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chase_gw
13 years ago

It's been a while since we did a " Let me Introduce Myself Thread" . With all the new folk that have joined in over the last few months I thought it might be nice to give them all a big "shout out" a warm welcome and introduce ourselves.

My name is Sharon, I've been posting to the CF about 9 or 10 years now. I found the CF by way of the GW, perennials are a passion of mine. Cooking for family is one of my greatest joys. I love feeding large groups, the more the merrier.

I live in Oakville Ontario (Canada) which is a lovely little town just west of Toronto. My husband and I share our home with two fur babies, Chase and Maddie as well as a "sometimes here" 23 year old daughter. Meredith graduated from university in Halifax NS last year and is currently traveling in Australia. She has been gone almost a year, hopefully she'll run out of $$$ soon and head home! LOL

Also have a 32 year old son, who only shows up for, food, laundry, and car repairs! LOL Not really he's a great kid except for the fact he doesn't seem to understand that it his obligation to provide me with grandbabies!

Our real love is our cottage in Haliburton, north of Toronto. It is an all year round cottage so we are up there lots now that my DH is retired.

I've learned so much from this forum but what I've learned most is how people with such varied backgrounds can come together over a shared interest, share their tips, recipes, menu ideas as well as provide support through some good and not so good times. You can be involved to whatever degree you choose to be. So welcome everyone........

So that's a bit about me , who's next?

Comments (150)

  • ann_t
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    It really is nice to see so many posting to this thread. Newbies and regulars alike.

    Ann

  • jude31
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Tracey Oh, what part of TN? I would love it if there were posters near me. The diversity of the ones who post is amazing. I would never have dreamed so many, whom have never met could be so helpful and caring to others. What a great Forum!

    As others have said, I love to travel...DH does not, my best friend does as well but her DH doesn't either. The good thing is, they don't mind us traveling. I really don't enjoy driving and our trips most often are with groups. One group is mostly made up of gardeners and a couple of years ago we took a garden tour in Tuscany. Wonderful!!

    I also travel, vicariously, with you all. Sharon I loved the Route 66 trip "we" took.

    You all just keep on posting your pictures and acccounts of your trips especially the food.

    jude

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  • jessyf
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    (welcome cookebook/Kyle - thanks for the acknowledgement but I can't take credit for coining 'food porn' - and I can't remember who did!)

  • Gina_W
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    I'm sure we can attribute some kind of porn to EJ!

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    Kyle, do ya remember ME?? Huh? Huh? hahahahahah!!! Glad you came out of lurkdom. Psst.. I kinda got teary eyed with Annie and Elery too. I just love happy endings.

  • chase_gw
    Original Author
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Hi Kyle! So glad you decided to come out...so to speak! LOL
    Really hope you will continue to join in 'cause I can tell you are family!

    PS: Love the Miss Chase, reminds me of the wonderful time we had in Louisiana on our road trip...but suspect you knew that.

    hugs

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  • lindac
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    Howdeee Kyle...love that there is another out there who cooks in approximation!!
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    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

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  • annie1992
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    last modified: 7 years ago

    Oh yeah, Gardener! That would be fun, Sheshebop is only about an hour south of you! We've been talking about going into Detroit for dinner at Greektown "one of these days".

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  • lorijean44
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    last modified: 7 years ago

    Welcome to all the new participants and lurkers who have come out of 'lurkdom' to introduce theselves!! Love that!

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  • jessicavanderhoff
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  • lori316
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    last modified: 7 years ago

    I checked in this morning to get some ideas for Thanksgiving dinner I'm making for 38 people (!) and found this wonderful thread. Two hours later....

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    The prince and princess rode into the sunset, hitting every restaurant and winery along the way. The I-villagers rejoiced. And they lived happily ever after.

    The end.

    Or rather, the beginning of a delicious love story...

    As for me, I'm Marysol. I've been roaming the halls of GW since 1997. I started out on The Kitchen Table. Then moved to Recipe Exchange, and on to other forums, until I finally settled on this one.
    This site has changed a lot over the years, but the Cooking forum remains pretty much the same. Different people, similar subjects.

    DH and I own an antiques business. I also have a website and a food blog. All of which keep me too busy to post here as often as I'd like.

    Welcome newbies. Enjoy your stay.

    Sol

  • annie1992
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Thank you, Sol, LOL.

