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Once Upon a Time, 
Sep. 12, 2012 12:11 am 
Updated: Sep. 21, 2012 2:19 am
in a far away land, there was a village haircutter, who had only enough interest in food and cooking, to sustain himself.  The haircutter's routine was most predictable from day to day... work, a meal, sleep, and begin all over again.  Once in a while when the haircutter had a day of his own, he might become adventuresome, and invite a friend or two for a dinner time meal, and he just might make Lasagne.

Preparing this meal would be an all day affair, as the haircutter was not confidant enough to do more than follow the recipe in his tattered old cookbook.  Out would come the measuring cups and spoons, pots and pans...  Water would boil, and meat would simmer until well browned...  Slowly an onion would be chopped, and cheeses sliced or grated.  By the time this masterpiece went into the oven, the haircutter,would be exhausted,  and would nap for a short while until the pan had to come out of the oven.

Over time, the haircutter perfected his recipe to suit his own taste.  He would add a bit of extra this, omit that, and somehow, the villagers soon began to beg to be invited to his home when he made this wonderful meal...

One day, the haircutter shared some of his lasagne with the lady in waiting of the kingdom's Princess.  It so happened that he sent the remainder to the castle, thinking that the royal staff could enjoy some of his food.  Indeed, the staff did enjoy the food, and the King's cook immediately demanded that a messenger be sent to summon the haircutter.  It was with great hesitation that the haircutter put on his best tunic, and climbed into the carriage with the messenger.  It was not long after, that the carriage pulled through the gates of the castle, and around to the servants entrance, where he and the messenger entered the castle, and were met by the cook.

"HAIRCUTTER" the cook shouted, "where did you learn to cook so well?"  Humbly, the haircutter stuttered, that he cooked only for himself, and occasionally for a friend or two...  "Where did you find the recipe?" the cook asked.  The haircutter replied " In an old cookbook, but I made a few changes..."   "Bring a Lasagne to the castle tomorrow, as I wish to feed the King your meal," the cook replied. 

The next day, as the dinner hour approached, a coach was sent to pick up the haircutter, who had indeed prepared his meal for the King.  Upon arrival at the castle, the haircutter was once again met by the cook.  It was time to serve the evening meal!  Jugs of wine, and mounds of salad were taken out to the Royal table, and garlic bread by the loaf...  Proudly, the cook presented the Lasagne to the King and his court.  Stepping back, the cook awaited the King's comments...  "Who prepared this delisious Lasagne?" he shouted!  The cook stepped forward, and told the King that it was a lowly haircutter who had made it!  "Why is this haircutter not already part of my kitchen staff?" the King asked... "Bring him forth!"  The haircutter was brought to the King, and nervously addressed his highness... 

With a skip in his stride, the haircutter was taken home in a royal carriage.  He could not sleep that night, feeling so proud that the King himself had enjoyed his Lasagne.  The next morning, at first light, he decided not to cut hair that day. 

Once again, a messenger was dispatched by the King, demanding the haircutter's presence.  The Royal Command was, that he join the kitchen staff at the castle immediately!  "Forget about cutting hair, I want you to cook for me!" the King proclaimed.

The haircutter gladly accepted the King's request, and was given a room in the castle.  He would assist the cook in preparing meals, and when the King requested, would make his now famous Lasagne.  He learned much from the cook, and began exploring his expertise , though he doubted his abilites.  However, a pinch of this and omit that, he was soon in line to be the next cook for the royal court!  Every time dignataries of other countries were visiting, he was called upon to prepare the meal!  The haircutter had found a new calling!

What the haircutter would like to share with his fellow peasants, is to...
be happy, be healthy, be crazy.... never know when the King may summon you !
Sep. 12, 2012 3:07 am
wow stevie what a nice story ...i just know your meal is so good...that lasagne sounds so good...be well friend....judy
Sep. 12, 2012 5:52 am
Loved the story,bet your a good cook also.
Sep. 12, 2012 6:16 am
Place recipe here:___________________
Sep. 12, 2012 6:16 am
Cute story!
Sep. 12, 2012 9:26 am
I want to hit the like button on both of midwestchef's comments!
Sep. 12, 2012 1:35 pm
Fun! Thanks for the chuckle.
Sep. 12, 2012 7:29 pm
Thanks, everyone... guess I just needed a little "tongue in cheek" humor last night! I don't think a little fun amongst friends causes any harm - lol! I'd best dig out that tattered old cookbook, if ya want CrazyCook's recipe for Lasagne! Be well, all!
Sep. 19, 2012 7:09 am
hey Stevie hope all is well with you, i have been wondering where you are keeping your self...lol... hope you are OK friend.....Judy
Sep. 19, 2012 9:39 pm
sorry, Judy, just been kind of laying low... I've been so darned tired all of the time I can hardly function, days are way too short, house is a disaster! At least the weather has cooled off a bit! I'll try to stop back by tomorrow (Thurs.) Be well!
Sep. 20, 2012 2:42 am
hey Stevie,so sorry you haven't been feeling well i felt something was wrong ...gosh you hadn't been here much, take care of your self and i hope you feel better soon friend....Judy
Sep. 20, 2012 3:22 pm
Judy, not that I've felt "bad," just run down... Today woke up full of vim and vigor, and got a few things done by lunch (instead of sitting on my a$$ all morning!) Have projects to start when the time's right... not like I don't have enough going on as it is! Grocery done for a few days/week, now I can clean and play for a few days! Yeah! More later! Be well, friend!
Sep. 21, 2012 2:19 am
Stevie i am glad to hear you are getting back on track....later friend....Judy
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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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