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  • Recipe Notebook from edessedesigns
  • Set of 2 MOM reusable grocery sacks from Baggu
  • 4 Herbal Blends (Vanilla Lemongrass, Fruits of the Forest, Angel Falls Mist, and Orange Grove Vanilla) from TeaForAllReasons
  • 3 Piece Set (pot holder, towel, and magnets) from kitchenstitchen
  • $50 Gift Card to From the Farm – America’s Online Farmer’s Market
  • Kitchen Gift Set (dish soap, hand soap, all-purpose cleaner, and dishwasher detergent) from Method
  • 20×36 Basketweave Kitchen Mat from GelPro

Katie

About the Author:

Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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    Maria - May 01, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

    I love being in the kitchen! I learned how to bake from my dad, but I love being in the kitchen with my girlfriends. We have so much fun. We love getting together to bake or have dinner parties. Everyone has great recipes to share, it is so fun! Thanks for a fun giveaway! Happy Mother’s Day!

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    gr8fulg - May 01, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

    As a young girl, I remember standing in my grandmother’s kitchen, crocks of homemade pickles ripening, garden fresh vegetables prepared and waiting for their turn to be canned and bread rising on the counter to be baked for dinner. Her farm was an adventure for this city kid and her ways of making meals for her family amazed me. There always seemed to be abundance for the family and more to share with neighbors. My love of cooking was definitely shaped by my time “being a helper” with my grandma.glynis crawfordgr8fulg@gmail.com

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    Amy Webb - May 01, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

    Thanks for this great giveaway. My favorite memory in the kitchen is learning to cook with my grandma. She is a wonderful cook…one of those who doesn’t need a recipe. I spent many hours in her kitchen learning and trying out my new cooking/baking skills. I still remember her teaching me little things like how to measure flour or roll out dough. Good memories!Amy W.amypwebb@gmail.com

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    Anonymous - May 01, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

    Renee C.yeloechikee at hotmail dot comMy favorite memory in the kitchen is with my sister, Donna. We were trying desperately to make my mom’s “recipe” for peanut butter potato candy that she used to make us when we were kids–my mom doesn’t actually use recipes, she just adds some of this and some of that, so my sister and I were having a really hard time! We kept ending up with this gooey substance that looked like mashed potatoes and tasted like pure sugar. It was disgusting and nothing like my mom’s candy, but we had so much fun laughing at ourselves and trying to convince my brother-in-law and my niece to try our concoction. After several failed attempts that even the dog wouldn’t eat, I think we drove to the store and bought ice cream!

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    Amy Webb - May 01, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

    I just voted for you for Best Food Blog! Good luck.

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    Christina - May 01, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

    My favorite kitchen memory is watching my family prepare a crawfish boil. There is nothing like hungry southern people with wine ;)

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    Christina - May 01, 2009 @ 2:04 pm

    I also added you to my Google reader. Not sure why i haven’t done that before.

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    Jill - May 01, 2009 @ 2:17 pm

    My grandmother is my inspiration in the kitchen. She is an amazing cook and I have been honored to spend days in the kitchen with her showing me how to make some of her best recipes. I want to learn them all because when she passes on to heaven I want to be able to carry on her amazing recipes for my children to enjoy!jillk77 at aol dot com

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    Anonymous - May 01, 2009 @ 2:23 pm

    My mom has definitely influenced me the most in the kitchen. Although she wouldn’t consider herself a great cook, she taught me the importance of food in the family. She always grew her own garden full of vegetables and fruits that we ate with all of our meals- either fresh or canned by her. She taught me how to make healthy, colorful meals, and the value of family meal time each day. camilla h.

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    Laura - May 01, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

    My father is a trained cook, so most of my kitchen memories as a kid involve Daddy instead of Mom. But there was one specialty that Dad always slept through, and its the mealtime I remember most from being a kid.Every Sunday morning when I was a kid, my cousins would get dropped off at my place to play with my brother and I for the day. My mom would be waiting in the kitchen, with our big stand-alone griddle and a huge batch of pancake mix. She would split our mix into separate bowls and let us food color it ourselves, then make pancakes in whatever shape we wanted. And my mother was a pancake artist. She could make all the characters from Winnie The Pooh, rainbows (in the correct color order), the Transformers (for my brother) and anything else we could imagine. The pancakes were always delicious, and those mornings meant so much to me.However, since I’m not a Mommy yet, I wouldn’t keep this giveaway for myself. Instead, I would give it to my brother’s girlfriend. She currently stays at home with my delightful one-year-old niece, and is a constant inspiration. Her and my niece love the kitchen, and cooking together (all organic and all from scratch!)

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    Amanda Jo - May 01, 2009 @ 2:53 pm

    My Granny influenced me the most in the kitchen. Although she never had a lot of money and always used simple foods and recipes, she was known in the community for her DELICIOUS food but more so for her sweet and hospitable nature.Not only did she teach me how to cook, she taught me how to be generous with it.

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    Anonymous - May 01, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

    My mom taught me to cook, and she learned from her mother-in-law, not her mother. My mom is known for many of her recipes, and many of the recipes that people compliment me on are hers. She is constantly trying new recipes and always works to make every recipe more healthy. I love you mom! Dee H.

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    Anonymous - May 01, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

    Though she is not an amazing cook with recipes passed down from generation to generation or appliances coming out of her ears, my mother has certainly influenced me most in the kitchen. I didn’t really start cooking and baking from scratch until relatively recently, but my mom taught me from a young age the sense of accomplishment that can come from making something from scratch – one of my favorite memories is making chocolate chip cookies from the Nestle Tollhouse bag with her from scratch. She taught me that a few key recipes that are healthful and tasty are all you really need!One of my most favorite memories is making biscuits with my mother and her mother for Thanksgiving when I was 5 or 6 years old – three generations of women all helping out with the same dish!Margaret H.

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    Amanda Jo - May 01, 2009 @ 2:58 pm

    I just subscribed to your blog!

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    Anonymous - May 01, 2009 @ 2:59 pm

    I also added you to my Google Reader! :) Margaret H.

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    Amanda Jo - May 01, 2009 @ 3:04 pm

    I tweeted about this @theamandajo!

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    moushka - May 01, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

    My best memory is with my Grandma. She decided to teach me how to bake when I was 8. We spent all day in the kitchen as she taught me about meassurments, ingredients, and most of all the special bodning that took place…priceless!

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    Evening Shade Morning Latte - May 01, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

    Q-1. What woman has influenced you the most in the kitchen, and why?A-1. Mt Aunt was a big influence on me. She and my Uncle live on 30+ acres of land in the country and every time I would visit her I was always amazed at how they live off the land and raise the majority of their food needs. Growing up in the city, I figured everything came from the store or you just didn't have it.My Aunt taught me the art of home canning & preserving, money saving meal preparations, the attitude of "the best things in life are worth working for." She is truly an inspiration to me. Now that I am married this has helped me to be a wife and home keeper. Q-2. What is your favorite memory in the kitchen with an important woman in your life?A-2. My favorite memory I guess would be the time that my Mother, my Aunt and myself (age 13) were all in the canning kitchen at my Aunt's house (she has a household kitchen and a canning kitchen…it's awesome) and we were learning how to make homemade grape jelly from grapes that we had just picked that morning. Although my Mother cooked, she was not very domestic in things like my Aunt so this was so fun to have everyone together learning, cooking, talking and laughing together. Our family isn't very close so to have this opportunity to be together in this fashion was a blessing. Now that I think back on it, this was the last time that they were together. That was over 20+ years ago. How sad now that I think about it. **I have subscribed to the updates via email**I have also voted for you for the "Best Food Blog"Thanks for hosting this super awesome giveaway!

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    Anonymous - May 01, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

    When I was living in San Fran, my sister and a group of friends starting a Supper Club. We picked themes and everyone cooked a dish and brought it or brought the ingredients and cooked at whoever was hosting house. It taught me all kinds of things about food and the kitchen being with these women. We had great dishes and some flops but we kept meeting and sharing great ideas. It made me realize you can make great meals and home and its great to share them with friends. Before this, I never really cooked, only heated.Mercedez F.

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    FishMama - May 01, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

    My mom has been a great inspiration, not only in cooking, but in savoring good food. We love to eat together!

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    Miss Rachel D - May 01, 2009 @ 3:33 pm

    Here is my entry for your Mother’s Day contest – 1. What woman has influenced you the most in the kitchen, and why. Momma has. She has taught me how to prepare good, nutritious meals for my family and how to be frugal in the kitchen with the things God has given me. 2. What is your favorite memory in the kitchen with an important woman in your life.When Momma taught me how to make good authentic Mexican enchiladas for Daddy. (He grew up in New Mexico. I answered two of the q.’s instead of one. :)

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    Holley V - May 01, 2009 @ 3:33 pm

    My favorite memory in the kitchen is my mom teaching me to bake and cook and giving her a hard time about not measuring things. Guess what?! I do that now–thanks, Mom! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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    SapphireLizard - May 01, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

    My favorite memory in the kitchen goes back to when I was maybe 9 or 10 years old. I used to bake Zucchini Bread with my mom. The memories of these times are precious, seeing as how my mother really doesn’t cook or bake all that much. We would spend hours cutting up zucchini (julienned, I believe) together. It was an all day affair. As a mother, looking back on this, I have a new appreciation for it. My mother chose to do this despite the fact that it was out of her element. She chose to bake with me to be able to spend quality mother/daughter time together. :-)

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    Holley V - May 01, 2009 @ 3:35 pm

    I subscribe via email. :)

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    Betsy - May 01, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

    My mom owned a restaurant when I was little and I remember spending days and nights baking and making messes. I wish she hadn’t sold that place, I think I’d still be there.Betsy F

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    Miss V - May 01, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

    What is your favorite memory in the kitchen with an important woman in your life?My favorite memory is with my sister-in-law. When I was dating her brother, we used to stay up late at night baking yummy goodies in the kitchen. One particular night, we decided to bake a cake from scratch. We got the cake all baked and then decided to make the icing as well. As we read through the ingredients we saw one that called for “confectioners sugar”. We thought to ourselves, “What’s confectioners sugar? It’s gotta be just regular sugar, right?” So we went ahead and used regular granulated sugar. Of course that was a big mistake. The icing turned out all crunchy and not tasting good at all! We ended up scraping it off the top and eating the cake all by itself! We still laugh about it to this day! She even mentioned it in her wedding programs when she wrote a little blurb about each of her attendants!

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    Tania - May 01, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

    My favorite memory from being a kid in the kitchen would be baking with my mother and my Omi for Christmas…there were dozens and dozens of different cookies…we gave them to absolutely everyone…and always had tons for Christmas eve too.Most influental woman in the kitchen would be my Mom – she is a great cook, even if she only uses recipes! And she taught me to love being in the kitchen and making great food for my family.Thanks for organizing this….the prizes are drool-worthy!Take Care,Tania

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    Amanda Jo - May 01, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

    I voted for you for Best Hobby Blog!

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    Tania - May 01, 2009 @ 4:36 pm

    And I am a follower….. lead and I will follow!

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    Jenna - May 01, 2009 @ 4:38 pm

    I was definately influenced by my mom. I don’t think she loves to cook as much as I do, but she always made us dinner every night and we had dinner together as a family. Birthdays, holidays, and celebrations were always centered around food. It gave me a greater appreciation of food and preparing it with love for others like she did.

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    Megan - May 01, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

    I have clear memories of cutting out sugar cookies and decorating them with my mom. I don’t think it was just for Christmas, I think we did them at every major holiday. I still enjoy it today, especially with my son!mthorpe12(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    Christy@MercyEveryMorning - May 01, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

    What a great contest! My mom is the woman who influenced me most in the kitchen. She’s great at whipping up something delicious with whatever’s on hand, and is always ready to welcome visitors into her home. She also made a rule when we were growing up that if one of us kids wanted to plan a meal and cook it, we didn’t have to help clean the kitchen that night. What an inspiration to start cooking! LOL I’d still rather cook than clean. :)

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    Amanda Jo - May 01, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

    I voted for you for Best Food Blog!

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    Christy@MercyEveryMorning - May 01, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

    Oh…I’m now a follower, too. Thanks!

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    Sarah - May 01, 2009 @ 4:49 pm

    My grandmother was really my rolemodel in the kitchen. I grew up around her because my mom and lived with my grandparents. She was always home baking cinnamon rolls, or cookies and cooking a big pot of potato soup.But my mother also had a hand in inspiring me with her homemade bread, now I can make bread almost better then her!

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    Brenda Campbell - May 01, 2009 @ 4:50 pm

    The question I chose is: “What woman has influenced you the most in the kitchen, and why.” I would have to say my grandmother because after school every day that is where I went while Mom was at work. She taught me how to follow a recipe and how to create my own recipes. She was the most loving and caring person and a great cook. I share my love of the kitchen with others since she inspired me and I am hoping to write a cookbook showcasing her recipes in her memory.

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    Brenda Campbell - May 01, 2009 @ 4:56 pm

    I already follow you on twitter, I am @cre8tivekitchen. Retweeted the URL to this contest.

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    Jenna - May 01, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

    I subscribe to your blog!Jenna T.

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    Miss V - May 01, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

    I voted best food blog!

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    Miss V - May 01, 2009 @ 4:59 pm

    I voted best blog design!

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    Amy I. - May 01, 2009 @ 5:00 pm

    What a great contest! I have to give credit to Rachael Ray for influencing me more than any other woman in the kitchen. Her first cookbook was the first one I owned, and after trying a few recipes I realized that maybe I wasn’t a complete failure in the kitchen :) I’m also going to follow your blog and tweet about the giveaway!

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    tastyeatsathome - May 01, 2009 @ 5:10 pm

    My grandmother (my father’s mother) has influenced me a great deal, in and out of the kitchen. As a housewife in her era, she took a great deal of pride in the meals she prepared for her family. She was very budget-conscious, and accounted for each penny as she planned meals. I fondly remember as a child, though, that she would always have baked crips, baked breads, and other sweet treats for us when we visited. My favorite memory with her in the kitchen was actually the last time I will probably ever see her and help her cook, as she has since moved to a nursing home. I helped her make a roast pork loin, wax beans with bacon, and potatoes, asking how she did things, every step of the way. She misses being able to prepare meals for her family, it was a way of showing her love. She regularly tells me how much she loves my food blog. The kitchen and food connects us.

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    mattschmunk - May 01, 2009 @ 5:13 pm

    I want to win this prize for my wife! My wife is an amazing mother to our 3 year old son. Ever since we got married almost 9 years ago, we’ve enjoyed cooking in the kitchen together. I’ve often said we make a perfect pair! I love to cook and she loves to bake. I help with the meals and she supplies all the sweets!! Sarah deserves a gift package like this for Mother’s Day for loving me and my son so much.

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    mattschmunk - May 01, 2009 @ 5:15 pm

    I’m a follower in google reader!

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    The Bon - May 01, 2009 @ 5:18 pm

    My mom influenced me the most in the kitchen. She taught me to fear no technique and to never worry that I couldn’t make it work. That brownies that were hard enough to use as a tray only meant that the next batch HAD to be better.

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    CHRISTA - May 01, 2009 @ 5:18 pm

    I am entering for my mom. My fondest memories in the kitchen are with her. She not only passed on the skill of cooking and baking but also the love for the art. She did it to see the smiles on our faces… I am entering for her because she has Multiple Sclerosis. I now do most of the cooking in her house and freeze meals to make sure they are provided for. This last weekend I was at her home cooking and she was able to help with some of the chopping and peeling. It was great to see the smile on her face! It is rare for her to have enough energy to fix most of or an entire meal but she has passed on the love and passion… She is an amazing woman who has inspired many. I hope to one day be a mom just like her :) Christa T.christajtodd@yahoo.com

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    smashedpotatoe - May 01, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

    I can’t narrow my memories down to just one. I think anytime Im with my stepmom in the kitchen is quality time. She teaches me to cook and we bake together. I can’t afford to buy her any nice kitchen things (starving college student) so if I won this I would share it with her. There’s never a dull moment when we are in the kitchen. I’m glad that cooking and baking are things we can share. smashleysiobhan@gmail.comPs just subscribed to your awesome blog !

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    CHRISTA - May 01, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

    I am also a follower or your blog… and LOVE it!!!

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    mattschmunk - May 01, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

    I voted for goodLife{eats} in all three categories listed on Blogger’s Choice Awards.

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    Bev - May 01, 2009 @ 5:21 pm

    My mom is the one that influenced me in the kitchen the most! She is an awesome cook!

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    Amy I. - May 01, 2009 @ 5:22 pm
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    Bev - May 01, 2009 @ 5:23 pm

    I subscribe by bloglines!

