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Used to be "the yellow pages" 
Aug. 9, 2012 12:43 am 
Updated: Aug. 15, 2012 5:42 pm
Many a year ago, when "ma bell" was the only choice, party lines were common, and long before home pc's and cell phones, the phrase used to be, "let your finger's do the walkin through the yellow pages."  While I'm trailing along many years behind technology, I am no longer in the "dark ages!"  I do have a cell phone, which I would get rid of, but I enjoy the knowledge that IF something happens with the car, I'm not stranded - that my towing ins. is simply a phone call away, and I can indeed call a friend for a "ride."  I have also become computer savvy enough that I can accomplish much of what I'd like to do.... but I'm also "learning new tricks" these days.

Where am I going with this?  "Amazon" has become my new addiction (?)  Well, not quite, but as I hate to "shop" for certain things, and in this heat (we hit 116 today!) the last thing I want to do is hop in the car, run to a store such as "Target," and look to see if I can pick up the item(s) I want.  Enter!  Of late, two cuisinart stainless steel skillets (one with a lid!) and just tonight I placed an order for an iced tea maker, and a kitchen scale (I've wanted for some time to be able to weigh foods as I'm re-packaging for the freezer...) 

The myriad of gadgets and gizmos is simply TOO TEMPTING for a crazycook not to "shop," and eventually purchase.  In my defense, I will state that often I shop (via the internet, not yellow pages!) often for months, or in the case of the stove I purchased 6 mths ago or so, for about 3 years, but then, I wasn't looking at a $24.99 item.... try  multiplying by a couple decimal points.... well, not quite! 

So, I admit it, internet shopping is one of my "downfalls..."  Guess I'd rather pay shipping (often free at Amazon!)  My "passion" of late?  KITCHEN STUFF!  As if I don't have enough junk all over the place!  I really must clear the counters of incidental things...  I did last week clear out one cabinet - which is still empty, but decided my spices/seasonings didn't need to be right beside the stove...  That stemmed from reading that vinegars and oils should be in "a dark, cool, cabinet."  Mine were under a skylight, in a glass fronted pantry cabinet!

So, I may not have a "smart phone," nor do I have an i-pad or whatever they are...  Of semi old school, I have a digi camera, and (stupid) cell phone, and my laptop which has not left the house since I brought it home!  Guess I've all the "technology" I need for "myself..."  Just bring on the "kitchen toys!"  Sort of, anyway... I do draw the line at items that serve only one purpose...  I personally see no need to have a "panini grill," or even a waffle iron...  Where would I store these things most of the time?  Now, you may feel that an iced tea maker is a likely candidate for the "never have" column, but face it... we're in AZ, and both drink iced tea daily, all year long.  Also, I've not had a cup of coffee for probably two months, so the coffee maker may go into hiding until the weather cools down!  I certainly do enjoy a glass of iced tea once I'm up in the morning...! 

So, if you're like CrazyCook, use some "restraint," but that's no reason not to treat yourself once in a while to a kitchen toy... well, or TWO!

