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Old 06-05-2015, 09:24 AM   #1
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Nice to meet you!

Well, I've lurked here for a while, and have now decided to join so I can start discussing one of my favourite things to do, which is, of course, cooking.

Growing up, my mom worked evenings (piano teacher), so as soon as I was old enough (twelve or thirteen) I was in charge of making dinner for the family. My mom had a thirty minute window to eat dinner, so I had to make sure it was ready for six. Family dinners were highly orchestrated, because everything had to be ready to go on the dining room table, eaten and cleared by 6:30 when her next student came in.

My grandparents were foodies. They both worked in education. My grandfather a high school principal, and my grandmother the head of the adult learning centre at a college. I only mention what they did, because in my experience, people in this field really like to have a good time. Their life revolved around cooking and eating. They hosted dinner parties once a week, and the rest of the week they either ate at other people's dinner parties or at restaurants. Visits to their house consisted of lessons on how to set a table, proper dining etiquette, and cooking.

All of that has rubbed off on me. I love entertaining and hosting dinner parties. I'll take hours to set a table. I'll set it a few days in advance so I have time to tweak it as I go. I'll spend eight hours in the kitchen on the day of the party, quite happily, too. As my husband and I have no children, our house has become the "escape" house to our friends. They know that when they come here they get to eat course after course that their kids would probably wrinkle their noses at, drink copious amounts of wine and get to have adult conversations into the wee hours of the morning.

So, what else? I'm a trained classical singer. I studied Classics in university, but have gone back to school just recently for Human Resources (being a student as a full fledged adult is very different from the first time around). I garden (both flowers and vegetables), and love reading and writing.

So, hello. I'm excited to get started talking.

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Old 06-05-2015, 09:37 AM   #2
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Hi, Nickee. Welcome to Discuss Cooking I also raise vegetables, and herbs, and enjoy reading and writing. Glad you decided to join us.
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Old 06-05-2015, 12:07 PM   #3
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Hi Nickee
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Old 06-05-2015, 12:41 PM   #4
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Nice to meet you Nickee. Welcome to DC.
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Old 06-14-2015, 09:08 PM   #7
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a trained classical singer, and cooking what a combo
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Old 06-14-2015, 09:20 PM   #8
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Welcome to DC. This is a fun place. Lots of laughter and plenty of food for thought.

Looking for some laughter? Head over to Today' Funny. We are just entering the gardening time of year, so you are going to be hearing a lot about who planted what, what critter got into the garden and had a feast and who is harvesting and canning.

So stick around. I love classical music. And out of five kids, only one loves it as much as I do. When he has some serious reading to do, he puts on Gregorian Chants. I am also a ballet nut. I could sit and watch it all day. My lullabies were by Bach, Strauss Family and others of that ilk.
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Old 06-14-2015, 10:03 PM   #9
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NickeeCoco, welcome! I enjoy your posts, and would love to come to your house for a dinner party and musical entertainment!
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Welcome to DC! Ontario is a large province...where are you?
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