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    CHRISTA - May 01, 2009 @ 5:24 pm

    I follow you on twitter @christajtodd

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    Bev - May 01, 2009 @ 5:29 pm
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    Leslie M. - May 01, 2009 @ 5:31 pm

    How precious! I am going to tell you a story about THE most important woman in my life, my PRECIOUS MOM, and this memory is so sweet to me! Quite a few yeas back my mom had made her FAMOUS stuffing for Thanksgiving! She was getting on in years, and when she took it out of the oven it was BLACK!!! I said “MOM, what did you do??” She said, “Well I baked it at 450 for an hour!” OMG, she had forgotten that it was 350 for like 35 minutes. hahhaShe was so embarrassed. I told her Shhhh.. it’s OUR secret… I had watched her for YEARS! I REMADE that stuffing and EVERYONE raved about Gramma’s stuffing! From that year on, *I* made the stuffing with MY Precious Little MOM watching while sitting at the table. My mom passed away 2 years ago, and I miss her sooo much! We had a laugh at Thanksgiving this past year though! Everyone said they KNEW that I had been making the stuffing the past 5 or 6 years! They just loved the smile on Gram’s face when the told her how Delish HER stuffing was! hahahaha WHAT a hoot!!!I love this Giveaway, thank you so much for the chance to win!!!LeslieLeslieVeg@msn.comhttp://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

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    Leslie M. - May 01, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

    I’m a followerLeslieLeslieVeg@msn.comhttp://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

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    Bridgett - May 01, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

    My favorite moment in the kitchen was with my daughter (not yet a woman, but she counts doesn’t she?). It was the very first time I let her make brownies all by herself. I stayed close for questions. She was sooo excited. I loved it!

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    Leslie M. - May 01, 2009 @ 5:42 pm

    LeslieVeg is following you on Twitter and left a tweethttps://twitter.com/LeslieVeg/status/1671142175LeslieLeslieVeg@msn.comhttp://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

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    doughmesstic - May 01, 2009 @ 5:47 pm

    Wow…you have so many wonderful things here. Very impressive. I know a ton of Moms I would share this with were I to win. My own mom, of course. My step-grandmother. My aunt-mothers. (we are from a little place called Bozoo, and pretty much everyone who lives there raised me.)Who I wish I could share it with is my Mom-maw. She died a few years ago. If anyone gave me inspiration in the kitchen, it was her. Everyday she would have a supper waiting on us when we stumbled off the bus – pizza, ravioli,etc…but our favorite was homemade potato soup. No one could make it like she did, and blieve me, we have all tried. If we were lucky, she would have attempted making chocolate fudge…and failed. It was so much fun to pull the old green plate out of the fridge and eat the failed fudge with a sticky spoon.Geez…it makes my eyes tear up just thinking about it.Happy Mother’s Day.Susanwww.doughmesstic.com

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    Leslie M. - May 01, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

    I voted for you for best blog design, Best Food Blog, and Best Hobby Blog! Best of Luck!!Thanks again for this very special Giveaway and the chance to win!!!LeslieLeslieVeg@msn.comhttp://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

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    Marie - May 01, 2009 @ 5:58 pm

    I would have to say my grandma inspired me. She was a southern woman who knew how to cook (and used such taboo things as REAL butter and bacon fat!).

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    The Queen of Quite a Lot - May 01, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

    My mom has been my biggest influence. I can remember making chocolate chip cookies and mini cheesecakes when I was little and all the Christmas cookies. My favorite though is Pagacha at Easter time. Whenever I have a question about cooking, I call her first.

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    The Queen of Quite a Lot - May 01, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

    I am now following on my google reader! Love it!

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    Marie - May 01, 2009 @ 6:05 pm

    I follow with the google reader

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    Margaret - May 01, 2009 @ 6:09 pm

    My grandmother influenced me in the kitchen. She lived behind us for years, and then moved in with us for awhile. She made the best meals. She is almost 80 now, and lives with my uncle. Her mind is so sharp. When you call her to ask about a recipe she knows most of them by memory. My favorites of hers were rolls and tamales.

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    Janell - May 01, 2009 @ 6:09 pm

    One of my favorite memories with my mom in the kitchen is baking Christmas cookies. We still get together every year.

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    Janell - May 01, 2009 @ 6:11 pm

    I am a new subscriber to your blog.Happy Mother’s Day!

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    Ellen C. - May 01, 2009 @ 6:14 pm

    I remember making sugar cookies each Christmas Eve with my Nana. Then we all played bingo for prizes. It was a blast. Thanks for the chance.sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

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    Karen - May 01, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

    My grandmother came here from Russia when she was just a teenager. She had no written recipes; she learned to cook from her mother and grandmother. My sisters and I used to watch her bake mandel-bread (sort of like biscotti). She never measured anything — she would just say things like, “Now add some flour, but not too much!” She knew how to feel the right amount of ingredients, depending on the humidity in the kitchen or other factors. One time my sister tried to measure exactly what my grandmother was doing, but it never came out exactly right! Sometimes I feel like a slave to recipes, but I just don’t seem to have the “magic touch” that my grandmother had. (By the way, she lived to be 101 and was still baking mandel-bread up until the end!)

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    The Holdaway's - May 01, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

    My favorite memories of being in the kitchen are with my Gramma. She taught me how to make pies, cookies, and heavenly mac n cheese!

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    The Holdaway's - May 01, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

    I subscribe to your feed.

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    doughmesstic - May 01, 2009 @ 6:36 pm

    I just tweeted it for you!Susanwww.doughmesstic.com

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    doughmesstic - May 01, 2009 @ 6:37 pm

    And of course, you are in my reader.Susanwww.doughmesstic.com

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    PheMom - May 01, 2009 @ 6:42 pm

    My mom wasn’t actually much for cooking when I was growing up, but she did always make lunches and loved to bake, which is probably where I got that from. I aspire to have the creativity, patience and positive attitude my mom had. I don’t know any other kids in high school that could bring friends home for lunch to have a carpet picnic in the living room with their mom. Thanks for doing such a beautiful giveaway!

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    Krista - May 01, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

    My mom has been my biggest influence in the kitchen. I grew up watching her make something out of nothing, and it always tasted good! I’m thankful that I was able to learn to cook by watching her, and hope I can pass it on to my own daughter!

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    Deidra - May 01, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

    My mom was a great cook. She grew up in the depression and learned many ways to get creative when she didn’t have all the ingredients of a recipe. The old saying is right…the heart of the home is the kitchen. My mom taught me the art of showing love with a homemade meal.

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    ~Deidra~ - May 01, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

    I just subscribed to your blog by email.~Deidrahttp://deidrasheart.blogspot.com/

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    Amy @ Finer Things - May 01, 2009 @ 7:21 pm

    My mom has influenced me the most. She is a fantastic meat and potatoes cook, and an incredible pie baker. I definitely learned to cook by watching my mom.

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    Amy @ Finer Things - May 01, 2009 @ 7:27 pm

    Amazing Mother’s Day Giveaway over @goodLifeEats Don’t miss out! http://bit.ly/XDA9e2 minutes ago from TweetDeck Not sure how to find the link for my tweet…

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    April Lee - May 01, 2009 @ 7:36 pm

    My mom has influenced me the most in the kitchen. Though she is not a great cook, she taught me that the attitude with which you cook is more important than what you actually cook. She always made meals for us out of love and with a servant’s heart–that’s how I hope to be.April L. aprillee86@gmail.com

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    April Lee - May 01, 2009 @ 7:37 pm

    I am also subscribing to your blog.April L. aprillee86@gmsil.com

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    Emily - May 01, 2009 @ 8:03 pm

    My mom was the woman who influenced me most because I saw her cook the most. She could throw together an amazing meal in minutes from nothing. It was a sight to see! :)

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    jenny - May 01, 2009 @ 8:05 pm

    While I was only 4 when she died, my great grandmother has been the biggest kitchen influence on me so far. I never got the chance to get to know her, but her recipes grace our holiday tables and recipe books. She immigrated here from Germany when she was 18 and worked as a cook for Jewish families in Pittsburgh for her entire life. My mom says that I’ve inherited her cooking gene — I have freezing-cold hands, perfect for pastry, and a love of the kitchen.Whenever I cook, I always imagine her there with me, showing me what to do. I regret never getting the chance to know her aside from the stories, but my mom has always made sure I know where I got my interest =).Happy Mother’s Day!

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    Frugalista Mama - May 01, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

    One favorite memory is cooking with my Grandma when i would visit her. She would bake anything I wanted and let me help. She was a wonderful cook and just the thought of days in her cozy kitchen fill my heart with fond memories.

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    Adrienne B. - May 01, 2009 @ 8:30 pm

    My mom has influenced me most in the kitchen- we all have really bad (and different!) food allergies, so she’s had to be really creative when it comes to cooking for the family. She’s great at it!

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    Adrienne B. - May 01, 2009 @ 8:31 pm

    My mom has influenced me most in the kitchen- we all have really bad (and different!) food allergies, so she’s had to be really creative when it comes to cooking for the family. She’s great at it!Adrienne B., apborsch@syr.edu

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    Ashley - May 01, 2009 @ 8:51 pm

    Wow, everything looks so great! My mom has probably been my biggest influence. She is a great cook and baker, and I still call her all the time with kitchen questions. One of my earliest and happiest kitchen memories was making cheesecake with blueberry topping with my grandma.

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    Ashley - May 01, 2009 @ 8:52 pm

    I follow your blog with a blog roll attached to my blog.

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    Janel - May 01, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

    I think my sister Jessica has been the biggest influence on me in the kitchen. When I was in college, we lived in the same town and I got to enjoy many a homecooked meal made by her. She also put me to work in the kitchen too and taught me a few things.

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    Lyndsay - May 01, 2009 @ 10:05 pm

    Okay first I have to say these are all awesome giveaways!! Second, I just voted for you in each of the categories.Thanks for the chance!

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    Anne - May 01, 2009 @ 10:08 pm

    My mom has influenced me the most in the kitchen. She taught me how to use appliances, and gave me tips and tricks for preparing foods. I have some great memories of making recipes from the American Girl cookbooks when I was younger, like the Victory Garden Soup and the Volcano potatoes! We had a lot of fun with those recipes, and I remember being in awe of her knowledge.

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    Anne - May 01, 2009 @ 10:10 pm

    I followed your blog :)

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    Patsyk - May 01, 2009 @ 10:22 pm

    What an amzing giveaway! I have to say my most prized memory in the kitchen is w/my grandma. About a year and a half before she passed away, I spent the afternoon learning how to make pie crust with her. So happy I spent that time with her while I still could.

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    Lyndsay - May 01, 2009 @ 10:23 pm

    My mom has definitely been the more influential women in the kitchen for me. Even when I was a little girl she would always let me help her! We had so much fun that even today her and I have a little side cookie business out of her kitchen and we also bake together every month to send cookies to our deserving military! And surprisingly enough we manage to NEVER fight while doing it! I know all the time we spend in the kitchen now will be something I cherish so much later in life! :-)

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    Jill - May 01, 2009 @ 10:24 pm

    My Grandmother has influenced me the most over the years. She took great pride in preparing and cooking for the family. She always stressed how important it is to eat together as a family. I remember as a child, my grandmother sitting in the kitchen peeling apples and listening to a recipe radio show called “Kitchen Klatter” When visiting almost daily, our time together was almost always spent in the kitchen with the warmth of the oven filling the air with yummy goodness!I miss those days!!

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    Lyndsay - May 01, 2009 @ 10:29 pm

    I added you to my reader :-)

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    Lyndsay - May 01, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

    And I just tweeted about you…www.twitter.com/elle1015Also, want to add that I found this because of Susan (doughmesstic)’s tweet!! And man am I glad I did!! I think these giveaways are filled with awesome products!

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    Anonymous - May 01, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

    I subscribed to your blog last month and love it…I’ve already made several meal. Thanks! Joy H.

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    Kay G - May 01, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

    My mother was a great cook and was very patient in teaching me her tips!

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    Anonymous - May 01, 2009 @ 10:40 pm

    One of my favorite kitchen memories was baking bread with my Yiayia(Greek grandmother). She never read a recipe, cookbook or food blog:) but she knew how to cook! Her “special” bread was a family tradition and a 90 years of age I was finally able to shadow her in the kitchen and take detailed notes that included statements like, “1/2 juice glass of warm water, 2 large spoonfuls of orange juice, a medium size handful of wheat germ.” I will always remember that day and certainly her free spirit in the kitchen…especially as I carefully clutch my recipe cards! I love family food traditions!! Joy H.

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    Deb K - May 01, 2009 @ 10:43 pm

    My fondest memories are of cooking with my Dad as he was one of the best cooks in our house! When I was first learning to cook~he took me to the store and bought all kinds of spices and sat and told me what each one was for.To this day I still use all the spices that he told me about!

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    RecipeGirl - May 01, 2009 @ 11:03 pm

    Fun stuff! My grandmother (who lived on a farm) most influenced me in the kitchen. She grew everything and did everything fresh… jams/jellies, pies, veggies, roasted meats, etc. Loved every minute I spent at her farm :)

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    Tami - May 01, 2009 @ 11:08 pm

    This is such a fun give away your doing I have loved reading the comments.The woman who influenced me the most in the kitchen would have to be my Banny(grandmother) she was always encouraging me to come help her in the kitchen and never criticized my ideas of things to add to the dish we were making. She would encourage me to think outside the box. Take for instance when we made oatmeal(which was every weekend) we usually put raisins in it but she had some dried cherries and I wanted those in so we did and I remember asking why we didn’t put vanilla in it. I thought it was strange that we didn’t cause we always added it to the oatmeal cookies. She said lets try it and you know what it was really good. I’ve been doing my oatmeal that way every since. We found out that you don’t have to add as much sugar as the fruit and vanilla add a sweetness to it. Thanks to my Banny(who has been gone from our lives since 1999) I have learned to experiment in the kitchen and have come up with many great results and a few flops. But you never know if you don’t try.

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    Megan - May 01, 2009 @ 11:12 pm

    My mom taught me to cook at a very young age but my SIL really inspired my to try different ingredients and make things pretty. She taught me everything from how to cater a wedding to a simple elegant dinner party. She is my biggest inspiration.

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    thehorizontalyoyo - May 01, 2009 @ 11:15 pm

    Believe it or not the woman who is most influential to me in the kitchen is my mother in law. She is wonderful in the kitchen and wonderful with impromptu recipes. She is also a great frugal cook. Basically, she can make nothing out of nothing and it comes out wonderfully.

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    thehorizontalyoyo - May 01, 2009 @ 11:16 pm

    I’m a subscriber.

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    Megan - May 01, 2009 @ 11:17 pm

    I subscribed to your feed also.

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    janis - May 01, 2009 @ 11:37 pm

    Wonderful give away! I would have to say Alice Waters and the “slow food movement” has influenced me and reinforced my own feelings about the value and joy of cooking.

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    Teresa - May 01, 2009 @ 11:40 pm

    This is a great giveaway! My favorite kitchen memories are always ones about my Mom. My very favorite one is about a Thanksgiving meal when I was 14. It was the first year I asked to help my mom with the big meal. We got up early to start the turkey. We were the only ones awake in the house and I felt so special. My mom told me things about her childhood that she had never told me before. I think that was the day that I really understood that my mother was had once been a young girl herself. I remember feeling really sad when my father woke up and came into the kitchen. I felt like he ruined my special time with my mom.

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    Teresa - May 01, 2009 @ 11:41 pm

    I voted for you in all three categories!Thanks. TRigell at aol dot com

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    Teresa - May 01, 2009 @ 11:42 pm

    I tweeted about this huge giveaway!http://www.twitter.com/TTRigellI don’t know how to find the link to the exact tweet, so I hope this is ok. Thanks!TRigell at aol dot com

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    CK Nethercott aka Mom - May 02, 2009 @ 1:00 am

    When I was first married my husband had a good friend that worked at an amazing restaurant. That GUY taught me tons (made me look good at dinner parties with his amazing advise). The rest of my kitchen ed is due to FOOD network. (I loooove Giada!)

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    luv2bake - May 02, 2009 @ 1:33 am

    What a great giveaway!! Wow! From the time I was a little girl, Santa always brought me these kits that had cake and cookie mini-mixes, frostings, cake pans, spoons, etc.( I think they were the forerunner of Easy Bake Ovens.) My fascination with baking was born!! My mom made the best meals, and I did the baking…quite the team! Today, I love Food Blogs and collecting cookbooks.luv2bake~

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    Jenn @ Beautiful Calling - May 02, 2009 @ 2:09 am

    Well I am Canadian but have a wonderful friend in teh USA so perhaps I can enter and give it to her if I win.If not, I’d still like to share that it was my grandmother!We grew up living right next door to them and every Saturday we baked bread with Gramma. We’d get it all ready and then put it to bed to rise (they had a waterbed!). Gram always let us make our own creations too. She made yummy donuts and so much more.Gram is having health problems right now and I’ve been thinking a lot about the impact that this wonderful godly woman had on my life and praise Him that I have had her this long!

