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Lela's Cooking Journey

Dec. 31, 2014 9:38 am 
Updated: Jan. 4, 2015 3:26 pm
Who knew an oven roaster and a slow cooker could be my best friends. One of the ovens, (double oven) will not keep the heat after I used the self cleaner. The repairman said never, never use the self-cleaning feature. After the repairman fixed the oven, it worked for about three months. I… MORE
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Nov. 21, 2014 5:52 am 
Updated: Nov. 23, 2014 6:53 pm
My 6 year old granddaughter wanted to make something crafty for Thanksgiving. We chose the mason jar covered with Fall leaves that is so popular on pinterest. On pinterest, the photo of the mason jar didn't lead to any directions. Here is how we designed the jar. Supplies Fall leaves Modge… MORE
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Oct. 26, 2014 8:49 am 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2014 9:50 pm
I love the holidays and especially making fun recipes to give as gifts. I made some cute Halloween treats to give away to people I know. Halloween is coming and the ghosts and the goblins will soon be knocking on your door. What are you making for Halloween?      Peanut Clusters in the… MORE
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Sep. 7, 2014 9:07 am 
Updated: Sep. 18, 2014 3:59 am
My patio is a bathroom for the birds. Ever since my buddy passed away, the birds have decided to bomb my patio. My granddaughter also misses her princess buddy. Cleaning the patio table and chairs is not what I wanted to do everyday. Does anyone have a suggestion for keeping birds at bay?    … MORE
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Jul. 26, 2014 8:35 am 
Updated: Jul. 31, 2014 4:27 am
This month, Barilla was the sponsor for the All Recipes Ambassadors. I was happy that Barilla was a sponsor because I always buy Barilla pasta.  I have used Barilla pasta for years as you can tell by my pantry. Besides, my family loves pasta as well as my dogs! (I miss my canines, Jessie and… MORE
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Jun. 17, 2014 11:14 am 
Updated: Jul. 26, 2014 5:03 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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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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