Be happy, be healthy, be crazy!  BTW, Julia Child would have turned 100 on Aug 15th...  Quite a tribute to her in today's food section of the paper!
Aug. 9, 2012 1:55 am Cartier Pendant
Aug. 9, 2012 2:28 am
hey stevie, sorry i haven't been here much, darn iron has been running so high & then all the dr. doing testing...oh my i do shop on line too,amazon has a warehouse near me so most of the time i get my stuff next day,i love not having to drive to the mall for stuff, but food stuff i still have to go for, oh stevie did you find out anything about the lump?what it is or what? later friend..judy
Aug. 9, 2012 5:44 am
In the days of mulitple choices for your phone service it is amzing to remember when Ma Bell had a chokehold on the system. LOL! You know, I don't mind one use items provided they are used. For instance, the jerky press. Love it for making perfect homemade jerky and I discovered a use for the sausage making part which will be shown in the next blog :) Stay cool!
Aug. 9, 2012 9:20 am
I hope you enjoy that tea maker and I am glad you got it for yourself. Personally, I have never understood the need for one. I just put two lg. iced tea blend tea bags in a pitcher and I have tea shortly. Is it a time thing, like want it right now?
Aug. 9, 2012 12:15 pm
Have you ever tried My son's been telling me about that, he has found a lot of things there at a third the price. Haven't googled it as yet. He said something about $2 shipping for anything you order. Just an FYI.
Aug. 9, 2012 1:40 pm
I use amazon every week. Since I pay for Amazon Prime I still often click on 1 day shipping, and get charged a small fee. when I stared typing this, I loaded up amazon on another tab and bought something on amazon.
Aug. 9, 2012 1:41 pm
this is what I ordered Items Ordered Price 1 of: TII 212 Broadband Cable TV Lightning Surge Protector [Electronics] Condition: New Sold by: cableTVamps, Inc. (seller profile) $12.59 Amazon Prime: One-Day Shipping is $3.99 per item
Aug. 9, 2012 10:06 pm
Judy, doc's pretty sure that it's just a cyst, but I see an ear/nose/throat specialist on 24th, will know more then! Hope you get yourself sorted out soon! Be well, and "shop till ya drop!"
Aug. 9, 2012 10:07 pm
Cat, don't think that I've ever seen a jerky press... don't eat it anyway really! Will look fwd to hearing about the "sausage" thingy! Be well, friend!
Aug. 9, 2012 10:10 pm
Covergirl, I used to make 1.5 gallons of tea daily using "sun tea jar," till I read how bad it can turn. Boiling water every day now is a bit of a pain, and as iced tea is a daily staple here at Casa de Crazy, thought the tea maker might be a good idea... Be well, friend!
Aug. 9, 2012 10:17 pm
sweet cook, I have indeed used in the past, but of late can't find what I want at a reasonable price... and yes, they do advertise "whole order ships for $2" (or so.) They're supposed to be great for linens, but other items I've seen in stores for the same price. Be well!
Aug. 9, 2012 10:20 pm
Go, King! Between us, maybe we'll make somebody "rich"! Be well, and shop "smart."
Aug. 10, 2012 12:51 am
I heed Alton Brown's advice and have no single use implements in my miniscule kitchen. I do like the idea of an ice tea maker since you make so much. My solution has been to use my coffee pot to brew iced tea. I can make 1/2 gal at a time fairly easily. I swap out the baskets, one for tea and one for coffee. has some amazing offers. I found my sinus medication, which I had been paying $32.00 for 90 pills of CVS brand, on Amazon - Kirkland brand (Costco) 365 pills identical to what I had been buying locally, for $19.99 and shipping was free because I bought something else to take the order over $25.00. I always check there before I buy anything.
Aug. 10, 2012 5:34 am
> "I used to make 1.5 gallons of tea daily using "sun tea jar," till I read how bad it can turn." really? I guess germs?
Aug. 11, 2012 9:42 am
BigShotsMom, it's amazing what a little shopping around can save you! Never thought of otc "meds" at amazon, tho! Be well!
Aug. 11, 2012 9:44 am
King, the old "grey cells" aren't recalling exactly what the issue can be with sun tea, but yes, it can go bad, and make you pretty sick, I guess... I've always been ok, but then my tea jar broke, and others since have all leaked! I've been brewing in an old glass pitcher for years now.... Looking fwd to the new "maker!" Be well!
Aug. 11, 2012 1:13 pm
I'm an Amazon junkie. My very first online purchase was a book from, back when that is all they sold...this would be in 1995. I got their credit card in 2003 and started accumulating the rewards points....3 for every dollar you spend on I am an avid fan of their subscribe and save program which gives you an additional discount and delivers stuff on a regular basis which you have complete control over. I have found many items that I can't find in my local stores. I usually turn to Amazon first when looking for something. Their customer service is excellent as well. I can spend hours in their kitchen outlet section and have gotten some incredible deals there over the years. Nice to know I'm not alone...sometimes I wonder if the postman figures I am part-owner, I get so many packages!
Aug. 11, 2012 4:16 pm
I just looked here is a website, and the issue is bacterial growth
Aug. 11, 2012 9:51 pm
A little info about the sun tea thing. News to me, but interesting and logical. Hope you enjoy your iced tea maker! :)
Aug. 11, 2012 9:52 pm Sorry that wasn't very clear. Let's try again. :)
Aug. 11, 2012 10:59 pm
KATS.... seems that you and King should become friends, lol. Must admit that I've picked up some great deals... or were they? One of my purchases was a new stainless skillet, made by cuisinart - paid only $28 I think.... the thing is HUGE! What was I thinking? 14"... it almost takes up the entire 5 burner cooktop! I have used it, but doubt it will come "out to play" very often! Bought a nice carbon steel wok (same order,) and later a 12" skillet w/lid, matching the large one. Now waiting my next delivery.... Be well, and thanks for sharing with us!
Aug. 11, 2012 11:01 pm
King, thanks for the info... you're always so good at researching such things! I'll check it out, though it's a moot point now! Be well!
Aug. 11, 2012 11:05 pm
Tasha, haven't made (or had any) coffee for 2-3 weeks now, so coffee maker may be replaced with tea maker! Thanks for sharing the link... be well!
Aug. 12, 2012 10:01 am
I love, amazon, and Shipping at overstock is always 2.95 or less for every order (I just got a new mattress last week at a steal, and the shipping was even free!), and I believe is free with a $25+ purchase. Great selections and prices.
Aug. 12, 2012 10:48 pm
Lissa, thanks for sharing! I've never heard of, so might be somewhere else for me to "let my fingers do the walking" and order, rather than running out in ..... today was 115 here - uggh! Be well
Aug. 13, 2012 12:39 pm
Oh, yes, I remember those party lines and the days when you couldn't live without the yellow pages! I love amazon, too! But I haven't looked at their kitchen stuff...know myself too well there. I'd end up buying waaaaaayyy too much! It's just so much easier to click to add to cart than to get in the car and drive somewhere to pick it up, too! : ) Hope you enjoy your iced tea maker!
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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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