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    Anonymous - May 02, 2009 @ 2:16 am

    My favorite memories in the kitchen are with my grandmother. I used to sleep over at her house and breakfast was always poached eggs in little china egg cups and toast with me sitting at her island with legs dangling, wearing one of her silky nightgowns. She would always buy egg knots to serve with our sunday dinners and she would slip one to me b/c she knew they were my favorite while spagetti sauce simmered on the stove for sunday dinners….She was definately the person who made me want to spend time in the kitchen and ties me to my italian roots:) – monica-rideit4@comcast.net

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    Anonymous - May 02, 2009 @ 2:17 am

    I have your blog on my favorites list and i check it every day!:) -monica-rideit4@comcast.net

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    Mrs. Pear - May 02, 2009 @ 2:28 am

    My favorite memory was the rare times we were all in the kitchen together.Now that is all the time and I love it!

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    Ida Nielsen - May 02, 2009 @ 2:35 am

    The memories of my childhood mostly are from our kitchen; my siblings and I would do everything in there; cook, bake, play and eat. We’d even bring our mattresses and bedding to the kitchen, throw it on the floor and jump from the kitchen counter right on top of it. Yes, my parents were pretty laid-back :-) My favourite thing to do in the kitchen was baking with my mom; chocolate cake… We’d make it so often than by aged 8 I almost knew the recipe by heart. The best part was licking the bowl of course.

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    Anika - May 02, 2009 @ 3:05 am

    My MOM has definitely been the biggest influence for me in the kitchen! If she gets asked for a recipe, she kinda giggles and says, “Oh, I just add some of this and that until it tastes good.”The first place everyone goes upon arriving at her house is the freezer-that is where the choc. chip cookies are stored…..Yum-O! I hope one day to become the cook my mother is!

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    Anika - May 02, 2009 @ 3:15 am

    I am now following your awesome blog! Love it!

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    Anika - May 02, 2009 @ 3:21 am

    AND, I voted for your blog in each category…..you totally deserve to win each one!

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    ashley - May 02, 2009 @ 3:55 am

    Definitely my mother. She cooked a real dinner every night, which many people can’t say about their mothers. And she doesn’t stick to the same old meals — she loves trying new things.

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    DawnS - May 02, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

    My Mom did not cook when I was growing up but my best friends mother did and she had a great influence on me. I loved being at their home for home made sit down family meals. I knew that this would be something that I wanted for my own family some day. We have several sit down family meals every week and I put a high priority on it in our home. Now I include my daughters in the meal preparation just like my best friends mom did with us. This woman had such a big influence on my that 30 years later she is still a role model for me and a big part of my life.

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    ashley - May 02, 2009 @ 1:47 pm

    I’ve added your blog to my reader — I”m now an official follower!

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    ashley - May 02, 2009 @ 1:52 pm

    And I just put in my votes for you.

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    Anonymous - May 02, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

    My inspiration in the kitchen has to be my mom. She is such a great cook and rarely uses actual recipes. She always cooks for a crowd even when there isnt one and our “friends” are always welcome at her table no matter who they are. One of my fondest memories as a kid was making rosettes (these fried cookie things that were then covered in powdered sugar) with my mom in the kitchen-how could you go wrong with that? Thanks katie-hope I win!! :) Erin J.

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    Anonymous - May 02, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

    I also just voted for you for Best Food Blog! Good Luck! Erin J.

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    Jamie - May 02, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

    My Gramma John was amazing in the kitchen. She visited us once and stayed about 2-3 months to get away from the snow and help my Mom with a new baby. She taught us how to make our first casserole, Laura Doone Raspberry frozen dessert, Lemon Meringue Pie, Chocolate Chip cookies, pretzel dessert… the list continues. She was very creative in all aspects of cooking and baking. I am so thankful to have spent that time with her in the kitchen.

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    Jamie - May 02, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

    I am now a follower. Your site is awesome! Thanks!

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    Anonymous - May 02, 2009 @ 3:05 pm

    My biggest kitchen inspiration is my Mom. She taught me so much and I have learned to cook from her. I love that still today, we consult each other over the phone on new ideas and recipes to try. It is a fun part of our relationship. Katherine C.

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    Donna @ Way More Homemade - May 02, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

    One of the most influential women for me in the kitchen was my grandmother… my dad’s mom. Her coconut pie (which I never tried because eww- coconut is not msy thing) won awards and her chocolate pie was to die for. At her funeral in 2007, her cooking and pies were talked about… a lot. She always made things from scratch and seemed to find great joy in it. I think I got that from her. There are many legacies that she has left in my life and cooking is just one of them.

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    Akimbo - May 02, 2009 @ 5:01 pm

    Definitely my mom, who learned down home country cooking from HER mom (my daughter’s namesake) and fancy shmancy entertaining cooking (MY favorite) from her mother-in-law (my namesake). Elinore M

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    Doreen - May 02, 2009 @ 8:18 pm

    I’d have to say my Mom is my influencer in the kitchen. I like to learn her tips and tricks for cooking!

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    Doreen - May 02, 2009 @ 8:20 pm

    Voted in those categories, all of them!

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    Laura - May 02, 2009 @ 8:38 pm

    The most influential women for in the kitchen and good food was my grandma. Every Sunday we will go and eat at her house. She had a garden and a small farm, and by doing this food even taste better. It was simple food but really comforting and even though she is not here anymore I still can remember how her food tasted, thanks Laura B

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    Tamara B. - May 02, 2009 @ 8:40 pm

    My Mother has influenced me the most in the kitchen. I owe everything to my her for being such a great cook and baker. When I was little I use to help her in the kitchen before she got really sick with M.S. Then when she couldn’t I took over and cooked after school. Today I have a daughter who shares the same enthusiasm as I did when I was her age. She is always baking something and she is tweleve years old.

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    Tamara B. - May 02, 2009 @ 8:41 pm

    I am a subscriber.

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    Tamara B. - May 02, 2009 @ 8:43 pm

    I voted for the Best Food Blog.

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    Veroka - May 02, 2009 @ 8:43 pm

    My grandmother and my mother leave me to eplore the kitchen since i was a little child! They taught me everything what I know about cooking!Now, I cook together with my 8-year-old son.A pleasure!!!Nice idea, nice post!

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    Anonymous - May 02, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

    I have very fond memories of my grandmother, Iona, and it was she who influenced me the most in the kitchen. From the time I was a young child up until my early teens I spent my weekends with my grandmother and a huge chunk of my summers as well. Being in the kitchen and cooking was what she loved best and indeed it was what she did best. Always in her apron from sun up until sun down (except when gardening) she cooked, and cooked and canned for hours on end. She had a huge garden in which she grew just about anything you can imagine. She canned everything, including meat and froze many others. She also had a big cellar where everything was stored. Everythng back then she made from scratch and of course recipes and measuring spoons were never used. Meals were always full course and well rounded. This is all how and why she ended up being a huge influence on me. Even today I make everything from scratch and do not own a bread machine. The unfortunate thing is how I didn’t pay attention to the gardening and canning like I should have. It is something I grew to regret and still regret today. I love to cook and bake and I owe that to my grandmother. Oh how I wish I could garden and can like she did, too.Jody S.

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    Anonymous - May 02, 2009 @ 9:02 pm

    I am an email subscriber.Jody S.

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    Judie - May 02, 2009 @ 9:06 pm

    as a child My mother would let me stay up late to help her clean our Thanksgiving turkey, That meant pulling out all the pin feathers, then my mother would take out all the insides and we’d look to see if there were any eggs inside then she’d take out the liver etc and then the stomache would be opened to see if there was anything of value inside, and she’d tell me stories of how rings and coins woud sometimes be found inside. I was the youngest of 12 children and this was a special time for me and my Mom. Judie

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    Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates - May 02, 2009 @ 9:06 pm

    Oh MY – what a wonderful giveaway you are having!! Thanks for linking it up too!The woman who influenced me most in the kitchen was my mother. She taught me how to cook. She got me my first cookbook which was a Disney cookbook! The first thing I ever cooked from it was a cookie recipe. Mom supervised me in the kitchen but let me do my own work including making my own mistakes! The first batch of cookies were still in a ball shape and hard as rocks – when Dad threw one on the ground, it didn’t even break – LOL! The second batch burned. But eventually I got them right. I’m not sure I would have the patience to let my child make a few batches of cookies until getting them right, but I learned so much when she did that!Thanks again for such a special giveaway!!

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    Judie - May 02, 2009 @ 9:08 pm

    I subscribe by E-mail Judie

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    Judie - May 02, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

    I voted for you–Best Design–Best food blog–best Hobby blog. good luck—-Judie

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    Frances - May 02, 2009 @ 10:05 pm

    What an AMAZING GIVEAWAY!The woman that influence me most in the kitchen was my mom! She is an amazing cook and now so am I….is that bragging? LOL!The very best thing I learned from her was how to make jam! Now that is what I give everyone for Christmas and people star asking if that is what they will get as early as August! LOL!And my family never has to eat “store bought” jam!Thanks, Mom!!

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    janetfaye - May 02, 2009 @ 10:09 pm

    My favorite memory in the kitchen is one with my grandmother. She loved to cook everything homemade. She also had a wonderful garden. I remember watching her can tomatoes and fruit and telling me that she would show me how to make sauce with the tomatoes. I can still see her standing by her stove, me sitting at the table waiting for a delicious plate of Chicken Cacciatore, my favorite. I often think of her when I cook Italian food or when I buy fresh vegetables.janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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    janetfaye - May 02, 2009 @ 10:10 pm

    Email subscribed.janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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    janetfaye - May 02, 2009 @ 10:18 pm

    I voted Best Blog Design.janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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    janetfaye - May 02, 2009 @ 10:19 pm

    I voted Best Hobby Blog.janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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    makeetis - May 02, 2009 @ 10:21 pm

    When I was little I always stayed with my grandmother. She is the one that influenced me in the kitchen. She would show me step by step how to make all her homemade dishes. I loved helping her and being included not to mention the taste. I cook all my big holiday dinners from scratch (except for the turkey). My husband always tells me he got a good deal on my cooking and I tell him he and I owes it all to my grandmother.brewerchickey78(at)yahoo.com

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    spear-britney - May 02, 2009 @ 10:35 pm

    My favorite memories are of being in the kitchen with my Southern grandmother who for every family meal always made enough food for an army! She experienced a lot of loss in her life through the death of her husband, son, and grand-daughter, but she is still the most resilient, hard-working person I have ever met.-tiffanycadenhead@yahoo.com

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    Christine - May 02, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

    My grandmother has been my complete inspiration whenever I cook. She always made cooking an adventure for me, and I will always treasure my memories of being in the kitchen with grandma.

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    Comfort Joy Designs - May 02, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

    Both my mother and grandmother are to be given credit for instilling in me a love for cooking. Sharing the joy of feeding a family and teaching me how to use that very special ingredient to every dish: LOVE. DeborahcomfortjoydesignsATgmailDOTcomMichigan addy ready.

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    johnswife04 - May 02, 2009 @ 10:59 pm

    Growing up I don’t have many fond memories. However I remember visiting my grandma and sitting on a stool watching her measure, pour and cook. We would talk about anything and everything, we would laugh and eat. She is asian so we always had such wonderful food. I loved watching her cook fresh fish because my grandpa would bring it home from fishing, she would scale it and gut it and she would take the time to explain all the steps to me. I loved it! I still love cooking by her side. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway and gateway to our fond memories!

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    Katy M. - May 02, 2009 @ 11:07 pm

    Well, she’s not a woman (yet) but my favorite person to cook with is my six year-old daughter. We have a great time planning menus and trying out new foods. We have a new baby in the house and big sister cannot wait to make food for her new little sister.

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    Katy McNabb - May 02, 2009 @ 11:14 pm

    I added you to my google reader.katy@mishu.com

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    Abby - May 03, 2009 @ 12:28 am

    I grew up watching and helping my grandmother cook and bake, and she has always been my biggest influence in the kitchen. There was a white stool in her kitchen that I sat on to help stir the corn, turn the chicken or scoop out the cookie batter! I now live in her house, cook in her kitchen, and I have that same little white stool that I hope my little boy will one day sit on to help me!(Thanks for the opportunity to enter such a wonderful giveaway!)

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    Robert Loveland - May 03, 2009 @ 12:33 am

    Oh my gosh, I was exposed to cooking and baking in the kitchen all my life. My Grandmother and my Mother were both extraordinary cooks. My grandmother has an extensive collection of recipes for absolutely ANYTHING as she lived on a farm and raised my mother and 6 other children. When my Mom turned 18, she gave her and my Aunt each a copy of a Betty Crocker cook book. My mom later enrolled in the Navy and became a cook there. She recently just passed away, but her cooking was delicious, and anything she baked turned out to be BEAUTIFUL. She was a perfectionist when it came to anything, especially in the kitchen. I remember she made gingerbread Houses but that wasn’t an accurate name for them. She made gingerbread Castles and Mansions. My favorite memory of baking with my mother was making these checkerboard shortbread. And with my grandmother, was baking french baguettes. If I were to win a prize, I would split it between my Aunt and my Grandmother. After my Mom passed away, my Aunt decided to be my guardian and has been amazing to me. And my grandmother (along with my mother)were the two biggest people of inspiration for my passion in the kitchen. To this day, I still use the Betty Crocker cook book that my mother got 34 years ago.My email- kcobainloveland@mail.com

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    Heather - May 03, 2009 @ 1:07 am

    I have many fond memories of baking sweet treats with my mom. My favorite time of year has always been making Christmas candy and goodies with my mom. We make everything from homeade caramels and divinity to cinnamon rolls. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. :) heatherdemke(at)gmail(dot)com

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    auntrene - May 03, 2009 @ 1:11 am

    I have the fondest memories of cooking and baking in the kitchen with my Grammy.. She was an amazing cook. She said she was a “Dump” cook.Dump some of this, Dump some of that.. and TaDA.. yummy goodness.I don’t know that I ever saw her cook anything with a recipe. She of course knew how much to “Dump” in to make it come out perfect.She used to make me Stewed Tomatoe Dumplings. I don’t even like Tomatoes, but I loved those, they were made with love.They were also made with her own canned tomatoes, maybe that is why they were so good.I love to cook, I am not such a great baker, you know why???? I am a “Dumper” not great about measuring..Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.itsjustmerene2003atyahoodotcom

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    Katie Busken - May 03, 2009 @ 1:14 am

    My favorite memories in the kitchen always happened around Christmas. My mother, my three sisters, and I would make many different kinds of cookies and then wrap them on plates to be taken around to friends and neighbors. We couldn’t leave anyone out so we had a lot of cookies to bake–which meant we spent a lot of good laughing time together.

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    denise - May 03, 2009 @ 1:21 am

    My favorite memory was with my mother when I first tried to scramble an egg. Aside from almost burning myself, and burning the eggs, and…burning her, I’d say it went pretty smoothly!

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    auntrene - May 03, 2009 @ 1:21 am

    I twittered, tweeted.. whatever.. I think this is what you need…http://tinyurl.com/bsktb4Thanks!itsjustmerene2003atyahoodotcom

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    auntrene - May 03, 2009 @ 1:26 am

    I am following your blog Thanks!I also subscribed. Thanks!itsjustmerene2003atyahoodotcom

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    auntrene - May 03, 2009 @ 1:28 am

    I voted for you on Best Food Blog, Thanks!itsjustmerene2003atyahoodotcom

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    LoveMy2Dogs - May 03, 2009 @ 1:29 am

    This may sound weird but I do not remember cooking in the kitchen when I was growing up. But my Step-MIL has taught me that you can basically make a complete meal out of pretty much nothing. We would go visit my FIL and she could whip up a wonderful meal from scratch from odds and ends and it would be fantastic.

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    LoveMy2Dogs - May 03, 2009 @ 1:34 am

    I am a new follower.

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    LoveMy2Dogs - May 03, 2009 @ 1:35 am

    I now follow you on twitter and tweeted.http://twitter.com/lovemy2doggies/status/1683331441

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    Monkeys ARDently In Sinc - May 03, 2009 @ 1:55 am

    My favorite memory in the kitchen is when my mom would help me make jam and cake. She took time out of her day to help me learn, and although my hubby does most of the cooking, I still like to get in there every once in a while – and it always funner with new toys!

