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Who thought I would ever become a baker?

I have never been good at reading recipes–it might have something to do with having a touch of dyscalculia, which means I switch around numbers when I read them and is a real, not made-up, condition for which I have never been official diagnosed.  But this inability to follow recipes has impaired my baking skills.  Once I made meatloaf with at least double the bread crumbs because of this lack of reading and my parents dubbed it meat stuffing.  That mostly summarizes my baking experiences even if you do not count meatloaf as baking.  But lately my methods have been to try out this baking thing because things cannot go too wrong if its full of sugar and flour.  Within about two weeks I made two batches of zucchini flaxseed muffins and it turned out to be fabulous. (more…)

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This dish is amazing and it has so many of my favorite ingredients like feta, olives, and peppers, just to name a few.  Also, it contains one of my new pasta obsessions which is orzo.  For years, I was in love with couscous but now orzo is my small pasta of choice.  Orzo looks like rice but it is pasta and cooks quicker than you can say OPA!

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Thanks Readers

This morning I hit 1000 all time views!!!!

Thanks to everyone who keeps checking out my food.  I really appreciate it, especially from my mom who I know probably makes up a good portion of the hits.  Thanks friends!!

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I had not made ice cream since I was a child when the  process involved salt, ice, and a hand crank.  Homemade ice cream technology has come a long way since then.  Now a few girlfriends can make it in one afternoon and then sit back and relax before enjoying delicious delicious ice cream.  Luckily, one of my friends owns this fancy new ice cream technology and it comes as a Kitchen Aid attachment.  This is probably the only time I have been really jealous of a Kitchen Aid.

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I can admit it.  I become a bit obsessed with cooking stew in the fall and winter.  If I made it once a week that would be fine with me and I doubt there would be complaints from my husband.  We both love coming home at the end of the day to a house smelling of stew cooking away in the crock-pot.  This particular stew recipe has the added benefit of containing one of my favorite cooking ingredients–Guinness.

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I loves me some pizza.  I started making homemade pizza as a kid on camping trips.  It was so fun warming it up over the camp fire and even the times I ate it when we did not have a fire to warm it on.  When I got a bit older, I brought the homemade pizza into the kitchen and my mom made me make it every time I came home from college.  Some times we get very fancy with homemade crust.  But I think I like it more when I eat it on pitas as if I was a kid again camping in the Northwoods.

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Turn It Up for TURNIPS

This great passage about turnips comes from the Joy of Cooking.  I personally had no idea that I loved turnips until last year when they came in our CSA box.  I probably would not serve them raw to children but who knows what will happen when I have kids.  For now, we cook them with brown sugar which is what got me turned on to the turnips.  They sort of remind me as a cross between carrots and potatoes with a some what spicy kick.  Below there are recipes for my original turnip dish and a new one I whipped up the last time we got turnips from our CSA, which was probably in November and I some how did not post this recipe then.

 

 

 

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