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Cook throws in the towel... 
May 13, 2011 1:01 am 
Updated: May 13, 2011 9:21 pm
Time has come for crazycook to just say "to he[[ with it," and let the days unfold as they will...  Tired of being scullery maid, cook, under house maid (all per "Upstairs, Downstairs,")

If I'm the only one who can wipe up spilt choc. milk, bread crumbs...

Sorry, all... just needed to "vent" a minute....  I've used my new coffee grinder twice now (I think..) and have found that the "sleighbell roast" whole beans, make a good cup of coffee... that is, second time around...  With my store bought  can, 3 scoops to "4 cups" of water makes decent coffee, unfortunately, I discovered yesterday, that water/grounds ratio of fresh, makes a pretty weak "cup of tea" as it were.  This morn, I gave it a bit of an extra boost, and totally enjoyed the "sleighbell roast" whole beans.  While I still like my Columbian, I have enjoyed the 2nd pot of fresh ground!  I might say that the "tides" may be turning for me, but a lg can of my usual is about $8, and whole beans are about the same... for a piddly little "pouch." 

I fear, that with the current employment status here at the 'Casa' taking a major change, the day may well soon come that I must watch where every penny goes...  Thus, I don't want to become accustomed to buying whole bean... may have to give up coffee alltogether soon!  ENOUGH!  Continuing won't do my "mood" and good at all!

So, I did go "crazycookin" over the weekend, but alas, one batch became hockey puks in short order, and the other has gone rather "strange" already...

So, I cannot at this time say where crazycook will be next week, but as of this moment, I'm tempted to throw in the towel and be done with it for a while!

Ok, back to the coffee grinder thing (thanks for "bearing with me,") I have no idea how to clean it, tho I've been given a couple tidbits from two friends...  I can't say that I've ever had coffee with a hint of cinnamon... but then, isn't there some Europen country who considers that a "specialty?"  Besides, my good friend Deni tells me (often) that she puts either cocoa or cinnamin in the pot before she brews...  Guess any flavor would work, and might allow (me) to buy lesser expensive creamer, if the coffee itself had the "flavor" of the day!  So, I had really planned on getting two grineders, one for my coffee, one for spices, but apparently that's not a NECESSITY... more a what...?  By the way, should I freeze cinnamon sticks?

My "garden" is growing...  I've planted 10 cloves of garlic, all of which have sprouted (to 4" tall) in the last week, the same gal says plant grocery bought ginger... it will grow, and produce - and make a really pretty plant in the meantime...  Soon as I get out and get soil and pots, I'll plant some, in addition to planting green onions - I've learned that they will grow into large white onions...  My lettuces, chives, and basil are doing wonderfully in an east window of the house (indoors!)  I open windows trying to "fool" them into thinking they're outside.  Also have 3 cuke plants sprouted... the first has 4 leaves, the next two just recently germinated with 2 leaves each.  I'm in hopes of growing pickling cukes... don't know why tho! 

Well, without going back to the beginning, and seeing  just what I've written, I think I'll just say "sorry" if I'm not making sense, thanks for any comments (regardless) and...

Be well, be happy, be crazy!
May 13, 2011 2:19 am
hey Stevie,so sorry you have had a bad day, it happens to the best of us, i hope today will be better for you, so glad you like the fresh ground coffee,i enjoy it, i keep my cinnamon sticks in a jar with a tight lid, but the freezer might be better, wow you garden sound so nice, i still have to plant my garlic & thanks for the ginger tip, i will get some planted ,well friend just do the best you can & don't sweat the rest, ttyl ...judy
May 13, 2011 5:00 pm
I just have to say ditto! We all have those days! Neice graduated UGA today... Long travel to spend time with family... Back home again... sometimes it helps to just breathe and a good cup of Java!
May 13, 2011 6:59 pm
Have you tried the 8'oclock brand of coffee,if it is available in your area. I buy the whole beans at Walmart and Kroger and pay 4.99 at Walmart and I think 5.49 at Kroger.I really enjoy this freshly ground, and a lot less expensive that other major brands. The only cleaning I do to my grinder, is just wipe it out with a paper towel, I have never used any water or soap in it. Also, last summer I ground cayenne peppers in it and thought I would have to buy another one for the coffee, wiped it out good and ground a few beans and threw them away and ground some more, brewed the coffee and tasted fine, no pepper taste.
May 13, 2011 9:21 pm
Thanks all, esp. for the tips... I've seen 8 o'clock coffee somewhere I shop... I'll keep eyes open for it!
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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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