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    Gina - May 03, 2009 @ 2:11 am

    One of my favorite kitchen memories is peeling shrimp for my mom. They were fresh off the boat and there was such a satisfaction in pulling off their shells and little legs. Then my mom would fry ‘em up in cracker crumbs and we’d eat them with homemade tartar sauce, always counting to make sure no one got cheated out of their rightful shrimp.lafrijola@gmail.com

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    Kelly W. - May 03, 2009 @ 2:14 am

    My Mom is my biggest influence in the kitchen because she always came up with something for dinner but hardly ever used a recipe. She and my dad both taught me not to be afraid to just throw stuff in a pot and see what comes out. My favorite memory of cooking with my mom is making cookies when I was little. That’s why it’s so special that my little boy likes being in the kitchen with me, especially when I’m baking. :)

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    Gina - May 03, 2009 @ 2:14 am

    My favorite memory is of standing on the step-stool next to my mother while she baked. Now I do the same with my 3-year old.ginaogden (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Melissa G - May 03, 2009 @ 2:53 am

    My mother is definitely the one who influenced me in the kitchen the most. I cook just like her, too! She's a great multi-tasker…and, with being gone from my home for the last ten days, I spent today cooking. I made tacos, sloppy joes, ribs, spaghetti sauce, brownies & chocolate chip cookies…we are set for the week & it was done in and hour and a half!My mom would be proud! And…this is an AWESOME present for any woman! THANKS!

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    Melissa G - May 03, 2009 @ 3:06 am

    I subscribed to the blog through google reader…

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    Amy - May 03, 2009 @ 3:09 am

    My favorite memory in the kitchen was with my Mom. We used to bake Christmas cookies and nutbread together. My love of baking began when I was very young, and my Mom taught me so much. I wish I’d learned how to make her pie crust, because I’ve never tasted anything to match it. She’s been gone many years, and I always miss her the most on Mother’s Day.

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    debbielynne - May 03, 2009 @ 3:18 am

    My favorite memory in the kitchen is making pie crust cookies with the leftover pie dough when visiting my grandma.

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    Amy - May 03, 2009 @ 3:18 am

    I voted for your blog

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    paulysrachie - May 03, 2009 @ 4:24 am

    My mom has influenced me most in the kitchen. She was always baking things, and letting us help her. It made me feel so loved that she was willing to share her love of baking with us, and make us delicious goodies. I have so many good memories of being with my mom in the kitchen. She definitely influenced me the most.

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    Alexis AKA MOM - May 03, 2009 @ 4:25 am

    wow what a wonderful giveaway. I would love to win any of it.Q: What woman has influenced you the most in the kitchen, and why.A: Mom and Julia Childs. Julia gave mom all the tools and mom then passed them down to me. I only wish I could make dishes like them both.

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    Alexis AKA MOM - May 03, 2009 @ 4:27 am

    I just signed up for emails :) . TYSM

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    thechickadeefeeder - May 03, 2009 @ 4:36 am

    When I was a newlywed, an older woman at work took me in hand and taught me how to make pies, among other things. Her generosity has given me great memories.

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    Dana - May 03, 2009 @ 4:52 am

    my favorite memory in the kitchen would be when I was little and when we traveled to my grandmothers house. All activity centered in the kitchen. I remember the smells, the conversations, the laughs, …I am thankful for those memories.

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    Alice - May 03, 2009 @ 4:53 am

    My favorite memory in the kitchen is making cookies with my grandmother. I was just little (she passed away when I was six), but I can still remember sitting on the counter, helping her, and how tasty they were when we were done. I cherish those memories of her and always think about her when I am making cookies.

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    Dana - May 03, 2009 @ 4:55 am

    I subscribe

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    Dana - May 03, 2009 @ 5:03 am

    I voted on all three blogger awardsunder zippieeethankszippieee@msn.com

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    Dana - May 03, 2009 @ 5:08 am

    follow on twitterzebastyandylantweetedhttp://twitter.com/zebastyandylan/statuses/1684811974

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    Enter Here - May 03, 2009 @ 5:09 am

    One of my greatest memories in the kitchen was when I was child and my family would go to my grandparent’s for Sunday dinner. The house alway smelled so delightful and our entire family would gather around the kitchen table to eat, talk, and enjoy one another’s company. My grandma, mom, and aunt (as well as my three sisters–although they were not women at the time) were all there. All of these females have had a great influence in my life. The other day I drove past my grandparent’s house and it is for sale-my grandparents passed away a few years ago. I got out of my car and got one of the flyers and realized that their entire house was only 969 square feet! It never seemed that small. I loved that so many happy memories were made in such a tiny space.

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    Anna Incs - May 03, 2009 @ 5:32 am

    I’m following you on twitter and have twitted about your giveaway. I’m not very PC savvy…moosamoosecheck out the mother’s day giveaway on http://www.good-life-eats.blogspot... and enter to winhalf a minute ago from web

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    Anna Incs - May 03, 2009 @ 5:46 am

    my favorite memory in the kitchen is back in Israel when I was a little girl. my mom and grandmother would be cooking and talking. I sat on the red stool with my legs hangings watching them. my grandmother made borscht and would add 2 spoonfuls of sugar to the pot which was very amusing to me. she told me it was to match the sweetness coming from my lips when I ate the borscht. as an adult I found out it was to counteract the acidity. my mom would stand and form katletas which are the Russian version of a turkey meatball with spices, onions, mayo, breadcrumbs and eggs. my 8 year old eyes would be mesmerized watching her knead the meat and then form it into an oval and somewhat flat ball. the food was delicious and as an adult now when I make borscht I add 2 teaspoons of sugar and remember my beloved grandma. then, when I’m ready to form my katletas I usually call my mom first and go over the ingredients list just to make sure I haven;t missed anything. my mom knows that I remember but we love to reminisce and talk about grandma. both women have played a major role in my life and have given me support, advice and love through old fashioned recipes and lots of conversation with a bowl of grandma’s borscht.

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    Mindy - May 03, 2009 @ 7:38 am

    My grandmother influenced me in many ways in the kitchen, but not like many others’ grandmothers did. She wasn’t the sweet old lady baking cookies, but the one who experimented with food constantly. My family is very conservative when it comes to food, and often her experiments ended up in the trash. But I did learn from her to think outside the box when it comes to food and not to be afraid of strange flavor combinations.

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    Mindy - May 03, 2009 @ 7:40 am

    I’m a follower too!

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    subrosa - May 03, 2009 @ 9:10 am

    My favorite memory in the kitchen would be making Christmas cookies with my grandmother each year while growing up. She would show me all her special tricks. It was wonderful getting to spend so much quality time with her and learning how to bake from the best!This is such a wonderful giveaway to honor Mothers! Thanks!

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    subrosa - May 03, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    My favorite memory in the kitchen would be spending Christmas break with my grandmother baking. She would teach me all her special tricks and it would give me a chance to spend quality time with her.

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    DJ - May 03, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

    My favorite memory is making peanut butter cookies with my Grandma.

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    torinem - May 03, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

    I think my Nana is probably the person who has most influenced me in the kitchen. She is from Italy and cooks the most amazing food with no recipes or anything. It’s always a feast when we eat at her house! I hope to be able to that someday. tornem(at)yahoo.com

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    The Dreamer - May 03, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

    definitely my grandmother. She had 5 kids, 11 grandkids and 8 great grandkids. We’d all gather and she’d cook the most awesome meals, especially in the summer.addeviant006 at gmail dot com

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    Michelle - May 03, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

    My mom is my biggest influence in the kitchen. She’s a wonderful cook because she’s always trying new recipes/techniques. She taught me how to read a recipe, how to ‘throw stuff together’ AND not to be scared to try something new. The worst than can happen is that it doesn’t taste good. ;-)

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    judybrittle - May 03, 2009 @ 3:13 pm

    My mother influenced me the most in the kitchen because she was the best cook I have ever known.She would cook all meals and baked goods from scratch and show me step by step what she was doing. She had so much patience and never once got angry or aggravated when I messed up. She wanted me to love baking like her and to have fun while doing it. Before my wonderful mother passed away we would bake Christmas cookies for everyone in the family and every year we would try a new recipe to surprise everyone. Yes she was the best teacher and I still love cooking and baking. I followed her example and I was the same way with my 3 daughters and they too love baking. I will always miss those special moments.

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    judybrittle - May 03, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

    I follow you on Twitter and I tweetedhttp://twitter.com/kewpiedoll04/status/1687207345

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    Amy - May 03, 2009 @ 3:19 pm

    My fondest kitchen memories are of my great-grandmother in the kitchen. She would make a big breakfast every morning after the work on the farm was done. She would roll out biscuits every single day and they were the best things you could ever imagine. I kept asking her for her recipe and she could never give it to me because it was just, “A little of this and a little of that.” When she passed away, she took that recipe with her, but I have her biscuit cutter sitting in my kitchen window so I can remember those mornings with her in her kitchen.

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    Amy - May 03, 2009 @ 3:20 pm

    I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about the contest!

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    CandG~Jill W - May 03, 2009 @ 4:07 pm

    My mom has definitely influenced me the most in the kitchen. She loves to bake, and I remember standing on the stool at the counter stirring and watching…We always had dinners as a family when I was growing up, and she almost always cooked. (My sister and I helped, of course) She has a cooking day about once a month now & makes enough food for at least a month & freezes it-I participate sometimes, when I have enough room in my freezer! So, she is the best role model ever! thanks!

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    Stefanie Hartman - May 03, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

    My Mom is the woman who has influenced me most in the kitchen. All my good tasting food memories and holiday dinner memories come from her. It was always fun to plan meals, help prepare meals, and eat her meals. She’s the best. Blessings, Stefanie Hartman fhartman@frontiernet.net

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    Stefanie Hartman - May 03, 2009 @ 5:05 pm

    follow you on Twitter and tweeted id keepsakebabykeepsakebabyMother’s Day Giveaway @goodLifeEatsless than 5 seconds ago from web fhartman@frontiernet.net

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    Stefanie Hartman - May 03, 2009 @ 5:06 pm

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    Donnetta D - May 03, 2009 @ 6:37 pm

    My mother has been a huge influence on me. She can make a delicious meal out of random ingredients. She has a gift for it! Leftover nights were actually looked forward to when I was growing up because she was so inventive. She also taught us to be economical and thankful for what we had. Good lessons in this day and age.

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    rachie - May 03, 2009 @ 6:54 pm

    I signed up by e-mail to follow your blog!paulysrachie@gmail.com

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    rachie - May 03, 2009 @ 6:55 pm

    I voted for your blog!!!

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    Donnetta D - May 03, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

    I subscribed via email.pong7@comcast.net

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    Donnetta D - May 03, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

    I voted for your blog.Pong7@comcast.net

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    Julie - May 03, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

    My favorite memory in the kitchen is of helping my mom bake when I was a little kid. I would sit on the counter and help dump ingredients in and stir the bowl. The best part was always when we were done and I got to lick the beaters.

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    Heather - May 03, 2009 @ 8:02 pm

    my favorite kitchen memories were with my grandmothers… i can remember going to my grandparents house every thanksgiving with my siblings and cousins to help my grandma make stuffing. our job was to tear the bread into small pieces. now that we are older, my brother and i let our kids tear the bread for our stuffing.i also loved coking with my other grandmother. she would help me make bacon sandwiches (something i never ate at home). she also made delicious lemon meringue pie and the best cabbage rolls.

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    caroline - May 03, 2009 @ 8:08 pm

    My grandfather was a tremendous cook. After his death, as several aunts and cousins and uncles gather a few times a year to make the things that we’ve grown accustomed to eating at holidays and special occasions, we’ve realized how much time he spent serving us. He spent hours and hours making things like pierogis (to feed 50) and homemade nut breads and many other labor intensive meals. He loved that we enjoyed these things so much and also loved the relationships that resulted as we gathered together to eat all the time. I’ve been tremendously influenced to spend time doing and creating things in the kitchen that others enjoy, and have already enjoyed sweet times with my own family and young children as a result of special meals together. I hope to continue that and pass it down one more generation.

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    MH - May 03, 2009 @ 8:50 pm

    My favorite memory in the kitchen is helping my mom prepare dinner every night after she came home from a long day at work! She was always happy and loving despite being so tired after long days at work! She is the best role model! On tough days at home, I remember her. I loved helping her make chicken and rice. A family favorite! Yummy aromas wafting from the kitchen…:)

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    MH - May 03, 2009 @ 8:51 pm

    I subscribe via RSS!

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    Monica Schlange - May 03, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

    My Mom raised me in the kitchen, and now that she’s been battling various kinds of cancer for 5 years I’ve been able to give back to her by reminding her how to cook the very recipes she taught me, or making her freezer meals to bring out at a moment’s notice. She gave me the very gift I am able to now bless her with!

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    kayleesmomma - May 03, 2009 @ 11:28 pm

    My momma is the greatest woman and the best cook I know! When I was younger, I would often cook with my mom. When I was really little, I probably got in the way more than I helped, but she never made me feel that way! My favorite memory of being in the kitchen with my momma was when I was probably about 5. I stood on a chair right next to her so I could reach the counter, and had my own cutting board and dull knife. While she would cook our family dinner, I would “cook” dinner for my hampster, Chewy. She would give me a bunch of veggies to chop up, and I would make a Chewy Veggie salad for him. I always felt so important and loved when she let me “cook” my hampster dinner! :)

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    MamasHood - May 03, 2009 @ 11:45 pm

    Every time I would go to my Grandma’s house we spent the majority of our time in the kitchen. I can remember playing all kinds of games at the kitchen counter. Dancing as a little girl on the counter to big band music with my grandparents. I remember eating buttered saltine crackers and just talking with her. All very good memories.

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    Katie @ 3 Blondes and a Redhead - May 03, 2009 @ 11:50 pm

    The woman I’m most inspired by in the kitchen is my best friend. As I was learning to cook a few years back, we’d call each other a few times a week at 3:00 to get recipe ideas, share what we’d learned on Food Network, or to discuss substitutions for missing ingredients. Love my BFF!

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    Sarah - May 03, 2009 @ 11:52 pm

    My mom is not a good cook, so I didn’t grow up baking or cooking a lot of things with her. But when I got married, I wanted to be a wife that could cook. And Rachel Ray was there for me. She definitely has taught me a lot about the basics of cooking, and it has made me more confident to experiment at dinnertime.

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    Bryssy - May 04, 2009 @ 12:13 am

    What is your favorite memory in the kitchen with an important woman in your life.Making jelly and granola with my mom, now my kids do the same with me. :-)

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    Anonymous - May 04, 2009 @ 12:30 am

    My favorite memory in the kitchen would have to be every year, close to Christmas, my Grandma, mom, and aunts would gather in the kitchen to make homemade Christmas candy! Now, I am teaching my young daughters the same recipes as well as new ones we learn together! My kitchen is probably my favorite room in the house, and with all of these new toys and lovelies, it would make me that much happier!Heather C.

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    Luvdaylilies - May 04, 2009 @ 1:46 am

    My wonderful Mom has and still inspires me in the kitchen=) She has always made certain that her family ate well and enjoyed their meals! Please enter me in your giveaway and thanks so much just for the opportunity.Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

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    minishoes1 - May 04, 2009 @ 2:33 am

    My favorite memory in the kitchen is of me and my mom. She showed me how to make one of her raison pies and homemade choc pies and a homemade pie crust when I was little.Just thinking about it makes my mouth water now! lol One of the favorite dinners we would make together was Chicken and dumplins.It was so yummy! I cook it for my family now but its just doesn’t taste the same as hers. For breakfast she taught me how to make homemade biscuits and gravy. It was so good! great giveaway! jacquecurl1@gmail.com

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    STILLMAGNOLIA - May 04, 2009 @ 2:58 am

    My favorite memory is of my mom teaching my oldest daughter how to make peach preserves one summer. Jeni stood in a chair and measured and stirred it was one of those fun mind pictures you bring back time and time again!

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    STILLMAGNOLIA - May 04, 2009 @ 2:59 am

    My favorite kitchen memory is of my mom teaching my oldest daughter how to make peach preserves. She had to stand in a chair to stir and measure. It was priceless.

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    M - May 04, 2009 @ 3:47 am

    My favorite memory in the kitchen: prepping for – and having – a “fancy” tea party with my mom, using my great-grandmother’s china.

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    MariaK - May 04, 2009 @ 3:48 am

    My favorite memories growing up were in the kitchen. They were surrounded with the preparation of meals that included fish and even cutting up a whole chicken. My fondest memory would have to be helping my mom preparing Easter cookies and breads. Rolling the dough, understanding the texture of recipe, and reaping the rewards of a day full of baking seems to resonate in my mind!mariakalina@ymail.com

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    Angela@spinachtiger - May 04, 2009 @ 4:17 am

    My favorite memories in the kitchen are still being created. My mom is 74 years old and continues to cook up a storm. She lives down the street and she is always calling to ask if she can cook for my husband and I. Two of the best meals she has made in the last year are a beef pie which I put on my blog and an Italian chicken with olives. Both were two of the best dishes I’ve ever eaten. She has a way with making comfort food. I refer to her as Retro Rose. She doesn’t compromise her cooking with any processed foods. I also love that although she’s a great cook, her best dishes are still ahead of her.

