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I live and work in the northern suburbs of Detroit, Michigan.
My passions are running, my husband, my friends and family, and my happy puppies. I have a lot of interests that keep me very busy. I love to garden and putter about my house, crochet when I have time, read and listen to all types of music. My husband is an active triathlete, and we belong to a multisport club which keeps us very busy. I don't have many pet peeves... maybe just people who complain a lot and have a TON of pet peeves? ;) Life is short. Don't waste it complaining about stuff.
One of my favorite things in this world is simple: a scalding cup of tea with milk and honey. I guess it reminds me of my grandmother, who made me my first ever cup -- so weak, it just barely had some color -- when I was a little girl. We spent many, many an hour over the years sitting together and talking over cups of tea. She liked her tea "pipin' hot," and any less would not do. She believed in using the good china every day, and I now treasure her tea cups. Also, her idea of "comfort food" was hot tea and toast. I miss my grandmother terribly. For years, she was the one constant in my life, and my idea of *home* was wherever she was. She taught me a lot about life, and I have a lot to thank her for. She was a good friend, and I attribute my love of cooking, baking and gardening directly to her. I kneaded my first loaf of bread in her kitchen, and she supervised as I made my first pie crust (standing on a stool my grandfather made, which is now in my kitchen and used by my nephew while he helps me bake). I still make her salad dressing, with a "little bit of this, and a little bit of that," and am a compulsive dead-header of strangers petunias... all because of her.
For daily fare, I tend to eat a lot of meals consisting of vegetables, beans and rice. My comfort foods always tend to involve some sort of rice and sauce. I really love Mediterranean, Indian and African foods. I love that I can explore Recipezaar to find interesting new recipes to try out. I love fresh vegetables of all kinds, and I prefer them raw or just slightly cooked. I schmear plain avocado on toast, or eat it with poached eggs (I have pretty simple tastes). I am a shameless lover of good Greek olives and I love to snack on edamame like it's popcorn. I don't care for potato salad, egg salad, any kind of deviled meat, or peas. ;)
I have a terrible sweet tooth, so I'd say my favorite foods are desserts. Any dessert... but especially chocolate. My husband makes wonderful creme brulee', and delights in the manly twist of using a blow torch for the yummy crust. Of course, we don't eat desserts every night, and save the creme brulee for special occasions.
One of my favorite meals to cook is breakfast -- my husbands favorites are blueberry-lemon or banana pancakes. Lately, I am really enjoying baking our bread. There is just something so satisfying and therapeutic in the process.