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Kitchen Wisdom - From Stockpots to Rolling Pins

Cabin Fever 
Feb. 9, 2013 7:33 am 
Updated: May 9, 2013 1:46 pm
I can always tell when it's time for winter to come to an end.  The outdoor cats that hole up inside for fear of getting their little tootsies frozen start fighting.   The girls are pecking at each other in their hen house.  They won't come out because they don't want their tootsies frozen (though they are pampered with full time heat in the winter, the spoiled rotten primadonnas).  Hubby and I start nipping at each other.  The dogs gain a few pounds.  I GAIN a few pounds.  It must be all of that "comfort" food I've been cooking to keep myself busy and entertained.  My husband, on the other hand, needs to put on weight.  I wish I could just transfer mine to his. 

Looking outside, I see signs of the ice and snow slowly melting.  When water starts trickling underneath the layer of ice in the creek bed, I'll know spring is on it's way.  But for now, nothing, nada.  If only I could get out and cook on my grill!  I think to myself, well, it got up to 30 degrees today (a heat wave for this time of year).  My mouth is watering for a good rib eye.  Then I try to restrain from going out and firing up the grill.  When it starts to heat up I hear the crackling of the grates and fear they'll break from the drastic cold to hot.  So I'll wait until it gets up to maybe 35 (it should be okay, don't you think?).  For now my indoor grill pan will have to do the job.  

A seasonal neighbor dropped by yesterday with a box of big, beautiful Idaho baking potatoes straight from the packing house.  Immediately my mind wanders to overflowing them with homemade chili with lots of shredded cheese on top.  Oh, don't go there!  I noticed a link on my email from AR for slow cooker baked potatoes.  Maybe I'll try that with some rosemary sprigs. Something aromatic would be nice.  If anyone has suggestions for LOW CALORIE potato dishes, I would love to hear from you.  

For those that imbibe a bit, I posted my personal recipe for Kahlua Cake.  It's a one bowl wonder and a snap to make.  You might want to try it.  
As for the few extra pounds?  Piece of cake (pardon the pun).  As soon as I can get traction I'll be out burning off those calories and getting back into fighting shape.  For now, I'm thinking of whipping up a cake.    

Feb. 9, 2013 2:17 pm
Your seemingly serene farm life sounds like a dream to me. I've longed to journal phrases such as "packing house," "creek bed" and "hen house." If only we could transfer our gained pounds to others-what a dream. Great blog, cozy feeling it gave me-I could almost see the crocus sprouts through the snow. By the way, where IS that one bowl Kahlua Cake recipe you speak of?
Feb. 10, 2013 6:30 am
Thanks so much for visiting! The cake can be found in my recipe box, or go to
Feb. 10, 2013 12:00 pm
Thanks-going to it now!
May 9, 2013 1:46 pm
I can't make that link work, but I got to it once... wish I could do it again... will let you know how I did it when i figure it out!
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About Me
It brings me a lot of pleasure experimenting and improving on my cooking and baking skills. It's something I take pride in. I'm a canine mom, and raise backyard chickens ("my girls")for entertainment and the wonderful eggs they produce. Growing up, I really wasn't allowed much in the kitchen except to wash or dry the dishes. Occasionally my mother would let me help her bake Toll House chocolate chip cookies. When I left home I was armed with a skillet and a slow cooker. I now enjoy my repertoire of pots and pans, mixers and food processor, several small appliances, and a variety of unique casserole and serving dishes. In addition to cooking, I'm a collector of antiques and love to pull together interesting mixes of linens, fine china and silverware at the dinner table. In the summer time, I move my cooking outside to the grill and spend a lot of time on my back covered patio. It's a great gathering place for friends and family.
My favorite things to cook
Any type of holiday cooking and baking, especially between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mexican cuisine is regular fare at our house. In the winter, I bake a lot of casseroles and slow cooked roasts. In the summer time, I always cook steaks, burgers, chicken and ribs outside on the grill. I also love to bake desserts. Cheesecakes are my specialty.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in a small family, just me, my sister, Mom and Dad. We rarely had anyone else at the dinner table, so most occasions were just the four of us. My Dad loved to cook out on the grill, and made one mean burger. His were the best! Always done to perfection. Juicy on the inside, slightly charred on the outside. And he always went to the local bakery for fresh buns. So now, I am known for making the killer hamburgers. I fondly refer to them as "Eddie Burgers", and they never disappoint.
My cooking triumphs
I think the biggest triumph is when it gets REALLY quiet at the dinner table. The occasional "mm mm" or lip smacking are the greatest compliments. Clean plates followed by "when do you want to do this again?" top it all off. Mission accomplished!
My cooking tragedies
Oh my. I remember trying to impress my boyfriend at the time (now my DH) by inviting him to my place for a home cooked meal. I didn't want him to think that all I could do was boil water. After work, I went to the store and grabbed the latest copy of "Bon Appetit" and opened it to find a beautiful picture of Chicken Parmigiana. That's it! I thought. Okay, now to shop for the ingredients. With groceries in tow, I went to my apartment to begin the preparation. He was to arrive at 8 PM. It was now 7 PM, and had barely started. In reading the recipe, I was like "pound the breasts with what?" and when I finally had them dredged and ready to fry, the oil wasn't hot enough. It was disastrous. And my sauce burned to boot. When he knocked at the door and stepped in, he could see things were not going well for me. In a very kind way, he asked, "would you like to go out to dinner instead?". We ended up at a five star restaurant on the waterfront drinking wine and laughing. The rest is history!
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