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Crazyness Returns... 
Aug. 11, 2011 1:22 pm 
Updated: Aug. 14, 2011 11:04 am
It's been an interesting few days...  Monday, the crazycook in me came out to play.  I had found a rec. for mock "white castle" burgers (tm) and decided to give it a go.  Now, I may during my one and only trip to St Louis actually eaten one of these delicacies... but I base MY opinion on those delivered via the freezer case at the grocery...  Heaven only knows just what they might do to those poor things!  Regardless, my end result was pretty darn tastey!  I used frozen "dinner roll" dough as a short cut - that and being that all attempts at any type of bread, or even pastry of late, have been down right nasty!  Following the steps for the meat mixture... some time later, the end result was as flavorful as I recall.  It was decided the rec. was "keep-it" not "kick-it" quality.

Tues afternoon, I was expecting a delivery of a new ceiling fan.  Much of that afternoon was dedicated to pulling the dead one off the ceiling.  By 5pm I had accomplished nothing else!  The new fan awaited, in it's box, near at hand.  Quickie dinner #1.

Yesterday, the entire afternoon was spent up and down either the ladder, or tall step stool (which is easier on my poor ancient feet!)  By dinner, the fan was up, including blades.  It seemed that it might not fall to the floor anytime soon... so I headed to the kitchen searching for leftovers.  I had some shredded chicken I'd used for taco's... perfect!  Quickie dinner #2!  Out came that poor abused cast iron skillet I'd talked about until the cows came home, and used it for the first time since I'd seasoned it - or I hoped, I had seasoned.  I was bad, as I left it sit until this morning to clean it, but a splash of veg. oil a flame, and then some kosher salt, have it back to looking brand new!  After dinner, I still had the light kit to install, and the natural light was fading fast!

On the menu for this evening?  I've got some l/o kernal corn and l/o french cut green beans, will have to morph into something  new...  L/o mashed spuds... but loving mashed taters as I do, I imagine I will make fresh to add to the others!  Have thawed out some round steak for the entree.  What to do with it?  I first thought of stroganoff with noodles, but then as I was searching AR for recipes using "round steak," a thought occurred... Chicken Fried Steak!  I'm glad that the skillet is clean and ready to go!  Now, many of you might think of this as only a cool weather meal... but as we get only about 30 "cool" days each year here...  I'm of the thought, "anything goes, anytime!"  Also, spuds will be used, rather than adding noodles to the list of containers in the frige!

With some shredded pork left from slow cooking on the bbq last weekend, I do believe that I'll make some wontons, or eggrolls tomorrow!  It has been a while since I've gone in that direction.  Making my own wrappers is quite a snap using my "pasta press..."  Despite being the crank handle type, short work is made for a crazy fanatic like me, who enjoys "making my own!"  Come to think of it, I've not used the deep fryer for a while either...

So, friends, while there are times I simply have nothing to chat about, in this instance, I just didn't have time to commit...  I had hoped to stop by last evening, but for some reason I was exhausted, to the point of going to bed 2-3 hours earlier than my norm.  While I did get up slightly earlier this morning, I must stress the "slightly."  Meanwhile...

Be happy, be healthy, be crazy!
Aug. 11, 2011 3:46 pm
If you came and fixed my ceiling fan you would see my life really is a day at the beach and then I would cook whatever you wanted (well, almost.) You are sounding much more chipper!
Aug. 11, 2011 4:49 pm
I agree with BSM, Stevie! You have survived the heat in good form! I have the same rule- anything ant time- and it works very well. Take care, friend.
Aug. 11, 2011 6:40 pm
Is that an invite, BSM? I might just be out your way soon (sorta!) As for the heat, Mike, another month probably... or longer. At least once the "humidity" subsides to near nothing, we can shut down a/c and turn on "evap cooler..." Stevie's much happier then! I feel and breathe better! I guess my 10hrs of "sleep" last night helped, but yes, I'm feeling more like my old self ( without additional meds!) Be well, both!
Aug. 12, 2011 2:44 am
oh wow Stevie you do sound better, i think the heat has bit every one, i love those little burgers also,don't know why i never tried making them,it's on my list now....later friend.... Judy
Aug. 12, 2011 1:53 pm
Productive days! I want the burger recipe... please and thank you! I love white castle.. and we don't have any close!
Aug. 12, 2011 10:07 pm
Terry, I attempted to leave you a link... came out all strange, with characters I didn't put in... Go to (no typo!) and search white castle... Have problems? email at, I'll be happy to assist! Makin me want to make 'em again! LOL! Be well!
Aug. 13, 2011 6:15 pm
Thanks my crazy friend... will do!
Aug. 14, 2011 11:04 am
Stevie , I got my recipe! Thanks a ton!
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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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