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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Out with the Old.... 
Dec. 20, 2012 8:34 pm 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2013 12:50 pm
I've become somewhat silent here at allrecipes, and in particular, here on my blog.  My muse left a while back, and sadly has currently been kept at bay by the "grinch!"  Try as I might, I just can't seem to get that "spark" back, regarding the approaching holiday.  Casa de Crazy, unfortunately, does not (yet) display any sort of exterior signs of much of anything.  Indoors, the chaos seems to be running rampant, invading even the smallest and most used spaces, and spreading daily.

On the up side, crazycook has indeed managed to bake some quick breads. I've made two batches of "Creamy no bake Mints," and just today have in the works apples (making juice for jelly,)  quartered orange slices are soaking overnight to make marmalade tomorrow.  I've made two batches of English muffins (did you know they are cooked on a dry griddle?)  Kidney beans that I put on to soak yesterday, are now cooked and in the frige until I decide just what to do with them... I really didn't have a plan for those!  (crazy, huh?)  I also opened 4 jars of grape jam I'd made that didn't set up right, and cooked it longer.  After a while it began to gel, and filled two of the jars which I'd washed.  I didn't process these, and did re-use the old lids...  much to my surprise they did seal as they cooled.  Regardless, I've refrigerated them (can't be too careful.)  More apples await being made into applesauce.

As I have an abundance of bananas, I might just make more bread, but the goodie bags will be rather lean this year.  I did make a batch of choc. "fudge" two weeks ago which is earmarked for the bags, and have an assortment of candies (store bought) to toss a handful into each.  Salted nut rolls were made and frozen about a month ago... and there may be more, that I'm simply not recalling right now! 

I'm in hopes of putting up a few lights soon, that the neighborhood might realize that I give a darn this year.  Only a modest display will be adequate, enough to make a (tiny) statement to passers by...

So, all being well tomorrow, the marm with be made, applesauce canned, and either apple jelly or jam put up.  Best get that water bath ready to go early, as it sounds that I'll have a lot of jars to process. 

