How to Read a Recipe

Starting your Journey on How to Read a Recipe Learning how to read a recipe is the same as traveling to someplace new. Usually, the first thing we do is to look at a map.  This map can help us get to where we need to go, it can help plan activities along the way, and once we get to our destination, the map can help us get around our new surroundings.  Yes, we now have GPS to help us with all this stuff, but what fun is in that. The first step in your cooking journey is to learn how to read a recipe.  This willContinue

Inspirational Quotes about Cooking

[wpupg-grid id=”blog”]JUST REMEMBER “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a What-The-Hell attitude.” –  Julia Child “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another without loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill ” Planning helps you be in control, rather than the food controlling you.   Especially when you just want to call it quits!” -Anne, Weight Watchers Consultant “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas Edison “It’s always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile.” -Garry Marshall [wpupg-grid id=”blog”]Continue

Anyone can be a Supermom

  There has been so much debate between moms.  Stay at home moms feel by working they are missing out on the best years of their child’s life and they want to be involved in every aspect of their child’s development and growth.  Working moms feel they either need to work due to financial reasons or want to work for reasons of sanity because they don’t feel they could stay at home.  There are the moms that stay home, do the homeschooling and do ALL the cooking from scratch and only from organic ingredients.  Then last but by no means least, you have those moms who work and bring homeContinue


Well hello there!.  Happy New Year to all.  Did everyone survive all the Holiday stress, mess, and excitement? I apologize for not posting, the past few months have been a little bit of a whirlwind in the Crocked Under Pressure territory. I’m sure you don’t want to spend the equivalent of binge-watching The Lord of the Rings Trilogy reading just one post. That is not very inspiring for you now is it?   I’ll catch you up as time goes by. As I sit here watching the Twilight Zone marathon (not my choice), I’m trying to figure out what to blog about first. It’s quite overwhelming.  Even thoughContinue

10 Tips to survive Thanksgiving

Re-post 11/7/2018 (Full disclosure, I am now a Pampered Chef consultant and will be paid a commission on certain products purchased) It has been a few years since Hurricane Sandy hit and all the emotions that it brought. This year, we were not so fortunate and parts of our country and its territories were hit with some weather tragedies.  During this time of year, we have to remember there are things in our lives we should be thankful for.  Also, we need to keep in mind those friends and family that could not be with us for whatever reason. A couple of years ago, one of my Professor’sContinue

Suit Cases

[wpupg-grid id=”blog”]Well, it’s been a very busy 10 months.  We sold the house we were living in and my family and I moved into a new home just over the border into another state.  The whole thing was definitely an experience.   First was trying to find a home that fit all the specifics we needed.  It had to be a house with at least; 4 bedrooms, close to my job, close to my daughter’s school, had to take pets (we have a dog and guinea pigs) and hopefully an area to put my large freezer (I wasn’t giving that up!)   Well, I found something that fit ALLContinue

A finished roasted chicken

I pride myself as being a fairly intelligent person and very adept at cooking (duh, I’m doing a cooking blog after all).  Heck, I have an Associate’s Degree in Hospitality and most recently my Bachelors in Business Management.  I’ve been cooking since I was seven years old (I won’t tell you my age now), owned my own personal chef business and was a manager for of one those dinner prep stores.  So one would think I could cook a roast chicken with my eyes closed right? Wrong. It should be simple.  Buy a chicken, season it, preheat the oven, and put the bird in theContinue