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Advice of a CrazyCook 
Apr. 25, 2013 12:41 am 
Updated: Apr. 30, 2013 4:04 pm
For many years, I've avoided the freezer section at the grocery.Yesterday, before the current "ad" expired, I trekked off to the grocery, armed first with my list of needs, and of course, items that I will need at some point, that were just too good a deal to overlook right now.  Unfortunately, I also had a fist full of coupons for frozen foods that were also on sale.  Of itself, that might not be a "bad" thing, but I think I went overboard, and have totally given in  to these delectable frozen tidbits! 

My purchases were motivated by the fact that I've spent the entire week spring cleaning, and working myself into a near coma each day, at which point, I'm just too tired to spend much time in the crazykitchen except for the dinner meal... that is, if there are no "warm ups" to do.  I bought a number of items thinking lunches, and late night snack/3rd meal munchies. 
2 eight packs of burritos
2 chicken pot pies
3 pkgs of spring rolls
2 chimichangas
and a partridge in a pear tree (?) LOL
I've already consumed one pkg of spring rolls - delicious, btw - garlic chicken... one pot pie, a beef chimichanga, and two of the sixteen burro's.  At the rate I'm going, I might just be out of these foods by next trip in 7-10 days...  I seriously doubt that I'll be done cleaning by then, and will still be wanting "quck fix" foods for lunch, and late night eats.  I guess that I also should research websites from which to print coupons, as I'm just about done with all of my frozen food coupons!

CrazyCook's warning... STAY OUT OF THE FREEZER AREA of your grocery, as it can be "hazardous to your health" due to all of the chemicals, and preservatives... all that stuff you can't pronounce that's on the ingredient list!  While I've never actually been a "health" person, since I began cooking so much, I have chosen to avoid prepared foods, making my own instead.  (What I wouldn't have given for a "box" of mac & cheese a few days ago!)  Keep in mind though, that there are a few exceptions... like Ice Cream, for one! 

On another topic, I hope that by Sunday I can have the sauerkraut canned...  unless it's spoiled for some reason.  It certainly is aromatic at this point, and will have been fermenting for 7 weeks, so it really should be just about as "done" as it's going to get.  A taste test should answer numerous questions I'm experiencing, and I'll proceed from there... hoping that the trash can doesn't benefit from my efforts.  I've also been meaning to take a few photos of some of my "growing" stuff, from marigold seeds, through geraniums, and into potatoes that sprouted before I ate them.  I've also got a few scallions growing from seed, but history tells me that they could peter out at any time now, regardless how good they look today!

Till I post photos, be happy, be healthy, be crazy...

Apr. 25, 2013 3:35 am
hey stevie i too have been spring house never looked so haven't been cooking much,we eat so little, but i have hit the frozen food at the store also, might not be so healthy but it works for two until i get back to wanting to cook, oh i bet your sauerkraut is smelling good at seven weeks i hope it does well for you keep us updated ..later friend....judy
Apr. 25, 2013 4:46 am
What happened to the Partridge?:)
Apr. 25, 2013 5:06 am
My DH will shop in the frozen food section but I try to avoid it. I do know what you mean, though, about having something on hand you don't have to cook especially during spring or any deep cleaning time. Right now I'm deep cleaning the gardens. Good luck with the sauerkraut!
Apr. 25, 2013 6:59 am
Spring cleaning is delayed here-due to cold and snow in Colorado. I am waiting for the weather to warm up so I can clean my ovens and open the windows. As far as frozen foods-I was eating lean cuisine meals for lunch, but I got tired of them. Now, my son still loves the frozen pizzas. So, I buy them for him. Be well, my friend!
Apr. 25, 2013 2:04 pm
try Walmart's lasagna, since I broke my back a few weeks ago I tried one, and it actually was not too bad. I can't stand too long before it starts hurting really bad. I am making meatballs and sauce for A meatball sandwich today for dinner. I also normally don't walk thru the frozen food section.
Apr. 25, 2013 4:57 pm
Boy oh boy do those package labels look good. Make you want one just looking at them. I don't even look at the labels cause it can't be good. Fake this and that and words you can't pronounce. I make tons from scratch and freeze leftovers. I don't mind the Stoufers or even the Walmart stuff suggested by King Sparta. Frozen veggies are good though when pressed for time and fresh is not available. Good luck with scallions, they are tough to grow. Hope Kraut works out. I also avoid that section. Good luck.
Apr. 25, 2013 5:54 pm
Judy, luckily the weather has been great, and I can open windows... Odd though, once I skim the gunk off the brine the smell goes away for a couple more days... Time willing, I'll do a taste test tomorrow and get the kraut canned, if it's "good." Wanna come and help me clean? lol Be well, friend!
Apr. 25, 2013 5:56 pm
manella, that dammmmm bird flew out the door as I brought in two heavy bags of canned goods! (Almost fell on the floor LMAO at your comment! Thanks, I needed a good laugh!) Be well!
Apr. 25, 2013 6:00 pm
Cat, best of luck with your gardens... seems you are always digging in the dirt, when it's not frozen! I'm thrilled to have a large pot with potato plants in it! Once you get "into" home ccokin, those pesky frozen things, well, are just junk! In a "good" way that is, when the need arises... Be well, and I'll let you all know about the kraut!
Apr. 25, 2013 6:04 pm
Lela, my friends who are stopping in to say hi live in Aurora CO... outside of Denver, I believe? At about 40yo, Barb's hubby is "President of Bank of America, CO." I couldn'nt be more proud of them were they my own! Hope that your weather improves! (Sounds like MI is still frigid even now!) Be well, friend!
Apr. 25, 2013 6:09 pm
King, sorry to hear about your back! Guess I've been out of the "loop" more than I thought... Lasagne is my "signature meal," so make my own. Had a meatball sub couple weeks ago, also, followed days later with an Italian sausage on a roll, doused with peppers and onions... Making me HUNGERY! Be well (as you can,) and hope that recovery comes quickly for you!
Apr. 25, 2013 6:13 pm
GrumpyG, I do keep frozen veg's most of the time, just too easy, especially as you say, when fresh is out of the question. I can only hope that once this "stash" of frozen "stuff" is done and gone, that I'll get back to avoiding that part of the store! Be well!
Apr. 25, 2013 9:02 pm
Plain Frozen vegetables are as close as you can get to fresh. Sometimes they are better since they are picked, cleaned and frozen quickly, whereas, fresh have to travel long distances, so they are picked before ripe. The prepared stuff can be scary. I do avoid it. Good luck with the sauerkraut!
Apr. 30, 2013 4:04 pm
BigShotsMom, it's a wonder that by now I've not turned into a walking chem lab - all of that frozen junk food! Hopefully, that craving will pass soon! I do keep some frozen veggies... but don't care for frozen green beans (so keep a can in the pantry!) Be well!
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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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