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Amy.
Frederick, MD
Mom to two toddlers, bringing joy to all we eat!
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Today I created an account with Helium as my next step in this project. So far, I'm feeling a little wary of this site. The account creation process was pretty standard, but once my account was completed, I found myself pretty much dumped in a sea of message boards and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2010 at Project Freelance
As I was reviewing the payment policies at Associated Content, it struck me that, barring any up front payment (which I'm not seeing much of), there's really no benefit to offering them an exclusive publishing option to any of the content I submit. Right now, two of my articles are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2010 at Project Freelance
Having some level of success getting started with Associated Content, I decided to get started with the next site on my list. Based on the positive reviews I'd found online, as well as their broad and reputable distribution network (including USAToday.com), I had hoped to start working with Demand Studios.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2010 at Project Freelance
Update on Associated Content - the first article is live! Please head right here and take a look (even if you're not going to be in the Washington DC area for Columbus Day). Let me know what you like and what I could be doing better. Next up, I submitted... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2010 at Project Freelance
The first site I've registered with is Associated Content. To be honest, I played with the idea of doing this freelance thing a few years ago, and even went so far as to sign up for an account with AC and wrote two articles. Then I completely abandoned it and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at Project Freelance
Alright, so let's dive right in - the first step in this project is to compile a list of online freelance services to include. There are a lot of sites out there, some of them being more of a freelance job marketplace, others paying directly for content from pretty much... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at Project Freelance
Hello, and welcome to Project Freelance. The goal of this project is to actively pursue opportunities in the online freelance writing field through such sites as Associated Content, Helium, Suite 101, Guru.com, etc. I will sign up for each, give it a solid effort, and report back to you on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at Project Freelance
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I can claim a lot of home cooking successes to my credit, but making a great pot of coffee is not among them. However, I've recently found that a healthy dose of sugar and a shot of heavy cream makes even my worst quite bearable. In related news, I quit my job, so lots of cups of coffee here at home these days. I'm also writing this from a new kitchen in a new home. Lots of change and lots of space and time for new recipes. A lot underway that I hope to write about here in all my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at Cheerful Cookery
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I've always loved earthy, homey comfort foods. As much as the sunshine of summer makes me happy, come August, I'm longing for a good braised anything, even though I know it will make John look at me funny when I serve him pot roast in the 95 degree heat. I think of my admiration of root vegetables being tightly linked to this - substantial, meaty turnips and rutabega, jerusalem artichokes, I love them all. So, kind of funny in the midst of all of this that I had never tried beets until the last year. Okay, so, yes, I guess... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2010 at Cheerful Cookery
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Wow, it's been a long time - I have to apologize for my long silence. We were hit pretty hard by a series of winter sicknesses, killer DC snowstorms, and a long vacation (okay, the last one wasn't very painful). Even though I haven't been writing much, I've certainly been cooking, and I have a long backlog of recipes to share with you. What better way to kick that off than with my first Daring Cooks challenge? The 2010 March Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Eleanor of MelbournefoodGeek and Jess of Jessthebaker. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2010 at Cheerful Cookery
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For my 28th birthday, John took me for a Classical French cuisine course at the Culinary Institute of America. We spent a wonderful weekend in beautiful Hyde Park, visited the Roosevelt Presidential Library and ate a LOT. As if the trip wasn't a completely amazing gift on its own, he also gave me the cookbook Cooking at Home with The Culinary Institute of America , and this was the first dish I made from it. The picture completely drew me in - soft mushroom filling, wrapped in crisply breaded chicken paillards, topped with a delicate, creamy sauce. And you know... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2010 at Cheerful Cookery
I didn't realize you were also in DC - how great! Late congratulations on the baby - it's definitely tough to balance, but they are so worth every minute of it!
