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I have loved to experiment with food for as long as I can remember. I was lucky enough to have a Mother who would endulge me to create my on concoctions as a child. Some edible, and some not! She would also let me help as I could, and I do the same for mine too. There was a time in my adult life when cooking did not take prescedence over running my own business and 3 girls schedules taking our family in 50 different directions! I found this website in hopes of new creative recipes, but ended up with so much more. I now sit down on Sunday, create my mealplan for the week from the recipes saved in my cookbooks, send it to the shopping list, add any other essentials (milk, bread, etc.), head off to the grocery nd I'm set for the coming week with very little planning time. It's not the prep time that bothers me once I'm home from my busy day, it's the coordination of what to serve for the meal itself! I love using the crockpot for my maindishes. You know it's bad when my 6yr old says "We aren't eating 'AT' the crockpot again are we?" The crockpot is not just an object in my kitchen, it is a perminent location! Whether it be for my family, friends, church family or neighbors, cooking is my therapy and I love it...even when it turns out bad! And it has!
I have such diverse tastes that I don't know if I can narrow it down! I am not a baker, so I tend to stay away from complicated desserts and breads. I burn the bread that only has to be heated for 5 mins! But I love to eat them when others make them! I am great with casseroles, both main dish and side dish. I love to steam and season fresh veggies. I tend to go over board with seasonings: garlic, spices and vinegars. We love to play with marinades for meats on the grill. My family and I love fingerfoods and dips, hearty soups, fish dishes done right and pasta without red sauce. Even though it's hard, I try to be health concious and subsitute low fat and low sugar where I can. I find that with most recipes, it does not affect the flavor. Lucky for me, there reallly isn't much that we won't try at least once!