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Things I learned in 2011 
Jan. 4, 2012 10:25 pm 
Updated: Jan. 5, 2012 4:41 pm
Most recently, I learned that while I was convinced most of my life that black eyed peas taste like MUD, that they don't have to - when properly prepared.  Ok, telling me that doesn't help a whole lot, unless you give the a recipe to make them "right!"  The batch I made for Denise's party were definately a hit!  Personally, I had two small bowls!

Next, I've learned that I do indeed like the flavors of cayenne pepper, and red pepper sauce, BUT only in moderation.  There is indeed a big difference between 3 alarm fire, and "taste!"

I've also been working on my "Alphabet Soup" project, and am cooking my way through the alphabet - but all soups.  I'm up to the letter "K" which kind of threw me for a loop.  I'd even consulted 3 friends, but we came up rather dry, with the exception of Kale, or Kohlrabi... that was, until a reader here at AR suggested Knoephla...  I'd never heard of it of course, nor did I find a recipe here at AR (not at the time it was suggested anyway.)  Apparently there are many variations of ingredients, but I did choose a recipe I found on the net, and will be making it shortly.  Thus far, I've printed all of the recipes I've used, and am keeping them in a binder along with my "tentative" list form A thru Z.  I've enjoyed not only trying new soups, but the challenge of finding suitable soups to prepare.  Most have been and will be soups that I've never prepared, and many that I've never even eaten!  Borscht, for instance...  When I did dig into a bowl, I forgot to add the sour cream, but enjoyed it regardless!  There have been some though that I'll never make again, at least without tailoring the ingredients to my personal tastes! 

I've also learned that I can take two or three recipes, pick what sounds best from each, and whip up a dish that is quite appetizing - to me, anyway... 

The most important lesson I've learned this past year... I'm always going to be CrazyCook!  Expect no more, nor any less!  Crazy is, as Crazy does!  My shrink may not agree... but she only knows what I share with her!

Meantime, be well all, be happy, be healthy and be crazy as you want to be!  I hope the New Year treats us all well!
Jan. 5, 2012 3:08 am
Happy New Year to you! I've never heard of that "K" word either. I'm going to have to look it up!
Jan. 5, 2012 5:06 am
Tell your shrink to read your blogs! That would save you an office call or two! I appreciate your alphabet project, Stevie. I live near to Battle Creek and (around here) the letter K can only mean Kellogg so you would need to invent a cereal soup of some kind. Hmmm. How about some Corn Pops Gumbo?
Jan. 5, 2012 8:20 am
Hey Stevie!!! I for one, want a copy of that binder of A-Z soups of yours! I just wanted to wish you a very best of the upcoming year! Happy New Year My Crazy Friend!
Jan. 5, 2012 1:13 pm
Mother Ann, Knoephla (pronounced Nef-la if I'm not mistaken) seems Emily Wisdom told me it's Polish or some such (sorry if I'm mis-stating!) Happy New Year to you also! Be well!
Jan. 5, 2012 1:19 pm
Mike... raised in Lansing, I'm familiar with Battle Creek. Have a tale to share: when ma returned from England with my new born sister, she met a couple on the boat - Either the Queen Mary or Elizabeth, I forget which and the story has changed over the years! Turns out, that the couple invited mom to visit them anytime, as they lived in Battle Creek! It WAS MR & MRS KELLOGG! Honest truth! This would have been about 1952-3. Be well Mike, and Happy New Year!
Jan. 5, 2012 1:21 pm
Terry, CrazyCook wishes you a very Happy New Year! Keep cookin' and keep bloggin'! Be well, friend!
Jan. 5, 2012 3:19 pm
I have a request, if you don't mind. Would you be willing to save any recipes for soup that you find on the web as weblinks in your recipe box? Some of them really sounded good. I have actually heard of "Knoephla" but had no idea how to spell it. And lastly...who is to say what is crazy? If you are as much fun in person as on the blog, then I would call you delightful!
Jan. 5, 2012 4:08 pm
LOL, BSM! Thanks for the compliment... but I'll stick with the "title" of NUTJOB aka CrazyCook! I'll have to work on the "weblink" thing... never did learn how to copy/paste so will do what I can! Worst case, for those I've already made, I could literally type out the recipe! Regardless, I'll be sure to find a way, and get started on it for ya'll! Be well!
Jan. 5, 2012 4:41 pm
BSM, just for so, I took a look at my binder, and thus far I've used only recipes I've found here at AR, or from one of my cookbooks. I'll be in touch!
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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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