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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Aug. 31, 2010 9:49 pm 
Updated: Sep. 2, 2010 12:11 am

today started out as any would, except I didn't sleep all that well past 6am... I'd forgotten that there IS a 6am!  As I like to say, I "futzed" around the house for a while, till my body and grey matter were both fuctioning as they should, and then decided that, as my feet DID hit the floor then, I hadn't croaked during the night...  As I had a glass of iced Raspberry Tea, I wondered what the day ahead would lead to.  Well, what it led to, was back to bed for an hour... only dozed, but guess I needed just a little more...

So, feeling a little "funky," and deciding my "sugar" must be low, schmeared a slice of bread with my fav margarine, and topped it with peanut butter, and shortly really did come to believe that I had, indeed, made it to another day!  It is now after 9pm our time, and I have spoken to only the "kids," and myself, of course... not a common thing, but more so when I have the house to myself. 

Needing to "feed" my sourdough starter, decided that the cookbooks MUST come out... the "cooking bug" hit me, so I began the process of making bean soup, after which I decided that perhaps it was time to make bread from my starter for the first time, since I mixed it up...  So, the beans and a pork hock were simmering on the stove, heating up the kitchen, of course, when I decided that yes, if I needed to feed the starter, might as well bake two loaves...  They came out of the oven perhaps 30 mins ago, looking somewhat mishapen, but hey... do I care?  It wasn't until then, a good two hours after the beans were done, remembered I still needed to add some chopped onion, and some carrot...  Fortunately, the beans haven't as yet turned to mush on their own, but if they are not done, it's all beyond me.  I just ran out there to turn the burner off...  I can only hope that I don't forget that they need to go into a fridge, before I fall into bed, to see if indeed, my feet will hit the floor Weds morning...  The loaves are cooling on a rack, and I can only hope that I have saved bread bags for them, as one, or both, will be shoved into a freezer...  As I say so often, "the proof is in the eating..."  The starter has been replenished, and is sitting on a counter in my horribly hot kitchen!  Time alone will tell whether my bean soup is better than CAMPBELL'S, or if the bread is as good as what I recently bought at my local Safeway store, but guess the proof is in....

So, as soon as the beans are cool enough to shove into a fridge, I do believe I'll be ready to hit the hay...  So, all, be as crazy as you want to be, in whatever direction... JUST BE CRAZY!
Sep. 1, 2010 2:32 am
hey Stevie,yum....fresh bread & bean soup...i could go for some of that right so hungry got to do blood work this a.m. so i can't eat yet...sounds like you are getting bored with J away... he will be back before you know it...stay well ...ttyl...judy
Sep. 1, 2010 11:14 am
I love bean soup! The bread starter thing... I am a poor caretaker. Everyone keeps trying to give me the Amish Friendship Bread stuff. Now I just refuse. It's kind of like watering your inside plants. Either you're very religious about taking care of them or you're not. Hmmm... not! Hope you like your bean soup & bread results!
Sep. 2, 2010 12:11 am
Hey guys... Judy, no, I wasn't getting bored, just wanted "yummies" that only I will eat (soup anyway!) MB, I know what you mean about the Amish thing, it went around my circle of friends, till we all got bored, and didn't want to bake all that often. At least my rec for sourdough, I can feed it once a week, and forget it, otherwise... By the way, our Afghan hound enjoyed one of the loaves of bread... put one in freezer, left one on counter!!!! The THIEF! Crumbs all over the place this morn.! More later!
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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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