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When the catalog arrives 
Mar. 10, 2011 11:35 pm 
Updated: Mar. 16, 2011 3:12 am
I recently perused a catalog I recieve regularly, who's prices are reasonable to ridiculous, and about choked on my coffee!  That's a "must" for every kitchen:  tortilla and flat bread maker!  A mere $79.95 (REG PRICE $104!)  Now, crazycook is all for folks having such appliances, presuming that there is storage, and a "NEED" for such...  Personally, I tend to aim more at 1 gizmo that does 5 things.  Even at that, I'm running out of storage, unless I want to scrap an entire project which will indeed cost me better part of one 3x3 foot storage area...  I digress!  What caught my eye especially, was the "tortilla shell baker..." for those rare times you wish to serve taco salad in a tortilla "bowl," as one might find served in any decent restaurant.  Yet another bargain:  2/ $15.95.  What immediately came to mind was an episode of a food.TV show (forgive, but not recalling any more than the cook, "Ingrid")  She set about preparing "shells" for a luncheon or some such.  Quite simple really.  Take a 15-1/2oz veg. can, remove top, bottom, and label, wash.  Take your tortilla, brush with water to make it pliable, brush with veg. oil, drape it over the top of the can, and bake.  Remove when crisp.  I wonder just how many "cans" I could buy, for that $16? don't forget to add sales tax and shipping!   Ok, now give me grief, I saw the show yrs ago, Ingrid's show I believe is "simply delicioso (sp?)" and her specialty is Cuban cuisine I believe, living in Miami, and her "family" coming from that part of the world.  I don't even need to bet that she directed oven temp, and baking times, but alas... "I slept since then!" 

One item I have been waffling over for many a year now, is a wok.  Difficult to store when not in use, and I'm extremely ignorant when it comes to Asian cooking... NOT that I wouldn't love to learn!  I see that Cost Plus has one on sale this week, carbon steel - $14.99... the one in the CATALOG is $39.95.  Wonder which I would use more often - my stock pot that sees the light of day less than once a year, or a wok?  There really is no contest - the stock pot MUST go!  If I trusted myself, I would do some serious "house cleaning," but in other venues, the more I try to "organize," the worse the mess gets, and the more unlikely I am to find anything I'm looking for! 

So, friends, I guess I might just have run out of babble for the night!  Be well, be happy, be CRAZY!
Mar. 11, 2011 4:12 am
hey stevie, i too love all the things i see on the cooking shows, and have a bunch of them in my kitchen, face it we cooks love all this stuff, but where do we keep it...i think if i had a building out in the back yard i could store some there till i was ready to use it...lol...don't think i will get the extra building...lol...yes i too move things & lose them...ttyl friend...judy
Mar. 11, 2011 7:24 am
Hiya Stevie, of all of that, it's the woks I find most useful. I have two, a large and a small as well as a set of stackable bamboo steamer containers. Yeah, they're a bitch to stow but I won't make a stir fry in anythng else.
Mar. 11, 2011 9:53 am
I love seeing all those kitchen gadgets and wondering who buys them. IA wok is something we have been thinking about getting for the longest time. But the hubby wants to wait till we get a gas oven :)
Mar. 11, 2011 6:22 pm
Thanks guys! I'm wondering if there's a way to hang pans from the ceiling... ON SKY HOOKS lol!! Jen, your hubby has a valid point - I had a wok but found it was useless on elec. stove... Have gas now, but no wok!
Mar. 11, 2011 8:49 pm
Wait a second, I have never had a gas stove. In fact right now I use a solid surface electric stove and I use my wok with impunity. Electric, no problem.
Mar. 11, 2011 9:20 pm
I most certainly stand corrected! Again, I'm a novice re: this cuisine... I must have done something wrong!! Thanks, Rae!
Mar. 11, 2011 10:53 pm
I Hate magazines cuz I want to buy Everything!! Bought a wok at a thrift store, maybe 2 bucks, have a gas stove,used it once, 1 guess where the darn thing is? Yep, the closet! LOL I am not a good Chinese cook so I go to my favorite Chinese joint and it is just Right:) I am a gadget fan as any good foody should be, I just have a bit of self control. Right now I am hunting for a new toaster, They want $$30-40 for a new on and have been hunting at the GoodWill. I found a new one for $20 and could not bring myself to buy it cuz I knew that one cost the same at Walmart, it made me mad since I know they got it as a donation. I hate feeling ripped off! Thanks for an interesting blog.
Lee B 
Mar. 16, 2011 3:12 am
LOL! Just helped my oldest daughter unpack her kitchen boxes this past weekend as she moved back to OHIO from MI. I have saved my stock pot lid for over two years since the family move...I couldn't find the pot all this time.Guess what I found in one of HER boxes?? Yes...you guessed it correctly! My stock pot!! I have missed that thing so badly! And the wok I had, I never used.Gave it away,easier to just use a skillet.Best wishes...
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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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