Me and the 2013 Pima County Fair

The Pima County Fair is coming up soon and this year I entered cookies. My great aunt’s gingersnaps won a blue ribbon for me last year, so why not?

Hope runs high for the Lemon Drop Cookies. They have four sources of lemon flavor, including a glaze and it’s still not too much. Taste testers love them and maybe the judges will too.

“Everything” Cookies are a wonderful combination of many favorite flavors of other cookies: peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chips, coconut, pecans and raisins.

Cranberry Coconut cookies are sometimes considered a special cookie reserved for the holidays, but they’re yummy anytime, so they’re on the list, too.

Brownies aren’t really cookies, but these triple chocolate,  super rich and delicious-with-a-hint-of-coffee deserve to compete.

I’ll let you know how we (me and my cookies!) do.

Your friend in the kitchen,


Get Rid of Odors in Your Freezer

This tip is worth its weight in gold – if you should ever need it. Read on.

If you’ve ever had your power go out while you were away, you know how awful it is to try to get rid of the odor of spoiled food – especially meat – in your refrigerator or freezer.

It happened to us once and we tried EVERYTHING that didn’t work – all manner of cleansers, elbow grease, bleach, putting the appliance outside in the direct Arizona sun with the door removed. As a last resort, we called an appliance repair place and asked for advice. Here it is:

Pour fresh coffee grounds (canned is fine) onto a paper plate and place in the refrigerator or freezer plugged in and running with the door closed, for a few days.  While the odor is strong, discard and replace the coffee grounds  every couple of days.

It actually worked! It took a week and though very inconvenient, it was better than buying a new refrigerator. It’s a good idea to use an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator for light duty odor absorption. Replace every three or four months.

Your friend in the kitchen,