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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Feb. 14, 2012 10:18 pm 
Updated: Feb. 15, 2012 8:25 pm
Being the old poop that I am, "romance" left my lifestyle so many years ago, that on the rare occasion I attempt to create some semblence of "atmosphere," it goes TOTALLY un-noticed, and I simply crumple up once again, chalking up the experience as a total FLOP!

I did make it to the grocery today, to beat the end of the current advertised items, and surprisingly only spent $38, saving a whopping 53% (which I certainly didn't mind!)  $15 of my bill was one HUGE pork loin...  I normally wouldn't do this, but my mission actually was to purchase one of these, and also a whole top sirloin.  I passed on the sirloin...  There were only two in the meat case, and neither looked that great. 

Best back up a tad, I guess...  While I was having coffee this morning, I decided that a "special meal" was in order, so I thawed out some beef, and set about cutting and prepping it for Stroganoff.  The slowcooker was doing it's job by lunch time.  Good, dinner "ready" short of noodles and veggie. 

Back to the grocery...  First item into my cart was two bundles of the skinniest asparagus I've seen in some time, and at a "reasonable" price.  Then on to gather ingredients for my next soup, which requires ingredients I can't say I often have on hand, like a LEEK!  When I had finally gathered up the items I wished to buy, I was fortunate to be "next in line" at the check out.  The cashier (name of Heather - I always like to address those wearing name tags!)  asked, "are you cooking this evening?"  Well, of course my reply was "yes... ALWAYS!"  Guess I wasn't in the mood to chat about it being a "special" day, despite the number of men leaving the store with bunches of roses, and one woman I ran across a few times with the most interesting plants in her cart!  They appeared to be similar to a gladiola, but with a "ruffly" flower!  I was tempted to get myself one!

On to "the" meal...  The stroganoff was mediocre at best, though tastey... it needed to have a thicker sauce with more sour cream.  However, the asparagus which I served with a "mock" hollandaise sauce was to die for!  I ate here at my computer desk...

The 7lbs + of pig I cut in half, and again, making two "roasts," and sliced the other half into chops.  While I'm low on beef, I've certainly got plenty of pork!  A new "ad" tomorrow!  I'm picky about where I'll buy meat... one grocery chain, and one only, with the occasional exception of my "wherehouse" store, which also has a good reputation...

I do so hope that ALL of you who still have a bit of romance in your lives, shared a special meal with that special someone...!

Meanwhile, be happy, be healthy... AND TAKE A DAY OFF! 
Feb. 15, 2012 3:49 am
hello Stevie,sounds like you were here at my house lol...i didn't cook any thing...we snacked ...it was a rain day for rickie so no working for him ,we just sat around, he played in the clay most of the day, then the day finely came to an end...today is a new day,i hope to cook something,maybe make some pizza dough up for one day this week..your roast sound good,i could pull something out of the freezer, maybe pork chops, have a good day Stevie, do something you enjoy, be well my far away friend...Judy
Feb. 15, 2012 8:08 am
I cooked left over rice for dinner, and added some soy sauce.
Feb. 15, 2012 9:45 am
I'd rather mediocre stroganoff than the left overs I had last night. They were good, just tired of eating it after 3 days. But tonight is a new dish, so something to look forward to in the kitchen!
Feb. 15, 2012 11:14 am
I ate leftover pizza in the car for my romantic dinner!
Feb. 15, 2012 3:29 pm
No fancy feast here, either. I had a tuna salad sandwich. At least my bread was homemade.
Feb. 15, 2012 4:10 pm
Judy, good thought for pizza dough! Sounds like you like rickie home about as much I like J's days off! lol!! Be well!
Feb. 15, 2012 4:12 pm
King, I about fell off my chair lol! Surely there was more than rice w/ soy sauce? I'm thinking stir fried veg's and rice and ? some time soon! Maybe a "sweet/sour" something.... Be well!
Feb. 15, 2012 4:13 pm
Amanda, I know what you mean about left overs hanging around so long that they tend to end up... well, "by the wayside..." Hope you enjoyed today's dinner!
Feb. 15, 2012 4:16 pm
Suzanne... I LOVE l/o pizza, but couldn't you have found somewhere to sit at a table, and maybe light a candle for yourself? Guess I'm just too used to "too" much time on my hands, tho I sure seem to stay busy!
Feb. 15, 2012 4:19 pm
BSM.... your dinner was my lunch, tho not on homemade bread, and only half sand. at that! Made some "sandwich rolls" tho that J says turned out great. Guess I'll eat one tonight - I made burger and hot dog type, and we're having dogs tonight! Be well, friend!
Feb. 15, 2012 5:51 pm
Nope, Just left over rice and soy sauce. Tonight I made broccoli and cauliflower, with butter. tomorrow I might have potato chips, and dip.
Feb. 15, 2012 6:12 pm
Chips & Dip work for me! Did ya have any rice left for the broccoli/cauli mix? Regardless, be well, friend!
Feb. 15, 2012 6:26 pm
> "Did ya have any rice left for the broccoli/cauli mix?" no but I was thinking about making some saffron rice to go with it but Sue just wanted the broccoli and cauliflower. by the way I love asparagus too.
Feb. 15, 2012 6:48 pm
Smokin' deal on asparagus this week! .97/lb, and the stalks were very thin and tender... I bought two bunches! We ate half of one! I also have a whole head of cauli to cook up/freeze, or I'll lose half of it! Thanks for the reminder!
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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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