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Fighting the heat 
Jun. 5, 2013 11:05 pm 
Updated: Jun. 16, 2013 11:44 am
This evening, I put some steaks (a real treat,) on the grill, along side of skewers of veg's.  I did this, to keep the crazykitchen cooler.  Come this afternoon, I was also tempted to take the slow cooker full of navy beans outside...  I didn't, but might just next time!  Tomorrow will be miserable, as I'll have to pressure can those beans!

While tending the grill, and wanting to keep a close eye on it, (I almost caught the house on fire Memorial Day!) I did get rather warm, but I did keep a cold beer at hand, to assist, at least. 

Curiosity got the better of me this evening, as I was contemplating different ways to minimize the heat in the crazykitchen, that I got to wondering...  Are there recipes out there, for slow cooker desserts?  I doubt that I'd ever questioned before, although we have been eating a lot of gelatin desserts, that I might not have to turn on the oven for whatever time required.  I began looking at a slow cooker cookbook that I picked up more than 20 years ago, and still use at times.  I also surfed the net, and have found a number of recipes that sound down right delicious, presuming they actually turn out well.  The old book even has a recipe for Plum Pudding, which I've always steamed,  year after year...  This might just be interesting! 

I do believe I've chosen the third topic for a series, after "Alphabet Soup," and prior still, "Around the World in Eighty Days."  I found both of these very fun, and entertaining, not to mention that the result was me fixing meals and soups that I probably never would have before.  My first curry, Tandoori chicken, and 26 different soups to mention only a few!  Next up, Slow Cooker Desserts...

So, be prepared, the (outdoor) crazykitchen will begin to crank out slow cooker desserts.  If you stumble across a recipe that you think sounds good, share it with me, and I'll make it (at some point!)  I would enjoy the feedback.  I already have maybe a dozen possibles, but I'm "big as a house" as it is, and thus don't need 3 desserts hanging around at the same time!  I will not put a time limit on this series, so if it takes a year, or a month, that's fine with me!  I'm just wondering how these desserts will turn out! 

So, be prepared... crazycook plans on being happy, healthy, and crazy, and I hope that you join me!
Jun. 6, 2013 3:49 am
Look forward to seeing your new series!
Jun. 6, 2013 7:01 am
I found 18 slow cooker desserts on AR just with a very quick search (there may be more with some time invested). Click on the search bar twice. Then on the new page on the lefthand side, click on More. Then all I did was find the drop down list and click desserts and slow cooker. Then press Enter. 18 popped up. I always enjoy reading your blogs, so I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
Jun. 6, 2013 8:10 am
Cool beans!
Jun. 6, 2013 2:33 pm
I'll be watching for the series, Stevie! ... "Big as a house"??? My mental picture of you was so skinny you wouldn't cast a shadow if you turned sideways to the sun. ... Your series blogs have been interesting and fun.
Jun. 6, 2013 7:32 pm
I had the same impression of you as Mike, I am surprised. This may be hard to believe, but I don't even own a slow cooker. But I believe I can make most slow cooker dishes in my old cast iron Dutch oven. Hot as it gets there I believe I would be making gelato or ice cream. Either way, stay cool, and I'll look forward to your new series.
Jun. 7, 2013 11:37 am
Jun. 7, 2013 2:43 pm
Cat, decided to make up some custard sauce to go with a plum pudding I made last fall... So rich, it will take a bit to eat the small servings! Hang in there...
Jun. 7, 2013 2:46 pm
Paula, I've been blogging here for about 3yrs now, and you've taught me some "search tips" that I've been unaware of. THANKS! I'll look up those recipes for sure. Glad you enjoy my "drivel" and that my crazyness hasn't rubbed off on you!
Jun. 7, 2013 2:48 pm
bianchiveloce... sadly some of the jars didn't seal while in the canner... I'm guessing the lids are getting old, or such. Friends will enjoy some of the beans, though! I love them (but not every day for 2 weeks - lol!)
Jun. 7, 2013 2:51 pm
Mike, I was skinny as a rail till I hit my 30s + but meds and the like have expanded my middle. Picture a spud with toothpicks lol! Glad that you've enjoyed my "series" past, seems to give my posts a little continuity, I guess.
Jun. 7, 2013 2:58 pm
BigShotsMom, my toaster oven has a dial temp. control, but 200F is barely above "keep warm" so I've never been sure on cooking times if I shove a casserole dish in there (I have one with lid that barely misses the heating elements above.) Guess it's easier for me just to pull out the old crock cooker, and be done with it. The new oven has "slow cook" option in both ovens, but just how many cu. ft. do I need for a slow cooker meal? I also like my small cast iron dutch oven!
Jun. 7, 2013 2:59 pm
viction - THAT'S what I say! lol
Jun. 7, 2013 11:50 pm
BigShotsMOm, ya just HAD to plant that seed, didn't ya? Reminds me, as long as we're chatting (ice cream maker) slow cookers, my radio station has a guy who adds little blurbs between songs, one of which went something like "Rocky Road ice cream in the crock pot is quite a surprise, but just as good!" :)
Jun. 8, 2013 3:32 am
I am with Mike and BSM all the energy I feel in your blogs I assumed you were a thin women, I am willing to bet you are not as big as a house either. Can't wait for your dessert series.
Jun. 8, 2013 6:31 am
Stevie-Sounds like you have a great plan. I have seen slow cooker cake recipes, but never tried any. I am looking forward to reading about your dessert adventures in the SLOOOOW COOKER.
Jun. 8, 2013 3:30 pm
Joey Joan (and anyone else...) sorry to burst your bubble, but my waist increased by almost 10" a few years ago when my backside moved to the front! My given name is Steven, but I adopted "Stevie" many years ago... Be well all!
Jun. 8, 2013 3:33 pm
Lela, the recipes should begin soon, though we still have a plum pudding to devour, unless I set it aside, again, but it's been in the cupboard for 9 months already!
Jun. 8, 2013 4:59 pm
Looking forward to the new series, Stevie.
Jun. 8, 2013 5:45 pm
Lace, hope that you're well, it's been a while! I'm looking forward to this endeavor, even IF I leave the slow cooker outside...
Jun. 10, 2013 5:45 am
see what happens when you assume. My given name is Joan and I adopted Joey.
Jun. 10, 2013 5:46 am
or should that be when I assume!
Jun. 11, 2013 2:59 pm
Please send us some of that HEAT!!!!It is 76 and they Promised it would be 80 -----so tired of flannel shirts and seeds that don't want--- to come up -----may have tomatoes by Labor Day------ In the fall I make apple crisp in the slow cooker
Jun. 12, 2013 12:35 pm
BOISE, seems I've heard the phrase "canned heat" but frankly don't have a clue what it means, or if I could send you "a can of heat!" My friend's maters are cooking on the vines right now... before they ripen. Be well!
Jun. 12, 2013 12:37 pm
Joey Joan, maybe I SHOULD post that old pic of me once again...
Jun. 12, 2013 8:52 pm
I love this one - but it makes a LOT! It's good to bring to work to share [plus, it's neat to bring it put together, but uncooked, plug it in, and 4 hours later, we have a "fresh," hot desseert!], or for a holiday gathering [my daughter's boyfriend made it for his family's Thanksgiving, last year (=]
Jun. 16, 2013 11:44 am
gammaray, I'll attempt this one, I think! Thanks for sharing!
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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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