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When Hot is Cold 
Nov. 3, 2011 9:27 pm 
Updated: Nov. 25, 2011 7:36 am
The summer has been long and somewhat brutal.  Our front yard mostly killed off by frost last year didn't have a chance to rejuvinate despite weekly waterings (uggh, the water bill!)  Despite, there may still be hope, if our "winter" is a mild one...  The lantana is now showing signs of new growth!

It sounds ludicrous, even to me, but I've been a happy camper since the daytime hi temp began to hover near 90 (what a relief that's been!)  I now hear, presuming that the weather folks are close to correct, that we'll have another day of low 80's, and then drop an amazing 20 degrees!  By the weekend, we should be seeing highs of low 60's... and just might get some rain!  I see in my near future, many an afternoon in the kitchen, with the oven fired up for hours... 

Another attempt at bread making, cookies, brownies - perhaps even a cake!  Then, of course, there's SOUP!  Lots of soup!  Might as well toss a casserole or two into the oven also, as long as I have it on!  Maybe time to thaw out that ham I've had in the freezer for a while...  Baked potatoes with crisp skins, doused heavily with butter and sour cream (with chives, of course!)  Much comfort food, for cooler weather...  Downright cold in my book, but then I get cold when it's 70!  Oohhh and a lasagne!  Been some time since I made one of those!  Guess I'd best start a grocery list, I know I don't have any Italian sausage in the freezer...  And garlic bread...  Oh my, I wonder if I can find time to do "chores?" 

I guess I'd best be thinking about our annual soiree for Thanksgiving also.  Granted, pot luck is pot luck, but I've always supplied the paper goods and plastics, roasted a turkey, and often make an additional side dish - traditionally, my scalloped corn casserole that I've loved for years, but make only for Thanksgiving! 

After that I'll have to begin my holiday baking.  For years we've taken a "goodie bag" to each of our 5 neighbors.  Usually an assortment of cookies and quick breads.  Also, last year, I tried to "make" gifts for some of our friends, rather than buying tacky little "gag" gifts... you know, the ones that go into the "re-gift" cabinet or drawer.  I have a love/hate relationship with these last two months of the year.  Try as I might, I just get myself all sorts of side tracked, and after exhausting myself time and again, I simply feel that I "need more" of the goodies than I've been able to make.

Well, there's plenty of time for the crazykitchen to come up to full speed...  It's also a matter of making freezer space for the "make ahead" types of things!  (Baking that ham would make a difference!)

Till then, be healthy, be happy, be crazy!
Nov. 4, 2011 3:23 am
wow Stevie,your soup thingy sounds so good, and i am sitting here trying to get in the mood to bake things ahead for thanksgiving,i'm hearing pumpkin rolls & cheesecake...oh my,then after tg I'll start on Xmas stuff, any way i have been enjoying your blogs just haven't been commenting ...be well friend...Judy
Nov. 4, 2011 9:55 am
Judy, great to hear from you! It's 70 (they say!) but overcast and feels down right chilly... pot of soup or bake all day? So much for going to buy flowers to plant... but then... be well, friend!
Nov. 4, 2011 10:07 am
wow Stevie wish i could plant something but it toooooo cool here high today 61...starting to cool on down ,i have had a fire this morning,...later friend
Nov. 4, 2011 10:08 am
oh forgot...it's now 52 here
Nov. 4, 2011 10:45 am
55F here in NC, Near Fayetteville, NC, Good stuff, I like it cold. Would be better if the sun was out however. I was in Arizona some years back, it's a dry heat.
Nov. 4, 2011 11:57 am
King, are you making fun of me? It IS a DRY heat... but regardless, no snow in winter!! (I hate snow/cold!) Be well!
Nov. 4, 2011 12:44 pm
I just remember the line from Alien "Yeah man, but it's a dry heat", I spent many days and nights in the Desert sleeping under the stars. It gets cold at night I know that.
Nov. 4, 2011 12:55 pm
hey Stevie I'm with you on hate the cold i want to be living back in the desert can't wait till i get there...will be so nice to be hot and not cold...take care Stevie
Nov. 4, 2011 1:29 pm
Sounds like we are all hovering right abot 50-60 this week end. I HATE the cold and live in the wrong place, but I do love the other 3 seasons we get. I think I gained 3 lbs just reading your "to make" list. Happy cooking!
Nov. 4, 2011 3:08 pm
Wow Stevie! I love that "to do" list... Those are not only comfort foods to eat but I absolutely find comfort while cooking and baking them! Have fun and please stay crazy my friend!
Nov. 4, 2011 6:16 pm
Nice blog! makes me hungry...! Hope your friends appreciate your thoughtful goodies. (I know I would!)
Nov. 4, 2011 7:08 pm
King, I'm just giving you s$_t... but trust me, I'll take 115 with 40%humidity over 95 w/ 80% any day!When it gets too humid, I have trouble breathing... after 30 yrs out here? Be well, and enjoy your "cold!"
Nov. 4, 2011 7:10 pm
Judy, wish I could help you get here... Let me know if there IS something... We need to become bff's in the same city!
Nov. 4, 2011 7:12 pm
BigShotsMom, sorry you must suffer the cold... and I wish you the best! Would you like me to "chat" SALADS for a few times so you can lose those extra #'s? lol!!
Nov. 4, 2011 7:14 pm
Terry, you're correct... cooking is GREAT therapy! Half the time I don't eat what I make... it's the making it that counts so much! But I really am looking forward to some "crazy days" in the kitchen!
Nov. 4, 2011 7:18 pm
Mamaw, good to hear from you! Yes, I do believe that neighbors/friends appreciate my efforts, but all I'm doing is stuff that they don't really have time to do! Well, and promoting good will amongst us 6 homes on the cul-de-sac! Be well!
Nov. 25, 2011 7:36 am
I have two soup ideas for your soups from A-Z. J--Jambalaya Q--Quadrucci E Piselli and Italian soup "Pasta Squares and Peas in Broth"
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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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