Lela's Cooking Journey Blog at Allrecipes.com (10/2013)

Lela's Cooking Journey

Oct. 30, 2013 11:05 am 
Updated: Nov. 6, 2013 11:24 am
Traditions have always played a big part in what defines my family holidays. When my kids were little, we carved pumpkins every Halloween. You never know what family activities you do will leave a lasting impression on your kids when they grow up. It all began the other day when my daughter… MORE
Carving Pumpkins
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Oct. 27, 2013 2:22 pm 
Updated: Nov. 1, 2013 1:47 pm
When my daughter was a little girl, we found out she was sensitive to artificial red food dye. She would get severe stomach aches, headaches, and sometimes throw up. As she was growing up, I would monitor her food intake and especially avoid red dye.  Now, she has a five year old daughter who… MORE
Spinach and carrot natural food dye
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Oct. 26, 2013 9:39 am 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2013 5:55 am
When I was a working mom, there were days when I needed to get a meal on the table in a hurry.(I am retired now.) In less than thirty minutes, I could pull together a meal with the help of frozen potatoes. My family will only eat this brand of potatoes Ore-Ida. I have tried to feed my family… MORE
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Oct. 15, 2013 7:12 pm 
Updated: Oct. 18, 2013 5:38 am
Old Man Winter is coming soon and is already leaving snow in the high country of Colorado. Last Saturday, my Hubby, and I ventured out to Colorado Springs, Co. The forty-five minute trip led us to the Black Bear Cafe where we had a nice filling lunch.  I was craving a milk shake. The Cafe… MORE
Zesty Italian Sausage Pasta
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Bow Ties with Italian Sausage in Cream Basil Sauce
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Smoked Turkey
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Tags:  Italian
Oct. 5, 2013 12:02 pm 
Updated: Oct. 9, 2013 10:51 am
This past month, I baked with yeast in Lela's Kitchen. Yeast has given me quite a headache since I first blogged about my baking with yeast two years ago. For years, I taught elementary students. I lived, breathed, and loved teaching. I really didn't have a lot of time to devote to baking… MORE
Peppy's Pita Bread
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Tags:  Baking, How-To
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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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