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My kids have always been big breakfast eaters (hm, I wonder where they get that from...). And I've always been proud to serve them a breakfast home cooked with love every morning. But I went back to work about six months ago after two and a half years as a stay at home mom and that really has stressed my morning routine. The boys and I used to laze around in bed until 8 every morning, then gradually make our way downstairs for breakfast. Now all three of us have to be out of the house by 7:45 to get... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2010 at Cheerful Cookery
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Before I had kids, I always felt a little guilty about the lack of vegetables in my diet. Every once in a while I'd hit a virtuous streak and make some elaborate vegetable dish, trying to make myself feel better, while hiding the fact that we were eating vegetables. Then, one day I happened across a great recipe in Martha Stewart's Everyday Food magazine. I actually can't remember exactly what the recipe was for - might have been asparagus? Anyway, the recipe was to roast it at a high temperature for a relatively short time, and it was great. After... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2010 at Cheerful Cookery
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I adore mashed potatoes. I love them with rich turkey gravy on Thanksgiving, I love them with a big pat of butter dripping down the sides, I love them slightly cold when I lick the serving spoon at the end of the meal... um, actually, that's really, really true. So you can imagine my dismay when John told me relatively early in our relationship that he didn't like mashed potatoes. I know, you can pick your jaws up off the floor. It's blasphemy. It's shameful. It was nearly a dealbreaker. But I decided to give it time - clearly he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2010 at Cheerful Cookery
I agree - nearly any herbs you have on hand can help a ton (and keep this from getting boring if you cook it a lot, like I do!). Lately I've been using a lot of fresh tarragon with chicken and I don't think I ever realized how good that is. I haven't ever made stock from the bonex - I know I really should do it, and always feel guilty throwing away so much good flavor! Thanks for stopping by!
Thanks for stopping by - I'll have to get John to guest-post his tricks for perfect poaching!
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I'm not the first to extol the virtues of a simple roast chicken. Done well, it's simple, flavorful, and hearty. The smell warms your whole house and the skin crisps for a delicious treat that John and our three-year old will fight over. And this one... this one does all of that with such minimal work that it almost feels like cheating. There are probably as many roast chicken recipes as there are published cookbooks, some are wonderful and some are barely edible. I like this one, originally from Nigella Lawson's Feast: Food to Celebrate Life, because it's incredibly simple,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2010 at Cheerful Cookery
Hate, hate eating on my lap, or standing up. I'm just not all that coordinated, and I want to enjoy my food, not wear it. But that cake does look so delicate, like a perfect little snack... I might make an exception.
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I love breakfast - cooking eat, eating it, everything about it. Toasty pancakes studded with soft bananas and mini chocolate chips, fluffy yellow scrambled eggs (A's favorite), creamy and custard-ey baked french toast, sweet and sticky cinnamon buns with cream cheese icing (J's favorite)... and so much more. I plan all week for the breakfasts I'll make on the weekends; I usually make a double batch at least one day so we have homemade breakfasts all week. But everyone needs to sleep in some days, and a certain one year old doesn't tolerate late meals, so you can imagine my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2010 at Cheerful Cookery
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I've been a little hesitant to post about this, as this is not a commercial blog - but I have a new kitchen tool that is bringing a lot of cheer to my cookery, and I want to share it with you. I have a longstanding love affair with butter - and I know I'm not the only one. My husband shares this love, but since his most frequent use is spreading it on bread, his pet peeve is cold, hard butter that tears the bread. I've read about "butter bells" for about a year now, but finally got around... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2010 at Cheerful Cookery
Yum - what a great way to use keep some gorgeous mushrooms and add new flavor! Thank you for mentioning that it's okay to wash the mushrooms with water. Cooks Illustrated actually tested the amount of water absorbed by mushrooms when being washed and it was negligible. I always use water and have never had a problem (even if I did, would rather have soggy mushrooms than eat dirt).
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I'm so excited to kick off Cheerful Cookery, my first blog! By way of introduction, my name is Amy, and I am wife to John, mother to two boys, J (3) and A (1). I've always enjoyed, um, pretty much everything food related - cooking, eating, reading recipes, looking at pictures of food... yum. The way I think about cooking and food has changed a lot since having my sons, but I'm still really enthusiastic about creating and eating fresh, home cooked, delicious food (sometimes healthy... often with a touch of butter and cream!). I am starting this blog to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2010 at Cheerful Cookery
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