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    Anonymous - May 04, 2009 @ 4:18 am

    My favorite memory in the kitchen is helping my mom make brownies. As I recall, my main job was licking the bowl. :) I will never forget those white melamine mixing bowls.~Kristy O

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    Anonymous - May 04, 2009 @ 4:21 am

    ps – I subscribed to you on google reader!~Kristy O.

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    Cris B. - May 04, 2009 @ 6:30 am

    The person who has influenced me most in the kitchen is my Grandmother. She raised 5 children and 11 grandchildren. It is because of her great patience and gentle nature that I love to spend time in the kitchen. I remember at the age of 4 my Grandma getting the step stool out and over to the kitchen table so I could see the dough bowl – a huge, long wooden thing that the biscuit ingredients went into. It was oblong shaped so that you could knead the dough front to back. Grandma would let me “work” the dough and at 4 I made a bigger mess than I did help but Grandma never lost her temper or patience with those little hands; gently encouraging me until I got it just right. She had a flour bin; which was a huge deep drawer built into the cabinet and flour was purchased in 50 lb. or more sacks and dumped into the bin – dresses were made for her daughters out of the sack cloth. I distinctly remember “helping” measure out the flour for “my” biscuits out of this huge bin. Grandma also had milk cows and many an hour was spent milking those cows for milk for those biscuits. She made the best chicken and dumplins’ in the world. I’m sure that these adventures in Grandma’s kitchen added precious time to her daily routine but time was the thing that Grandma graciously gave to her grandchildren over and over. That wonderful woman will be celebrating her 101st birthday in June and although she is no longer in the kitchen herself, her legacy lives on through her grandchildren who love to cook up a storm.

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    Anonymous - May 04, 2009 @ 10:22 am

    JENNIFER DUNCANMy mother has been a wonderful influence in my life. She definately taught me how to prepare delicious fulfilling meals on a budget!

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    Shannon - May 04, 2009 @ 11:59 am

    My mom made homemade bread a lot and she would let us help in various ways. I love to make it now and my toddler loves to help in his own way too!

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    Shannon - May 04, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

    I now subscribe.

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    Anonymous - May 04, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

    Tracy L.lopezfamilymail AT Gmail DOT COMThe woman who influenced me most in the kitchen was my Mom, of course. She thought it was important that I learn to cook and was very open to letting me and my sisters experiment, even when it meant culinary disasters and wasted ingredients. My mother was always very Julia Child-like with her cooking, (a pinch of this, a dash of that – not using measuring cups, etc.) Because of her, I’m not afraid to try new things and love to add my own touch to recipes.

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    Jada's Mommy - May 04, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

    My grandmother influenced me the most in the kitchen. The irony is that I rarely cooked with her. After she died, I inherited her recipes and her aprons. That was enough to jump start a family heritage exploration through her recipes. She marked each with where she got the recipe, which was a very nice touch.

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    The Crew - May 04, 2009 @ 1:27 pm

    I love being a stay at home mom. My mom was a hard working teacher, but always managed to cook something up and have it on the table for meal time. As I look back on my time growing up, I see how that little step (which was probably a really big step for her)became such an important memory for me and something that I try very hard to achieve…the importance of a home-cooked meal with family gathered around the table. Thanks mom!

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    Liz - May 04, 2009 @ 1:35 pm

    Even though I only knew her for 4 years of my life, I think my grandmother had the most influence on me. She taught me how to make coffee and tuna salad. I have her apron and can’t wait to pass it on to my daughter, who loves to cook with me!

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    Bec - May 04, 2009 @ 2:23 pm

    I learned how to cook from my mom, but spend many hours in the kitchen with my grandmother. To this day, every Saturday morning when I make bacon, the smell takes me back to her kitchen as a little girl. I feel so blessed to have had two wonderful women who not only taught me how to cook, but through our work in the kitchen, taught me how to be a woman.

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    Bec - May 04, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

    I am now a follower! Thanks!

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    Judith - May 04, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

    I just signed up to subscribe via email.judithandmarc@comcast.net

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    Judith - May 04, 2009 @ 2:27 pm

    My Mom has had the greatest influence on me in the kitchen. Although fancy cooking isn’t her thing (to say the least…:), she always had a hot meal on the table for her family with a smile.

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    TidyMom - May 04, 2009 @ 2:41 pm

    My favorite memories in the kitchen had to be those spent with my grandma. She was ALWAYS canning and freezing and I would get to help. I also remember the WONDERFUL sugar popcorn she would make for us as a special treat! I would LOVE the help cook the sugar and add the food coloring that she would pour over our popcorn.Thanks for the chance at a GREAT giveaway!~TidyMom

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    TidyMom - May 04, 2009 @ 2:43 pm

    I subscribe!!~TidyMom

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    TidyMom - May 04, 2009 @ 2:45 pm

    I voted for you!!~TidyMom

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    Ashlie - May 04, 2009 @ 3:07 pm

    My mom taught me that I could cook anything, and that everything is better homemade. We spent a lot of time in the kitchen growing up making bread, canning fruit, cooking meals. I learned to love to cook from my mom, and I am so grateful that she instilled that in me.

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    Ashlie - May 04, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

    I subscribed to your blog!! Thanks!

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    Ashlie - May 04, 2009 @ 3:12 pm

    I voted on Blogger’s choice!

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    Hills - May 04, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

    My memories are getting to crack the eggs for the cookies and help mix, then getting to lick the beaters! Yummo! My mom was great at letting me help, she had lots of patience!

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    pickycook - May 04, 2009 @ 3:54 pm

    My Great Aunt influenced me the most as she was the only cook/baker in my family. She was amazing – her pumpkin pie is to die for. The best I have ever had!

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    Tricia - May 04, 2009 @ 4:45 pm

    My mom taught me to cook and so she has been my biggest influence. She always encouraged me to cook whenever I wanted.

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    Tricia - May 04, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

    My favorite memories in the kitchen are making chocolate chip cookies with my Grandma, she always let me sneak the dough!

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    Amy - May 04, 2009 @ 5:15 pm

    What woman has influenced you the most in the kitchen, and why?I would have to say my Mother. She is the one who taught me to cook. I have found memories of the two of us in the kitchen making Christmas cookies and lefsa. She taught me all I know.

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    Amy - May 04, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

    Following the blog by e-mail. ;)

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    Laura - May 04, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

    My favorite memory was making a gingerbread house at Christmas time with my Mother. It would take hours and everything had to be “just right”. I still make a house every year without fail and we compare houses if we are not doing them together. The smell of gingerbread always reminds me of those memories.

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    Gudrun from Kitchen Gadget Girl - May 04, 2009 @ 6:40 pm

    What a great giveaway!Two people influenced me in the kitchen – my mom, of course, by teaching me that even full-time working moms can prepare great, thoughtful, healthy dinners (even if liver was on the menu!). And my mom’s friend Pat, who helped me develop my taste buds further, and introduced me to the joy of red wine.

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    Gudrun from Kitchen Gadget Girl - May 04, 2009 @ 6:53 pm

    and I subscribed via google reader!Cheers,

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    ♥ Stevi - May 04, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

    My fav kitchen memory is helping my Grandmother prepare Thanksgiving dinner. My Grandmother is no longer with us and now I am the grandmother teaching my granddaughter the ways of the good kitchen!

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    ♥ Stevi - May 04, 2009 @ 7:03 pm

    I subscribed via email! Thank you!

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    Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect - May 04, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

    My favorite memory would have to be actually reminiscing – and laughing – with my mom about our (mostly my) cooking mistakes!

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    Anonymous - May 04, 2009 @ 7:34 pm

    My mom is the greatest influence on my cooking. Growing up on a farm with 3 siblings, she prepared a lot of food with simple ingredients. I’m a city dweller now but still call on the old church cookbook with many of her recipes for those comfort foods. :-) Karen K.

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    auenviro - May 04, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

    My favorite memory in the kitchen when my Mamaw me how to make biscuits. Since becoming a SAHM 2 years ago, I’ve started cooking from scratch and just trying to learn all I can.

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    Carolyn G - May 04, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

    The woman who influenced me the most was my grandmother Gilda. Since I was little I used to spend hours in the kitchen with her because she would tell funny and sweet stories of her childhood in Costa Rica. I loved listening to them. And while I was there she would put me to work chopping and cutting and doing a lot of stuff to help her. As I got older, she tauht me some of her best dishes. I learned how to make some great Costa Rican favorites. Even when I got older, I would always visit her and we would always go talk int eh kitchen while she made up another of her favorite recipes. She once told me that I was a natural cook since we never followed recipes yet created great food. To this day, I use some of the tricks she taught me and when I cook certain dishes, I miss her terribly because they remind me of her.

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    Carolyn G - May 04, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

    I subscribed through email

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    Carolyn G - May 04, 2009 @ 8:36 pm

    I voted for you for all categories!

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    Courtney J. - May 04, 2009 @ 8:39 pm

    One of my favorite kitchen memories is also one of my earliest. My mom didn’t bake a lot, but she did sit down and make an apple pie with me. I remember peeling and cutting the apples together. It is one of those moments that will randomly pop into my head whenever I bake, especially if it is apple pie!cjeaglemgmt at hotmail dot com

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    Blommom - May 04, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

    My mom has influenced me the most. She is a wonderful cook.

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    Blommom - May 04, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

    I subscribed via reader.

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    Jeannette Arrowood - May 04, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

    1. What woman has influenced you the most in the kitchen, and why.my aunt gayla has definitely influenced me the most in the kitchen. i grew up in the south (north carolina), but i also grew up with a mom who didn’t really cook very often. she’d make something when she was in town, but she traveled so often for work that i was often left to fend for myself in the kitchen. but when we went to aunt gayla’s house in the country, i knew it was on. i knew there would be pot roast, chicken and dumplings, fatback, shrimp casserole, biscuits, butter rolls, strawberry shortcake to die for, pecan pie, gigantic hams, pasta salad, red velvet cake, 400 kinds of casserole, and the occasional pig in a blanket.she’d always call my grandmother’s house when we’d roll into town, “jeannnneeete. i need your help with these biscuits. get your hiney over here now.”now that i live in nyc, i frequently write and ask her to send me copies of her recipes. you can’t get food like that here, my aunt’s never really left the carolina’s. like, ever. so that’s the food she knows up and down and inside out. no one makes a cake like she does, i definitely don’t have her skills, hell, she burns out an oven at least once a year. but i strive to cook like she does and provide for my little brooklyn community like she does.she cooks for the entire county (no lie), and they’re all invited to her house all the time. she’s incredible not just in the kitchen, but in her community. and ain’t that a woman? 2. What is your favorite memory in the kitchen with an important woman in your life.my favorite memories in the kitchen are a tie – while i loved learning to cook for realsies from my aunt, i remember my mom opening the spice cabinet up to me at a very, very young age. not that i knew what to do with spices, but i loved to make “soup” for my mother, which she would dutifully pretend to taste. she let me use the expensive good stuff, too, which at the time meant nothing to me. i just knew it was powdery and blended into the base of my “soups” (water) very well. i’d use enough pepper to kill a hippo, but my mother always encouraged me to have at it. mix it all up. and have a ball. i take that kind of approach to life, and whether or not it was from those “soup” sessions, i fondly remember spending that time with her. 3. If you are not a woman, who do you plan to share the prize with, and why.i’m a woman, and i’ll share it with the women in my family and my community!

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    Jeannette Arrowood - May 04, 2009 @ 9:16 pm

    i just twittered about this contest! http://www.twitter.com/nettap

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    Jeannette Arrowood - May 04, 2009 @ 9:18 pm

    i just voted in the blogger’s choice awards for your blog!

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    netta - May 04, 2009 @ 9:19 pm

    and now that i’ve signed in, i’m following your blog!(jeannette arrowood) @nettap on twitter!

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    Divagirl - May 04, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

    My grandmother, who was an awesome cook influenced me the most in the kitchen. My mother was never a good cook and my grandmother wanted to make sure that I would be a better cook than my mom who never cared much for cooking. At an early age, she let me help her prepare meals. These early lessons are some that I still remember every time I cook. Thanks to my grandmother, I am a very good cook. Without her cooking lessons, I probably would not be married. My husband loves me but he will admit it was my cooking that helped me to win his heart. Some of my best memories in my life revolve around the kitchen and the dining table and I hope that they always will.Thank you-Rochelle H.divagirl@myself.com

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    Susan - May 04, 2009 @ 10:09 pm

    I don’t have many memories of being in the kitchen with my mom when I was younger, but as an adult my mom and I get together to make jams or can fruits and veggies. We even try out dehydrating different things. It is great fun and we are learning new skills while we do it. Susan B.

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    Lynn - May 04, 2009 @ 11:16 pm

    My grandma was the biggest influence on me in the kitchen. My mother worked full time and I spent a lot of time with my grandma. I have such fond memories of us in the kitchen and her showing me how to make many dishes, vegetable soup, chicken and dumplings, coffee cake and many more!

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    JamieB - May 04, 2009 @ 11:17 pm

    my mother-in-law has influenced me the most, actually. she is a wonderful cook and always enjoy her company… i am so lucky!

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    CJ'SMOMMY*KIMBERLY - May 04, 2009 @ 11:45 pm

    What woman has influenced you the most in the kitchen, and why.My grandmother most deffinately.She grew her own vegatbles and still to this day she grows the best tomatoes I ever put in my mouth.She was a true southern cook.Fried chicken ,fresh vegetables,homemade bread.I got my big hips from her too,lol,her cooking and her genes.I remember poppin beans with her on the front porch while my grandfather whittled or played the guitar.We were so far in the sticks noone but us to hear.A good time was sitting out in the yard eating watermelon and just being with family.Lol yes Im from TN.I love my grandmother and can’t wait to go to her house Mother’s day ,she still cooks a big meal.Sorry got lost down memory lane.

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    chikadeez - May 05, 2009 @ 12:01 am

    This is actually probably going to sound kind of sad and depressing, since most have such sweet stories of learning how to cook. First, I want to start off by saying that I love my mom, and she was and is a wonderful and loving woman. That being said, she never really taught me how to cook. I don’t know if that’s cause she just never thought I’d be interested or if I really just wasn’t interested as a young girl. I’m now a mother of two (a two year old and a 7 month old) and it’s really important to me to have sweet memories of us working together in the kitchen. I already have my son helping me out in the kitchen. Every time I’m in there, he’s sitting on the island working along with me. I want to get into cooking so that I can create lasting memories and traditions with them. So even though I don’t have great childhood memories in the kitchen, that doesn’t mean I can’t create moments for my babies!

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    onegoldensun - May 05, 2009 @ 2:24 am

    My favorite memories in the kitchen involve baking with my mother, cuttin out cookies, and licking spoons! YUM! My mother is a wonderful baker!emily a.ankeney121(at)charter(dot)net

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    onegoldensun - May 05, 2009 @ 2:27 am

    Yay, I subscribed to good life eats. It is so nice to find your blog!emily a.

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    Cherry Blossoms - May 05, 2009 @ 2:54 am

    The Woman that Inspired me the most in the Kitchen is my grandmother, Lois Ann. My grandmother can whip anything into a masterpiece. I remember as a little girl watching her careful hands prepare scones with plump golden raisins, I remember watching her whip eggs into a perfect souffle and I remember eating her cakes delicately so that I could savor every bite! My grandmother is still cooking and still inspiring me to be the best person and baker I can be!CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail dot com

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    Cherry Blossoms - May 05, 2009 @ 2:55 am

    I follow your blogCherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail dot com

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    Andi - May 05, 2009 @ 5:11 am

    One of my favorite kitchen memories is when my mom taught me how to bake a cake. Our oven didn’t work and we did it in some kind of stove top baking pan. It was fun just being with her.

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    Josh - May 05, 2009 @ 7:07 am

    I am not a woman, but if I win, this goes to my wife who is days away from delivering baby #3 (a girl!) She is a SAHM even though she would be super successful outside the home if that is what she chose. And I appreciate that she does all the meal planning and grocery shopping even though she hates it.

