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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Aug. 30, 2011 9:38 pm 
Updated: Sep. 2, 2011 12:44 pm
I'm guessing that the funk I've been in for a few days now stems from the knowledge that I will have to travel next month...  In and of itself, not too hateful, though I'm certainly comfortable to simply STAY HOME!  It began with a call from sis.

Like it or not, mom turns 90 on Sept 23rd... quite a feat, but she can be somewhat "difficult" to put it politely!  Add to that the repetition of the same (3) stories... OVER, AND OVER...  Then, of course, when she forms an opinion, there's NO changing her mind.  NONE!  Regardless of how utterly ridiculous her notion may be...  Gotta love her...  I will take solace in the fact that sis booked tickets for she and her beau some days ago...  At least, I'll have a little interferance along the way.  I was afraid that sis would get mouthy if I went for less than a week... but she's only in Lansing for two nights!  I was able to book directly into Lansing, thankfully, so my rental car will be used little to none!  I was actually surprised that round trip + car shouldn't be over $500 - those pesky taxes, airport charges and the like!  (Will you require AIR on the flight?) There's also a fee for renting the car "at" the airport...  The only way to rent a car in Lansing, is AT the airport!  (At least, last I knew...) 

I also imagine that Wendy will out do me regardless of what I might do for mom in regards to gifts (other than ME!)  I believe a modest bouquet will suffice, and of course presume that "we" will take mom out for a meal. 

The next question is what to buy for wardrobe...  I haven't owned a pair of slacks that fit for 11 yrs!  My one pair of jeans are apt to drop down to my ankles should I hiccup!  Doubting that I'll have time to mess with it there, I'll check out Costco since I'll need to go soon... but there's always good ol' Target!  Very near Costco, come to think of it!  One trip, two stops... I can do that!

Crazycook's culinary efforts have been boring, bland, and down right disappointing... but until I drop from starvation, I'll not complain...  The other night though, I had cooked some sliced beef in the crock pot for hours, in a simple broth...  Stir fried onion and green bell pepper, topped with some decent cheese on a "roll."  In my mind, a "sandwich" isn't exactly "dinner" fare, but it was flavorful, easy, and filling, with homemade baked beans on the side!  I'm guessing now that I think of it, that soon I must begin freezing l/o's... anything in the frige when I leave, will be furry/green when I get back!

With that, I'll sign off for tonight.  Be healthy, be happy, be crazy!
Aug. 31, 2011 3:03 am
hey Stevie,good to have you back,we have missed you's good that you are going to see your mother, wow 90 that is so nice, wish i could go see my mom, she died when she was just enjoy the time you have with her,i haven't done a lot of cooking with all the heat,and it's really hot there where you are, be well friend....judy
Aug. 31, 2011 5:04 am
Hi Stevie! Happy birthday wishes to your mom from me... my dad turns 80 on that same day. Have a safe trip and don't stress too much. I am such a homebody... I kinda know how you feel!
Aug. 31, 2011 9:08 pm
Thanks both! Judy, I've got 'GOOD' news re the heat here... In about 10 days, our highs should be under 105! Can I handle it? Terry, I now that I shouldn't feel as I do, but mom simply can be not only a handful, but ANNOYING! Still, being the "dutiful son" I'll go... not quite kicking/screaming! My best to your dad, Terry! Be well!
Sep. 2, 2011 12:44 pm
Think about the heat you will be leaving behind, and the beauty of the Lansing area. Breathe deeply, leave the junk behind, and bless your mom with your sweet, loving presence. Honor her with your wit, humor, and patient respect. Both my parents and my in-laws are gone. I wish I had them back, even though there were times when they were "difficult", and tried my patience. I especially miss my mom, who died at age 60, after a 17 year battle with cancer. Tell her how much you love her, while you can. Try finding humor in her annoying idiosyncrasies. She's 90, so I'm sure she has some, but what the heck -- she's earned the right to be annoying!!
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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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