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(Crazy)Kitchen additction! The letter "J" and more 
 
Dec. 27, 2011 3:56 pm 
Updated: Dec. 30, 2011 12:52 pm
Yesterday, I spent the day in the crazykitchen... there was still debris from our "Eve" gathering...  While I was at it, I decided to tackle the remains of a 12lb ham that we'd eaten on only once.  What to do..?  I sliced some, froze some...then tossed the remains into a pot of water.  Collected quite a bit of meat from it, and have at least a half gallon of broth, but still... what to do? 

Today, the "urge" to cook was strong again, so I put on beans I'd soaked overnight, to make a small pot of "ham and beans."  Turns out the new recipe I tried is definately a keeper!  I just checked to see if the beans were done - I'd let them go all day in the slow cooker.  Now, I don't know what to do for dinner!  Once this was all "on the go" so to speak, it was a question of what to do next.

"J" as it turns out, is for Jambalaya...  I don't believe I've ever eaten this "southern" fav, but after it had simmered on the stove long enough, I decided that I simply MUST have cornbread to go with it...  Said and done!  Now I just need to wait till I'm hungery enough to dive into a bowl, but then, which do I want?  When seasoning the jambalaya I was very timid with the seasoning... I'm a hopeless wimp when it comes to "heat," but let me tell ya, as it was cooking it smelled simply deliciouso!  When checking to see if the rice had cooked, I got only the slightest hint of "heat" so, wimp that I am, may just have to add some "hot sauce" to it! 

I really would have thought that after the efforts I put into "pre" holiday baking, and the major load of the "eve" goodies, that I'd run from the kitchen screaming, and go on strike for a week (at least!)  Totally the opposite, however, I'm putting off much needed chores and errands to stay home, AND COOK!  What do I think I'm going to do with all this stuff?  I've half of a stock pot of broth to freeze from the ham, a good sized batch of the jambalaya, AND the darned beans...  The thought has crossed my mind though, that I might just be able to can some of each in my new pressure canner!  It wouldn't be a hateful thing, after all, to be able to open a jar of homemade soup when the urge hits!  I may just have to look into this for tomorrow... but I really MUST run to the grocery also, that or begin feeding the dogs sirloin steak for their lunch!  Sorry boys... guess I'll just have to run to the corner market real quick in the morning.

Meanwhile, I've got leftovers for J when he gets home this evening, and I have every intention of savoring a bowl of soup... the jambalaya most likely, but then, I really do like ham & beans too!  Maybe tomorrow, I'll be able to:
be happy, be healthy, and more sane than my norm!  Be well, all~
 
Comments
Dec. 27, 2011 4:46 pm
I have never had Jambalaya.
 
Dec. 27, 2011 5:00 pm
I love this Blog! Just a typical day in the life of a crazy kitchen! You are such a southerner... Jumbalaya screams cornbread!!!!!and I remember the last time you went for dog food.... ! Be well Stevie and Happy New Year!
 
Dec. 27, 2011 5:03 pm
King, I'll let you know what the final decision is, for sure! Lot's of variations, I found a recipe that called only for stuff I had here in the crazypantry! Be well!
 
Dec. 27, 2011 5:05 pm
Terry, can't claim being "southern" since I was raised in MI, but to me, the soup "SCREAMED" for cornbread to dip! Are you comparing my efforts to canned dog food? lol! Happy NY to you too! Be well, and be safe!
 
Dec. 27, 2011 6:25 pm
Stevie, I thought the same as Terry that you were sounding like a southern cook with Cornbread, Jambayla and beans! Beans scream for cornbread too in my kitchen! Keep on cooking crazy! Love your blog.....Ginny
 
Dec. 27, 2011 7:05 pm
Ginny, we ended up eating beans/cornbread for dinner... OMG! A little slice of heaven in a bowl! Guess jambalaya will be lunch tomorrow, probably better after sitting overnight! lol! Be well, friend - it's good to hear from you!
 
Dec. 27, 2011 7:37 pm
Funny how people are so different! I never think of cornbread when having jambalaya. Bean soup and cornbread ~YES. I don't guess I eat any bread with my jambalaya. Maybe that will be my NYE dinner! Enjoy!
 
Dec. 27, 2011 7:43 pm
Shannon.... what do I know? I just thought it sounded good... of course crusty bread would work for me too! be well!
 
Dec. 27, 2011 7:55 pm
Crusty bread with garlic! lol Now you're talking!
 
Dec. 28, 2011 8:58 am
I wish All recipes could have a ban on spammers mostly "LazyCash5.com" Every day the jerk posts in the blogs. you would think they could not allow any post for that website.
 
Amanda 
Dec. 28, 2011 9:50 am
Jambalya would not be complete with out cornbread. Nor would bean soup. Stevie, I think we should make you an honorary Cajun for at least a few days. :) And now I think I'm going to take some leftover smoked turkey and make my own pot of jambalya... or gumbo.
 
Dec. 28, 2011 11:17 am
Thanks, Amanda... I'm honored having been raised Norhtern/English, dad child of a farmer, mom British... Don't think I'd ever heard of "cajun" till I was 20something, lol! Be well!
 
Dec. 28, 2011 11:21 am
King, you're right about the spammer folk... Have you ever tried where it says "ban this user" ? Wonder what affect that would have on ALL of THEM... Personally I don't care to read the "carp" they post! Be well, friend!
 
Dec. 28, 2011 2:17 pm
Jambalya is one of my favorite dishes! I haven't made it in a long time, but now you have me thinking. Thanks.
 
Dec. 28, 2011 2:45 pm
> "Have you ever tried where it says "ban this user" that just removes it from your blog, it does not effect the other blogs.
 
Lela 
Dec. 28, 2011 3:47 pm
My husband would love cornbread with Jambalya. Nice blog. It was like I was reading your mind! l loved it!
 
Dec. 28, 2011 5:39 pm
BSM and Lela... wish I'd had some shrimp - I used only chicke and sausage (what I had on hand...) Was going to have some for lunch... guess that'll be tomorrow's topic! Be well, both!
 
Dec. 28, 2011 5:41 pm
King, if I've banned that person, and all other "author's" did the same, wouldn't it sorta run these folk off in time? Maybe I don't understand the meaning of "ban this user." Be well!
 
Dec. 28, 2011 6:35 pm
"wouldn't it sorta run these folk off in time?" I think some of the spam is automated, and they just keep changing there name. All recipe Admin does go thru the blogs and delete spam (I have e-mailed them on many occasions).
 
Dec. 28, 2011 7:31 pm
King, sorry... guess I'm kinda missing something here. Maybe best just to ignore it all I suppose! Be well!
 
Dec. 29, 2011 6:49 am
Jambalaya, yumm! I'd take it with or without cornbread or bread :) I haven't had that for years. DH doesn't do stews or soups, doesn't like "heat" either. Have a Happy New Year!
 
Dec. 29, 2011 4:07 pm
Cat, ain't it a bitch when ya HAVE TO cook for somebody else? Had some for lunch, but even I had to spice it up more! Be well!
 
Dec. 30, 2011 12:52 pm
Tell me about it! The DS came home and I finnnnnaaaally got to have French onion soup. Yum!!!! It was even good left over!
 
 
 
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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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