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Jun. 30, 2013 10:03 am 
Updated: Jul. 6, 2013 4:20 am
In a recent issue of my health provider's quarterly magazine I found this health quiz which I thought would be interesting to share with you.  I will post the answers in a day or two. 1.  Which dried fruit is highest in added sugars?a.  dried cranberries  b.  raisins  c.  prunes  d.  dried… MORE
 
 
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Jun. 16, 2013 10:33 am 
Updated: Jul. 27, 2013 8:51 am
For some reason, Chef Luigi's computer won't let me crop photos to put on his blog - so here are some from my netbook for you to see.  The other peeps will be putting more on the photo pages. MORE
Carrie, sassy, Mike, bellepepper and midwestchef
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sassyoldlady and bellepepper at the Buckeye Bash
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Mike and Mr. bellepepper
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sassy and bellepepper chat w/ Chef Luigi
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Jun. 11, 2013 8:37 pm 
Updated: Jun. 17, 2013 7:54 am
Chef Luigi and Chef Juan Carlos are....Reunited and it feels so good, Reunited 'cause we understoodThere's one perfect fitAnd, sugar, this one is itWe both are so excited'Cause we're reunited,Hey, hey...  They're back...back together, that is!  Yep, the dangerous duo has reunited to help… MORE
Juan Carlos and Luigi - together again...ready to cook up a storm!
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May 23, 2013 2:11 pm 
Updated: Jun. 25, 2013 10:24 pm
This will probably be the hardest blog I have ever have to write.  "dog fish head" has been a regular here on the Buzz for many years.  We became friends privately online as well as on AR.  We have written, called, sent gifts back and forth and done everything but meet in person.  That was… MORE
Allison's "Namesake" LOL dogfishhead beer
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Mar. 19, 2013 9:43 am 
Updated: Apr. 17, 2013 4:24 am
Greetings from the Great State of Ohio!  It’s time to mark your calendar and make your plans for the 4th Annual Buckeye Bash, which we hope will be one of the best allrecipes get-togethers ever!  At little history about our Bashes:  our first meeting was a luncheon at the Dutch Kitchen near… MORE
 
 
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Dec. 19, 2012 1:21 pm 
Updated: Dec. 26, 2012 6:50 pm
Just a little over a year ago, I wrote the blog "Oh Tumbleweed, Oh Tumbleweed" about having a 'special' tree last year.  So much has changed since then.  We no longer live in the land of  the tumbleweed, in the high dessert of New Mexico.  Who would have thought we'd be living in Ohio only… MORE
 
 
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Sep. 27, 2012 7:55 am 
Updated: Sep. 27, 2012 7:16 pm
So, when we moved to Ohio, we left our old (and I do mean old) washer and dryer for the new owners to deal with; not to worry:  they knew what they were getting.  We purchased a new LG washer and dryer, and after getting used to the new-fangled way these appliances worked, we were pretty… MORE
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Aug. 28, 2012 5:49 am 
Updated: Sep. 12, 2012 2:15 am
When we moved into our new home in June, we were thrilled with the size of our pantry (over 6' long).  However, when we started putting our food stuffs on the wire shelving, we were less than thrilled.  The small jars (jams and jellies) and the bottles (sauces and olives) tipped and wobbled. … MORE
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Aug. 14, 2012 8:42 am 
Updated: Aug. 29, 2012 4:46 am
Well, I did it again...suggested a move back to Ohio...and here we are.  [A little back story here - DH is in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease and I thought it would be good to be back with family, especially so the grandkids will remember him while he's still pretty much with it, able… MORE
 
 
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Dec. 3, 2011 5:33 pm 
Updated: Dec. 25, 2012 6:59 am
Years ago, before classroom TV's, computers, VCR's, DVD's, etc., I was teaching 4th grade in an Ohio classroom.  Every year during the Christmas season, I would show an old 16 mm movie about a tumbleweed that blew into town on a rainy Christmas Eve.       The poor tumbleweed was kicked by… MORE
Tumbleweed Christmas Tree
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Merry Christmas!
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midwestchef

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Columbus, Ohio, USA
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Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Dessert, Quick & Easy

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About Me
Married w/ pets + three kids and six grandkids. Retired after 30 years of teaching grades K-7. Moved to NM 10 years ago. Loved it there. Moved back to Ohio to be closer to family.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make soups. Chili, beef vegetable, ham and bean,and tortilla soups are our favs. I like casseroles - one dish dinners are the best! I think the slow cooker is about the best cooking aid in my kitchen. I love to try new recipes, that's what makes this a super website; that and all the cool contributors.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Anything I did with my grandmother! Thanksgiving at Grandma's house was the best. She wanted to do it all - and she was a great cook. Making taffy with her was such a treat! I remember the first time she made pizza (from a box). She wasn't too sure about pizza! But in the mid 1950's, none of us midwesterners were too sure about pizza!
My cooking triumphs
When I was 13, I entered seven different baked goods (mostly cakes) in open class at the fair, competing against adult cooks with great records. I took first place with all but one entry, which got a second place ribbon.
My cooking tragedies
Looking back over the years, my biggest tragedy was making gravy...but thanks to CindyLepp, it is no longer a challenge! She sent me packets of dry gravy mixes!
 
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