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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Jul. 17, 2011 10:36 pm 
Updated: Jul. 18, 2011 5:42 pm
CrazyCook hasn't been up to much of late, it's simply been TOO HOT to spit!  Forced myself to a grocery today... paid $35, saving $25!  Dawned on me, if I bought one piece of fruit at .77/lb, and they "say" regular price is $110/lb, I guess I've save TONS of money????!  Sorry, the devil's advocate in me kicked in, but seriously, it is all "relative," isn't it?

So, in hopes that you're all well!  We were supposed to hit 111F today, but the only time I looked , it was 107, mom in MI was 83 (with all that humidity!) and Houston was 87 (with ALL THAT HUMIDITY!)  Sorry, I'll stay here, awaiting the fall temps!  In a perfect world, I'd have a cabin up north a couple hours drive to spend the summers, with the oggies, and kitties...  Well, with health issues, I could "feasably" spend 3 wks/month there...  any ideas?

So, cookin'...  We've noshed on pasta salad for near two weeks, potato salad made a few days ago, and yesterday, fresh coleslaw...  Entree's haven't even been cooked daily, but then, despite having moments of halucinations, I've not gone "craycook" since pickling the watermelon rinds, which I've yet to try... REMIND ME to put some in the "cold box," will ya?

I learned a very important lesson this afternoon, before embarking on a trip to the grocery...  DO NOT watch "home improvement" or "do it yourself" programs, unless you have ABSOLUTELY NO projects awaiting completion!  After a couple hours of "back yard make overs..."  Can anyone say, "how do I get lumber delivered?"  NO, NO, NO!  I moved some furniture around, instead!

So, I've little to chat about, really, but as I've not been here for a bit, I thought I'd best let you know that no, I haven't MELTED yet... I simply have done little, and my muse must be otherwise occupied, as I haven't been compelled to tell any tales of the "kitchn witches," or the like!  Must be, that the hotter it gets, the less I have to share...  What I wouldn't give to have one room in the house, for me only (and animals!) that was a good 10 degrees cooler than the rest! 

Till next time, all, be healthy, be happy, be crazy (if you can!)
Jul. 18, 2011 4:25 am
Gotcha, Stevie - this heat is just so oppressive that it's hard to get cooking motivation. Going to be a long week in this weather, coupled with humidity. We are grateful all day long for a/c!!
Jul. 18, 2011 7:03 am
We are supposed to be +90's all week and, as you said, all that humidity makes us steamy. Gardens seem to liking it, though- especially corn.
Jul. 18, 2011 12:52 pm
Come visit the beach. Hight 80s (70% humidity) but a strong breeze off the ocean. We have been eating cold soups and salads mostly, although yesterday I did grill some chicken breasts to have along with the salads. I have to start some bread now so I can bake it late tonight. Stay crazy!
Jul. 18, 2011 5:42 pm
I have to admit, that it seems the weather has joined my on the "crazy" merry-go-round of late! We seem to be about average... but what I'm seeing and hearing, seems the midwest and southern states are all topsy turvy! I grew up in MI with NO AIR CONDITIONING in house or cars... 99F and "wet" in the air... give me the desert any day! At least I don't have to work anymore.... so don't get out in it all that much! Try to be crazy cool!
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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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