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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

What's cooking? 
May 12, 2010 9:09 pm 
Updated: May 14, 2010 4:25 pm
While the "crazy kitchen" hasn't been all that crazy of late, I did realize that I have made more dishes than I realized!  Last week, put together a "Greek" style meatloaf ( I LOVE gyro sandwiches!)  Haven't had any yet, but had planned on slicing and freezing in small amt's...  Note, add that to "list."  During morning coffee, went thru some newspaper clippings I've ignored for all to long, and pulled a number of interesting sounding dishes.  When I read the "cucumber/mint" rec. decided to dig around and find another rec. "watermelon/cucumber salad" that I made once last summer.  This time I added a healthy pinch of mint with the parsley, and must admit, it ran circles 'round the original.  Called for rice vinegar/sugar for dressing, mine is "seasoned," so don't know what difference it might make.  Teamed it with leftover b/s chicken breasts, doused with Italian dressing, and a batch of 'tater salad I should have made hours earlier, but having enough space in "spare" freezer, managed to chill it suitably (can't stand warm tater salad!) 

So, on to pics I posted just, showing the current project.  The new windows are in, siding up on exterior.  On the exterior shots, where you see raw siding, WAS ALL GLASS!  Talk about a summer oven!  Didn't measure, but guessing total of 30' of 50some inch tall windows!!  Hoping that Neil can wrap things up by the weekend, so I can get to painting etc next week...  Need to at least get a coat of primer on the outside, I guess - hopefully before the temps escalate again.  Near 100 a week ago, mid 60's this week.  Is that "global warming?"  Don't mind all the junk, it looks worse than it really is, just it's all shoved into the middle of the room!  Think one pic caught Spice, sitting on far end of sofa...  Looking forward to being able to organizing the "stuff" soon, but must finish painting in there first! 

So, despite the missing "normal" temps (I'm NOT complaining!) I do believe it's time to pull out the summer type recipes, that we have found so refreshing on a HOT day.  I often say when asked about the temp that day, that it was 100-and-HOT!  Works for me!  One of my fav's is lime jellatin, cabbage and carrot.  Aunt used to make it when I was young, and started making it myself a few yrs ago.  It was my sis, who rarely cooks, who had the recipe!  Aunt D said she hasn't made it in years!  Trick is, to add enough vinegar to cut the "sweet," as it's a dinner side dish, not dessert... 

Well, folks, I do believe you are now "caught up" on the happenings of this crazy cook!  Bear with me...  Will try not to ignore my blog for days at a time, but can make no promises!  Be well, be happy, most of all... be CRAZY!
May 13, 2010 3:40 am
good morning stevie, wow your house is looking good...i bet it feels great just walking in there & looking at the new work...gyro sandwiches...ya i love them tooo, wow the watermellon/cuk salad sounds good,will have to try that...i have to make small things because my husband is a picky eater...meat & tator...guy..or i wait till kids are coming to try big dishes..i have made a lime gellatin w/cabbage & carrots, i liked it...might have to make soon...the weather is getting warmer here too 90 today....i have my garden going ,got my first pepper yesterday,hope i get more...ha ha..everything is growing good & blooming..well i have landry to do, floors need to be cleaned,and i have no ideal what dinner will be today..guess i bet be thinking on that..can't wait to see you project when all finshed...bet it will look great...ttyl...stay crazy..
May 13, 2010 10:43 am
How exciting to have a "new" room added onto your house by just changing the windows. I'm sure that you will get much more use out of it when it is finished. Good idea, planning on cool weather food. My favorites are potato salad and watermelon. I eat lots more salads and veggies in the summer. Last year I started making more homemade dressings. My family really appreciated them. But they are not fat-free, like the bottled ones. Those are disgusting, but they do the job of adding something to the greens and no calories to speak of. I think I'd rather eat plain, raw veggies than add those dressings.
May 13, 2010 9:31 pm
Judy, if you want the actual rec. for the watermelon salad, let me know... I will find a way to get it to you! Used to be "meat & tater's" myself! J doesn't like to try new things... his loss, I guess!!! Daisy, part of the issue of the room was TOO MUCH JUNK! I'm working on that one, or was before... Looking forward to settling down in the eve's with my new tv, windows... I'm sure the kids will enjoy also, as I'm kinda out of reach on these tall barstools!!
May 14, 2010 3:37 am
good morning stevie, yes i would love the watermelon salad recipe...you can send it to my email judy3107711@yahoo.com i love to try new foods of all kinds but rickie won't have any part of that...ha ha i tryed cutting recipes down to 1 serving ...it don't work well...picky eaters just don't know what they are missing...more for us who do like to eat...i bet your room is really looking good , looked like it is just about ready for paint...oh yes we all have "the junk"...mine is kitchen stuff...but i use every gadget i have...ha ha right...well i need them any way...well it's about 6:30 a.m. here guess i need to eat & take a.m. meds then get ready for the phone to start ringing..every day my sister in law calls then my oldest daughter calls , then my middle daughter calls, then step daughter calls...youngest daughter is mad at me & not talking to me at this time...kids...the four legged ones are the best...they just love you no matter what...any way that is my morning thing ...every day...ttyl.....judy
May 14, 2010 3:38 am
May 14, 2010 4:25 pm
hey stevie i tryed to up laod pic's of my 4 legged kids & garden & flowers & some snacks i have made ...anyway it only let me upload my daughters pic...the rest never happened...do you know where i went wrong? you are always putting pic's on yours so i though you might know...ttyl judy
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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