Tales from Granite Island! Blog at Allrecipes.com (12/2011)

Tales from Granite Island!

Dec. 18, 2011 7:51 am 
Updated: Dec. 30, 2011 8:09 pm
Who da thunk!?! Lil’ ole me, minding my own business in the chilled air of the Midwest contemplating what to serve over the Christmas Holiday, getting and offering ideas on the Buzz, when “You’ve got mail!” (does that really happen anymore??).  “We know you are new to the AllStar Program but… MORE
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About Me
We spend part of the year in Naples, FL enjoying the sun, so I feel blessed to be able to do two of my favorite loves all year; golfing & grilling. I love entertaining and planning get-togethers for friends. It's fun to come up with a theme for the evening and develop a menu around it.
My favorite things to cook
Since grilling is my favorite way to cook, I enjoy finding different marinades & sauces and interesting side dishes to keep things interesting. In the fall I enjoy spending a Sunday in the kitchen making a pot of something hearty and comforting. I don't bake much but enjoy a flour-fest in the kitchen once in a while!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Traditions have changed over the years juggling family visits and big meals for the "kids". I would have to say brunch is now my favorite meal to make. It makes for a relaxed morning/afternoon, no one has to rush and there is plenty of time between visits for those "kids" that split their time with other family members! A full tummy and a Bloody Mary makes for a nice nap before more festivities begin!
My cooking triumphs
I'm pretty happy anytime someone in the family says the really like something. They know they have to be careful saying that or they will find themselves eating it again real soon! Ha! Recently, I have enjoyed mastering different kinds of cheesecakes. It's an elegant and rich dessert that can be made into any imaginable flavor!!!
My cooking tragedies
I'm famous for leaving something in the oven or grill. Mashed potatoes... grilled corn for dessert anyone?!? A little less wine, please!!! ;-)
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