Lela's Cooking Journey Blog at Allrecipes.com (11/2013)

Lela's Cooking Journey

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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Nov. 15, 2013 8:16 am 
Updated: Nov. 19, 2013 9:15 am
After school, my Granddaughter was hungry and I surprised her with homemade graham crackers. She especially loved the graham cracker men. Smiles, conversation, and the homemade graham crackers made for some quality time spent with my Granddaughter. My Husband, Son, and Daughter also were… MORE
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Nov. 9, 2013 6:35 am 
Updated: Nov. 15, 2013 9:21 am
It all started with my husband saying, he needed some chocolate. Of course, I love chocolate, too. If you are a chocolate lover, you will love these Chocolate Devils. The recipe is from Ree Drummond,¬†Pioneer Woman. She uses a well known recipe to make the Chocolate Devils known as Texas Sheet… MORE
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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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