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At a Loss for Words... 
Jun. 8, 2011 9:46 pm 
Updated: Jun. 9, 2011 8:31 pm
I began this post over an hour ago, but alas, I was not happy with the direction it took.  Had a pretty "snappy" title, but a comment left last blog has haunted me since... which of course, brought to mind all of the natural disasters that have hit not only this country, but the globe in general of late.

The weather here in the US has me totally baffled.  Snow in the midwest "long" after it should have been snowing... tornadoes all across the midsection... floods hovering only a heartbeat away...  When I heard yesterday on the news, that the high temp here in Phoenix was 95, I figured, ok... that goes with the territory.  BUT, when I heard that the high in Chicago was 102, I was dumbfounded!  Since when did the midwest become a "hotter spot" than the AZ desert?  Wild fires in AZ are not unheard of, but are currently burning to the point that folks are having to evacuate their homes... not the first time, but...  Looking at the "big picture," things become even more gruesome, what with tidal waves, hurricanes... where will it end?

I was all set to do a "wha wha" blog about my personal problems, but as I've said, reality has been haunting me!  CrazyCook is in hopes that ALL of the AllRecipe community are safe and sound!  I'm sure that some of you have been affected by the weather, tornadoes, fires, or simply the HEAT!  My best wishes to all!  My problems seem miniscule in comparison!  Share with your friends here, that I've wished all THE BEST to every member!  If you're safe from all harm, I'm happy... if you're at risk or worse, my heart goes out to you!

Tonight, simply be SAFE, and be WELL!

Sorry that there was no food chat... I had a whole train of thought set to go!  It simply was not appropriate right now!
Jun. 9, 2011 4:11 am
I'll join you in the concern for everybody's well being.
Jun. 9, 2011 6:21 am
I heard on the news last night that in all probablility the weather changes are only going to ge worse ovr the next 20 years. Colder winters and hotter summers. The the cold will cause more snow which will cause more floods when it melts in the spring and the heat will caus more wild fires to destroy more forest and other things.
Jun. 9, 2011 7:14 am
Very thoughtful and nicely put. I share your message and wonder what is really going on. I chalked my concerns up to everything else going on in my life -just an old lady being an old lady. Take care and thanks for sharing.
Jun. 9, 2011 5:11 pm
Weather here in Wisconsin has been crazy. It has been a cold and cloudy spring. However in the past week we had 3 days of temps over 95*. Last night we had really bad wind and lightening and rain and today the high was 65*. Not supposed to be over 70* for the next 4 -5 days. Baffling!!
Jun. 9, 2011 6:17 pm
I read that we are in an el Nina weather pattern as opposed to an el Nino like we had in the 90s. The air currents over the Pacific have something to do with it. I share your good wishes for everyone to be safe. - Nice blog, Stevie
Jun. 9, 2011 8:31 pm
thanks, all for the support! Don't know why my head "went" that way last night... Maybe I'll croak before things get too darn whacky! Bad enough as it is! Happy to share... not always food stuff, but then... Seems that things in UK are equally as odd, according to cousins, anyway. My best (crazy) wishes for well being everywhere!
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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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