Saturday, April 24, 2010

Introducing Lakeside Kitchen

You might remember a March post, Baking As Therapy, that featured Twin A and her Oreo Truffles. She was overwhelmed by your comments, so positive and encouraging, and inspired to embark on a new adventure. We have launched Lakeside Kitchen - a mother/daughter project that will chronicle our culinary adventures.

We've had fun setting up the blog and posting a few pictures and recipes. Margaret (formerly known as Twin A) loves to bake and is beginning to experiment with breads. I'm hoping to include a main dish recipe each week, too. Lakeside Kitchen is a work-in-progress, but we invite you to stop by and take a look.

Here's Margaret modeling her new "Practically Perfect Cook" apron. We saw Mary Poppins in New York last weekend - the apron was a souvenir we couldn't resist! And she's baking Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookies...

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  1. JoAnn, what a fabulous idea! I just checked you guys out and I will definitely be back when I have a few extra minutes. Love that banner/header you two chose too. Just perfect! Congratulations to you and Margaret both.

    Envying you to both that apron and the Mary Poppins experience. We have to wait until this summer when it comes to the Kennedy Center. Happy reading and baking!

  2. I just want to say here how much I'm enjouing Lakeside Kitchen. I've subscribed to it so I don't miss a single recipe. However, if I gain weight this year I'm going to blame you and Margaret. (just kidding)

  3. This is awesome. I'm not a very good cook, but I love reading cook books and blogs that have anything to do with food! :D

    Congrats and good luck :)

  4. A great idea!

    maybe you can make me brave enough to try and bake

  5. I love the idea of a mother daughter cooking blog! Too bad my mom doesn't cook--at all! And I love that apron too!

  6. Looking forward to your recipes and foodie posts.

  7. What a brilliant idea! I've just been over and I have gained a stone from just looking at the photos! I can't wait to try some of your recipes!

  8. I love this idea! And I love the header. Chocolate and raspberry, one of my favorite combos! I will have to try these.

  9. Oh wow!!! Fabulous idea -- I'm off to explore Lakeside Kitchen.

  10. I'm so impressed with you! This activity will be something that your daughter remembers for the rest of her life. It might even draw her down a path that she might not have ever taken otherwise! You are awesome!

  11. How exciting...I am now following both Lakeside blogs. Welcome Margaret! I look forward to reading about your culinary adventures:)

  12. Frances - Thanks for taking a look. Margaret found the header picture and I just love it! You're in for a treat when Mary Poppins comes to the Kennedy Center.

    Margot - I'm so glad you like Lakeside Kitchen! Margaret's delicious baking is making it harder for me to lose a few pounds, so I'm thinking about featuring a few Weight Watchers recipes :-)

    Kals - Thanks! My cooking skills have definitely evolved over the years, but it seems like Margaret was just born with them!

    Caite - I love bread! We'll see how our experimenting goes...

    Beth - We're having such a good time with this. The apron is perfect for Margaret!

    Zetor - We have quite a few ideas brewing...

  13. Bookssnob - LOL! The blog is a little dessert-heavy at the moment, but I'm planning on adding a main dish each week.

    Gavin - Chocolate and raspberry is my favorite flavor combination! Those bars were very easy, too.

    Beth F - Oh, good... we're having a good time with it!

    Verity - It was Margaret's idea...

    Sandy - Aww, thanks. She was so excited about this, and who knows what it will lead to. I certainly don't want to dampen that enthusiasm!

    Book Psmith - Thanks so much for following! We're still a work in progress, trying to figure out what we want to do, but it's coming along.

  14. What a fun thing to do together. I'm following, too, even though I don't necessarily love to cook or bake :) But, I do love to THINK about liking to cook or bake after seeing yummy pictures.

  15. YUM!!What a great idea--my salivary glands are working overtime (baked French toast, chocolate raspberry squares, that Bundt cake...swoon). Love the apron, too. Also the fact that you plan your meals for the week. I always serve Whatever Falls Out of the Refrigerator First...

    Kudos to Margaret, and to Mom!!

  16. Kim - Thanks, Kim! I must admit that her interest is reigniting my own.

    DS - We're having fun with this project, and I enjoy watching her confidence increase as she experiments more with cooking and writing.


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