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Thoughts from the SW/MW

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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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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