    Jessica, the Reader's Digest Condensed Version: I was married 30 years, my ex-husband spent a lot of the "family" money building a house which was supposed to be sold for profit. Instead he moved out and into the new house, which he had actually built for his girlfriend. I didn't understand, filed for divorce. I was hurt, angry, and spent my 50th birthday no where near the point in life I thought I'd be. The forum threw me a birthday party, the first I'd ever had! Evil Jessica came to Michigan with her boys and visited. I dated a couple of guys, better left unmentioned. The boss signed me up for eHarmony, LOL, that's where she met her husband. A man from Texas flew up on his own plane to meet me, I met a popcorn farmer from Texas, a pastor from Pennsylvania. Then I met Elery.

    He managed to ride my horse, impress my Dad and live through the Redneck Bonanza, so I decided to keep him. Fortunately, he also decided to keep me.

    We were married a year in May and spent our honeymoon at Joe's Gizzard City. (grin) Well, actually, we've been to nashville to see the Rockettes, to California to visit his grandsons, to South Padre Island, to Chicago. We really DID go to Joe's Gizzard City, though.

    Some of the pictures are gone, but here are some past threads...

    Second (I think) date:

    http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cooking/gal0512482214381.html

    Proposal:

    http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cooking/gal0901265920666.html

    Wedding:

    http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cooking/gal050003525819.html

    And a family get-together not to be missed, The RedNeck Bonanza:

    http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cooking/gal0822502525753.html

    That ought to keep you entertained for a while, LOL.

    Annie

  • stacy3
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    oh soooo funny cookebook!!! and sol...darlin, you always crack me up...

    I love Annie's love story...

    Lori, 38 people???!?!?!??? wow! and yes, you DO need to post on conversations...we need an update. :-)

  • annie1992
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Yes, Lori, you DO need to keep us updated, how could you possibly date a guy without our prior approval? (grin)

    And where the heck have you found 38 people to cook for?

    Annie

  • scotland1
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I'm Jan (Scotland is my middle name) and live in Atlanta with my husband of eleven years and our two daughters, nine and six. We have twelve pets (a dog, a cat, two hermit crabs, six chickens, a sand boa and a tarantula). Never a dull moment. We're deep in the part of life that consists of soccer practice, homework and sleepovers.

    I am also a technical writer for a government contractor, but work part time now. I mostly lurk, and am amazed by how much I've learned from you folks over the past few years! Y'all have been my personal cooking school, and my family thanks you. My girls love to cook, and my husband is finally learning now that my job requires me to travel every now and then.

  • KatieC
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Here I am, late as usual. Not really a lurker, just an infrequent poster for the last several years. I've been around for nearly 10 years, I think....I remember posting, mostly on the Recipe Exchange (it was very busy back then), before you had to register and then I was happy to pay Spike the $15 to hang out.

    DH and I live in 'out in the sticks' in the north Idaho panhandle. I am the director for our (small) library system and he works at home doing custom woodworking. He says he's going to retire, and is bucking for househusbandship, but he is still in demand and can't quite turn down work in order to cook and clean. He does manage to keep things tidied up and cooks a bit. We have a 24 year-old daughter, Liana, who graduated from college two years ago and became an instant casualty of our poor economy. She has finally connected with a decent job a block from my work and (yay!) moved into town, leaving us with two dogs, an old cat, and our newest addition....a black kitten named Moki.

    I live 14 miles from a grocery store and so have a large pantry that I like to keep stocked because I absolutely hate running out of anything. I gave up gardening when my job went full time, but in the last couple of years we have gotten back into it. Last year the househusband tilled up even more ground, giving us about 1/3 acre to plant. I do a lot of canning and dehydrating, and work with our County Extension teaching classes.. The lumber mills that supported our community are mostly gone, and there has been a huge resurgence in gardening, canning, and all that other back-to-the-land stuff. For me it's a quality issue more than an economic issue....homegrown/home canned is simply better. And it's good for my health and my soul.

    Nice to meet and re-meet everyone!

  • dirtgirl07
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Hi, I'm Beth in Alpharetta, GA (suburbs of Atlanta). I found GW in '07 when looking for instructions on growing tomatoes from seed, then on to the harvest forum, and here to cooking. All 3 forums have great 'families'!

    On each of the forums, have started back on the last pages and worked my way up thru as many threads as possible. Just a great way to absorb so much of the information and get to know people. It's amazing the diversity in age, background, etc of all the people and how close they are.