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    Amy - May 05, 2009 @ 1:50 pm

    My great-grandmother made every meal for the holidays and the favorite was the rolls. It’s not a difficult recipe but for some reason few women in our family can make them like grandma. When I was 14 it was my time to learn. I did it all with my mom closely watching. I melted the yeast, add the flour and then kneaded the dough. It felt like magic happening in my hands. I remember not being able to wait for it to raise so I could get my hands back on that soft ball. I made the rolls and again had to patiently wait for them to raise. When they finally came out of the oven, golden brown, I can remember my mom tasting one and saying, “You got the touch girl, just like grandma’s” That was a great day for me. I knew I could do anything in the kitchen. I would say that it was that exact moment that helped me fall in love with cooking. I have plans to teach both my daughters how to make grandma’s rolls and hope they will pass it to their daughters. I am a mom and I want to thank you for celebrating us!Amy

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    Mrs.Kwitty - May 05, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

    Oh my…this is the “motherlode” of all giveaways! Pardon the pun! What wonderful prizes! I think I will answer both questions one and two at the same time. My darling Mom (may she rest in peace) was a wonderful country cook..she was fearless in the kitchen and never followed a recipe exactly, they each received her special spin on it. I always loved reading through her cookbooks and all the notations in the sidelines. Some of my fav times in my life were spent at her kitchen island helping out or just chatting and watching her work her magic. We used to do marathon canning sessions–one weekend we actually put up 86 qts of dill pickles, 35 qts. of hot sweet pickles, and 75 qts. jalepeno bell peppers (oh and about 15 small jars of hot salsa)!! Good times!Smiles, Karen

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    Mrs.Kwitty - May 05, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

    I just tweeted the news! http://twitter.com/misseskwittysThankS!fingers crossed!

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    Gina - May 05, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

    I subscribed to your blog!

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    Retro Housewife - May 05, 2009 @ 3:03 pm

    My grandmother really shaped how I viewed the kitchen. My grandmother was a self-taught cake decorator and she made all of our family’s wedding cakes, birthday cakes, etc. I have fond memories of watching her make tons of frosting roses in her kitchen. The smell of buttercream frosting is the smell of my grandmother and her kitchen.My mother sometimes work 2 or 3 jobs when we were growing up, and she was a waitress for most of my childhood and she worked the dinner shift. I remember he working one Thanksgiving when I was 13 and I was in charge of the entire meal. I wasn’t a seasoned cook, but I had watched her enough times to know what to do. When I was 14 I decided that I wanted to make an elaborate meal for my family. I got out my mother’s new cookbook and chose (I still remember the meal all these years later) fettucine alfredo, chicken milanese, stuffed tomatoes and cheesecake for dessert. I walked to the grocery store and got all of the ingredients while my parents were at work and cooked what to this day is still probably the most elaborate meal I have ever made.

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    Anonymous - May 05, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

    I am having an inner battle on who influenced me most in the kitchen…my dear Mom or my Grandmom. Both were awesome cooks who baked, cooked, canned and raised gardens and children wonderfully. We ate from those gardens most of the year. I remember helping with the canning.I do not remember having a box mix of anything except maybe gelatin as I was growing up. Now, I still prefer to make things “from scratch.”As a child, we raised chickens. If we had chicken for a meal, we had to catch it, “do the deed” and then help clean it. That chicken tasted so good!I would pull up a stool or a chair and watch my mom cook. I do not remember either one ever telling us to get down or go away. In fact, we were encouraged to watch and then practice what we saw. Mom always allowed us to bake or cook, her only admonition was that we had to clean up our mess! My sisters and I were encourage to try new things and experiment in the kitchen.I will never forget the look on my mom’s face when I made a batch of cookies without the sugar! She ate it and then gently explained what I had done wrong.I know she ate lumpy, burned gravy, the same for the potatoes and then gently helped me the next time so it would turn out right.There are some things I will never make as good as my mom…pie crust, her buttermilk biscuits and her homemade noodles. I keep trying, but I haven’t mastered her light touch.Thanks Mom, for always encouraging me to be the best I could be in the kitchen!Pat W. (moo)

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    sito50 - May 05, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

    My grandmother made bread in a woodburning stove in her basement. Some of her friends and my aunts would come and they would bake and talk. I loved to be there with them, the smell of the wood and the fresh-baked bread made it so cozy and they’d cut into a loaf and we’d snack on the warm bread with butter melting into it. It made me see baking as a labor of love.

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    Janna - May 05, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

    I love to remember cooking with my granny, mixing her gin and tonics while being wowed by such seemingly fancy 70′s fare as chicken a la king. Good times!

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    Janna - May 05, 2009 @ 3:41 pm

    Also, I voted for you in the Blogger Choice Awards

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    sito50 - May 05, 2009 @ 3:41 pm

    I’m an e-mail subscriber.

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    Catey - May 05, 2009 @ 4:49 pm

    1-I would say my mom has influenced me the most. She’s not a gourmet chef, but could make a great meal out of anything! And thankfully she passed on her love of baking-we both claim it as our main form of therapy! : )2-No one memory in particular stands out, but many different glimpses of anytime there is a gathering at my house our hers, my mom and I can be found in the kitchen together. Although now that my memory is running, the chocolate fountain in my kitchen was entirely too funny!

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    Catey - May 05, 2009 @ 4:53 pm

    I’m a follower!

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    Marla - May 05, 2009 @ 6:23 pm

    The woman who has most influenced me in the kitchen would have been my grandmother. She used to make homemade noodles every weekend I would come stay with her. I have always wanted to be like her in the kitchen. thank you for the entry.koinonia572001@yahoo.com

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    Our Family - May 05, 2009 @ 6:51 pm

    My mom taught me everything about cooking. I can remember sitting on one side of her counter while she rolled pie crusts on the other. I would wait impatiently and hope she had some extra that I could eat RAW. I still love a little raw pie crust :)

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    BEN AND LESLIE - May 05, 2009 @ 7:28 pm

    My grandma has influenced me most in the kitchen. She makes “the simple” things, as she says it. Spaghetti and German Pancakes. But she is amazing on the grill too! Potatoes and corn… I remember making breakfast with her and she was leaning over my shoulder and bacon grease went right in her eye! I’ve never been so sorry for not letting her do it on her own! I love my gram!

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    Lindsey - May 05, 2009 @ 9:50 pm

    My favorite memory in the kitchen with my mom is baking Christmas cookies. My mom isn’t a big baker, she prefers to cook, but she’d always make a big event of baking cookies around the holidays for my sister and I. Thanks for the chance!

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    Megan - May 05, 2009 @ 11:04 pm

    I think my Mom influenced me most in the kitchen. She taught us that the meal is more about time together than about the actual food. And we really got to enjoy each others company. Thanks for this amazing giveaway!Megan N

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    Mari - May 05, 2009 @ 11:06 pm

    I spent hours in the kitchen cooking with my Grandma. We would cook our fav. chocolate cake EVERY Sunday.Thanks for a great contest-it made me stop and think about someone very special in my life!tophamfam@gmail.com

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    katrina.v - May 05, 2009 @ 11:26 pm

    The woman who influences me the most is my mother-in-law. She puts effort and love in anything she makes in the kitchen and she brings the family together with the meals that we eat together.My favorite memory in the kitchen is when my grandmother would teach me recipes/dishes from our culture. I feel happy to pass the tradition onto me and to our future generations.

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    Lori K. - May 06, 2009 @ 12:04 am

    I have the fondest memories of cooking in my grandma’s kitchen. She had a convection oven and for her day that was a big thing. I can still hear her saying, “convection”. Anyhow, she made peas with white sauce and ham with raisin sauce and yummy homemade noodles and velvety mashed potatoes. She would have everything done at once and pull it out of the oven at the same time. I was always amazed at the amount of corelleware she’d keep pulling out, full of the meal’s goodies. She has Alzheimer’s now, but nothing will ruin those memories.blondnfiesty at yahoo dot com

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    Haley - May 06, 2009 @ 12:37 am

    The woman who influenced me most in the kitchen is my mother. She is the type who adds a dash of this and a pinch of that and never gets worked up or stressed. She doesn’t usually follow recipes, and keeps tasting and trying along the way. It’s always delicious and most importantly she is joyful to cook for her family.~haleyj99@yahoo.com

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    Haley - May 06, 2009 @ 12:38 am

    I subscribed!~haleyj99@yahoo.com

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    Vanessa - May 06, 2009 @ 2:00 am

    I learned to cook from my mom. She didn’t cook much growing up, but was not afraid to try new things. She has a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook that is almost worn out and this is where she learned all the techniques and also how to be a gracious hostess. I loved sitting with her looking through that book to decide what to try next.

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    Deb S - May 06, 2009 @ 2:43 am

    My mom is the biggest kitchen influence; I fondly remember sitting on the kitchen counter waiting to lick the beaters after the batch of cookies was mixed up. My girls have done the same thing.

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    Jennifer Taggart, TheSmartMama - May 06, 2009 @ 3:23 am

    My favorite memory in the kitchen is with my mom and sister, baking blackberry pies from scratch with blackberries picked from our “garden” (qualifying it since blackberries were weeds in our garden). We would spend all day baking lots of pies, and end up covered in flour and blackberry juice.

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    emma williams - May 06, 2009 @ 3:26 am

    one of my favorite kitchen memories is of standing on a stool in my aunt’s kitchen learning to cut radishes and tomatoes into flowers to use as decorative garnish. she was always cooking and always, always included me in whatever she was doing – my mother is an amazing cook, too, but it was in my aunt’s kitchen that my own love of cooking truly began.emma

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    Anonymous - May 06, 2009 @ 4:14 am

    My mom is the most influential person in regards to the kitchen. She taught me to love vegetables and to make a point of eating as a family.Kim G.

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    Angel S. - May 06, 2009 @ 5:20 am

    Rachel Ray changed my world! I can’t believe how easy she made things look. Her recipes gave me confidence to branch out and try more.

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    Maria - May 06, 2009 @ 1:20 pm

    I voted for you! Good luck!

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    Amy Mccathran - May 06, 2009 @ 1:22 pm

    I learned how to cook from my mom. In the summertime, she would let me plan a meal once a week and cook it for the family. Her encouragement even when things didn’t go so well was amazing! I love to cook for my own family now and owe that to my mom!amymccathran@hotmail.com

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    Amy Mccathran - May 06, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

    I also subscribe to this blog via e-mail!amymccathran@hotmail.com

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    Katie Talbott - May 06, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

    The most influential woman in my life (and in the kitchen) would be my grandmother. At grandma’s house she let you sit ON the counter right next to the mixing bowl and help out. She even taught me to scrap out of the shell all the egg white with your finger (can you tell she grew up in the Depression?!). It’s something I have tried to not do now that I’m grown, but it’s such a habit – and I am teaching my kids to scrap the whites now too! And lets not forget the reward of licking off the beaters when done! Yum!

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    Sheetal - May 06, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

    My mom has influenced me most in the kitchen. As a young girl, I used to help my mom cook for extravagent dinner parties she threw. My favorite memory in the kitchen with with her is when we had to crank out 100 samosa’s (indian version of dumplings) and we were having so much fun, time passed without any problem. Soon towards the end we realized that instead of making 100, we were close to 200! I love this experience with her, and now I often teach my girlfriends how to make samosa’s and bond during that time.

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    LaDonna L. - May 06, 2009 @ 1:38 pm

    One of my favorite memories in the kitchen is with both my mom and grandma as we teamed together to make Lefse. I was in Junior High at the time and I remember how we went through each step to mix it and how grandma rolled it out with her special roller and mom and I cooked them on the griddles. I can still taste how great they were! Lots of love went into making them! My grandmother passed away in 2004 and there are many days I wish I could visit with her still. Each time I make a recipe she taught me I think fondly of being with her in her kitchen.

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    LaDonna - May 06, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

    I subscribed to your blog! Look forward to reading it!(I subscribed with my personal email account.)

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    Chaotic Kitty - May 06, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

    The woman who has influenced me most in the kitchen is Julia Child. She always had such fun on her shows. She made the kitchen an attractive place to hang out.

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    LaDonna - May 06, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

    I Tweeted about this at:http://twitter.com/LaDonnaLoehrkeStatus update # 885

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    Emma Williams - May 06, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

    here’s my RT!!!! Emma Williams emmawllms@gmail.comRT @RecipeGirl: RT Mother’s day Giveaway @GoodLifeEats http://tinyurl.com/cmu2u7 (5 Winners -$1,000 prizes!) be sure to enter- great stuff!

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    Laura - May 06, 2009 @ 3:38 pm

    My memory would be helping my grandmother with Thanksgiving dinner. I would arrive at her house the night before to help with all the preparations. I was the only grand daughter. This is such a wonderful memory.

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    Anonymous - May 06, 2009 @ 3:44 pm

    My favorite memories of learning to cook are with my mother, the best chef in the whole world. She would prepare elaborate meals from scratch and never use any canned products. Now that I’m a mom of two, I can appreciate, how she would wake up early in the morning and prepare our school lunches from scratch and never the same thing repeated. I never cooked with her growing up, but after I got married she would instruct me how to cook over the phone. Strangely, it wasn’t so hard, because I’d watched her, growing up and it felt natural.

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    Amanda Rickman - May 06, 2009 @ 4:11 pm

    My favorite memory is of my mom in the kitchen!We made pizza every friday night & I loved watching her slap that pizza dough into submission! I remember trying and thinking, "you make this look so easy…I can't do it!"She'd also give tips along the way like: you know the dough is ready when it gets a bit shiny". Shiny?!!! What?!!!

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    alice - May 06, 2009 @ 4:49 pm

    Favorite memory in the kitchen is with our neighbor, Alice. She was a senior aged woman without kids who essentially adopted us as if we were her own. She loved to bake from fruits in her garden. I was named after her and I must have inherited her gene of baking.

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    Michelle - May 06, 2009 @ 6:59 pm

    My favorite memory was of my grandmother teaching me to cook. Those times in the kitchen with her were some of the best times of my childhood. Now, my grandson-age 5 loves to be in the kitchen helping me-These are the BEST times of my life!

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    Alison - May 06, 2009 @ 6:59 pm

    My grandmother Clara. She raised a family on a farm and constantly had to innovate with the ingredients she had on hand (most that came from the farm itself.)

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    Alison S. - May 06, 2009 @ 7:01 pm

    My grandmother Clara. She was a farmwife who cooked with the ingredients she had on hand — requiring innovation and creativity. She was truly a locavore.

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    Liz - Meal Makeover Mom - May 06, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

    My mom influenced me in the kitchen the most. She was (and still is) an amazing home cook. My favorite recipe we made together was her gooey, cheesy baked ziti.

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    Kimberly Anderle - May 06, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

    The “woman” that influenced me the most in my kitchen is my beautiful daughter, Keira. She just turned one last month and I find myself spending more time cooking for her than my husband! I am trying to feed her an all organic diet which can be challenging on a budget. She is a great eater and I have yet to find something she doesn’t like. She makes me feel like such a wonderful cook!I am following GoodLife{eats} blog, I have tweeted, and I voted you best blog design! Thank you so very much!Kimberlyhedlund@yahoo.com

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    Jingle - May 06, 2009 @ 7:36 pm

    Sandra Lee is probably the woman who has influence me most! LOL! Either her or Rachel Ray! I don’t have ‘great chefs’ in my family, we have family favorites, but cooking isn’t a huge deal, but I have been inspired by these women and I have learned that you can make wonderful things without spending hours in the kitchen and thousands of dollars!

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    Jingle - May 06, 2009 @ 7:38 pm

    I subscribed via RSS!

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    Megan - May 06, 2009 @ 8:02 pm

    First, thank you so much for this great giveaway! I can only imagine the time and preparation that went into this. I am going to answer your first question: without a doubt my mom has influenced me most in the kitchen. My sister was never really interested in learning how to cook and what foods pair well together, but I was always helping. If I didn’t have my hands in there with my mom I was cleaning the dishes, preparing the next step, or even just sitting there listening to her explain to me her cooking methods! Winning one of these great giveaways would be the best way to say thank you to my mom!vancy31[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Megan - May 06, 2009 @ 8:03 pm

    I’m a new follower! (Thanks to Barefoot Mommies for posting about your giveaway!)vancy31[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Megan - May 06, 2009 @ 8:06 pm

    I tweeted:http://twitter.com/vancy31Thanks! vancy31[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Megan - May 06, 2009 @ 8:10 pm

    And I created an account and voted for you in all three topics :) Thanks again!vancy31[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Just For Me And You-Megan&Erica - May 06, 2009 @ 8:25 pm

    The person that has influenced me most in the kitchen is my own mother because, like me, she started out as a self proclaimed horrible cook. She spent hours and hours teaching herself how to cook for her family. As I got older, her hours turned into spending time teaching her children the same skills she taught herself. She is the best cook ever now!

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    Just For Me And You-Megan&Erica - May 06, 2009 @ 8:27 pm

    I subscribed via reader.

