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Monday, September 13, 2010

I have two recipe books--one for meal food, one for desserts. I recently pulled out my books to find something to make for a family get together. When I set them both on the table, I couldn't help but notice the difference.

One is thin, neat, and looks brand new--nary a spill to be seen. The other is fat to the point of being stuffed, scarred, and covered with splotches.

I'm not oblivious to the clues. Hey, I'm Colleen's critique partner. I know how to find and follow clues. And these tell me I do way too little cooking and way too much baking. Of course, you could've just asked my family. Exhibit A, the Tollhouse Cookies in the photo--or what's left of them. Baking is just more fun than cooking. I cook to keep my family alive, but I bake for the joy of it, what can I say?

And just in case you were wondering . . . I made brownies for the family get together.

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Denise Hunter  
posted at 6:50 AM  
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At 8:04 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I don't have any cookbooks. I don't use them, and if I need a recipe I just look it up online. My kitchen is so small, this works here. I cook by throwing things in, that's why I've never been a baker. It's more for the exacting type, I think.

At 8:08 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Denise, you should be proud of yourself. It's all YOUR fault I've broken my diet on the last injection day. LOL! I have gobs of cookbooks, but I don't use them. I do as Kris does and just throw things together. Which is why I don't have a reputation for being a good cook. I even make up my own healthy cookie recipes, gluten and sugar free, every time, and even if I get one that works, I can't replicate it because I don't write anything down. I admire your fortitude. But with a family of growing boys, you do have to make the food palatable. LOL

At 8:23 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I recently discovered an almond flour cookbook at and it's fast getting rather dogeared. LOL

At 8:58 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I usuallyl stick to recipes, but only because my "little of this, little of that" efforts do not pay off. LOL

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I cracked up when I saw the size of your "dessert" cookbook compared to your meal book! LOL! No wonder we get along so well! :-)

I love to bake in the fall, too. There's just something about the crisp air . . . .

At 9:41 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I have a tab just for Christmas candy. :-/

At 1:51 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

My DH has forbidden me to get any more cookbooks! That they take up 2 shelves of a 5-shelf book case may have something to do with his attitude. LOL I love to collect cookbooks, but then I would prepare the same few meals over and over again. I think I'm the world's original "in-a-rut cook." Sometimes I'm in the mood to try a new recipe, but usually it's only a one-time deal and then I happily go back to my rut.

At 11:27 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

I quit counting my cookbooks at 100...LOL, Denise, I'll give you another cookbook. My husband one time said to me, "No more 'try this' nights. We like the same ol' thing. Don't surprise us."


So now I just read them. Or bring a new recipe to a dinner or potluck....

I have a new to-die-for Chocolate Crinkle Cookie recipe!


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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