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Holiday Craziness 
Sep. 3, 2011 11:56 pm 
Updated: Sep. 6, 2011 11:03 am
As the withcing hour approaches, I thought I'd best pop in for a short version of my Saturday...  I realize that this is day 1 of the 3 day weekend, but as we have no plans at all - that I'm aware of... and finding that I had the house to myself for a few hours, the crazykitchen beckoned.

I began with a batch of refrigerator roll dough.  Once it was set aside to do it's thing, I set about the meat for WC burgers.  By slightly adjusting the proceedure, that portion ran smooth as silk! 

I thus far always seem to miss the boat by a few seconds, or something, when it comes to baking bread...  The doz. that emerged from the oven were fine... but there's "something" about them...  While they are quite airy, they're at the same time somewhat dense, or doughy.  Well, I've never claimed to be a breadmaker!  Perhaps with time and practice, I'll be able to sort things out, or at least produce what I will triumphantly announce - WONDERFUL!  Perhaps time to ditch that cookbook, and try some other recipes!

My next order of business was to make a batch of Hot Fudge Sauce to douse over the super cheap ice cream I recently bought. 

When it all came together, as we were ready, it was yummilicious start to end!

Once the meal was over, I folded up as a tire loosing air...  I'd not slept well Fri night, and per my usual, ran full tilt all day - for me anyway!  After catching my chin wanting to hit my chest a few times, I relented, stretched out, and relaxed...  May well have dozed off, but the nice thing for me with this type of catnap is that I still hear much of the audio of the tv... or I think I do!  30 mins seemed to help immensely, so off I went again!

I was quite pleased this afternoon while searching for SOMETHING on the idiot box that I'd not seen 5 times in the past two weeks, when totally by accident I discovered a movie running from 10pm till 12:30am, titled "The Thomas Crown Affair."  Of late, Ive caught the end a number of times, but this time I would have the privilege of seeing the entire show.  Now 45 mins from the end, I'm enjoying it as much as the first time!  I've also not been overly distracted this time around, which of course helps!

Tomorrow, I believe pork chops, corn on the cob, and perhaps a tossed salad rather than spuds or rice...  I doubt there will be any argument regardless... I'm also hoping to freeze some of the burgers, thinking toss into micro, and have a yummy snack now and then!

So all,
Be healthy, be happy, be crazy!  Enjoy your weekend!
Sep. 4, 2011 10:06 am
In my opinion, the secret to light, fluffy rolls and bread is to do a second rise before you shape for the final rise - 3 total. I have no idea why, but even heavy whole wheat bakes up lighter and fluffier.
Sep. 4, 2011 12:12 pm
Interesting, BSM, I'll make a note to try that! Thanks!
Sep. 5, 2011 2:35 pm
BSM, good recommendation. Glad you had a successful day, Steve. BTW, did you read my suggestions re. Mom's 90th?
Sep. 6, 2011 11:03 am
Stevie, I'm tried just reading about all that, LOL! Steve's got a bunch of classic B horror movies from the 50's on our Netflix queue. Might be time for one of those. They're a riot! Especially love seeing all those great actors in their early days.
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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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