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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

The little things 
Sep. 2, 2011 10:50 am 
Updated: Sep. 2, 2011 10:11 pm
One may say that I'm crazy... but don't I already claim to be?

This morning, presented me with a most wonderful gift.  Instead of that unrelenting (and at this point,) MISERABLE blazing sun, the skies are covered with some odd gray type of cover...  What do they call those?  Yeah, that's it, CLOUDS!  In the past 30 mins, that brightness has peeked through for a moment at a time, but was once again covered over by the gray stuff. 

Who would have thought that something most would find rather dreary, could give me the shot in the arm that I believe I've been in need of for weeks?  The tribulations of recent events all seemed to sluff off, to crumple on the floor in a heap of waste, to be swept aside and forgotten.  What a joyous feeling this is...  It's 91+ outside, but a cup of steaming coffee seemed somehow more appropriate than the iced glass of same I've been having of late.  Afterall, it was 105 this time yesterday.

Also, despite the heat, the dread of firing up the oven in the crazykitchen is absent for the first time in  and I fear that any and all plans for the day will postponed.  Shall I bake a cake?  Some fresh bread?  How about a "lavish lunch?"  (for now, I think a second cup of java!)

Time, perhaps, to peruse my never ending supply of recipes...  There must be something I've been wanting to make, that I'll have all of the ingredients for...  Come to think of it, I never did make that pan of brownies, or fudge sauce...  What might you bet that I'll spend so much time searching, that I won't have time to "make!"  That sounds like me!

I shall sign off for now...  I will have to share later just what all I did get up to, today!
Be healthy, be happy, be crazy!
Sep. 2, 2011 12:10 pm
What a difference a cloud makes! Sixteen degrees cooler is almost like a whole different season. I had to laugh, I also frequently spend so long searching for the perfect recipe that I have no time to actually use it. Which is probably good or I would just have that much more weight to lose. Happy Baking!
Sep. 2, 2011 12:49 pm
Enjoy the "cool" weather, and happy cooking. Today is my grown daughter's birthday, so I will be baking a "Texas sheet cake" with fudge icing, as per her request, this week-end. We have veggies still blooming, so I appreciate some heat to help them set fruit, aas long as there is AC somewhere!!
Sep. 2, 2011 1:53 pm
Here in Tampa we're right in the middle of the rainy season, and for the past several days, clouds and lower temps seem to be the rule. Steve even turned on the pool heater today, trying to warm it up a bit before the grands show up this afternoon. LOL! Normal pool tamp this time of year is 'bathwater'.
Sep. 2, 2011 10:11 pm
BSM, today was closer to where we should be "heat wise" this time of year! Still approached 110 once the clouds dispersed - but they were wonderful while here! Mamaw,have fun with the cake, and your daughter's b'day! Lucy... it's just too dang HOT despite the reprieve... back to as it's been tomorrow, probably! Bring on our "fall" weather! Be well, friends... more later re: the rest of the day... maybe just not tonight yet!
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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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