Thoughts from the SW/MW Blog at Allrecipes.com (8/2012)

Thoughts from the SW/MW

 
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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midwestchef

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Columbus, Ohio, USA
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New Albany, Ohio, USA

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Feb. 2008

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

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Scrapbooking, Camping, Photography, Reading Books, Charity Work

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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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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