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So Many Recipes, So Little Time...

Jul. 20, 2009 5:52 am 
Updated: Aug. 8, 2009 9:00 pm
If you've ever watched Alton Brown on Food Network, you know he hates uni-taskers. Uni-taskers are objects that only serve one purpose and just take up space the rest of the time. On his show, Good Eats, he used a large decorator star tip to hull strawberries. I've been using this method eve MORE
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Jul. 14, 2009 8:15 pm 
Updated: Jul. 20, 2009 7:09 pm
Cooking with kids. It's an adventure. They love to learn, but sometimes it can be, well, messy. We won't post those pics here. I don't want to scare anyone! All of my boys help in the kitchen occasionally. My oldest took Home Ec last year in seventh grade. They called it something else, but… MORE
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Jul. 11, 2009 8:54 pm 
Updated: Jul. 15, 2009 7:57 am
I'm hoping this works! Here's our "Fourth" in a nutshell! What's a holiday without cupcakes? Okay, these pics posted in the opposite order I chose them. And I uploaded 5, but only 3 showed up. Oh well, Happy Birthday,… MORE
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About Me
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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