• Joined December, 2008
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I like to learn new things, take pictures, teach literacy, walk, sing, laugh and, oh yes, cook!
I love to try new ethnic foods - and especially spicy ones.  Don't have much time to cook after work, so things have to be fast.  I can make lots of things into one-pot meals or crockpot dishes.  I could probably live on garlic and spinach with something chocolatey for dessert.  I like to keep things simple, although I love to learn from seasoned cooks. 

My mother wasn't into cooking when I was growing up, so we always went to the grandmothers' for holiday meals and just brought alcohol.  The wonderful woman who cooked and cleaned for my mother's mother put out an amazing Thanksgiving spread, complete with baked macaroni and cheese (the kind with chunks of crispy cheddar, not the saucy kind) for my brother who couldn't eat turkey, and the BEST fried chicken for my father, who simply loved her fried chicken.  I try to partially mimic those old traditional Thanksgivings now that the older generation has passed away, adding my own eclectic and ethnic recipes - collard greens instead of green beans, cornbread instead of biscuits, apples and sweet potatoes instead of candied yams.  I make corned beef and cabbage in March, braised lamb shanks for Easter, Death by Chocolate Cake for birthdays and anything goes on Christmas - so long as there's baking involved. 

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