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Living in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, allows me to live a very blessed life. I get to ride my bike to work. But that is not why my name is Spinster. Because I teach 4th grade, I relish going to work every morning. Of course, as a teacher, reading is right up there on my list of favorite things to do. Good thing there are books on cd, because I also spin yarn from the wool of sheep and alpaca and any other fiber I can get my hands on. Then I knit like crazy! Good nutrition is very important to me because I have seen first hand the impact it makes on kids and their learning and behavior (never mind their teacher!) If we eat the foods that God made, He enriches our lives abundantly! Cooking in my solar oven and my dehydrator has been really fun. Eating food as close to the way God made it, is my goal, so milling flour, drinking raw milk, making cheese, etc, are all part of the routine around here.

Tomato bread is my absolute favorite food. I have it every year on my birthday. Good thing my birthday is in August!

Pretty much, I like everything except canned peas.

I might like pickled pig's feet, but I've never had them, so I don't know. My Slovak grandmother used to bring them when she visited, but still, I never ate them.

I did not like the baking soda cookies I made accidently, the first time I made cookies in 4H.

My Most Recent Ratings

Sonoma Chicken Salad

Sonoma Chicken Salad

I thought it was kind of bland, which made it perfect for my husband and son. — tdscollon 7/24/2010
Maple Teriyaki Salmon Fillets

Maple Teriyaki Salmon Fillets

Very good! I also used applesauce on the fish and as a side. Great for breakfast, too! — RKG1 7/24/2010
Three Green Salad Dressing

Three Green Salad Dressing

I add a little more oil if it is too thick because I put in too much spinach. [I posted this recipe.] — spinster 7/16/2010
Amys Grilled Chicken Breasts

Amys Grilled Chicken Breasts

I used chicken thighs and they were yummy! I did not heat up and reuse the marinade and the thighs were fantastic without it. 7/5/2010
Hungarian Calfs Liver W/onions and Vinegar Sauce(Borjumaj)

Hungarian Calfs Liver W/onions and Vinegar Sauce(Borjumaj)

Very easy and yummy! I used a piece of buffalo liver and it worked out great. 7/5/2010
Baked Garlic Salmon

Baked Garlic Salmon

I made this with cod and salmon fillets in one dish and chicken tenders in another. All were very good. [I posted this recipe.] — spinster 6/23/2010
Black Bean-Taco Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Black Bean-Taco Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

I thought the vinaigrette was a little too sour for me. I think I will stick to my regular dressing of medium salsa with sour cream. — georgeross 5/23/2010
Corn and Zucchini Au Gratin with Chipotle Peppers

Corn and Zucchini Au Gratin with Chipotle Peppers

I loved this recipe and thought the spiciness was just right. I used pepper jack cheese. Yum! — cleverkt 4/7/2010
Honey Garlic Chicken Drumsticks

Honey Garlic Chicken Drumsticks

Although my husband liked this, I thought it was pretty darn sweet. I served it with rice cooked in chicken broth and broccoli rabe. 3/15/2010
Pacific Rim Stir-Fry

Pacific Rim Stir-Fry

I would have liked more heat, however my husband found it to be just right. Nice, easy and perfect for a weeknight, or leftovers for breakfast with an egg. :) — KeithBaker 12/31/2009
Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

[I posted this recipe.] — spinster 12/27/2009
CATFISH TACOS W         ITH TOMATO AND AVOCADO SALSA

CATFISH TACOS W ITH TOMATO AND AVOCADO SALSA

I made this recipe mostly for the salsa. It was fantastic! Instead of the catfish, I fried up some tilapia, sprinkled with Emeril's Essence, which was leftover from our Thanksgiving fried turkeys. The salsa worked great with these much simplified fish tacos. The feta sounds fantastic and I'll try that another time. — philjennie 12/7/2009
Farfalle with Broccoli, Chorizo and Squash

Farfalle with Broccoli, Chorizo and Squash

I used the leftover veggies from our class Halloween party, along with the squash. It was yummy! — weckle 11/2/2009
Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

These are very banana-y! I added a handful of sunflower seeds and that was a nice touch. 11/1/2009
Spicy Baked Salmon

Spicy Baked Salmon

Very spicy! Good when you're getting a cold. Kinda hot for everyday. — susanjm 10/15/2009
Buffalo Chip Stroganoff

Buffalo Chip Stroganoff

[I posted this recipe.] — spinster 9/9/2009
Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies received rave reviews from my husband's friends, who dropped by as the cookies were coming out of the oven. They loved the spices. I made a few tweaks to the recipe. I used freshly ground soft white wheat for the flour. I, also, used a whole egg instead of the white. Because I live at 7,800 ft., I used 1/4 cup shortening and 1/2 cup butter, instead of margarine. Next time, I plan to add nuts. Walnuts, pecans or even sunflower seeds would be great. 9/7/2009
Garden Salad with Red wine dressing

Garden Salad with Red wine dressing

This was a delicious salad, perfect for a summer barbacue. I steamed the broccoli and didn't use snap peas. Very good and easy. — fishfin50 8/23/2009
Chicken Dijon with Angel Hair Pasta and Fresh Zucchini

Chicken Dijon with Angel Hair Pasta and Fresh Zucchini

This was a tasty dish, although it certainly did not have overpowering flavors. My husband liked it and I did, too. It is perfect for using up extra veggies. I added cherry tomatoes and didn't use the mushrooms. I used soba noodles instead of angel hair. 8/20/2009
P. F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps

P. F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps

SERVES 2 -3| 25 min | 10 min prep | 7/30/2009

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