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Old 11-08-2010, 01:23 PM   #1
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my intro

Hello everyone. I've already made my first post and received the world's fastest answer EVER, which left me with an excellent first impression of this site.

I'm a mom of 3 (2 adults who don't want to grow up, 1 almost-adult who thinks she's an adult, sigh). My husband and I are cooking fanatics, and that zeal has caught on with our youngest daughter, who is attending a special cooking program and aspires to one day attend Le Cordon Bleu. Big, expensive dreams from that kid, but you reap what you sow, I suppose, at least 1/3 of the time in our case--our son considers reheating things in the microwave "cooking", and our older daughter is afraid to take hot pans out of the oven.

I'm a self-trained cook. My mother hated cooking, so she only had about a dozen meals in the dinner rotation, and they were all about as fancy as throwing an entire chicken in the crockpot with some water and a pinch of
salt. Ah, good times. Anyway, I rebelled as a teenager, and forcibly took over cooking and grocery shopping duties. It was a traumatic (and not entirely bloodless) coup, but it was necessary for all involved. (Actually, when I told her my plan for taking over cooking duties, she said, "Good, what's for dinner?")

That night I made a simple lasagna that today I would be embarrassed to serve, with garlic bread (I use that term very loosely) made by spreading lo-cal margarine on Wonder bread and sprinkling it with garlic powder.

My family thought it was the best food they had ever eaten.

It's been 25 years since that day, and I've moved on from my signature dishes such as Tomato-Soup-But-We're-Out-Of-Tomato-Soup-So-I'll-Use-Cream-Of-Chicken-Instead Chili, Baking-Soda-Can-Be-Substituted-For-Baking-Powder Biscuits (no it can't), and Rice Krispy Chicken with Grapes and Tartar Sauce (don't blame me, it was my experimental phase). With my hubby (and now my daughter) by my side--er, pushing me out of the way because they're kitchen tyrants--I make all sorts of foods now, from various world cuisines to foods from different American regions. I enjoy employing a variety of cooking techniques, new ingredients, and new combinations. I love inventing recipes and trying them out. Mostly I just love the fun and artistry involved in cooking.

Oh, and I love eating, too.

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Old 11-08-2010, 01:29 PM   #2
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Welcome to DC Blueapple.There are a lot of friendly people who share the same passion for food you do.Have fun here!
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:33 PM   #3
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Welcome to DC. There's an amazing group of people here. I'm sure you'll fit right in. Loved the description of your first dishes/disasters.

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Old 11-08-2010, 02:13 PM   #4
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Welcome! It was an enjoyable background to read :) You'll just love it here. I joined last month and lurk on here pretty much most of the day while at work lol. I had to take cooking and grocery shopping over when my mom moved out when I was 13. Well, it was either take over the cooking or eat spam and fried bologna sandwiches for the rest of my adolescent years LOL. It's so nice to hear your youngest has the passion for cooking like you do. I'm hoping the same for my girls.
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:14 PM   #5
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Welcome, blueapple! I'll try to keep up with you, but your signature dishes scare me, and I might join your daughter in a coup.
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:40 PM   #6
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Hi Blueapple
good to have you join us. You will really love it here. I've learne tons in my years here as well as at the insistence of my father.So jump right in ask questions share recipes and just enjoy.
HEAVEN is Cade, Ethan,Carson, and Olivia,Alyssa,Gianna
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Old 11-08-2010, 03:54 PM   #7
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Howdy! Welcome to DC.

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Old 11-08-2010, 04:13 PM   #8
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Welcome BlueApple! Hope you have fun! I sure do!
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:31 PM   #9
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Hello and welcome to DC!!!!!
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:58 PM   #10
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Hi blueapple...you're gonna love it here

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Old 11-08-2010, 10:43 PM   #11
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glad to see you here, you will love it, i do.
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:10 AM   #12
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Thanks for the warm welcomes, everyone!
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