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LIMA Raised by her grandmother, Angela Thomas has great memories of dinnertime.

"I grew up with my grandmother, and she always made dinner every night," Thomas said. "I think that's probably why I love food so much. Food is actually one of my favorite things."

She enjoys every part from meal prep to sharing how your day went.

"That's something I want to carry on with my children," she said.

Thomas, now a server at Beer Barrel, just earned a master's degree in education. She's hoping to earn her teaching license for grades four to nine soon.

Even though she's been busy, her interest in making dishes hasn't waned. She's working on broadening the palate of her boyfriend.

"I'm trying to open him up to trying different things, but it's a little difficult," she said, explaining he's a meat-and-potatoes guy. But the recipe she shares today gets a thumbs up from him.

"And my boyfriend is really picky, and he loves it," she said of her Twice-Baked Potatoes. "They are a little bit of work, but they are worth it."

Another current favorite is fruit ice cubes: Simmer a mix of berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc.) in a pan on the stovetop. Add a bit of sugar. Crush the berries as you're stirring, until the liquid is reduced. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze. She enjoys adding the fruit cubes to a pitcher of sangria, but they'd be just as delicious in lemonade or tea.

Don't count yourself a bad cook, she said, explaining a lot of "cooking" is artful assembly.

"A lot of times you don't even have to cook anything, and you can impress people," she said.

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