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Thoughts from the SW/MW

 
Nov. 15, 2011 11:08 am 
Updated: Nov. 17, 2011 7:49 am
Here are some sweet thoughts for you - print this and.....(this is a reprint from a couple of years ago)  ON THANKSGIVING DAY…Put this on your counterAnd as you cook  todayRemember all the great friendsThat AR’s bought your way.I know that my life’s betterFor having you to shareThe good, the… MORE
 
 
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Oct. 19, 2011 8:50 am 
Updated: Oct. 26, 2011 12:58 pm
Remember when I ask for German recipes about a month ago?  I received many really great suggestions.  The time has come to start using them as our “Oktobereformania” is Friday, October 21.[What, you ask, is that?]  The party is a celebration of fall, food, fellowship and the history of the… MORE
Station #1 - ready to make wienerschnitzel
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Station #2 - The German Bierocks (Runza)
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The happy little runza makers
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Sep. 7, 2011 9:46 am 
Updated: Sep. 22, 2011 7:12 am
Can you guess the item in this picture?  It's a very common item found in most every kitchen.  I'm sure you have at least one in your kitchen.  And no, it's not ice! MORE
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Jul. 30, 2011 9:37 am 
Updated: Aug. 1, 2011 6:37 am
Using Leftovers in Unusual and Interesting WaysOnce in awhile, an idea pops into my head.  Sometimes these ideas are good and sometimes not.  But today, this one turned out to be a good one.Back story:  If you have ever eaten Cheryl’s Cookies (a central Ohio company), you know how wonderful… MORE
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Nov. 25, 2010 5:42 pm 
Updated: Jan. 6, 2011 9:06 am
Let’s tackle another holiday tradition that is usually either loved or hated:  the (sometimes) dreaded FRUITCAKE!  Personally, fruitcake is a treat I look forward to every Christmas.  I guess it goes along with liking mince meat! The first fruitcakes, made in ancient Rome, were concocte MORE
 
 
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Nov. 18, 2010 12:37 pm 
Updated: Dec. 9, 2010 7:19 am
Several weeks ago, someone on the Buzz asked a question about mincemeat. The question triggered memories of Grandma's kitchen and all the wonderful smells and flavors of Thanksgivings past. I emailed relatives for a copy of her mincemeat pie recipe. But, like many wonderful cooks of generati MORE
 
 
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Oct. 23, 2010 1:30 pm 
Updated: Nov. 7, 2010 6:21 pm
If you read redneckgramma's last blog about useless (or unusable) items you have purchased, you might remember this item in my kitchen: Gourmet Edible Bowls Baking Pans. The idea is to bake your cake, cornbread, etc. in the bowls and them fill them with ice cream, chili, etc.   Today I… MORE
 
 
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Oct. 16, 2010 8:45 am 
Updated: Oct. 24, 2010 8:29 am
Yesterday I attended my fifth cooking class with Chef Ellis. Previously I had taken French, Italian, candy making and a "Proper English Tea." The classes are held in her wonderfully large and well-appointed home kitchen. She has traveled the world over in her career as a Marine,… MORE
 
 
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Sep. 25, 2010 9:21 am 
Updated: Sep. 27, 2010 3:15 pm
It's that time of year - again.  The Whole Enchilada Festival is in full swing.  In about 24 hours, the good people of Las Cruces will begin making the world's largest enchilada and serving it to all the festival goers.  [You can check this information in the Guiness Book of World… MORE
 
 
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Jun. 5, 2010 3:32 pm 
Updated: Jul. 16, 2010 7:24 pm
Summer travels are lots of fun.  Heading back to the old stomping ground and meeting up with friends and family is great, but preparing for the trip can also be hard work, especially if you’re traveling in an RV.  First, the RV needs to be checked inside and out.   Are all systems GO?  C MORE
 
 
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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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