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    Anne - May 06, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

    geez louise! My favorite memory is definately homemaking our own little mini pizzas with my mom. It was so fun that everyone got to paticipate and create what they wanted to eat..my mom was always doing stuff like this!

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    mdmickey - May 06, 2009 @ 9:18 pm

    My favorite memory is cooking with my mother for thanksgiving. My mother worked 2 jobs to support her 3 children as a nurse and when we got to cook together it was special

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    mdmickey - May 06, 2009 @ 9:19 pm

    I am following on twitter. mdmickey

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    MJ - May 06, 2009 @ 9:20 pm

    My favorite cooking memory with my Mom is baking biscuits. I’d make a snake with the leftover dough that I would get to eat hot!!!mj.coward[at]gmail.com

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    mdmickey - May 06, 2009 @ 9:33 pm

    I voted in all catagories under mdmickey2000@yahoo.com

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    Just Another Hofeling - May 06, 2009 @ 10:23 pm

    Some of my favorite moments in the kitchen were when I would sit and watch my Grandma make soup from scratch. The sure way she handled everything,the smells of the spices and vegetables simmering as she added them. We never talked much when she was cooking but enjoyed a peaceful and companionable silence with a few sentences here and there. It was always an enjoyable time and great to eat the soup afterwards.

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    Just Another Hofeling - May 06, 2009 @ 10:24 pm

    Became a follower!

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    Just Another Hofeling - May 06, 2009 @ 10:28 pm

    tweeted this giveaway-http://twitter.com/AutumH/status/1721272793

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    April - May 06, 2009 @ 10:49 pm

    My grandma has influenced me most in the kitchen. She was always cooking homemade soups, fruit salads, or baking. She always had good, healthy, foods to eat…and none of it was processed! I would love to start cooking like she did, and eating as well as she did too!aprilsmail(at)gmail(dot)com

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    April - May 06, 2009 @ 10:58 pm

    I subscribed via Google Reader.aprilsmail(at)gmail(dot)com

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    oneordinaryday - May 06, 2009 @ 11:06 pm

    You know, besides my mom and spending time with her in the kitchen my whole life, I would say the other woman who influenced me and taught me to cook is Sara Moulton. She used to have such a great food network show and I learned so much from her. Combined with being alongside my mom, I’ve had a great foundation.Michelle

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    WiseChixMama - May 06, 2009 @ 11:27 pm

    My favorite memory in the kitchen was my great-grandma waiting for me to come home (due to family issues at home, I lived w/her for about 6 months before moving into my own place way back when I was 17 :0) w/a warm bowl of her baked mostaccioli she whipped up just for me… we sat at her table talking about so many things. I sure miss her!!! We named our 1st daughter in my grandma’s honor.

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    WiseChixMama - May 06, 2009 @ 11:38 pm

    I subscribed via Google reader on my home page :0)!!

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    kinetickismet - May 07, 2009 @ 12:07 am

    My grandma influenced me most in the kitchen. She is a wonderful country cook and taught me a lot of things.

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    Vegaslily - May 07, 2009 @ 12:44 am

    Mom,Godmother and Sisters get together often to cook, We pick something we all like and start cooking, while cooking we share our troubles,We laugh,cry and have a wonderful time together,it’s not what’s for dinner, it’s about our time spent together.we alway end up having dinner late,but who cares. Happy Mother’s Day to All. Enjoy-Enjoy-Enjoy.

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    The Jacobsen Family! - May 07, 2009 @ 1:11 am

    The woman who inspires me most in the kitchen was my great grandma. My great grandparents had 2 ranches and would do trail rides between the 2 (about a 3-4 day ride). My great grandma was the cook for those trail rides, and she knew how to make the best food… Especially her biscuits, which are still boasted about by our family!

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    Kelly - May 07, 2009 @ 1:31 am

    Every year for our birthdays, my grandma would have my cousin and me over to her house. She would take us to lunch and then we would go back to her house and she would teach how to bake something–brownies, cinnamon rolls, sugar cookies…Baking with grandma taught me to love baking and now I make her cinnamon rolls at all our family get-togethers.

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    Kelly - May 07, 2009 @ 1:34 am

    I am now an e-mail subscriber!

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    susan - May 07, 2009 @ 1:39 am

    My grandma till this day is the main cook. I must admit that her meals aren’t fancy but they sure are good. I learned a lot by watching, helping, and listening (not so much when I was younger though) to her in the kitchen. It’s always a special time preparing and sharing a meal together. She’s 82 and I hope we share many more meals together!

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    Linda and Greg - May 07, 2009 @ 1:59 am

    My favorite kitchen memories involve cooking for myself for the first time in college with my roommates! We would bake, cook, and have a great time learning our way around the kitchen! THanks for a great giveaway!

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    Linda and Greg - May 07, 2009 @ 2:05 am

    I follow on googlereader!

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    Kelly - May 07, 2009 @ 2:10 am

    I tweeted =]http://twitter.com/lincolnlog/status/1723117533

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    alison - May 07, 2009 @ 2:21 am

    I guess my mom has influenced me the most. She isn’t a very creative cook, nor does she branch out very much with spices or ingredients, but she makes wonderful, simple meals and has taught me the basics (and I have been able to teach her as well). I think I also learned from her what a balanced meal should look like.

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    alison - May 07, 2009 @ 2:24 am

    I subscribe via google reader

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    Thao - May 07, 2009 @ 2:38 am

    The funny thing is Rachael Ray has influenced me in the kitchen. I was always hesitant in the kitchen and would not cook without a recipe. I still use recipes but RR shows you can throw ingredients in a pot and it can come out edible. She also encourages growing your own food and I plan to create a backyard garden.member(dot)thao(at)gmail.co

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    Thao - May 07, 2009 @ 2:40 am

    Twitteredhttp://twitter.com/twinpowells/status/1723384400member(dot)thao(at)gmail.com

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    Jennirae - May 07, 2009 @ 2:45 am

    My memory is of my mom and grandma and me making spritz cookies every year this was our tradition. I miss my Grandma. She really taught me to cook. She was polish, I learned alot.

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    Jennirae - May 07, 2009 @ 2:46 am

    I subscribe via email. Jennirae32@hotmail.com

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    Kelly - May 07, 2009 @ 2:58 am

    I voted for you in all 3 categories–good luck!

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    Lindsey - May 07, 2009 @ 3:08 am

    My favorite kitchen-related memory has to do with my grandma. I would go over and spend the night at her house when I was a kid and she ALWAYS had good things cooking in the morning. Pancakes with syrup and powdered sugar, scrambled eggs and bacon and toast… lots of yummy smells and happy times. I do think it made me feel secure and contented as a kid. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!ladyufshalott at yahoo.com

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    Lindsey - May 07, 2009 @ 3:12 am

    I’m subscribing by email! Your blog is so well-done, I love it. :-) ladyufshalott at yahoo.com

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    Lindsey - May 07, 2009 @ 3:20 am

    I voted for you in all three categories! (kindredspirit)ladyufshalott at yahoo.com

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    LADYHIGHTOWER - May 07, 2009 @ 3:34 am

    OH, HOW I MISS MY GRANDMOTHER! SHE WAS MY LIFELINE AND SHE TAUGHT ME SO MUCH! I USED TO LOVE COOKING AND BAKING WITH HER IN HER OLD-FASHIONED KITCHEN! SHE MADE THE BEST PIES, CAKES, BREAD! WR WOULD HAVE THANKSGIVING AT MY GRANDPARENTS’HOME AND THE AMOUNT OF FOOD SHE COOKED WAS AMAZING! SHE WOULD ALWAYS LET ME HELP HER. OF COURSE SHE COULDN’T STOP ME FOR EVEN AS A TODDLER I WOULD CLAMMER TO HELP HER. SHE WAS AN AMAZING WOMAN AND I’VE NEVER AGAIN TASTED FOOD AS DELICIOUS AS THE TREATS THAT CAME OUT OF HER KITCHEN! THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!

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    candace - May 07, 2009 @ 3:40 am

    my mother has influenced me most in the kitchen…she is an amazing cook to say the leat and she taught me everything I know…in fact I still call her just about every night to ask her how to cook our meals!dealectiblemommies (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Sara and Alex - May 07, 2009 @ 3:46 am

    What woman has influenced you the most in the kitchen, and why.My mom let us help her cook from the time we were able to stand on a turned around chair at the counter. We even had our own aprons! She always told us how her mother never taught her how to cook and how left out she felt. We spent a great deal of time together as a family in the kitchen. Now my brothers and I are all good cooks (and BBQ fanatics) so my mom gets to sit back and reap the benefits!saradavis1 at gmail

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    Aura - May 07, 2009 @ 3:49 am

    I always loved hanging out in my neighbors house, there was always something new and yummy cooking on the stove and every meal was 3 courses beautifully laid out. When I got engaged I ran over to her house to start copying down recipes. Now it’s her who comes over to taste the new recipes I have tried out!

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    MaggieM - May 07, 2009 @ 3:49 am

    The women who has influenced me most in the kitchen is my Mom. My Mom can prepare any type of cuisine from Asian to Italian to hearty old fashion American eats, without a recipe! I have never seen her use a recipe or follow one when she cooks. And everything always turns out beautifully. My Mom can make a meal out of a beef or chicken boullion! The hard part is asking her for one of her recipes because it’s all from memory, although, I have made a point of copying down her most “famous” dishes and her New York style cheesecake! Cooking is a joy to my Mom and I have learned so much from her over the years. Her most loved dishes have become my most loved dishes. One year I put together a book of all of my Mom’s “recipes” and gave each of my sisters a copy. My Mom is self-taught; she’s never attended a cooking school, but I’d take her over any other chef. I remember watching my Mom bake and decorate cakes for our school fund raisers. One time she made a doll cake (using a Barbie) and decorates a beautiful cake gown around it. Her cakes always won first prize. And we were always so proud of her creations. She cooked for seven kids every day, and again when my father would arrive home late at night. She taught me that preparing a meal for someone is something that comes from the heart and should make for good conversation.maggie@mannwieler.com

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    LADYHIGHTOWER - May 07, 2009 @ 3:50 am

    I SUBSCRIBED TO NEWSLETTER.

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    LADYHIGHTOWER - May 07, 2009 @ 3:53 am

    FOLLOW ON TWITTER. TWEET. LADYHIGHTOWER. http://twitter.com/LADYHIGHTOWER/status/1723861886

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    Chic Crafty Chick - May 07, 2009 @ 3:53 am

    What is your favorite memory in the kitchen with an important woman in your life.My favorite memory is going to my grandmother’s house (my dad’s mother) to help her make mini mince meat pies for Christmas. My grandmother was a World War II bride from London and it was one of the traditions from her family to make mini mince meat pies. I loved hearing about my family heritage and learning how to make these treats that have been a tradition for our family. To this day my sister and I continue this baking tradition at the holidays.

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    MaggieM - May 07, 2009 @ 4:00 am

    I follow you on Twitter as “Smokeysmom” and tweeted your giveaway: http://twitter.com/smokeysmom/status/1724024350maggie@mannwieler.com

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    MaggieM - May 07, 2009 @ 4:01 am

    I voted for Best Food Blog! (“smokeysmom”) Good luck:)maggie@mannwieler.com

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    mrs.mommyy - May 07, 2009 @ 4:10 am

    my favorite memory in the kitchen also has to do with the most influenential woman in my life…on Saturdays mom would shop all over for the week, finding bargains and on Sundays she would try and bake for the week, we would make stuffed peppers, pierogis, pizza doughs and breads…Why cook on Sunday? Mom also worked all week long so she wanted to make sure we ate properly. I got to talk to my mom, about family, history, dreams lost and her dreams for the furture. She really taight me that moms work hard and are so way underappreciated in what they do. I guess the traditions and hearing family stories of coming over from other countries, and lifes experience.

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    mrs.mommyy - May 07, 2009 @ 4:11 am

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    amy p - May 07, 2009 @ 4:56 am

    My fav memory in the kitchen was with my grandma. making oatmeal for breakfast we would have it every morning when i stayed over there and she never let me put any sugar on it and i had to use whole milk too. My mom has a little ocd with cleaning and has helped me keep my kitchen clean and organized. i thank her for that. I would definately share this with my mom and sister if i won. amsbolda@hotmail.com

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    3boyzmom - May 07, 2009 @ 5:11 am

    My favorite kitchen memory is when my Nana taught me how to make home made raviolis when I was a teen! It was wonderful!!

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    moonshadow43 - May 07, 2009 @ 8:24 am

    My favorite kitchen memory is when I helped my favorite Aunt at her farm. I picked the vegetables learning how to tell when each was ripe, especially the corn by getting squirted in the eye. I cleaned each piece cutting them into precise pieces preparing them to be “canned”. I mixed the solutions as if I was a chemist. I made canned corn, tomatoes, pickles, dill and bread and butter. We worked, making it a long fulfilling day. I had more fun that day and the memory was also a reward. Especially the way I remember it! When I returned to the “City” and gave my mother the canned foods this is the story I told her. The only truth was the corn squirting me in the eye. The rest my Aunt did as I stood by her side and watched but to tell my mom, I had done all.moonshadow43@gmail.com

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    moonshadow43 - May 07, 2009 @ 8:38 am

    I subscribed via Emailmoonshadow43(at)gmail(dot)com

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    dolls123 - May 07, 2009 @ 9:11 am

    When I was little, I remember my grandmother showing me how to roll out pie crust. I had flour everywhere !!!luckydolls123[at]veriozn[dot]net

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    janapl - May 07, 2009 @ 10:32 am

    My happiest kitchen memory is eating homemade bread (dripping with melted butter and honey). Homemade bread always reminds me of my wonderfulmother and her many hours in the kitchen. She’s not just a great cook she is a great mom!

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    DG - May 07, 2009 @ 12:08 pm

    Thanks for the entry! My favorite memory in the kitchen is baking with my mom. It is always a good time! :) dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

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    Anonymous - May 07, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

    My mom is my biggest influence i the kitchen. As I grow older I am still not as good a cook as she is but she really inspires me to keep trying.Tiffani G.tifg45(at)excite(dot)com

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    Anonymous - May 07, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

    I voted for your blog.Tiffani G.tifg45(at)excite(dot)com

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    Lori - May 07, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

    My Grandma was very set in her ways. Every Saturday morning that my brother and I stayed over, she made waffles from scratch. For lunch it was tuna fish or turkey sandwiches with chicken noodle soup, and for dinner: steak green beans and potatoes. It’s been almost fifteen years since she passed away and yet I still think of her everytime I look at the steam rising off the waffle maker, or try my hardest to recreate her chicken noodle soup (and fail). For me, much of the food I eat is linked to her, the smells, the taste, because it was so wonderful learning to cook with her in her kitchen.End sappiness–sorry!

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    Jennifer - May 07, 2009 @ 1:38 pm

    Paula Dean . . . just kidding. Really my own Mother has to be where I learned the MOST about baking and cooking. She taught me how to shop for ingredients, how to store things, how to feed a large family within a budget and how to show her family her love through taking care of their need to EAT! My favorite memories with Mom in the kitchen have to be the sweet ones and I mean SWEET. Mom and I both have a sweet tooth and making cookies or candy or trying a new dessert recipe just for fun were times that we could talk and experiment together. Thanks for the chance–the gifts look fun.

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    Alison - May 07, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

    My good friend Lelah has influenced me in the kitchen. She is a marvelous cook and uses fresh ingredients – I didn’t even know how to boil corn before we met! Now, some of my favorite memories are cooking club nights with my girlfriends. We have a great time trying new recipes and really enjoying the cooking as well as the eating!

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    Alison - May 07, 2009 @ 1:47 pm

    I am also a follower. :)

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    Alison - May 07, 2009 @ 1:49 pm

    And I just tweeted! (although I don’t know how to link to a specific tweet)http://twitter.com/SimplyPaige14

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    erica mueller - May 07, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

    My mom taught me everything I know when it comes to cooking and baking! She can make anything and is a very popular hostess! I’m so grateful for teaching me when I was young and for helping me to polish my skills so that I too can host with confidence!ericaemueller [at] gmail.com

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    quelleheure4 - May 07, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

    I remember spending loads of time with my mom in the kitchen preparing fresh fruit for freezing. She would buy multiple flats of fresh locally grown strawberries and it would take hours to hull them. But, she’d let us stuff berries into our mouths as we worked so it was worth it. I also remember her teaching me how to flute the edges of the crust when she made fruit pies. I still prefer to make my edges the exact same way she taught me. :)

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    quelleheure4 - May 07, 2009 @ 2:48 pm

    I subscribed to your feed through my google reader!

