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I love cooking and baking, and so does my wonderful husband of 26 years.We are truly soulmates, and we really enjoy cooking together. I am obsessed with gathering and reading new recipes and cookbooks! I have literally over a thousand cookbooks, and I read many of them frequently. I have so many cookbooks that I like I am not sure which ones I would say are my favorites, but I do really like "Jim Fobel's Old Fashioned Baking Book", and I really like a lot of Land O' Lakes cookbooks, and cookbooks by a local chef here in the Northwest, Caprial Pence. I am a native Oregonian, and I love the mountains and trees that surround the area. I love learning about different cultures and one of my favorite ways is through the sharing of recipes, of course. I am fascinated by spices and their usages, and have read alot about them. I am an avid reader of classic literature, nonfiction nature and memoirs, and love passing on my love of books to others.I love to crotchet doilies (yes there are still people who make doiles).I love the Fall time, I love everything about Autumn, the colors, the sights, the sounds, the smells,and of course the food and drink. There's nothing like the sound of migrating geese overhead as the sun goes down, or the sound of hammered dulcimer music on a crisp sunny Autumn day, I also love snowy winters, which unfortunately we rarely ever experience in our area any more. I love beautiful art, and european antiques, Irish music and genuinely kind people. I am a bird watcher, and an animal lover, and one of my dreams is to someday open a wild bird rehabilitation center of my own, after volunteering for a short stint at the local Audobon rehabilitation center. The third member of my family that I could never fail to mention is our wonderful, spirited burmese cat of 18 years named Hadji, who always makes sure his presence is felt in our home. I am passionate about nature, and to be honest just about anything else that I get interested in! I have bird scaped my yard, and the birds just flock in to our small suburban yard! We have even had great blue herons that have come to fish (though there is no fish there) in our small 5' by 10' pond, and racoons, skunks and many frogs, plus a pair of mallards that have taken up regular residence there, we're thrilled! Well I could go on and on, but I won't (whew!). Some pet peeves would have to be, suburban sprawl, loss of animal habitat and countryside, and the destruction of the environment (It truly saddens me just to see any beautiful healthy tree cut down). Back to the issue of food - I really love this site and I hope to try and share a lot of recipes.
Some of my favorite foods I would have to say are soups and good breads,rice dishes,pasta dishes,noodles and dumplings, good fruit salads and fruit desserts, strueselly coffeecakes, and did I mention struesel? I love big soft cinnamon rolls, fruit crisps, pastries, scones w/lemon curd & clotted cream, and all things vanilla and cinnamon (and I am also partial to nutmeg). I love all the sweet spices, and maple syrup, brown sugar and the flavor of butter (real butter, of course). I love homemade trifles, and desserts made with mascarpone, pastries with marzipan, and kringle with custard filling.I love homemade pudding and creme anglaise on everything from fruit, to bread pudding, to cake (fruit crisps would be wonderful also). I also love French pastries, and Scandinavian desserts, and the flavor of cardamom, I love tarts and many European desserts (and European savory dishes, of course too.) I have a passion for eastern European foods, especially Hungarian. Our favorite Hungarian restaurant just recently closed, which left us despondant, because other than that restaurant we really don't eat out much. We got to know the family that owned it a little and even went to a Hungarian gypsy (Roma) concert with dancing, at the restaurant. We really miss it, but I have a wonderful recipe for Chicken Paprikash, and other wonderful sounding Hungarian recipes I have yet to try, I guess we will just have to make our own Hungarian atmosphere! The dishes I am most noted for, would have to be my chili and cornbread,my Maple pecan spinach salad, my Hungarian chicken, my strawberry almond trifle and my prune tarts.
Well, I have copied a lot of delicious sounding recipes off of this site that I hope to try, and I hope that I can put at least a few out there that others can enjoy. So thanks to all who have shared their recipes!