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Kenmore Elite Induction / Convection Range

Welcome to my blog! Curious about its name? (No, I didn’t misspell Electric.)  As long as I can remember, I have been one of those people whose interests have covered a wide range of things (hence the name). First and foremost, I LOVE to cook and bake, and, when in the right mood, I love tackling complicated recipes that yield great “You made that from scratch?!” moments.

Three women were very influential in my love of cooking.  Many years ago, I happened to catch a television show called “The French Chef,” and I became a lifelong fan of Julia Child’s. I watched her shows whenever I could, and her cookbooks found their way into my extensive collection. Julia became my culinary idol, and for many years I have cooked with an autographed postcard from her framed and overlooking my stove. (I had to buy the postcard on Ebay, but it doesn’t really matter. I wish it had been inscribed to me, but that’s the way it goes. I only paid $8 for the card, and am glad that it found its way to someone (me) who truly appreciated it.)

My other two major influences in my love of cooking were my mother and my sister. Both have passed away now, but they continue to inspire me. Mom was the best cook I’ve ever known, and she began teaching me to cook when I was very small. (I was able to show my great-aunt, who wasn’t much of a cook, how to cook cauliflower and how to make basic mornay sauce when I was about 2 1/2 years old.) Together, Mom and I made homemade marshmallows, gumdrops, pate-a-Chou, cream puffs, noodles, buttercream and 7-minute frostings, and our fantastic Hungarian casserole, to name a few of the gastronomic delights that we created. My sister (Madge), who loved to travel and who often took me with her, encouraged me by example and by suggestion to try my hand at international fare. Legendary among our creations were our cheese and onion enchiladas with homemade cornmeal/flour crepes/tortillas and delicious chunky tomato enchilada sauce. (The basic recipe came from a 1959 Betty Crocker cookbook that my sister had received as a wedding present that year.)

As much as I love going all out and cooking and baking decadent recipes, I try to find ways to cook and bake delicious, yet healthy foods. As a long time member of Weight Watchers, I love the fact that anything at all can be part of a healthy diet. The key is portion size and moderation, which works for me. (Ok. I admit. It works for me MOST of the time.)

I also love reading (especially on my Kindle Paperwhite), music (talk about eclectic taste!), the ocean, rocks and minerals, photography, olives (you read it right), movies, a wide range of television shows, travel (although it is often vicarious in nature), news and politics (which I will keep out of my blog), technology, large and small kitchen appliances, gadgets, and numerous other things. Because of my eclectic range of interests, I can honestly say that I have not been bored since I was a toddler waiting for my brother to get off of the nursery school/kindergarten bus. (In retrospect, I’m fairly certain that I could have used those hours spent at the window in more productive ways.)

Thank you for wading through my Welcome. I hope you enjoy my blog.