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Absentee CrazyCook... 
Jul. 25, 2012 10:54 pm 
Updated: Jul. 28, 2012 10:38 pm
Apologies for my absence of late, but I'm being faced with some new health issues that have kept me preoccupied, AND out of the kitchen...  Go figure?  Me, not caring about COOKING!!!  Also, sorry for not responding to comments on my last blog, but alas, the "spark" has faded... hopefully only temporarily, as I might just need to focus on the postive facets of my life.

After 4 months of trying to eat a more healthy diet (cholesterol had shot up...) I decided that I must treat myself tonight.  I recently bought some top sirloin steak, but have been trying to avoid beef for a while.  I pulled out all of the stops, I guess.  A thick piece of sirloin, cooked (a little bit more than I'd wanted,) about med/well - I was shooting for medium or med/rare...  Baked potato with butter (yes, real butter!) sour cream, and a tossed salad doused in blue cheese dressing.  Despite being a bit overdone, my teeth loved sinking themselves into that succulent meat, treasuring every bite.  I do believe that it had been more than 6 months since I actually sat down to a steak.  Into the weekend, it will have to be back to chicken and pork!  Thankfully, I'm enjoying the wok, and have become rather adventurous with the dishes I've been making.

So, short as this has been, I felt the need to stop in and let you know that I've not fallen off the planet, just needing some time to process my recent information overload, though, the lips of the professionals seem sealed tight, offering little to no "opinions."  The wheels of the medical community turn so painfully slow...  Forgive me if I'm not quite as "chatty" as I've been for the past year plus, but for now, I'm doing my best not to jump to the "worst case scenario," and stick with "best case."

Be well, friends, and try to be crazy on my behalf, should I go AWOL again, lol!
Jul. 26, 2012 2:09 am
good morning Stevie, i am so glad to see you here, so sorry you are not well,hope it's something that you can recover quickly from,i have been worried about my crazy little friend,email me if you want to,i would love to hear from you,take care of your self my friend,Judy
Jul. 26, 2012 5:11 am
I, as well, I have wondered what was up causing you to be absent. Sorry to hear it's a medical problem. Hope you are on the road to recovery!
Jul. 26, 2012 10:59 am
Ah, Stevie I was wondering too. Getting older has its perks, but also has some drawbacks. I hope you get answers soon. If you want to chat it out you can email me BigShotsMom@Yahoo.com, meantime just take it a day at a time.
Jul. 26, 2012 1:51 pm
I had a Gyro today for lunch, dam that was good. It Was A Well balanced meal (Veggies, Yogurt, Meat, Bread). My cholesterol is under control with Fish oil for the past 4 years, before that I was on every cholesterol med known to man I think. I do eat more fish and chicken now days also.
Jul. 26, 2012 2:06 pm
My Dad Likes Sirloin, And What They Call London Broil In New Jersey. I think it is too tough. I use to buy T-bone or new york strip, but now I normally only buy Rib-eye. I may buy some chuck stake in my future to make hamburger and not buy the always tainted and contaminated hamburger from the store.
Jul. 26, 2012 2:06 pm
stake = Steak
Jul. 26, 2012 2:37 pm
Hi Judy! Glad you're still keeping an eye on me... lol! Will try to hang around a little more. Still "crazy," but now a concerned worried mess too! Be well friend, I'll share with you soon!
Jul. 26, 2012 2:39 pm
Cat, it will be another 10 days before my doc can see me (dentist found "something...") From there? Guess I'm still at the bottom of the hill! Be well, and thanks!
Jul. 26, 2012 2:42 pm
BigShotsMom, guess "older" means one foot on a banana peel! Seems that mid-life is tossing me some EXTRA issues to deal with... Hopefully "best case" will be the case, and I'll be back to (my) normal soon! be well! and thanks.
Jul. 26, 2012 2:47 pm
King, I LOVE a good Gyro.... in fact have some yogurt/cucumber sauce in the frige (if it's not gone off yet!) Do you make your own meat? I'd love to know what you use! I too used to buy London Broil once in a while, but got tired of tossing out the l/o's cuz the meat was impossible to chew! I like sirloin off the grill, in stew or stroganoff... just about any way. Be well!
Jul. 26, 2012 3:32 pm
> "I'd love to know what you use!" No I bought this from a A Greek restaurant when I was at work today, But I do make them from time to time. I have Made them with lamb, beef and a Mix of both. What I did was have the meat ground, and then I used a Beef jerky press to make it look like strips as if it was cut off of a tall vertical spit. I made the cucumber sauce from cucumbers from my garden, and Yogurt, etc... I really should write up a recipe for it next time I make one. My wife Love's the way I make it because I also include feta in the tzatziki sauce along with it sprinkled on the Lettuce.
Jul. 26, 2012 7:18 pm
Your dentist? And I was so excited to share my blackberry blog with you but then you were absent and I wondered what was up. I do hope you will be on the mend. 10 days great! :{, hope you aren't in any serious pain!
Jul. 27, 2012 6:13 am
Hello Stevie! I hope you get better soon and will be back to blogging. I have been busy with many things this summer and have not blogged much myself. Be well, my friend.
Jul. 27, 2012 8:33 am
Dentists and optomotrists often find medical conditions that need follow up with a medical doctor. My dentist also has her staff take her patient's blood pressure as part of the appt. Good idea I think. Good for you to do your follow up, best of luck, one day at a time.
Jul. 27, 2012 2:18 pm
Cat, yes it was the dentist... well the hygenist, actually. Wish to "h" that somebody would make a "GUESS" as the waiting is killing me.... Loved your blog, btw, thanks for sharing! be well :)
Jul. 27, 2012 2:20 pm
Lela, guess that I've "dealt" with the misgivings I was experiencing at first... so "I'm Back!" Took some time to process info, and get my head past the "what if?" thing!
Jul. 27, 2012 2:23 pm
Covergirl, with having to see a doc every 3 mths for almost 25yrs, and having been married to a nurse, guess I understand the importance of "taking care" of things... be well!
Jul. 28, 2012 4:59 am
I'm glad you liked it and stopped in for a read. I enjoyed sharing the story with you. Sending positive thoughts your way!
Jul. 28, 2012 12:27 pm
Stevie, so good to hear from you and I so hope things turn out well for you physically! You will be in my prayers!....Ginny
Jul. 28, 2012 10:38 pm
Ginny, thanks for your well-wishes! I'm chock full of support here! Best give an update, I guess... 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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