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About Darienne

  • Birthday 06/22/1941

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    Rolling Hills of Cavan, Ontario

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  1. I am the perennial student always...thus my sign-off signature. I guess I've been cooking now with pleasure for about ten years and have learned bits and bobs from a lot of different 'non-North American' sources. But I've quit buying cookbooks, cut off most of my followed blogs, ceased to borrow cooking books and periodicals from the library, and stopped experimenting in the various cuisines I dabbled in...and so I'm mostly a repeater now with maybe one new dish a month from discoveries. I'm quite happy making and eating the same things over and over. And so is my DH.
  2. The Drainer Topic

    We have a Rubbermaid drainer and tray and a dedicated place for them in a shallow shelf in a cupboard directly across from the dishwasher. It's a galley type kitchen so everything is quite handy. I never use it, but when we have company, particularly the annual Dog Weekend, it gets used constantly. Ugly things. One of our sons had a wonderful two storey stainless steel dish-drainer setup which I coveted...but we gave it to one of his friends when he died. I still think about it every now and then. But then I think of our son every day.
  3. Meeting-friendly snacks to bake

    My mouth is watering just looking at your photo. Will look up the recipe.
  4. Here's one more for the trip! My sole experience with Las Vegas was stopping for gas in 1985 at 5:30 am and being stunned watching people play the machines inside the gas station. I wish we had taken at least a bit of a drive around the city. Maybe I could have spotted my hero, Gil Grissom.
  5. Refrigerator Magnets

    Those people don't live in my house, a farm with a husband and two big dirty dogs. OTOH, I am not a dedicated house cleaner I guess. My Mother once said about my kitchen (and I printed it out and put it on the wall): "Having a dirty kitchen is better than living a life of thievery and killing". No I am not kidding. I guess she was appalled by a fingerprint. Or pawprint.
  6. It seems to me that you have a Mother's memory. Was that my last problem?
  7. And I shall never (well, good luck on that one) use the hand mixer on a smallish bowl which I am not holding with the other hand. And I don't think I want to say anything more about this episode.
  8. Valentine's Day Plans??

    The sole celebratory plan is to make a new recipe: Dark Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake.
  9. What's your favorite quick-to-make sauce?

    About a decade ago we lived in Moab Utah for 6 months (and loved it). Gave many dinner parties and loved that too. One night I needed a sauce for a dessert...can't recall why now...but threw together my subsequently 'famous' raspberry sauce...which is somewhat of an embarrassment to me. But by Jove, it worked. Raspberry seedless jam plus Chambord plus butter in a small pot. Yumm.
  10. We eat breakfast separately now and for me it circles around meds I have to take. Noon, well actually 12:30 is our main meal of the day. And then supper, which is either a salad or a soup or a vegetable dish is at 6:00 pm Not exciting but it suits us. If we have overnight type guests, we usually revert to the more familiar light lunch and heavier dinner...but I don't really like it.
  11. Sorry...,but does CATO mean Catastrophe at Take Off?
  12. We are just two also...wait, no four...our two 100-pound dogs sometimes eat pork and lean ground from Costco...and find Costco very useful for a lot of basics. And we have the space to store large amounts in our cellar. And I love the snacking aisles. We've found a number of useful items in these freebies that we would never have tried otherwise. Most of our food is from scratch...but oh, those artichokes in oil I do love.
  13. How long have you owned each oven? We have found that all electronic products simply fail after a certain length of time. Just part of this AI life we lead. We used to shop at a certain local appliance dealer which closed up years ago. DH was a former teacher of one of the employees who told him that if someone gets five years from a stove, fridge, etc...that person is very lucky.
  14. New Member from Canada!

    Always good to welcome a fellow Canuck to eGullet. Happy posting.