    I live in a townhouse with my one tuxedo furkid Sid and love to dig in the dirt... and paint. Cooking is great when there's plenty of time. I'm one of the recent victims of layoff and am looking forward to working again to get enough income to start some canning.

    It's been a great pleasure getting to know all of you!!

  • sooz
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Oh my goodness! ...just a comment to Dee and others from the waaaaay back group... I remember back when Spike had the forum (not sure if he started it or if there was someone before him who set up things) and I was here before we had to pay for it...which I gladly did because I got so much out of it! Love that it's free now, and I'm still getting so much out of this place!

    Special welcome to newbies, lurkers, and familiar folks and regulars too!
    Smiles,
    Sooz

  • happygram
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Wow! I was away and found this wonderful get acquainted thread. I've lurked and occasionally posted for several years. My husband of mannnnnnnnnnnny years is a wonderful guy but a very picky and boring eater, and so I vicariously enjoy the delicious recipes and beautiful pictures on this forum. When we have company. which is the only time I get to make things besides grilled chicken, steak, hamburgers, or salmon (get the idea?), this is where I come for ideas and interesting goodies to make.

    Thanks you to everyone for your help and inspiration.

    Mary

  • gardener1908
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Annie, I just went to Greektown 2 weeks ago on one of the rare occasions I get out. We went to a resteraunt and I had a veal dish, inspired me to come home and make Chicken Picatta w/ capers and artichokes. One of my forgotten dishes. Only did a bit of gambling. LOL.

  • becky_ca
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Wow - look what you miss when you're gone for a couple of days!

    My name is Becky (big surprise) and I live on the Central Coast of California (another big surprise LOL).

    My husband and I have been married 16 years and between us we have 5 kids, all grown and gone except for the baby boy who just turned 15 and is a freshman in HS. We also have two canine furbabies named Hawkeye and Libby - littermates we got from the SPCA a little over a year ago. Plus my husband's large freshwater aquarium, a parakeet and a gecko named Spot. No grandkids yet, but I'm looking forward to being a Mimi :-)

    I love to cook, and at one time thought I'd like to do it professionally. After taking a few classes at the junior college a few years ago I changed my mind and decided that it was okay to just be my family's personal chef. I'm fortunate that my family really enjoys trying new recipes, and we also love to pair food and our local wines.

    Other than cooking, I love to sew - mostly quilting, but I make bags and home dec items too. I also like to read, but find that it cuts into my sewing time unless I can get an audiobook.

    I've been frequenting the forums here off and on for about 10 years - I think I originally found them through the home decorating forum. I don't post all that often, but I read most mornings while I wake up with my coffee. And I know if I have a question that I can get a quick answer here :-)

    Bon Appetit!

    Becky

  • craftyrn
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Hi all-- I'm Diane--retired RN with a small craft show business & a BIG family--(2 DDs, 2 DSs,4 great stepsons,17 grandkids, 3 GGkids). I'm 69 , hubby Doc is 70 & is suppose to be retired but the man keeps going into work ! We live in a rural area in CNY near Cayuga Lake . I've been here forever it seems-- started back in '88 I think at GW trading seeds & plants .

    I love to cook & bake , luckily have a DH that will eat whatever is placed in front of him and often a few Gkids underfoot who know just where the cookie jar is.

  • jessicavanderhoff
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I am outraged about your ex, Annie. That kind of systematic deception is just EVIL. Also, I believe in karma. After reading all the threads, I'm still wiping tears, although at this point I'm not sure if they're happy tears about the love story or tears of hillarity about the redneck bonanza- they're all kind of blurring together.

  • Ann Hargreaves
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Hi,

    I have been lurking on and off for years. This is my go-to place for tried and true recipes. I am 47, originally from Puerto Rico, but now live in Sonoma County, Northern California. Living here, I feel really spoiled by the bounty of year-round, locally-grown produce. I love cooking. I find it very relaxing.

    I live with my husband, Mike, and our golden retriever, Maddie. I have 19 and 23 year old sons, one who likes to eat, and one who likes to cook just as much as I.

    Ann

  • cotehele
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Hello all,

    Cotehele is my 8 year old rescue golden. I discovered the Kitchen forum almost three years ago when we began planning a new kitchen. I wandered over here after seeing the Cooking forum mentioned occasionally. Every one is so nice I am still here.

    Ours is a one cook kitchen. I enjoy creative cooking. What that really means is I like the challenge of making dinner from what ever is in the fridge and seldom use a recipe. I love baking anything sweet and breads.

