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So Many Recipes, So Little Time...

Nov. 27, 2009 3:45 pm 
Updated: Nov. 29, 2009 11:30 pm
In my quest to reinvent the old standard leftovers, I perused AR for a recipe for Croquettes. None that I found fit the bill, so I headed to the kitchen and made up my own. They're very tasty, and honestly taste almost nothing like the original, which is always good with leftovers. T MORE
Thanksgiving Leftovers Croquettes
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Nov. 12, 2009 7:36 pm 
Updated: Nov. 15, 2009 10:12 am
Yes, it's all about the pumpkin. Every fall I look forward to pumpkin pie. The mere mention of this delectable treat causes a Pavlov-like reaction in my oldest son. Close your mouth, boy - you're drooling. Here, I am not creative. I use the recipe on the can of Libby's pumpkin - the plain MORE
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Nov. 7, 2009 9:00 pm 
Updated: Nov. 20, 2009 6:17 am
Now that we are able to share our unpublished recipes, I thought I'd blog one of the simplest. I got tired of buying seasoned bread crumbs - seems I'm always needing them for a recipe (I fry far too often). I've always tossed dry bread into the food processor to make plain bread crumbs.… MORE
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I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try all sorts of new recipes, so I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I enjoy using fresh ingredients from the garden and canning those ingredients to use year-round. I also enjoy baking treats for my second grade class. I'll try almost anything if I think my family will eat it. Of course, I've been known to try a recipe because I want to, whether they'll eat it or not.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love making the pumpkin pies and other desserts for Thanksgiving. I always like to try one new dessert for each holiday. Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition that goes back as long as I can remember.
My cooking triumphs
I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I cooked a turkey I relied on my thermometer to tell when it was done. It wasn't.
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