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Let's stir things up..? 
Feb. 25, 2011 9:29 pm 
Updated: Feb. 27, 2011 2:07 pm
Per my new direction here at the crazykitchen, tonight we shared frozen breaded fish filets (no doubt ground up, regurgitated, formed, coated and frozen!)  Along with we had some frozen fries, and frozen peas...  You got it, CRAZYCOOK doesn't always spend the entire day rattling pots and pans.  I haven't crunched the numbers, but off top of head... fish - $1, fries - $1, peas... less than $0.50. 

After reading comments from a few members of late, a thought crossed thru my "pea brain..." 
Question: if you had to buy a "decent" steak this week, what would you pay/lb?  I'm thinking (from my local ads,) ribeye, NY strip... seems there's a third that are ususally similarly priced and quality...?  Right now, can't think, but while sirloin is often "up there," it usually is $1/lb less than "the best."  I really am curious as to how prices DO vary across this great nation of ours!  Please feel free to comment... I'll pull all the #'s together and do a post sorting it all out!  Oh... lets not EVEN venture to "tenderloins..." seems that's a cut for royalty!  I guess I'm asking, check your ad(s) for this week for steak, and lets just take a look at the "big picture."  This could be FUN!  Participate, if you will...

I STILL don't believe that I'm feeding two of us dinner for the $$ I'm quoting, but I guess after a week of similar numbers, I just  can't dispute it, or say that I have my head someplace in outer space.  (Had another anatomical thought, but MUST be polite!) 

Ohhhh... getting so far off track, as I have another question, but will try to save for another post, another day!

So, friends, till next time, stay happy, stay crazy, and keep everyone "wondering" what you're up to!  This IS just so much better than "staying within the norm!!!"   
Lee B 
Feb. 26, 2011 6:01 am
At my local grocery store this week,they have Boneless Sirloin Tip Roasts for $2.99 per #. Just another little hint-MOST stores will cut a large roast into smaller portions.The savings there will really add up! I would have saved you some money on that fish and chips dinner-Won't touch those ground up,formed,etc. "fish" products.Yuk!But hey-I won't touch anything fishy.LOL! NOT making fun of your meal-just saying I am not a fish "fan!" I see it will get up to 70 out your way today. I am looking at the latest 10" of snow "dump" out my door this morning.Don't you ever miss the seasonal changes that you had living in MI? Have a great day today,Stevie and everyone else too!
Feb. 26, 2011 9:04 am
Lee, you have a point about the meat - within my "circle" of friends/shoppers, we often buy a roast, have it cut, and split it out! Also point taken about the (yuk) fish... partly bought these for ease, as I don't like to batter/fry filets at home... The lesser of evils? Face it, most food will kill us anyway! LOL!
Feb. 26, 2011 9:28 am
I usually try to buy whole New York strips and trim them and cut them into steaks. It really isn't hard and you can save a ton of money. I bought one about one month ago. It was on sale for 2.39 per pound. I got a yield of 17 12 ounce steaks plus about 1 1/2 pounds of pieces for soup or stew. Total cost was $42. A comparable steak at the same store cost 5 dollars. Filet Mignon is also fairly easy to cut yourself. There are directions and guides online for almost everything!
Feb. 26, 2011 8:54 pm
Thanks, both for your comments! I'll have to watch for the "hunk of cow..." all I recall are huge ribeye roasts... Lee, didn't mean to shine over your question - sorry! No, I don't miss the changing of the seasons, oddly! Local weather is forcasting hi of 51 for Sunday, but I guess the big rain storm kinda got lost! We'll see! On to another post, perhaps!? more later, anyway!
Feb. 27, 2011 1:32 pm
I have the circulars from 2 different local stores here. Ribeye steak is $7.99/# at the smaller store and there T-Bone, Porterhouse and Shell steak (NY Strip is called shell steak here in NY) are all featured at $8.99/# but you must buy a "family pack" which means 3 or 4 steaks and will total somewhere between $30 and $50. I buy whole filet mignon and eye of the round when they are on sale and cut them into meal size portions and freeze them. A 12 oz package of store brand fish sticks is $2.99 on special. Rather than a meal of fish sticks and french fries, why not think about pasta and marinara sauce? You could make 2 portions of that for less than $1.00 total; add a salad and some bread and you have a nice meal. You might also embrace the cook once, eat twice program and make things like baked ziti and eat it one night and freeze meals for another night.
Feb. 27, 2011 2:07 pm
BSM, thanks for the price check, guess meat prices really aren't hateful here, just over the past 5-10yrs...up, up, and away! I go thru spurts with things like marinara, or simply canned tomato products, and the like. This month I seem to be craving brown gravies/sauces, MASHED POTATOES, beef/pork/chicken.... Per recent fish/chip nite, was as much out of short on time/convenience that night. Thanks to all for your help & thoughts! I'll be back later, after I find a "perfect" meatloaf recipe!
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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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