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hmmm, Comfort Food! 
Apr. 9, 2011 11:04 pm 
Updated: Apr. 10, 2011 10:12 pm
When I got up yesterday, it was partly cloudy, and quite windy (for us, at least.)  Of course, silly me had to fling open windows, and the door also, when I let the dogs out.  From the time I put coffee on, until I turned out the last of the lights and fell into bed, all I did was SNEEZE!  That evening we did actually get sprinkled on, but the promised storm arrived today... an nice afternoon rain, light but steady.  I consider this a "good" rain, rather than run off with a heavy downpour.   Light, steady, and long, stands a better chance of soaking in and actually doing some good for the lawn (?) trees, and plantings.  The rains must have cleared the air of the dust and pollen that made me so miserable all of Friday!  I've not had the negative reaction today, other than the ordinary!

"Comfort Food..."  Out came a recently purchased pkg of bacon, eggs, and bread for toast... ummm comfort food...  Now this wasn't served till after noon, but on my schedule, that's more or less "mid morning!"  Once brunch was done, I grabbed a couple of cookbooks, and headed to the sitting room for a while.  Hmmm... comfort food...  Perusing both books, I narrowed it down to either Cornish Pasty's, or Steak and Guiness Pie.  J chose the former, so it was time to clean the crazykitchen a second time, and begin yet another mess!  To my dismay, the recipe I had looked at wanted the meat filling to simmer for over an hour, with the pasty's in the oven another 45 mins!  Crazycook took over, embellished on the recipe adding a few ingredients that it didn't call for... and cut cooking time.  Leave the pan to simmer on a low flame, clean and cut 2 medium red potatoes, toss in olive oil, salt lightly, and into the preheated oven.  Time to assemble, I made 3 entrees from a single (store bought) pastry round.  Taste test the meat again...  UMMM, comfort food - delectable!  Pop those into the oven.

The lemon sherbet had finally frozen solid, but should still be beaten in the mixer... too hard to chop into "small pieces" first, I passed on that for the time being... maybe a chore for Sunday!  What little I was able to deal with, I put in a small container to firm back up... must try that soon!  Tonight, perhaps not, but as I was messing with it, another taste test, and I decided that this would probably make a delectable margarita!  Again, perhaps tomorrow, whilst working with the mixer... afterall, the sun should shine with a hi of around 70F. 

So, friends, till next time, be happy, be healthy, and cook crazy!  Oh, and pass the pitcher!
Apr. 10, 2011 5:14 am
Comfort food - love it! Also love your idea of the lemon margarita...
Apr. 10, 2011 6:38 am
Going to the mid 60's here tomorrow. Sherbet sounds like it should be on the menu!
Apr. 10, 2011 7:54 am
hey Stevie, all sounds good, i can almost taste the lemon have been really warm here...85 today... yap we are having pollen here big time ttyl judy
Apr. 10, 2011 1:53 pm
Hmmm, lemon sherbert has been on my mind too, even though we can't seem to get out of the high 40s. I find that taking the frozen sherbert out of the freezer into the refrigerator for about an hour loosens it up enough to work in the mixer. It has been very breezy here too and I look like a racoon from my allergies. With all the rain we have had the prediction is for a worse than usual season. Feel well!
Apr. 10, 2011 10:12 pm
Thanks, all... Took sherbet out today and left on the counter for maybe 30mins, then beat the stuffing out of it. Haven't tried it since, but what I have gorged on is total delish! Only reason I ever comment on weather, is seems to move west, to east, so figure I can give a heads up when a "front" passes thru. We were 80, then hi 50's, today back up hi 60's I guess. 80 tomorrow? My kinda weather! Stay tuned...
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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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