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Odd, but true! 
Feb. 18, 2011 4:51 pm 
Updated: Feb. 21, 2011 5:19 am
Perhaps it's living in the desert heat, which often deters firing up the oven, I noticed today a new routine emerging.  Crazycook seemed content for a while, at least, to attempt the outside chores, rather than full day(s) in the kitchen...  This morning when I awoke, I noticed that the skies were blanketed by a cover of dreary grey clouds.  Once my morning ritual of pets, coffee, tidy up the crazykitchen from the night before was all a thing of the past, I turned my attention to my "to do list" to see just what I could procrastinate into another day!  (I'm quite successful at this!)  Back to life again, I was able to feed the dogs their lunch - and me too, of course, I could feel crazycook beginning to surface.  Often, there is no stopping from there, regardless what I had thought the day would come to.

So, here I am on this gloomy day (which should be a joy considering summer sun is on it's way) deciding just what the crazykitchen will produce.  Accessing my mental list of comfort foods, began searching the archives for something that I just hadn't fixed in a while...  It did not need to be "sweet," as we are still enjoying the remains of chocolate chip cookies, thus it must be something savory.  The easy part accomplished, my attentions turned to the more difficult chore of actually choosing... something!  Truth be known, I could most definately sit down to a huge bowl of mashed potatoes!  The light bulb finally lit...  Shepherd's Pie is in the toaster oven reheating, as it were.  I already had the spuds (hence my one thought for lunch!)  Always a good reason for making a huge batch, when  mashing spuds to begin with!  Robin Miller on the food channel, swears by her crede, "cook once, eat twice."  She's not referring to leftovers, but preparing an entree, today this way, and tomorrow, that way.  (Kind of a fan, afterall, she lives here in Scottsdale!)  Just for the fun of it, I consulted my two Brit cookbooks, to get a "feel" for what types of seasonings I might try, and was surprised that both called for a tomato product mixed with the meat.  This seems new to me, and certainly isn't an ingredient that I would automatically add, but what the hey, I was looking for a little pizazz.  One also called for white wine, though I certainly didn't measure much of anything!  (One bad habit, if wishing to "repeat" the recipe another time.)  

Back to my original thought... just what is it about cloudy days, that cause one to simply, want to cook?  It wasn't the cold (it was 60 when I got up,) nor rain, winds or the like.  Simply the cloud cover, I can only presume, which drove me into the kitchen for much of the afternoon!

My mouth is watering, while I watch the hands on the wall clock tic painfully slowly, heading toward the dinner hour!  So, for the meantime, I must run back to the crazykitchen to ensure that dinner doesn't burn to a crisp!  More later, friends, if I'm still able to waddle around the house!
Feb. 21, 2011 5:19 am
wow stevie, sounds like you are having a day like mine...lol...start with feeding my kids, coffee, then figure out food for the day...oh i love shepherd's pie...maybe that will be dinner tonight for me...wow i watch Robin Miller sometimes...but didn't know she lives in AZ. wow thats cool..i don't measure as much as i should, will need to work on that...lol...oh my Stevie you should have tested that food to be sure it was good...(thats what i call it)...great blog, keep up the great job, you keep us grinning..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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