Single Servings Blog at Allrecipes.com (8/2009)

Single Servings

 
Aug. 27, 2009 2:14 pm 
Updated: Sep. 21, 2009 11:40 am
You might be wondering why you’re getting a Single Servings a few days before September. Or you may not be wondering at all—either not aware I do this at the beginning of each month, or not even totally sure what the date is today. Normally, I’d be right there with you, but I have been… MORE
Lasagna Roll Ups -- photo by CookinBug aka JL86
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Italian Wedding Soup I -- photo by { Heidi }
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Chicken Picata I -- photo by Chris Lamia
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Ricotta Cookies III -- Photo by mis7up.jpg
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Aug. 10, 2009 2:16 pm 
Updated: Feb. 1, 2010 7:05 pm
It’s pronounced keen-wah. Not kwin-oh-ah...i.e., the sound that came out of my mouth the first time I attempted to pronounce the word. And I said it so confidently, too. It didn’t occur to me that sounding it out (as I was taught to do in grade school) would not get the job done in this case.… MORE
Tomato-Mint Quinoa Salad -- photo by SunFlower
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Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad -- photo by larkspur
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Spiced Quinoa -- photo by Dianne
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Quinoa Tabbouleh -- photo by Jailin
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Aug. 3, 2009 4:12 pm 
I don’t know about where you live, but in Seattle we are experiencing unbelievably beautiful weather and have been since June—pretty unheard of around here. I’ve lived in the Northwest my whole life, and I can’t remember a sunnier summer. Apparently though, we’ve stolen the great weather from… MORE
Pesto Turkey Burgers--photo by stormieskye
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Aegean Chicken Salad
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Avocado-Lime Shrimp Salad
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Carrie's Garlic Pesto Tuna Salad Sandwiches -- photo by GodivaGirl
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Mackenzie

Home Town
Bellingham, Washington, USA
Living In
Seattle, Washington, USA

Member Since
Sep. 2006

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Asian, Mexican, Italian

Hobbies
Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Music

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About Me
I am a 32-year old woman (I still stumble over the word "woman," but I don't think I can get away with "girl" anymore) living in Seattle, WA, writing for the very website you are browsing right now! I am originally from Bellingham (about 80 miles north of Seattle), where I went to Western Washington University, and then just kinda hung out for several more years until I moved south in September of 2006. I've always loved cooking and even had my own little spiral recipe notebook when I was in middle school to collect my star dishes in. (Apple pizza and scones were always a hit with the family—thanks Home Ec.!) I seriously considered going to culinary school when I was twenty, but then decided I didn't want to cook for a living. I’m definitely more of an entertaining cook, as opposed to a professional cook.
My favorite things to cook
I prefer cooking over baking, but I've been branching out more in the past couple years--I made a pie from scratch for the very first time for Thanksgiving 2006 and it was delicious. But, I made a cake from scratch for the first time recently, and it did not go as well. It looked great, but I would not use the word "great" to describe how it tasted. I've resolved to go back to boxed cake mix, and put my efforts into the decoration where I can actually do some good.
My favorite family cooking traditions
People are always surprised when I say that my dad does most of the cooking for holiday meals. "Does your mom get stressed out for Thanksgiving?" people will ask. Are you kidding me? No way! She, my sister, and I are all watching movies while my dad is basting the turkey and making mashed potatoes and gravy. Thanksgiving is probably the most relaxing day of the year for my mom!
My cooking triumphs
Ah, I remember it well ... I was twelve years old; I believe it was a Thursday and there was a chill in the air that night ... I pulled that seafood pasta bake out of the oven oh-so-carefully, and when we sat down to enjoy it ... so cheesy, creamy and seafoody (and I mean that in the very best way)... so very, very, delicious ... though I lost track of the recipe, each bite will live on in my memory forever ... ;)
My cooking tragedies
On my 30th birthday, I set fire to a cookie sheet full of French bread that I had only intended to toast. I had just finished cooking something else when I turned the oven to broil and underestimated how hot the top element already was. Chatting away with a friend, I was completely confused when I saw smoke coming through the burners and it wasn't until my friend yelled, "It's on fire!" pointing to the partially open oven door, that I realized what was happening. I swiftly yanked the baking sheet from the oven, dropped it into the sink, and cranked the faucet. Disaster averted. Moral of the story? Let other people cook for you on your birthday.
 
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