    Indiana has been home for almost 28 years of our 35 year marriage. Our DS graduated from college in May and was married in July. DH would like to retire soon; whether or not he will depends on DS & DDIL's grad school plans. I practiced and/or taught nursing for 20 years. Went back to grad school for historic preservation, managed a professional orchestra. I am enjoying my new kitchen and bakery.

    Judy

  • beanthere_dunthat
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Am I the only CFer in Nevada?

    If I remember correctly, I signed up the first time in 2002. It was definitely in the days of Spike and membership fees. Annie1992 enticed me to rejoin in 2007, although I had been lurking the year I didnt post.

    I'm 48, married to a wonderful guy, no kids -- unless you count a persnickety feline child substitute. I am a GRITS (Gal Raised in the South), but have lived in the southeast, Ohio Valley and west. We figure well be here another year or two, then off to another part of the country.

    I worked many years in the restaurant business, and we owned a food-centric business until 2007. For years and years, DH and I were together nearly 24/7 because we worked together, but now his job takes him on the road for a month or so at a time. As a result, I don't cook nearly as much as in the past. (And when he's home, he cooks, which is something he does very, very well.)

  • phyllis_philodendron
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Sharon (canarybird), my inlaws met on Majorca. Ironically neither of them is from Spain. LOL She was a Dutch stewardess with KLM and he was an American physician traveling around Europe. So romantic (gagging sounds). LOL

    I have been here on and off for 8 1/2 years now! I think I was first directed here from a search about philodendrons, hence my user name. Then I slowly meandered to the cooking forum. I check in from time to time - something got me thinking about the group yesterday and I decided to log on. :)

    I have three wonderful children, ages nearly 6 (in two days!), 3, and 8 months. I am married to a teacher of economics and history and we live on the campus of a boys' boarding school in New York state, not that far from Stacy3.

    In my spare time LOL I love to sew, read, cook, and blog. I have a private blog for friends and family to keep up with the kids, and it's been a blast to keep it up in various forms since David was a mere tot. I have another blog that talks mostly about motherhood, childbirth and pregnancy called The Deranged Housewife, of which our very own Netla was gracious enough to "follow," putting me on the map that is Google Search. (Thank you, Netla!) (A native of Iceland, she has a wonderful blog with photos too, that I often look at ...just a quick plug there...LOL)

    I am a freelance writer/editor/sort of graphic designer and work from home when I can get assignments. Most of my work now is volunteering my graphic design "skills" (I use that term lightly sometimes LOL) for my son's school.

    I enjoy cooking not so much for the meal preparation but I love feeding people. I consider it such a wonderful blessing to have family or guests around my table to cook for. I overheard a woman at the store the other day talking about how she's going on a Mexican vacation over Christmas and is excited to not have to cook. I thought, you can keep your vacation because I'd rather cook for my friends and family!

    And now I must stop blathering on in order to prevent my infant son from eating the Persian rug...excuse me.

  • canarybird01
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I love to read about everyone's life, including our long time members just as much as the first time we did this!

    Phyllis that's interesting that your in-laws met in Majorca (Mallorca). It is such a beautiful and romantic place that I never went back to Canada to live.

    Here's one of my favourite villages on that island, Valldemossa, where Frederik Chopin spent a winter.

    SharonCb

  • vicki_lv
    13 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I'm Vicki from Las Vegas, Nevada. I have been on THS since it was run by Spike. I had to take a "vacation" from here when we were working 70-80 hour weeks. When we got back to "normal" I couldn't remember my sign in info.

    I am originally from South Dakota and Iowa. I am married to my best friend, Mike. We have two boys, Kiel (pronounced Kyle) 24 and Kelly 21. We don't have grandchildren, but Kelly and his GF will probably give us a few. Kiel and his GF? Not interested. We operate a party rental store and have for most of our married life. We plan to retire in Montana at some point.

    I am mostly a lurker here and post mostly at the KT. I love to see everyone's food photos. I love to cook, especially when my DH or boys want to help. We then call it "Hell's Kitchen", without the hell. We are foodies and we admit it. We are always trying new things. And most of them are made up. We may see something somewhere and just make it the way we think it would be delicious. Our boy's girlfriends love eating at our house, so that makes me feel great.

    My sister and my MIL live with us, so we have a house full. When everyone leaves, we will suffer major empty nest syndrome...or maybe we will celebrate. LOL