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CRAZY returns? 
Aug. 14, 2013 8:54 pm 
Updated: Aug. 15, 2013 7:31 pm
After a "breather" during which time I discovered that I'm anemic, and one of the dogs has Valley Fever (respiratory infection common out this way) which has spread to his bones, I do appear to be back in action!

What's on the menu?  Yesterday, and batch of sandwich rolls (bread machine dough) convection baked in hopes of minimizing heat gain in the kitchen!  Had a bit of a panic, as I had only 1tsp. of yeast - the last ingredient into the breadmaker pan!  I circumvented total panic and added an appropriate mix of lemon juice and baking soda.  How'd they turn out?  I'll let you know when I taste one!  Meanwhile, I used some aging kidney beans from the frige, with a little ground beef, tomato sauce etc, and made a slow cooker CHILI.  Had some for lunch today - it's not bad!

Today, I caught the ball again, and kept on running...  I cleaned and steamed about 1/2 a head of cauliflower which I iced.  Made a potato salad type dish, which was ok, but that's about as far as I'd rate it!  Once it was chilling, I micro-thawed a b/s chicken breast, which I "cubed."  Stir fried it in olive oil with salt.  Deglazed the pan with about 1/4 Cup of dry white wine (vermouth, actually,) adding flour, garlic powder, milk, white pepper, salt and a partial can of mushrooms that had been in the frige a few days.  I stumbled across a recipe here that I used as a "base."  The generous dollop of cream cheese really perked up the sauce! 
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Next time, I can see some scallions, and sauteed garlic cloves rather than powder.  I think that chives would work also!  The sauce was rather bland, despite the white pepper, but remained creamy with only one extra splash of milk, and a lid on the pan.  Come to think of it, the dish really could have used more garlic, along with more white pepper! 

Despite, it was something different to do with "chicken," which I usually find rather boring, unless fried, brined (or both,) or doused in a truly tastey sauce!  I was actually craving Chicken Parm. but I'm out of "parm!"  Best add that to this week's grocery list!  

What will tomorrow bring?  I have no clue - part of the beauty of being crazy!  It's a wonderful excuse, anytime I need one, lol!  Join me... if you DARE!
Aug. 15, 2013 7:26 am
hey stevie every thing sounds good to me...hope your blood gets good soon...hope your dog is doing much better also..i will be watching for your next cooking spell..have a happy day ...judy
Aug. 15, 2013 10:51 am
Isn't getting old just a bunch of fun? I'm now taking B12 shots because I don't seem to absorb it from my food. I feel like a pin cushion! I made chili the other evening because it has been chilly here the last few days. I would like a do over on our summer, maybe then we'll do it right.
Aug. 15, 2013 12:37 pm
Take care of yourself there, getting older may be golden in wisdom but not so much in other things! sorry to hear about the dog not being well. I hate when the fur children aren't well. I need a kick in the blogging rear! I have a leftover story to share and I can't seem to sit and get it together. I saw a recipe on the View today that looked good, grilled chicken with a bit of a different sauce and veg. And reminded me I need to use the grill pan more often.
Aug. 15, 2013 1:06 pm
Stevie-looks like you need to eat some red meat. So your chili was good for you. I hope you feel better soon and your dog, too.
Aug. 15, 2013 7:15 pm
Thanks, Judy, did kinda have a "happy day," my friend Rose stopped in for an hour - haven't seen her in a while! Dog and I am "hanging in " for now... till I hear anything new! Be well, friend!
Aug. 15, 2013 7:19 pm
BigShotsMom, sorry you can't have a summer "do over," but at least you're back in your home (for which I'm thankful!) Be well, and appreciate where you are, and what you are dealing with... I'm just happy to still breathe! I figure that we do "choose" to be where we are - geographically, I mean. Good to hear from you!
Aug. 15, 2013 7:27 pm
Cat, thanks for the support! Before my salon closed in 1998, a long time client shared... "The Golden Years SUCK!" I would guess that she was nearing 80 at the time... For that statement, I will never forget Doris! Doing what I can till the bloodwork comes in! Oggy seems to be handling the mes ok so time for "us" (all) to get past the blog-phobia, or whatever, and get back to WORK! LOL Be well!
Aug. 15, 2013 7:31 pm
Lela, I'm with you... I stopped eating so much beef for cholesterol and the grocery budget... I agree, the chili IS a good thing for me to chow on! Apparently there are 200 types of anemia, though, so waiting to see just what's up with me... Meanwhile, lots of Iron rich foods... pass the Braunschwieger please. (I hate liver, but...) Seems I found a rec. here at ar for liverwurst! Be well, and thanks!
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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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