of the items. Since then, I had to buy a new washer and dryer. The heating element went… MORE
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Jan. 3, 2012 10:21 pm 
Updated: Jan. 8, 2012 7:41 am
It was a busy day. Let's go back before Christmas. Picture Christmas music playing in the background, me in my red apron. I made orange pizzelles, brownies, and now on to fudge making.----so I thought. I gathered all the ingredients for fudge, grabbed a sauce pan and started making fudge. I… MORE
I Love Lucy Chocolate Factory
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Chocolate Coconut Pretzel Balls
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Chocolate Covered Pretzels
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Tags:  Lifestyle
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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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