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CRAZYCOOK experiments 
Jun. 25, 2012 10:21 pm 
Updated: Jun. 27, 2012 9:59 pm
Saturday's to do list which was ignored Sunday, and this morning, is still unfinished... in fact it seems to be growing, rather than shrinking.  Sunday, I was able to do little more than "use air," as I laid on the sofa back here, trying not to told up totally...

Today, I could have begun work on the list, but my true NEED was to go to that money sucking place called a grocery...  I did NOT want to venture out into 100 & miserable, to go spend $$ that I didn't want to spend, only to have to drag all that stuff into the house, as the afternoon temp escalated!

So, once back at Casa de Crazy, with the bags all brought in and "cold stuff" put into the "cold box," I crumpled, ripping my wet shirt off, and wishing that I could justify sitting in front of the open frige door to cool down - it WAS tempting!

The one item I picked up today that I've never seen before, is a variety of cucumber.  I've purchased Hot House, or English cuke's before (I've seen them advertised both ways,") but I'd never seen "seedless mini cucumbers" before, and as a pkg of 4 (the size of small zucchini,) was the same price as the Hot House, I decided to try them! 

I decided to try a "cucumber salad," one that I thought we both might enjoy.  (J won't eat them in vinegar and sugar.)  After consulting A/R, and a couple cookbooks, I decided just what I would do...  I thinly sliced one of the cucumbers, and cut some sweet onion.  As I went, I sprinkled with some coarse kosher salt, thinking that would enhance the flavors.  At a loss as to how to "dress" the veg's I finally opted for Italian Salad Dressing.  Even after only two hours.... omg!  I do think that I've stumbled upon a "keeper..."  I'm also thinking that the combination could be added to, other veg's like grated carrot or zucchini, and maybe even a splash of hot pepper sauce, to give it a bit more zip.

So, there you have "a day in the life" of a crazy person...  Besides tossing together a late dinner, I've not accomplished much, but with the after affects of a typical summer day... what can I say?  So, if you have fav recipes for a "summer dish," one that might have a cooling affect, like cuke's or lime, I'd love for you to share!  Meanwhile...

be happy, be healthy, cook crazy (if it's not too darn hot!)
Jun. 26, 2012 1:38 pm
Ooooh, I am growing the mini English cukes this year and very happy with them! Just this weekend with AR Buzz advice I pickled zukes with a Claussen Clone Garlic & Spicy recipe I tweaked. I'm waiting to get more cukes to use that recipe on. But my zukes turned out great. Need to do some work outside in the gardens and then I hope to blog my adventures. Stay cool!
Jun. 26, 2012 2:21 pm
I have bought just those cukes and thought they would make wonderful crisp pickles. My latest find at the Farmers Market is Korean cukes. They are longer and thinner with paler skin and very small seeds. I make cold cucumber soup when the weather is too hot and these are perfect for that.
Jun. 26, 2012 8:30 pm
Cat, I'm green with envy! I've tried and tried to grow stuff, but it just burns up in the heat! Friend Deni is growing 'maters - they've begun cooking on the vine! Ah well.... Be well, and enjoy the zukes!
Jun. 26, 2012 8:32 pm
BigShotsMom, enjoy the varieties you've been able to find! Be well!
Jun. 27, 2012 2:08 am
good morning Stevie,your cuke dish sounds so good, i planted two cukes and have so many,guess i'll make pickles, and some form of your dish,rickie don't do cukes in any form, later friend...judy
Jun. 27, 2012 9:59 pm
Good luck, Judy, and good to hear from you! 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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