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psychotic reality 
Jun. 13, 2011 11:08 pm 
Updated: Jun. 14, 2011 2:06 am
CrazyCook did indeed prepare extremely generic meatballs yesterday, and served a beer can chicken for dinner... sadly, after two hours on a low (indirect) grill, it still didn't seem completely cooked.  J had an interview again this morning... I certainly could NOT afford giving him food poisening...  Thus, last minute, I tossed some of the bird into the micro for a few minutes... not my fav thing to do, but... 

Most of the meatballs I've put in the freezer, simply for whenever I get a whim, but left a few out as I'm craving a meatball sandwich at some point soon.  I've also taken the time to jot down a "meal plan" for this week, to perhaps pull a container or two out of the freezer, and use the contents to prepare more than one meal.  This evening we had porcupine meatballs, made fresh today with 1/2 of a 1 lb pkg of burger and frozen/thawed rice.  Down the road, I will (hopefully) use the remaining rice for stuffed peppers... which I've thawed out some cooked/frozen breakfast sausage to add to the other half of the burger... 

CRAZYCOOK is on a couple of missions...  First, it's time to use up some of what has been frozen and forgotten.  Next, I've made a list of what I have in the freezers (in general) to assist me in preparing meals from "previously prepared" in hopes that I toss much less into the trash each week...  Times as they are, it certainly won't hurt to use some of this stuff rather than prepare/buy MORE stuff!  Unfortunately, I still have two large containers frozen of multi bean soup... not quite the time of year - a light just came on!  Red beans and rice a la crazycook?  Could it work?  They are both stacked atop an equally large container of meaty marinara... but that definately won't go to waste! 

I thawed out a container of lump crab meat that I bought some time ago and froze... it's in the frige for days now, so I guess it's time to use it!  I LOVE crabmeat, but frankly have no idea what to do with it...  Out will come a multitude of cookbooks, I guess.  I could see it in an alfredo sauce over pasta... but the boss won't eat parmesan (or ANY stinky cheese!)  Also, the crab is not on my "list," so unless I remember that I must prepare it, I guess it'll feed the trash at some point!

I'm also a mess right now with about a dozen lists going... one for here, another for that...  If I didn't know better, I'd fear that obsessive/compulsive might be an issue...  I'll settle for psychotic for the time being!  I'm figuring that "my" world might not be quite the same as most...  REALITY can bite it at times, so perhaps being a little "twisted" isn't such a bad thing!  (Reminds me, I have to tape the list to the freezer door!) 

In case you've been following me at all, I've still got a pile of recipes needing organizing... clippings, notes, recommendations from friends.  I'm guessing that it may take a year or so to get all of THAT mess cleaned up! 

Now I've decided that I want to re-paint the sitting room... which I did only recently (and have yet to FINISH!)  Well, guess better to redo "part done" over "done!"  If I could claim manic/depressive, at least I'd have an excuse... but alas, I'm thinking that my reality might just be a little psychotic?  The term "twisted" works for me, but then I'm not  a medical person... only a NUT! 

So, all, I LOVE when you leave a comment... if I've posted a whacky  blog, I always get a few chuckles from your responses!  Hopefully, you get a chuckle from the post!  Sometimes, nobody stops to say hi, and thats ok too.  I won't fret, but seem to be wondering if I'm obsessive/compulsive (doubt it!) manic/depressive (doubt it!)  guess I'm just living in my own little "fog..."  So, I've said it many a time... do right by me and I'll try to do right by you!

Meantime, I'm rethinking the theories of Robin Miller...  Cook once, eat twice.  For years that meant to me leftovers... I'm well on the way to making two different meals from the "first cook!" 

I'm ready to say toodles, but yet another thought just popped into the pea brain... a recent AARP magazine has a number of great articles in it...  Eat tomatoes, they're really good for us!  Eggs aren't as bad for us as they were 10 yrs ago!  Also a heartwrenching article about the hiv/aids community, now that "members of the club" are in their 50's...  A woman was diagnosed while tending to her HIV + stepson... she was apparently infected while she was in college!  Her stepson died...  It took Dr's many years to diagnose her! 

Oh my... didn't mean to bring the tone of this post down, but then "reality" isn't always upbeat, is it?

Be well, friends, be happy, and be crazy... 
Jun. 14, 2011 2:06 am
hey Stevie,always nice reading about your world ...i think we all like reading it because we can matter where we live it's the same ...what do we cook today...keep doing what you do it brings a smile to my face...later friend...judy
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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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