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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Dec. 25, 2011 7:38 pm 
Updated: Dec. 27, 2011 4:53 pm
Thankfully, we were invited out this Christmas day... I made a dish to pass, took some l/o quick breads from last night - and called it GOOD!  Today, I've been exhausted, but managed to keep my eyes open till now!

Last evening, however impromptu, was a huge success...  As it turned out, I had plenty to share between neighbors and close friends alike... and STILL had stuff left to put out for guests.  We sat, chatted, and "noshed" as many would call it, for what seemed hours.  Some of us exchanged gifts... I opted to wait until today to open them, as J and I were doing little for one another this year.  I honestly was surprised not only that I had amassed so many goodies over the past month, but that there were so many left come this morning!  Thus, we still have some goodies to snack on when the mood hits.

Besides the breads and a myriad of cookies, I had made the candies which I liked in particular, but I also made my first ever cheese ball, which I thought was delectable, despite melding two recipes to make one!  This time, I wrote down what went into it immediately, rather than waiting till I have absolutely no CLUE!  lol! 

So, one last hurrah! for 2011... NY's eve and or day.  Denise has chatted about wanting folk in for an afternoon soiree, but time will tell.  She prepared the entire meal today for she, sister Terri, and their mom...  Meanwhile, we found out last night that a friend (close friend of Deni's) had apparently had another stroke... Donna is suffering stage 4 cancer.  I'm suspecting that the outcome of this set back may influence the NY holiday.  I for one, have become an old poop, and am certainly happy to stay home (safe,) on the "eve," and maybe make a brunch as I did today on the first.

Today's was quite yummy actually, a dish often served at school when I lived in the U.K. "egg and bacon tart."  Mine was made more like the ones I recall in those lost data banks of memory... rather than following the recipe to a tee.  In a regular pie pan, atop a store bought pie crust, the pan contained a full pkg of bacon, about 1/2 (maybe 2/3) cup of shredded sharp cheddar, and 4 eggs.  Baked to perfection, though I'd hoped the cheese would be more melty... but what can a crazycook do?  With half of the pie gone, I certainly know what lunch will be tomorrow!  Then I'll have to eat sawdust for 3 mths, to get my cholesterol back in order!

So come tomorrow, it will be back to the normal grind, with the exception of being home alone noon to 6pm.  Time to begin cleaning floors, which have mostly been ignored for months (I hate to admit!)  It is definately time to do more than vacuum the tile with the shop vac!  I think a fresh bucket of mop water per room/area will be called for... yes, they are THAT bad!  Perhaps a room per day, by which time I'll begin over again!

What will the crazykitchen be up to tomorrow?  NOT MUCH I would guess - except for the floor and rugs being cleaned!  Doubt that I'll wash the rugs, but they will surely need a good shake, and then the vacuum!

So, be healthy, be happy, and be crazy... the year's almost over!
Dec. 25, 2011 8:15 pm
Cheese ball recipe... please! Get some rest.... and the cleaning will get done in due time! Still crazy , happy and as healthy as possible! Now that's the recipe for life! Happy New year my Crazy friend!
Marie Williams 
Dec. 26, 2011 5:10 am
help anyone ....does anyone remember the recipe for the (Bisquick) Velvet crumb cake ...I have beeen looking for it but with know luck..the recipe use to be on the Bisquick box in the 60's amd 70's...please help..Marie Williams
Dec. 26, 2011 7:40 am
Dec. 26, 2011 2:41 pm
Happy Holidays Stevie! I'm glad you had a nice Christmas. We too have had missing faces this year, but they were remembered fondly. I need to reintroduce my kitchen floor to a wet mop tomorrow or the kitties may stick to it LOL!
Dec. 26, 2011 8:01 pm
Terry, ran the dishwasher plus 2 sink fulls of stuff, put a ham bone+ meat on to boil for beans... so much for a "day off!" Did you WANT my cheese ball rec? I'll be happy to share! Otherwise, happy, healthy and crazy!
Dec. 26, 2011 8:03 pm
BSM... I'm not so worried about the kitties feet sticking to the floor... what about MY FEET? lol! It's been a great holiday, despite the "gloom," but I'm looking forward to packing it all back up into it's closet... Deni still wants a NY day gathering... I'll enjoy that TOO! Be well, my friend!
Dec. 27, 2011 8:55 am
Stevie I am with you-Holidays are fun but exhausting! Ham and beans sound so good, or even ham and potato soup. Your egg and bacon tart sounds yummy? Do you have the recipe to share?
Dec. 27, 2011 4:53 pm
after Stevie crazycook made split peas a few weeks ago I made green split peas. the bean soup sounds good too, and like Stevie I would recommend soaking the beans in water 24 hours or so, I have never had beans come out right using the Quick cook method. We had turkey for Christmas so today we had elbowed macaroni, turkey and left over turkey gravy (One pan). Not sure what I would name it.
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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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