Thoughts from the SW/MW Blog at Allrecipes.com (11/2010)

Thoughts from the SW/MW

 
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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midwestchef

Home Town
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Living In
New Albany, Ohio, USA

Member Since
Feb. 2008

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Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Dessert, Quick & Easy

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Scrapbooking, Camping, Photography, Reading Books, Charity Work

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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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