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    Anonymous - May 07, 2009 @ 3:30 pm

    I remember baking in the kitchen with my father. I loved getting everything together and making rice pudding and banana nut bread. It was always so fun to cook with daddy. His recipes came from a cookbook but they were “daddy’s famous recipes” cause we always made them special by adding special touches as brown sugar topping on the bread and cinammon ice cream on the pudding. I will never forget those memories. As I am now a mother and love to cook in the kitchen with my children I know dad is watching down and smiling knowing that he had a special part in making my love for the kitchen so passionate and such a large part of my life. hollycox22@hotmail.comHolly Cox

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    Anonymous - May 07, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

    Twitter comment left on my twitter account: new follower to goodlifeeats! twitter at hollycox22! Thanks for letting my be part of this wonderful giveaway! Thx to EricaMueller on twitter for lettign me know about it!!

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    carolpie - May 07, 2009 @ 4:04 pm

    What woman has influenced you the most in the kitchen, and why.I would say definitely my own Mom. She still does! I learned everything I know about cooking from her. She loves to cook and take care of her family. Not only does she take the time to make delicious food, but she also strives to make it as nutritious as possible and has inspired me to do the same! Making food from scratch and gathering my family for a healthy meal is what I have learned from this selfless woman!

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    carolpie - May 07, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

    I subscribed at spencer1953 at gmail dot com.

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    carolpie - May 07, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

    Voted for you for Best Food Blog, and the other two blogs!

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    carolpie - May 07, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

    I follow on Tweeter and left a comment-http://twitter.com/dresdenrain. Hope I did this right, first time ever!

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    NimrodVern - May 07, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

    What woman has influenced you the most in the kitchen, and why.Although my mom was a great cook, she detested housework and cooking, so I confess that I was soured to kitchen work for a long time. I found my inspiration elsewhere, in the amazing Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, and Sara Moulton. The lessons learned from them have made me truly enjoy nurishing my family with delicious foods.

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    Tyford Blondston - May 07, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

    I am not a woman, but my wife is! She is beginning to teach our 6 year old daughter everything she needs to know in the kitchen. It is so sweet! They make tons of christmas cookies and snacks and desserts.

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    NimrodVern - May 07, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

    I’m an email subscriber!

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    NimrodVern - May 07, 2009 @ 5:46 pm

    I follow you on twitter, and tweeted:@goodLifeEats is hosting an amazing Mother’s Day Giveaway at http://tinyurl.com/cmu2u7(NimrodVern)

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    Kristen M. - May 07, 2009 @ 5:56 pm

    My favorite kitchen memories are cooking with my mom (who is also my most influential person in the kitchen). She made homemade cookies and bread and taught me how to cook from scratch. Meals were not always fancy but they were wholesome and good. I love to cook, thanks to my mom.

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    Sarah - May 07, 2009 @ 6:31 pm

    My favorite memory in the kitchen is mixing & baking the wildest creations my brother and I could think of, with our mom standing nearby (usually rolling her eyes). I'll never forget the time we made "Blueberry, coffee, chocolate, oatmeal PIE". Mmm, it was so good! Well, at 12, we thought it was good!

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    Erin - May 07, 2009 @ 6:41 pm

    Julia Child has definitely influenced me. She’s such a strong woman, and I love her attitude that basically eschews diet food and embraces healthy portion sizes.

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    JamericanSpice - May 07, 2009 @ 7:05 pm

    My mother influenced me most in the kitchen. She is a great cook and I would push her forward to make a meal for any form of entertainment. This is why I can’t wait to visit with her so that my kids can eat from her hands!

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    fidget - May 07, 2009 @ 7:12 pm

    I can clearly remember my step father teaching my mother to cook. It was an exercise in absurdity but my mom kept plugging away at it until she finally got it and then she started teaching me (mostly I think because she hated cooking but it felt like she was passing on powerful and magical knowledge).I have so many wonderful memories of Christmas baking- it’s the only time of year my mom likes to bake. Me, my mom and my sister all stand side by side with our hands in various doughs and there is when I am in all my glory. For me, cooking with my mom and sister makes me feel peaceful and whole. fidgetblogs@gmail.com

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    Jean Ashley - May 07, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

    My favorite memory in the kitchen with my mom was when I was about 7 or 8. It was Winter, and I remember walking home from school cold and sniffling. As I walked into the kitchen, I could smell my mom’s fresh-baked bread, still warm on the counter. My mom always had me brush butter on the tops of the loaves and let it melt before we cut into them. A big piece of hot buttered bread is still the best way for me to get warm! She instilled in me a love of baking, and how baking for those you love can make your house a warm home.I subscribed via RSS.

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    Liz @ Frugally Blonde - May 07, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

    The woman who has influenced me most in the kitchen is definitely my mom. She not only taught me all the basics of cooking and baking, but she gave me and my siblings free reign to experiment in the kitchen. Now I am so excited to start teaching and encouraging my daughter to love and appreciate home-cooked food.

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    Liz @ Frugally Blonde - May 07, 2009 @ 7:33 pm
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    mstaken05 - May 07, 2009 @ 7:38 pm

    One of the favorite memories of my mother has to be when we would make cookies. She always let me help her and never became upset if I ate the cookie dough.mstaken05 at gmail dot com

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    Welkers - May 07, 2009 @ 8:12 pm

    Your website is great Katie! Q: What woman has influenced you the most in the kitchen, and why.A: My Mom was never the best cook, nor did she often look forward to it, but she was still influential. What she taught me most is that with creativity a little can go a long way and that simple foods can still taste great.Angela Welker

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    Jennifer Armstrong - May 07, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

    My favorite memory from being in the Kitchen is from during the holidays all of the women and little girls in the family, grandmothers, mothers, aunts cousins and sisters would get together to bake cookies. Now that there aren’t that many of us around my mom and I still do it with my daughter. There’s just something about a bunch of women baking cookies.tommyandjenn at cox.net

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    pdxmom - May 07, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

    My mom influenced me most in the kitchen. She raised 5 kids, and had dinner on the table every night. She has a lot of meals that come together quick, and also alot of comfort food. When I was first married, I would make way too much food for just the 2 of us, I was used to a bigger crowd. Now I have 2 kids, and getting dinner together every night is my biggest challenge of the day. I try to focus on fresh foods, vegetables, fruits, etc., with some protein, my husband is a carnivore.

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    Andrea - May 07, 2009 @ 9:19 pm

    My grandmother influenced me in the kitchen the most. She taught me how to cook from scratch. I love all of her southern recipes!

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    Deon - May 07, 2009 @ 9:21 pm

    My mom is my biggest influence in my own kitchen. When I was growing up, we had mostly “meat and potatoes” fare. But as I have become a little more gourmet-saavy, I am realizing that my mom had quite a bit of gourmet-ness in her own arsenal. Who knew that we were actually eating bechamel sauce when we thought we were just having “Mom’s white sauce!”

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    Andrea - May 07, 2009 @ 9:21 pm

    Tweeted~http://twitter.com/simplyandreah/status/1731111610

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    Tuesday Girl - May 07, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

    I have great memories of cooking with my mom in our little kitchen. We had so much fun making chocolate chip cookies together and they never taste as good as when she is not baking them with me!

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    Lanah - May 07, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

    All the women in my family are excellent cooks! My favorite memory is when my Mom was sick I decided to make her brownies to cheer her up. I was young and not allowed to use the oven so I made her microwave brownies. I mixed the ingredients and put them in the metal pan and into the microwave they went (it didn’t catch fire surprisingly enough). When Mom woke up I showed her the brownies, I was so proud. She smiled and thanked me and then said but we don’t have the ingredients to make brownies. You see I had used Nestlequick for cocoa, and granulated sugar instead of powdered sugar. I even sprinkled nerds on top. Those brownies stayed in the fridge for weeks, but neither of us were brave enough to try them. Even with a cooking disaster like that she remained calm and even appreciative. Thanks Mom!

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    Erica - May 07, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

    My favorite kitchen memory comes around once every year—all of my sisters, my mom, my grandma, and I in the kitchen making chimichangas for Christmas Eve. I have a great heritage from these women.

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    Jodi - May 07, 2009 @ 10:26 pm

    My favorite memories in the kitchen are with my grandmother when I was a child. I remember baking with her and helping to make dinner. I always felt so special that I got to help. I remember making cakes and homemade macaroni and cheese. The food always tasted better when I got to help make it. Thanks so much for the giveaway!!

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    Jodi - May 07, 2009 @ 10:27 pm

    I’m following. Thanks!

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    Kristen - May 07, 2009 @ 11:33 pm

    Wow Katie – I’ve been out of the blog browsing world lately. What an impressive giveaway – VERY impressive!My Grandma would always make the pies for holidays. I remember her spending the night before making the crusts and spend time that night and the day of making the actually fillings. Chocolate cream, banana cream, coconut cream, apple, pumpkin, pecan… everything. She always put them out on the lay down freezer with towels underneath them. I remember that being my favorite place in her house on the holidays… a plethora of pies!

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    Baby Signs(R) With Elizabeth ICI, INC. - May 07, 2009 @ 11:33 pm

    My Mom is my hero in the kitchen, she is amazing. I loved cooking with her growing up and to this day I will always call her for recipes. I hope one day they will come out as good as hers do!

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    Baby Signs(R) With Elizabeth ICI, INC. - May 07, 2009 @ 11:34 pm

    I just subscribed via email!

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    karmakaytlyn - May 07, 2009 @ 11:35 pm

    I think that the women who have influenced me most in the kitchen are the fellow farmers and gardeners that I have had the pleasure of sharing food with. Women cooking fresh food, they grew, with other women, often times not only cooking, but preserving the harvest as well for later use. This is what women in the kitchen meas to me.

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    Baby Signs(R) With Elizabeth ICI, INC. - May 07, 2009 @ 11:38 pm

    I am now following you on Twitter and here is my tweet http://twitter.com/ElizabethSigns/status/1732249205

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    The van Brackel Family - May 07, 2009 @ 11:46 pm

    My favorite memory in the kitchen with my mom was when she would make homemade applesauce. She would usually put cinnamon in it and you could smell the apples and cinnamon throughout the whole house. I loved when she made applesauce and let me help stir!!!I am also going to follow your blog and tweet about this on twitter!!

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    Misusedinnocence - May 07, 2009 @ 11:51 pm

    My Mom. Even when I became a vegetarian she was determined to make sure that I had delicious food and would cook me things that I oculd eat with a good conscience. She passed away before I could learn a lot of things from her hands on in the kitchen, but she died about a month before my 21st birthday, and she had started a recipe box for me as my birthday present, and now I cook from that. And think of her with every meal I make.misusedinnocence@aol.com

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    Erin - May 07, 2009 @ 11:52 pm

    One of my favorite memories in the kitchen is making “turkey” cookies with my Grandmother every Thanksgiving Eve. These were decorated turkey shaped sugar cookies and they were just hideous but she always complimented my handy work like I had created the Monet of desserts.

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    The van Brackel Family - May 07, 2009 @ 11:52 pm

    Following your blog now.

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    Donalyn - May 07, 2009 @ 11:57 pm

    The owmna who influenced me in the kitchen the most is my MOm, who is a wonderful cook and lovingly prepared meals for the paople she loves to this day. An important memory is doing the dishes with my sister and laughing so hard we peed ourselves. We still do that! And I am a woman, but I will very likely share the prize with my family. Great giveaway!

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    The van Brackel Family - May 07, 2009 @ 11:57 pm

    I have also voted for you in all three categories :-) .

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    Lisa - May 08, 2009 @ 12:12 am

    I remember sitting in my jammies with my grandmother on her kitchen floor, backs leaning up against her maple cabinets, drinking chocolate milk before bed. (After Thanksgiving our mugs would be “Santa” mugs.) I miss her.

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    Anonymous - May 08, 2009 @ 12:48 am

    1. My step mom has been really inspirational for me. She cooked for a huge family, which is a feat in itself. She also never measured anything and never had a failed recipe. Never! 2. I once got so frustrated with a pie crust that my mother suggested I stop and use a store bought crust. I’ve been doing that ever since.Laura K.

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    savour-fare.com - May 08, 2009 @ 1:09 am

    My mama is my cooking inspiration because she makes it seem easy and fun and NORMAL. She’s also a great cook.

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    Ms. Cherryspoon - May 08, 2009 @ 2:37 am

    1. My grandmother Ida, my Aunt Teresa and when she does cook my Mom, when she cooks it’s always good! 2. It’s not a memory yet, but this summer my Grandma will finally teach me how to make her eggplant antipasto!

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    Ms. Cherryspoon - May 08, 2009 @ 2:39 am

    I’ve subscribed in my google reader! :)

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    kyouell - May 08, 2009 @ 2:51 am

    My mother is the woman who has influenced me most in the kitchen. I've taken her fear of trying new things and giving a dish a whirl without a recipe, and used it to bolster my own creativeness and devil-may-care tries at inventing recipes.My favorite memory in the kitchen involves the woman who baby-sat me from the time I was 4 months old until I was 4 years old and started kindergarten. She had a peach tree in her backyard and would can her own peaches. I clearly remember the taste and smell of Single's Peaches. (S&W actually makes some that come close.)This is a wonderful contest! I'm so glad that I saw a tweet about it (@ElizabethSigns). Thanks for making me think and helping me remember that wonderful woman and her peaches. On that note, Janice Single, if you're out there on teh interweebs, I remember you & your grandma very fondly.

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    Ms. Cherryspoon - May 08, 2009 @ 2:53 am
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    kyouell - May 08, 2009 @ 2:54 am

    I now subscribe via Google Reader!

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    kyouell - May 08, 2009 @ 2:59 am

    Here’s a link to my tweet about the contest:http://twitter.com/KYouell/statuses/1733929234I had no idea how to do that. So, even if I don’t win, I’ve learned something!

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    Our family - May 08, 2009 @ 3:06 am

    My favorite memory in the kitchen our family tradition of decorating gingerbread houses each Christmas. When were were little my Mom made really ornate ones and now with my own kids we just make the premade ones but it has been just as fun and full of good memories.Suzanne R

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    Our family - May 08, 2009 @ 3:17 am

    I voted for best food blog.Suzanne R

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    Cynthia - May 08, 2009 @ 3:45 am

    I have been pondering this all day. The woman who has influenced me most in the kitchen is my paternal grandmother. She was round and merry and always has something wonderful to share. Her soups were amazing and I always looked forward to the homemade peanut butter chocolate chip cookies shipped to us in an ice cream bucket across the country. I still make them and think of her and smile.I also became a new follower and voted for you! Thanks for sharing your love of food and life.

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    Charlene - May 08, 2009 @ 4:10 am

    My most influential woman in the kitchen was my grandmother. She and my grandfather owned a large ranch where I spent a lot of time as a child. They didn’t shop at a grocery – we grew and raised all of our food – beef, vegetables, cheese, etc. What we couldn’t grow, we traded with neighbors for. My favorite treat was fresh cheese and fresh tortillas that we drizzled with the neighbor’s maple syrup. Sounds weird, but it’s delicious! I still remember the way my grandmother looked in her well-worn apron as she turned delicious-smelling tortillas on the big wood burning stove.

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    Queen of the Click - May 08, 2009 @ 4:18 am

    My favorite memory in the kitchen is cooking Thanksgiving dinner with my grandmother. I was thirteen years old and it was my Gram’s last Thanksgiving. She was old and frail – just 90 pounds and wanted to make turkey dinner. I helped her make the stuffing from a family recipe. Then my Gram asked me to stuff it in the bird. I was so afraid to put the stuffing in the turkey. My grandmother and I laughed so much after she explained that she put stuffing in the butt side of the turkey too. I didn’t want to stuff the turkey, but I did because she asked me to. We basketweaved bacon on the top of the turkey as my grandmother used that to keep it moist. After we put the turkey in the oven, Gram and I prepared the vegetables and pies. When it was time for dinner to be served, Gram told everyone that this was my first Thanksgiving. I was so proud and I knew she was happy to pass on a traditional meal.I’ve made Thanksgiving dinner each year for my family since Gram died. When I am preparing the stuffing recipe the night before Thanksgiving, I pour a glass of wine and toast the wonderful woman who showed me how making a meal for your family is fun, nuturing and easy.

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    Queen of the Click - May 08, 2009 @ 4:24 am

    I voted for you for the Blogger’s Choice Awards: Best Blog Design, Best Food Blog, and Best Hobby Blog.

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    queenoftheclick - May 08, 2009 @ 4:28 am

    I subscribe.

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    Dev - May 08, 2009 @ 4:45 am

    My favorite memory in the kitchen is with my mother. We used to bake her famous cinnamon rolls and award winning banana bread together. She would always let me help and we would read stories while we waited for it to bake. I can still smell the delicious treats in the oven!pma_devri(at)hotmail(dot)com

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