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crazykitchen needs toys 
Mar. 6, 2011 9:02 pm 
Updated: Mar. 8, 2011 5:34 pm
After my kitchen was finally remodelled, I began thinking "toys."  You may recall when I got my KitchenAid, however, before that I had treated crazycook to a Cuisinart food processor, and long before, had bought a toaster oven, large enough to bake a whole chicken, holds an 8x8 pan or pie plate, and (they claim,) will bake a 12" pizza...  Crazycook is now on a new quest, and would like thoughts/advice...  I have an ancient (not quite pre-electric) blender, but try as I might, I cannot get it to "puree" ice...  Smoothies.. ok, that works I guess!  Tequila, triple sec, juice and ice... I would guess it "qualifies."  Face it, folks, there's nothing more refreshing when it's 115+ outside, than a frozen Margarita!  While I'm not remembering brand names, I really do think that it's time to get a "mega" powered blender, to concoct puree'd ice and additives, so if you have one that you really like, please share!  I've also often (of late) thought that I'd like a toaster oven with two racks, as for we two, I can bake an entire meal...  Thus far, I've "stacked" pans which I doubt is the most effective method, but then, "we" can get inventive when the time comes...  Again, thoughts, ideas, advice, will be appreciated!

Not long ago I responded to the two comments left on my last post, and while many a cook here at AR simply "provides" a web address, alas, I've never mastered the art of copy/paste, so sorry, but I did "guide" SB to an online, and will be more than willing, due to my short commings, would certainly be willing to TYPE out the entire recipe on a post! 

Regarding the last 24 hrs in the oggydoggy sitting biz, for me it has been terribly "trying."  Our "guest" has NO idea what a "kitty" is, at least to be close and personal.  Needless to say, while our cats are used to big dogs, they are NOT used to being "chased" or "investigated."  Poor things hid all day today, not to mention that Bablu was up much of the night (keepin me awake) terrorizing the poor felines...  We've also experienced the issue of 3 male dogs, fighting for Alpha placement, and Bablu being "intact" for breeding (he IS a beautiful animal!) has decided to "mark" his new territory...  Just how many times this week am I going to have to mop up puddles?  I've also been amazed, that by adding one dog to the brood, my floors have 3x the amount of yard debris than with only our two!  Ah, the life of a friend...  24hrs done of a week's sitting!  Kitties are coming more to terms tho, which make me feel much better...

Crazycook prepared a beef stirfry this eve, which was ok, but not much more than!  Should I make it again, I will DEFINATELY have to tweak the recipe, but that's the way things go, I believe!  As far as the "dinner on a dime" goes, it really was an inexpensive meal, I did add to a leftover - good for the fridge... 

Now it's time for a salty snack before bed... early for me, but I guess the stresses of the day have taken their toll on this old body...

Be happy, be healthy, cook crazy!
Mar. 7, 2011 4:23 am
I have an ancient 14 speed osterizer that still cranks away... but the KA blender seems to have gotten good reviews>>>>>
Mar. 7, 2011 5:10 am
I have a KA blender and love it! I had it for around 6-8 yrs. when something broke on it. Hubby called KA and they sent me out a "slightly used blender" to replace it. By that they meant it was one that had been used in photos, etc. for ads, so it was really new. I paid $29 for it, which was about what the part would have cost to fix my old one. I've had that one now for over 8 years. Makes great margaritas! Sorry to hear your "guest" is so much work. My cats always hide out in the basement rafters when we have a doggy guest come to visit.
Mar. 7, 2011 11:19 am
Hello :)) What an entertaining blog you have...I love it! I have a Hamilton Beach 10 speed with Wave Action, was cheap and does the trick...with ice that is...and other stuff too, like nuts and candy canes and I think I even make whipped cream in it...on another two queens of the castle (cats) sit partially hidden and keep an eye on things when my kids friend brings his dog over to the's really quite comical...have a blessed day!
Mar. 7, 2011 12:22 pm
I have an Oster stand mixer with blender, food processor and meat grinder attachments. A wedding gift almost 25 years old and still going strong even though I use it an average of 4 - 5 times a weeks and even use the dough hooks to make bread. It purees ice quite well. Perhaps a bit less ice at once and leaving it out for a few minutes to "soften" may help get the consistency you desire.
Mar. 7, 2011 12:42 pm
Stevie: Love your blog...full of adventures, advise, an interesting"raconteur" and obviously a great cook! I've used a "flavorwave" oven for the past 3 years and I would highly recommand it! Efficient, fast, healthy, easy cleaning and great results! Just an idea! Maguy (video below)
Mar. 7, 2011 8:44 pm
Thanks all for your comments/advice/thoughts! I appreciate it tons! Marvel, think I'll keep trying my oster! Hasn't "failed" ever, hadn't thought about cutting down on quantity or letting it sit out a bit! MA how nice KA stands behind their products! EG, hang around a while... ya never know what the crazykitchen will throw at ya! (one entry, I was an ancient "foot locker!" LOL) Handful, recently treated crazycook to a KA stand mixer and love it! Maguy, I'll look into it for sure!
Mar. 8, 2011 7:44 am
Hubby got me a Ninja food processor thingy last year and it makes perfect snow for margaritas. I use it every time I need ice or food pulverized into tiny particles of yummyness.
Mar. 8, 2011 2:50 pm
If your blender does everything well but the ice, why not get an ice crusher? They aren't that expensive and that may take care of your problem.
Mar. 8, 2011 5:34 pm
Thanks, ladies... just that much MORE to toss around the old noggin, but I certainly will!
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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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