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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Back in the Saddle... I mean, KITCHEN! 
Jan. 19, 2013 11:00 pm 
Updated: Jan. 26, 2013 1:59 pm
Two long, miserable weeks of suffering the worst cold (or was it flu?) I can remember...  Thankfully, I'm much better, and getting my taste buds back!  I do believe that within the next couple of days, I'll be back to my crazy self, and will join you all more often than during the past month or two!  "Beware of CrazyCook!" 

Unfortunately, while the crazykitchen was all but CLOSED, I've used up all of my "dinner in a hurry" ingredients, and most of my pantry staples, like canned goods.  I fear that I'm going to have to do a major "restock" soon... uggh.  Ah well, if I'm going to cook, I need the supplies to cook up!

I chuckled on my way home from the grocery last trip, which was less than a week ago.  I picked up two of the largest bone in pork chops I've ever seen, each weighing more than 1lb!  I hurried them home, and into the freezer, as they were in the "reduced for quick sale" section of the meat counter.  I've purchased foods from there before, with no issues - as long as it is all cooked or frozen promptly.  Two dinner servings came from the first of the chops, with the other in the freezer for another time...   

It would seem that crazycook is suddenly bursting with thoughts, and things to share with you all!  This exuberance may be as contagious as the bug that I've been incubating for these two weeks now!  Whatever will we all do, if the cooking bug really gets hold of us all?  So, fire up those burners, the oven, or bbq.  Rattle those pots and pans! 

Be happy, be healthy, be CRAZY!
Jan. 20, 2013 3:59 am
Glad to hear you are feeling better! I was down with that bug for about 5 days - it is no fun, I can certainly agree with you. The good thing for me is that once I felt better I also felt like cooking - something I hadn't done much of lately either. I've been cooking much more this year than I had the last half of last year. Part of it is due to I'm forcing myself to have the time; we've been so busy with work and our Mexican restaurant endeavor that I sort of shut down my own kitchen. Can't wait to read more of your crazy kitchen antics!
Jan. 20, 2013 4:00 am
Oh, and BTW - I love your avatar pic of all the lemons on your counter! It just looks so refreshing!
Jan. 20, 2013 8:18 am
Stevie-nice to see you back. I look forward to reading your blogs. Since you have done A-Z on soupsl I am sure you will come up with some wonderful recipes to share. Just don't want to share the flu bug. Knock on wood, I don't get the flu.
Jan. 20, 2013 12:12 pm
Mother Ann, I took the "lemon pic" a couple years ago, after picking a number of lemons off our tree... so "cool" to walk out the door and grab what I need! They do rot on the tree tho' so I usually juice up a bunch for the freezer. A bit of "cheer" for the doldrums! Be well!
Jan. 20, 2013 12:19 pm
Lela, guess I'll keep the bug, but don't know if I can "top" the Alphabet Soup series... will have to put on my thinking cap! Stay well!
Jan. 20, 2013 1:44 pm
So far I have been really lucky about catching any unwanted bugs. Except that bug of perfection :) This January I have been busy trying new things-Pho, homemade puff pastry and martinis. I have been diligently working on copycating a pizza dough recipe. Today was the 3rd attempt. I am so close to getting a thin crackery crust I can almost taste it ;)
Jan. 20, 2013 3:25 pm
you and me both, I'm still sick. yesterday I bought home Bojangles chicken, today was leftovers.
Jan. 20, 2013 4:35 pm
Glad you are on the mend. I started with a garden variety cold around Thanksgiving that I still haven't completely shaken. You'd think the germs would die of old age by now. The good news was I didn't have my usual holiday weight gain.
Jan. 20, 2013 5:20 pm
Welcome back to the world of the healthy, Stevie! Now git along and conjure some recipes.
Jan. 20, 2013 8:07 pm
Cat, I once tried puff pastry... what a mess that was! Think I need a how to video or such. Guess I could look, but there's always the freezer at the grocery, lol! Bought dry vermouth once, thinking I'd like to try my first martini... YUCK! (I used vodka, as I HATE gin...) Other flavors? Naw. Be well!
Jan. 20, 2013 8:11 pm
King, get to feeling better! Takes time, plenty of rest, and lots of fluids, I guess... (Knock out pills, cough drops, boxes of tissues, etc can't hurt! Hot tea w/lemon and a splash of whiskey, depending on time of day, was rather soothing for me...
Jan. 20, 2013 8:15 pm
BigShotsMom, I do hope that you get over the cold soon! Maybe when your weather warms up some? I know it's helping me, now the temps here are "better" than they were! (Warm sunshine always picks me up!) Get well!
Jan. 20, 2013 8:18 pm
Mike, stocked the pantry back up (finally) today, and bought some stuff for the freezer... Gonna have to rob a bank to pay for food if prices keep going up! Have some "need to's" but I presume I'll get to cookin' pretty soon! Be well!
Jan. 21, 2013 3:36 am
hey Stevie so glad you are feeling better,you will be cooking full speed before you know it..have a nice day......judy
Jan. 21, 2013 9:26 am
Hi Judy, hope all is well with you, and that you've escaped this crud! Lots to do today (if I get half my list done!) lol. Stay well!
Jan. 21, 2013 11:18 am
hey Stevie i am well haven't caught the flu bug (knock on wood)i never get the flu shot so hope it misses my i have started not planning any thing for Mondays...i get more done that care & don't work to hard Stevie
Jan. 21, 2013 2:43 pm
That bug is so prevalent that we're not giving the "Sign of Peace" at church until it passes. Glad you feel better, being sick is NO fun and sometimes you feel like it'll never end.
Jan. 21, 2013 8:19 pm
Judy, I know what you mean about planning your days ahead of time... I never seem to get anything done! Did only one item on my list, lol! Ah well! Stay well, friend!
Jan. 21, 2013 8:22 pm
TBNC, thanks for the sentiment! Wonder why this has been so rampant this year..? Be well!
Jan. 21, 2013 11:17 pm
Glad your feeling better.
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Jan. 26, 2013 1:59 pm
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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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