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How FUN is that? 
Feb. 28, 2012 7:43 pm 
Updated: Feb. 29, 2012 7:22 pm
I've got a few snaps I downloaded to share, some lettuces that have been growing indoors all winter, orther seeds planted only this week or so, and some cuke plants...  I wasn't sure if any of these seeds would germinate, as I left them out in the rain, bringing in soggy wet pkg's of seeds, hoping that all would not be lost!  Perhaps it's dad embedded in my being, but even at $2 a pkg for seeds, I hate the thought of losing any of them...  Dad survived the "great depression," and of course in those days, absolutely nothing was wasted, if there was the slightest use left! 
Guess the shot of the cuke plants is pretty poor, there are actually 6 babies in the 4 planters!  I can forcast that I'll be making pickles at some point!

Upon returning from the grocery today, I decided to try something else, for the first time...  I had picked up a 7 bone chuck roast, which I decided to prepare for dinner.  Now I had time to make pot roast as I've done before, but "How FUN is that?" 

Since getting my pressure canner in December, I've used it three times, to can foods.  I decided that as recipes came with it for "cooking," I'd attempt to pressure cook the meat!  Talk about a moist, melt in your mouth cut of crummy meat!  It did dry out a bit, as I had to keep it warm in the oven for an hour, but hey, how did I know how much time to allow?  Still, I was not disappointed at all!

Just for fun, in my "spare" time this afternoon, I made a batch of "Mmmmmm... Brownies...."  Totally a no fail recipe!<   Heed the warning - do NOT over bake!  Word to the wise, a single batch won't last long at all!

I've reserved the broth, and the bones, adding the latter to a bag I've been keeping in the freezer.  Tomorrow, I might just make and can beef broth!  I'll have to see just how energetic I am... I do have a few errands, and a number of phone calls to make, that I'd prefer not to!  (But then, there's always Thursday for that stuff!) 

I'm also in hopes of baking some sandwich rolls tomorrow, but I'll have to admit that they are not a priority.  Regardless... I feel a CrazyKitchen day coming on....

So, all... be happy, be healthy, cook crazy!
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Feb. 28, 2012 8:34 pm
Fresh veggies in winter...what a joy! You are lucky!!! I have embraced the use of the pressure cooker! I believe when cooking a protein it is 1/3 of the time it would be if you cooked it in the oven. The beauty is you can check the meat and put it back on if it isn't done!!! Homemade beef stock is a joy...a bit of work...but a joy! and baking to boot??? you are ambitious! let us know how it turns out! Thanks for sharing!!!
Feb. 28, 2012 11:18 pm
p and q... My lettuce looks pretty lame, and there are only a few leaves... Have never used a pressure cooker before, so new territory! As for baking AND canning... will have to wait and see! I'm "crazycook" for a reason, but I do run out of "steam" as it were! Be well!
Feb. 29, 2012 6:08 am
Stevie, you are growing my favorite-a salad garden. I love cucumbers and lettuce. Nice blog!
Feb. 29, 2012 11:22 am
wow Stevie you have a great garden started...and some left from last nice,yes keep us updated & more pic's as they get bigger...wish you had a small greenhouse in your yard so you can control the heat ...later friend ....Judy
Feb. 29, 2012 12:14 pm
What a great idea, I never though of trying lettuce inside. Now, of course, I must. I did bring my Thai basil and rosemary inside for the winter, the main basil plant didn't make it, but I had a lot of cuttings that seem to be hanging on and the rosemary may take over the window before it goes back out side.
Feb. 29, 2012 7:12 pm
Lela... I'm in hopes of canning pickles when the cuke's are ready. I am enjoying what little bit of lettuce I have, but most has been given to me! Terry just picked a bunch that seeded itself from last year! How FUN is that?
Feb. 29, 2012 7:14 pm
Judy... you have an idea, but then, when it's 115 degrees, I doubt that I need a greenhouse... lol! So, my leaves and cuke seedlings are in my sitting room in a sunny window! Be well, friend!
Feb. 29, 2012 7:22 pm
BigShotsMom, I guess I'd best take a pic of "my" rosemary bush. Jason planted it for me yrs ago, out in our front yard... I'm glad that you could keep some of your herbs though! Be well!
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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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