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      Allie's favorite cardboard.  She adopted this box top several years ago and I had to drag it with me when I moved in 2018.  When Allie first became obsessed with this piece of cardboard, I had to fold it up and put it away whenever my cleaning lady was coming so she wouldn't throw it away.     I'm very excited to report that the audio book for my second Pekin Dewlap book is complete except for mastering.  My wonderful narrator, Erika Schindele, is already working on Pekin 1, and then she'll move on to Pekin 3.  She does an incredible job, both because she has a wonderful voice and because she has an extensive theater background, so she's great with putting real feeling into her reading.       I have an accomplishment to announce.  I've always had an unfortunate cowlick on the back of my head.  I spent super-long minutes every day blow drying my hair against the grain, and then had to use hairspray to lock in my efforts.  Most of the time I got my hair to l
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      Allie's into rubber bands now.  She found one in a drawer under my laptop and she keeps trying to open it to get to her rubber band.  I'm pretty sure they aren't a healthy treat...     I successfully created The Oaks Spa recipe for Artichoke Chili Stuffed Potatoes.  They were actually very good, and I'd make them again.  There are a couple of things I'd do differently next time though.     For one, I stupidly didn't cut the baked potatoes in half before scooping out the insides, so it was awkward to stuff the finished mixture back into the potato skins.  And that made the finished product not very attractive (see above).  The second choice I'd make is to add some chopped jalapenos.  The diced green chilies were good, but a little bland.  I also think adding corn would really add a whole new dimension.  For those who want it, here's the recipe:                                                           Artichoke Chili Stuffed Potato                  
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  Allie thinks I'm invading her privacy.  That's her I'm not happy look. The tuna casserole was a success (even if it looks creepy in the picture).  My sister Sheila came over to try it.  She thought it was good but seemed more like a pasta dish than a casserole.  I forgot that I meant to add green chilis until I was in the middle of putting it together, but that can of green chilis I thought I had turned out to be nonexistent.  Maybe next time I'll make a list before I go to the market.  Maybe next time I'll put in jalapenos, too. Here are the casserole and the iffy Palmini recipe: And, in case you were wondering, here's a picture of my odd onion.  It's creepy, too.  Don't worry...I threw it away. I've already found my next cooking project.  It's from The Oaks, a spa in Ojai, so it should be super healthy (at least that's what I'm telling myself), only 180 calories.  It's called "Artichoke Chili Stuffed Potato." It's k
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  Allie looking for ghosts. Tuna Casserole...Okay, I'm procrastinating.  I said I would make it today.  I just have to get my courage up.  How hard can it be? I got off to a bad start when I went to Ralph's and Gelson's to get the ingredients.  Ralph's was out of whipping cream, so I had to go to Gelson's.  Then, when I got home and was getting out of the car, my purse bumped into my Starbucks mocha in the cup holder and knocked it enough so the top flew off and coffee splashed around the interior of my car, and all over the new pair of white jeans I'd never worn until today.  I haven't had good luck with white jeans.  It seems they're a canvas for things of color...coffee, mustard, ketchup.  Nothing as unobtrusive as white wine... Okay.  Big sigh.  I'm off to the kitchen. Chopping some onions.  My mom used to be a master chopper.  Her onions and tomatoes came out so uniform and tiny.  I watched her a few times, but that skill is above my pay grade. 
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 Hi.  That's Allie lounging in the sun.   I'm Pam.  I'm an author who's decided to learn to cook.  Not that I can't cook.  I microwave well!  I make salads!  I order online... Working from home, I have a lot more time to try new things. One thing I want to master is cooking.  For years, I've collected cookbooks and torn recipes out of magazines and printed recipes from the internet.  I have a TON of them shouting "Me! Me!," all trying to get my attention. I'm going to start with simple dishes.  I'm a lover of tuna noodle casseroles.  I can see a lot of frowns out there from people who either think it's an unhealthy choice or people who think it's too easy.  Mainly, I haven't had a tuna noodle casserole in a really long time and I miss it.  I thought I had a recipe tucked away somewhere that I've actually used in the past...the long ago past, but when I tried to find it I had no luck.  So, I've been searching for other recipe