The Kitchen of DEW Blog at Allrecipes.com (11/2010)

The Kitchen of DEW

 
Nov. 27, 2010 9:00 am 
Ahhh ... what fun we had on our "Day After Thanksgiving Cooking Frenzy"! It was good to see friends from our college days and enjoy some time together both around town and in the kitchen.  An immensely varied meal was enjoyed in the evening.  That meal definitely came with a few… MORE
 
 
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Luvinlif2k

Home Town
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In
Bowie, Maryland, USA

Member Since
May 2002

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

Hobbies
Scrapbooking, Knitting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Hunting, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Wine Tasting, Charity Work

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About Me
I am a PA Dutch-raised SAHM who now lives in the suburbs of D.C. I have two awesome kids who are now both in Elementary school and I am learning to balance home, school and community ... haven't passed that test yet. My favorite room in the house is the kitchen and I love to cook for friends. I am a displaced Recipezaarian and am making AllRecipes.com my new home and homepage.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking cakes in varying flavors. Unfortunately, being diabetic, I'm limited to baking cakes when I know there will be plenty of people to consume them! I have learned to love trying to copycat recipes from fine-dining experiences we have. I rely mostly on recipes but often step out of the box with substitutions to increase the "healthy" factor in the foods that I serve.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite cooking memories are making Christmas cookies at Grandma O's house(especially her Sand Tarts!) and having wonderful home-cooked dinners at Grandma E's House on Sundays with the best homemade bread, dried corn and real mashed potatoes. Two of my favorite Christmas offerings as I grew up were my mom's homemade chocolate-covered buttercreams and my Aunt Janice's "candy-cane bread".
My cooking triumphs
The most memorable dish I have made was a Peanut Butter Pie from The Common Grill Cookbook by Chef Greg Common in Ann Arbor, MI. It "WOWed" Mom's group and was a best-seller at the concession stand for the church plays. All of the dishes I made from Chef Common's cookbook have been hits but prep is sometimes a bit extensive so I save them for special occasions.
 
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