Greetings- what's on YOUR stove?
Nov. 6, 2012 11:10 am
Updated: Nov. 7, 2012 4:01 pm
My obsession with food, the kitchen, cooking, canning and baking have become somewhat of a serious issue, and has now started interfering with everyday life... Casa de Crazy, more specifically the CrazyKitchen, have become my refuge... a place of total
peace and harmony - even if the cookies are burned on the bottom!
Once coffee was brewed, and had a mug in hand, out came the cookbooks... My plans of going shopping were put on hold for the time being as I decided just what I might put on the stove this morning... "THAT'S IT" I squealed with utter joy! I would make "refried
beans" today, since I have a bit of spare time... I'm guessing that with a little effort, I can make room in one of the freezers to package and freeze some of what I prepare today! They are both pretty full though, but how much room can a couple
of cups of beans take up?
By this time yesterday, I had a batch of French Onion soup bubbling away in a large pot... I felt the need to use some broth I had made over the weekend. What a wonderful lunch that made yesterday, though I had neglected to purchase any "good" cheese, and
was forced to suffer with some smoked cheddar..!
For today's beans, I'm sort of combining two recipes together, more for the "process" of cooking the beans, rather than the ingredients proper... I'm sure that at some point (some years ago, be it,) I've cooked pinto beans, but this time, I've opted to use
the "quick soak" version... I simply didn't have the patience to soak them overnight. Thus, I'm not quite sure just how they will turn out, or how long they will need to cook! On the "up" side, I
DO have all day! Well, unless I go to one of my fav groceries for apples...
Speaking of apples, I'm not sure just which day it was, as the past months are a total blur, I had one granny smith left from the last batch I bought, and decided to make/steam my Christmas (Plum) puddings, for the upcoming holiday season... It is time, folks,
to make such if you'd like to serve for Christmas or the New Year... Mine are tucked into a closet behind me, which seems to hold the "cold" better than anywhere else in the house... "Cool, dark" say the directions, though I was cautioned by my British cousin,
NOT to refrigerate them - the thought had indeed crossed my mind.
Another day, I caught a bug... wanting somehing sweet, but perhaps slightly more healthy than a square of fudge... I made a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies, figuring the oats at least would lend a hand in balancing the good vs. totally decadent. The bottoms
did not burn... a first for me "ever!" I think I'm happy with my new cookie sheets!
So, the question has arisen... with freshly made refrieds, just what should I plan on preparing for dinner this evening? I suppose any Mexican entree would do just fine... but in what shape and form I wonder? I do have some precooked "Mexican beef" in the
freezer, or I could thaw a boneless skinless chicken breast to make tacos, burritos, or enchiladas... Hmmmm. Maybe it's time to check on the beans again, after which I could go on a mining excursion into the depths of the crazyfreezers... One can only guess
just what might be found in those caverns... it could easily be a frightful experience from which I might not emerge for days... well, not "REALLY," but you get the idea, I'm sure!
In "proofing" my words, it's obvious to me, that my ramblings are scrambled all over the past weeks (months?) but alas, I would be hard pressed to back this all up, and re-write in order of first made, to most recent! Did I mention that my days are but a blur
of pots, pans and mixing bowls... sink fulls of dirty bulky items which I normally hand wash "as I go...?" Containers of leftovers in the frige, not to mention the freezers...
I've just been summoned... it is time to feed the dogs their lunch, and Razzle is not taking "wait a minute" in any way, shape, or form... Next up: "dog kibble a la wet food, with green beans...."
Be happy, be healthy, be CRAZY!