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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Newly Learned Shortcuts... 
 
Jul. 19, 2012 3:13 pm 
Updated: Jul. 24, 2012 12:05 pm
Even before I became a cookin' NUT, I can honestly  say that I rarely purchased food from the "Deli" dept at the grocery.  The occasional roasted chicken, or a tub of potato salad...  I couldn't match the chicken, but I was always disappointed with the pre-made side dishes, preferring my own versions, bringing them home, and then adding what I LIKE!

Though the kitchen heats up like a pizza oven any time I turn on a burner, or oven, I'm still not opposed to making my own.  A month ago, I cooked navy beans, and canned "beans in tomato sauce..."   a  recipe I'd used before, and have come to like very much.  When I stopped at the deli last, I got a bit of a chuckle from the young woman who was filling my order.  She packaged up my 8-piece dark meat fried chicken (4 thighs, and 4 drumsticks) and asked if there was anything else.  I responded, that no, with the l/o baked beans, and cole slaw I had at home, I was wouldn't have to cook that night!

As I've said, I rarely at all during my life, have used the deli, but I've discovered this (now cherished) shortcut...  8 pieces of for $4.99! (on sale, of course!)  I doubt that I could "buy it, and fry it," for that price! 

Tonight, we'll do a second go around on that chicken.  I did put potatoes on to boil (heating up the inferno) but I was craving potato salad.  Pair that with the remaining baked beans, I almost have a crazycook's night off!  The spuds are cooling right now, after which I'll assemble the reamining ingredients that I like in potato salad.  Question is, do I want my chicken hot, or cold?  Guess I'll figure that one out as dinner time nears.

So, for tonight, we're having an indoor picnic, all American favorites (in my opinion.)  Good idea, as the clouds are building for the first time in a number of days.  Could be a sign of another afternoon or evening thunderstorm...  It's simply too darn hot to even think about any outdoor activities, other than dire necessities, that is! 

Despite the heat, be healthy, be happy, cook crazy!
 
Comments
Jul. 19, 2012 4:25 pm
i agree with buying chichen out when it is on sale. publix, our loca grocery store and only in the southeast , has the best fried since all my older folks passed on. i alway's buy their mac salad and always disappointed. i'm beating a dead horse there. they make decent baked beans when i'm lazy, their tater salad stinks...but their fried chicken...oh, yeah!
 
Jul. 19, 2012 5:42 pm
I know a lady :) who makes the BEST Baked beans. I'm just lucky enough she comes to my roundups every year. The other sides I wouldn't buy out, mine are better. Now fried chicken, I so wish I made as well as a restaurant we go to on special occasions. I do love me some fried chicken!
 
Jul. 19, 2012 7:13 pm
> "we're having an indoor picnic" Who Is we're? And B&M Brand has always been my favorite Baked Bean.
 
Jul. 19, 2012 9:40 pm
I'm not a fan of fried chicken, unless it comes from the Colonel and I know that isn't good for me so I only eat it in a blue moon. Macaroni salad is so easy and cheap I would never pay to buy it and potato salad is almost as easy. I haven't had really good baked beans since my MIL passed away and the recipe she left me makes enough to feed 2 or 3 small towns. Oh, well...
 
judy 
Jul. 20, 2012 1:42 am
good morning Stevie, oh my your indoor picnic sounds good,i also buy the chicken sometimes but never the sides, one time i wanted mac & cheese suddenly while at the store so i took some home and it was nasty mush,won't do that again, i will make my own, oh my we are so spoiled to our own good cooking,and ours don't have and junk in it, so i say keep on cooking...later friend...judy
 
judy 
Jul. 24, 2012 12:05 pm
where oh where are you stevie?...lol..you are missing,
 
 
 
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Stevie crazycook

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Lansing, Michigan, USA
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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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