Till next time, be happy, be healthy, be crazy!
Dec. 21, 2012 4:06 am
Well, you've participated in more Christmas activities than I have so far. I guess that means you're not as Grinchy as you might feel! I envy your ability to can foods. It's a skill I want to learn this year.
Dec. 21, 2012 4:06 am
Eek! Almost forgot... Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!
Dec. 21, 2012 6:13 am
I would not associate your accomplishments with a grinch, at all! Stevie, you've just been too durned busy for lights and frilly stuff that cannot be eaten! Good job!
Dec. 21, 2012 6:40 am
Merry Christmas my crazy friend!
Dec. 21, 2012 7:05 am
I've been plodding along getting Christmas up. I have created no where NEAR the amount of things working in your kitchen. Got the stuff to make goodies but have not been inspired. Now dear Mike would certainly call me a grinch since I don't want a bite of his beloved fruitcake :) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Dec. 21, 2012 12:20 pm
sounds pretty festive to me. Give yourself a pat on the back.
Dec. 21, 2012 1:52 pm
To Casa de Crazy form Casa de los PITA, Merry Christmas, Stevie!
Dec. 21, 2012 6:26 pm
Dec. 21, 2012 8:33 pm
Doc, I knew NOTHING about canning when I bought my water bath! You may wish to look at "freshpreserving.com" for some insight... (Mangaged by Ball/Kerr canning products.) I bought the "Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving" - full of canning directions/recipes. My best to you and yours this Holiday Season! Good health and happiness to you!
Dec. 21, 2012 8:35 pm
campergrandma: or is it something in the water? This weekend, I want a few lights out front! Be well, and happy Holidays!
Dec. 21, 2012 8:37 pm
Mike, for me, it's always been the lights and sparkle that keep me in a festive mood, as opposed to in that dark place I'd rather not go to (again!) You are right though, seems I'm selling myself short this year... maybe a tree in the dining room? Thanks for the thought! Be well, Happy Holidays!
Dec. 21, 2012 8:40 pm
Terry - My best to you and yours this holiday season! Be well and best wishes for the New Year! (doesn't hurt to be that little bit crazy, either!)
Dec. 21, 2012 8:47 pm
Cat, when you get to that baking, send me a couple dozen cookies, eh? (Haven't baked a one this year!) Be well, be safe, and have a great holiday season!
Dec. 21, 2012 8:50 pm
covergirl, thanks for the "pat on the back," but perhaps a stiff holiday drink might be in order! Cheers, and happy holidays!
Dec. 21, 2012 8:52 pm
Mike, Merry Christmas back at ya! be well, be safe!
Dec. 21, 2012 8:53 pm
King, as always, you're a fountain of information! Thanks for the link, it was interesting reading! Happy Holidays! Be well
Dec. 22, 2012 6:01 am
Hello Stevie! Sounds like you are still busy in the kitchen. I want to wish you a Merry Christmas! Be well, my friend.
Dec. 22, 2012 6:13 am
Christmas is weighed down by so many things: the push for shopping and spending; the mad rush of activities and social events; the pressure to have things "look" like Christmas; and most importantly, our own expectations of what it "should" feel like. I feel flat and overwhelmed at times, and that is how I know I need to step back, take a breath, and re-prioritize. With Christmas Day only 3 days away, I'm going to concentrate on the things that bring me joy, now, and sometimes that comes when someone else's face lights up. I can catch it from them. That being said, above all, I wish you joy this Christmas. It is what it is!
Dec. 22, 2012 7:37 am
WEll, I still haven't gotten to the brittle or the cookies. I was experimenting with making homemade Girl Scout thin mint cookies. Get a festive poinsettia if you don't want to put a big tree up. Even a table top tree would be nice. Here sometimes they have rosemary plants shaped like trees. That could look nice, be useful later and smell good now!
Dec. 22, 2012 9:18 am
Lela, Happy Holidays to you, also! I think maybe I need a "me day" today... (I just watched a hummingbird feed outside my window, such a joy to see!) Be well!
Dec. 22, 2012 9:22 am
Bibi, I do think that you're correct... time to stop and take a breather! The apples should be ok one more day! lol. Be well, and Merry Christmas!
Dec. 22, 2012 9:35 am
Cat, the smallest of decorations do, indeed, carry a lot of "weight" in that they spread joy also! Just need to get the clutter put away for a few days! Good luck with the cookies! http://www.copykat.com/ and search girl "scout thin mints," there are a lot of links that may help! Be well!
Dec. 23, 2012 2:18 pm
Decorations will be minimal around here this year since the storage area flooded, but I bought a real wreath and out a big red bow on it and it looks and smells like Christmas. I hope the spirit strikes you, but if it doesn't don't fret. It isn't like you have small children who would be crushed (though the kitties do enjoy the ornaments!) Merry Christmas!
Dec. 23, 2012 3:55 pm
BigShotsMom, welcome back, you were missed! Be well, friend, and "happy holidays!"
Dec. 26, 2012 8:50 pm
Gawd… the spam bots are everywhere! Kill them now!
Dec. 31, 2012 7:51 am
hello Stevie,hope you had a great Christmas and a wonderful new year be well friend....Judy
Jan. 16, 2013 12:50 pm
oh my god, not another blog with people complaining about not being in the christmas spirit. please, i've seen so many of these depressing blogs that i'm depressed. build a bridge and move on. here's a news flash for you, christmas comes every year whether you want it to or not. and here's a novel idea, stop whinging and enjoy it for what it is. maybe that would help get you all in the christmas mood. you think you all have it so bad, go to saint vincent de paul's and see how bad people really have it. paint a smile on your face and get on with it. if not being in the "holiday mood" is your biggest complaint, "you ain't got it so bad".
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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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