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Beating The Heat, or Scrambled Eggs? 
Jul. 7, 2012 12:11 am 
Updated: Jul. 10, 2012 6:43 pm
I have absolutely no idea just what is going on in this country this year regarding the weather...  Our utilitly bills have escalated compared to last year, but then I look at the "weather" and see that the entire midwest and south are suffing up to triple digit temps. and are under "heat advisory" conditions.

I guess Marilyn Monroe summed it up pretty well, in the 1954  movie "There's No Business Like Show Business," when she sang "We're Having a Heatwave, A Tropical Heatwave..." 

Despite temps here in Phoenix being 110 to 113, crazycook still insists on turning on burners and even the oven...  Why?  Guess I'm just plain "crazy!"  Got to wondering though, if I take a stainless steel skillet outside, place it on the concrete pavement, and crack an egg...  Would it cook?  Or how 'bout taking the crockpot outside, would it cook a meal in 8 or 10 hours?  Well, I seriously doubt it, but it sure is tempting to try, rather than turn the crazykitchen into an inferno each afternoon!

I did, however, prepare a pitcher of "cocktails" for us this evening, rather than the old stand by of beer...  I found a recipe here for a "Vodka Collins," but was forced (due to ingredients I had on hand,) to improvise.  Rather than lemonade, I made limeade from concentrate, as I had the lime in the freezer.  Add club soda (which was losing it's fizz, darn it!) and a healthy dose of vodka, and what a refreshing drink it turned out to be!  I've known for some time that certain ingredients in any recipe have a "cooling" affect on the body, and lime is one of them, for sure!  Tomorrow, I might just puree some watermelon and make some other concoction, as that's another "cooling" food...

Till next time, be happy, be healthy and stay crazy cool!
Jul. 7, 2012 4:09 am
hey stevie, i bet an egg would cook in that pan, dang it's hot all over,your drink sounds good would you pour me one,lol...oh i bet the watermelon drink would be good to...i have a big watermelon and gin, makers mark, rum,do you think any of those would be good in the watermelon? i might have to try that...later friend...
Jul. 7, 2012 8:54 am
Yup! We have those triple digits going on right now! I went swimming on the 4th and it was too hot for that! Your lime vodka collin sounds great! Mighty tempting to go into the heat to get the ingredients.
Jul. 7, 2012 11:18 am
106 here yesterday! Ugh even in the morning it is HOT! I don't know much about making mixed drinks but when I started the blackberry brandy I had some vodka so I decided to blackberry that. Wow! The vodka tastes amazing. I just wish I knew what else to put with it to make a killer drink! I was wishing for some cold watermelon to eat for lunch as nothing else sounded good. Stay cool!
Jul. 7, 2012 12:31 pm
I remember pranks as a teen. We scooped out some of the flesh of a watermellon and poured in vodka and then ate it and drank the juice, right under out parents noses at a pool party. Also I remember a chaperoned beach party where we had injected vodka into oranges and sat eating our oranges looking innocent. They never knew.
Jul. 7, 2012 2:48 pm
covergirl Funny, Steve I had Egg foo young For Lunch So I Had My Eggs For Today. I Can't Have The Tom Collins But I Am Drinking Lemonade Right Now.
Jul. 7, 2012 3:31 pm
Judy, while I don't drink rum, that might not be bad... all I've ever heard of is vodka... Mostly I stick to a cold beer on a hot afternoon, but the juice sure tasted good too! Be well, friend!
Jul. 7, 2012 3:33 pm
Gosh, Mike,growing up I don't remember it hittin 100 but a few times - maybe only once a year. Course that was shortly after the dinosaurs stopped walking the planet, lol! Be well,and stay cool as ya can!
Jul. 7, 2012 3:37 pm
Cat, this time of year I'm AFRAID to know just how hot it is! 113 yesterday, I think... Be well, and keep cool...
Jul. 7, 2012 4:31 pm
covergirl... shame on you, shame, shame... I was advanced a year in school, so my "buddies" could all buy beer (oops, did I admit that?) Be well!
Jul. 7, 2012 4:36 pm
King, what I've been doing before "happy hour" begins, is mixing cranberry juice with tonic water... I find that very refreshing (and I like the bubbles...) Also drinking iced tea again... try lemonade with a splash of iced tea (was a fav of - I forget, but a well known golfer, I think. Arnold Palmer? ah well) Be well!
Jul. 7, 2012 4:37 pm
I feel so bad for all of you suffering in the 100s. It has even been very hot here (for us) in the mid 90s and so humid even my poor cats have the frizzies. It has been iced tea and iced coffee almost non-stop for the last 3 days. You take care not to get over heated!
Jul. 7, 2012 6:52 pm
An Arnold Palmer is a beverage consisting of 50% iced tea and 50% lemonade named after American golfer Arnold Palmer.
Jul. 7, 2012 8:55 pm
BigShotsMom, as I've said times past, here in the "valley of the sun" we expect high temps... I just think that "it" hit early, and hard, this year! Bless you and the frizzy cats for dealing with the humidity.... I can't BREATHE when it gets bad like that! I've traded iced tea for my morning iced coffee of late... Be well, friend!
Jul. 7, 2012 8:58 pm
King, I always like it when you confirm that my brain isn't "infirm!" I wasn't sure of amts of tea/lemonade, nor was I sure that it was Arnold Palmer... at least I got 'PART' of it right! Thanks! 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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