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New Blog!

I have exciting news today! 

I have switched over to a self-hosted blog!  You can follow along with all my kitchen adventures at the new Becky Cooks Blog (!

If you have signed up to receive my posts through e-mail (thank you!), you will have to re-subscribe over on the new site.  Just type your email address into the box in the top right corner.  I really hope you follow me on over there, and sign up to receive the emails.  You won’t want to miss the pancakes that I posted today!

I can’t wait to continue sharing my favorite recipes with you!  

Thanks for reading.


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Friday Happy Hour

While I really want to keep this a “cooking blog,” sometimes there are some random thoughts I’d just like to share.  I thought what better way than to have a “happy hour” on Friday afternoons.  So grab your favorite drink and get ready.  Here it goes…

  1. Happy Friday the 13th!  Did you know there are 3 Friday the 13ths this year?  Good thing I’m not superstitious!
  2. Have you seen the Street Strider?  How cool does this thing look?  I like my elliptical, but to take it outside?  Too bad the $1,700 price tag won’t fit into my budget…
  3. And speaking of budgets, dogs cost a lot of money.  I had to take one of our dogs, Holly, to the vet this week.  She has bad skin allergies and they were really acting up.  $500 and 4 prescriptions later, she is doing much better.  One of her medicines is prednisone, which increases her thirst and subsequently, her need to pee.  Setting the alarm for the middle of the night to take her out so she doesn’t pee on the floor has been really fun.
  4. Have you tried this Color Personality Test from Better Homes & Gardens?  Just a fun little quiz to waste a couple of minutes.  My color personality was coral.   CoralUnsurprising, since my two favorite colors are orange and pink.“Not quite pink, not quite orange, this palette of coral brings in the best of both hues. The whisper of pink gives it a sweetly feminine aura, while the orange tendencies introduce a casual spin. This elegantly down-to-earth palette pairs well with grays and yellows or blues for a chic interpretation, or with warm neutrals and sable browns for a calming effect.”
  5.  I’m eating this salad for lunch again today.  Except I added more mozzarella balls to it.  And it is glorious.
  6. Chris and I are going to Artventure Us and painting this:            

I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Why do you love to cook?

I don’t have a recipe today.  I have been spreading myself pretty thin this week.  I mentioned that my mother passed away (it will be three weeks tomorrow), and her memorial service is this weekend.  Between preparing for that, my normal activities (work, etc) I didn’t have time to get anything together for today.  But no one is interested in excuses. 

Insted of a recipe, I thought I would write a little about why I love to cook.  Or, acutally, why I began to love to cook.  I love to cook because combining ingredients and preparing them into something delicious is truly satisfying.  I like making people happy through food, and in turn, making myself happy.

But I began to love cooking at an early age.  I remember being very young and watching television with my mom.  Way before the Food Network, she would watch cooking shows.  I remember watching them with her, and loving to see the chefs with all their personalities cooking and making fantastic dishes!  She would scribble down recipes as the chefs called out the ingredients (remember, this was before the internet was so readily available for us to go and look up any recipe we were interested in!).  

Our favorites were Julia Child (of course!), The Frugal Gourmet, Yan Can Cook (if Yan can cook, so can you!), Cajun Cooking (I gawr-an-tee!), and Two Fat Ladies.

These shows (and my mom) were my teachers for learning the basic skills and techniques involved in cooking.  I remember the first time I made Chicken Parmesan (when I was in college), I just knew how to do it.  I didn’t follow a recipe, I just kind of made it up as I went along.  But I knew how to bread chicken from seeing the technique so many times.  I knew what ingredients were involved.

My mom would make us dinner every night growing up, and we would eat sitting at the kitchen table.  Sure, sometimes it was heated up chicken nuggets and Kraft macaroni and cheese, but there was always a meal on the table that we would eat as a family.  Looking back, I really appreciate that she took the time to do this and make it an important thing.  I didn’t really cook much with my mom, but we did bake together.  I speficically remember making peanut butter cookies and talking to her about the criss-cross fork marks that go on top. 

Cooking and baking makes memories.  Whether watching it on TV or participating in the kitchen, I have great memories of food and cooking.  And that is why I love it.

Why do you love to cook?

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My first (boring!) post!

I’m still working on setting up the blog to my liking…but I’ll be back with a real post once I have this all figured out!

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