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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Crazy, Crazier, Craziest 
Oct. 11, 2013 10:11 pm 
Updated: Oct. 14, 2013 2:08 pm
Where has the time gone?  I was just asking myself that the other night, but then I got to pondering... 

It began about 6 mths ago, when I met my new "shrink," who immediately began changing the meds I've been on for years.  OK, the first two changes have been fine, in fact she may be correct, that I was "over" medicating...  3 visits, 2 mths apart each, and she's made changes each time...  (No wonder I'm NUTS!) 

During this time, I began making a few slow cooker desserts, and then moved on to "icebox" desserts, the last of which I pretty much just tossed together, and was a dismal failure - not that it tasted bad, it just wasn't serving friendly...

Next, I began thinking seriously about buying a car, which of course, is a MAJOR decision!  I finally did it, and have no regrets (I suffered "buyer's remorse" for about 12 hours!)  Still don't know what to do with my other car, but I have time to figure that one out, while driving the newer one... 

During these weeks, crazycook continued to prepare meals daily, of a really wide variety!  Despite the temperature outside, I'm not opposed to cookin' up some rib stickin' dinners!  I even ran the gas grill out of "juice" and must remember to get the tank refilled.  Boy, I'd like to hook that sucker up to the house gas line!  (That's not out of the question....) 

Then, the "big night" approached, and I began to fret.  Just what was I going to say to Josh Groban when I met him? My dear friend Audie and I saw him about 2 yrs ago when he was in town, but this time, we actually GREETED HIM in person... I was a blob of quivering jelly!  What a nice man he is!  He signed the insert from the first CD I bought of his, dating back 10 yrs I'd guess, and thanked me for following him!  (the fatso on the left is me, not Josh!)  The concert was amazing... he sang a number of my fav's from yrs gone by, and finished up with Audie's fav (mine also,) "You Raise Me Up."  It was a good thing that I'd carried a pocket pack of tissues with me!  My plan now is to make a "collage" type frame of the tickets from the two concerts I've seen, the two photos that I have (fan club type,) the pic of he, Audie, and myself, and the signed cover from the CD.

Meanwhile, I joined AARP and changed my cell phone service, which now is of little consequence, considering events of this week!  Audie, however, is determined to talk me into going to see him again during this tour, either in Los Vegas (Sunday Oct 13th!) or in Dallas/Houston coming up...  I truly hope that she doesn't just buy us tickets, which is what I did when I learned that we could actually meet him last Weds. night!  Then I called her and TOLD her that we were going to see him a second time!  SHOULD we leave state to see him again in the next month(s) she'd have to kennel her two dogs, we'd have travel expenses, and of course hotel costs...  Best we await his next visit to Phoenix, which I've no doubt he will do again before I'm either too old, or too broke to go!

So, all, I'm sorry that I've been rather incognito of late, it's not of choice, just my nerves have been frazzled to the last shred of late, and I've been too preoccupied to sit and ramble on a bit here at my fav cooking site - and of course sharing with my friends here at a/r!  My best to all!  Hope you're all well!

Live crazy!
Oct. 12, 2013 5:13 am
Well hello my crazy friend!!! It seems that all is getting back on track for you! I was thinking of you the other day when I was craving soup! I went back and perused through most of your alphabet soup blogs! Stay crazy my friend!
Oct. 12, 2013 8:53 am
Steve-I am glad you finally got to see Josh! It sounds like his music is inspiring. Someday, like I said I want to go to Vegas and see Santana. Looking forward to seeing some cookin' from Stevie's Kitchen.
Oct. 12, 2013 9:55 am
Terry, good to hear from you! Did you find a soup rec to inspire you? I might just have to look at some of those again myself! Be well!
Oct. 12, 2013 10:03 am
Lela, now that the weather has cooled down (some!) I imagaine I'll feel more like cooking again... I've thought any times "I should write about this one..." but then get too tired, or too busy... Looked at your "Crispy Oven Tortilla" rec just yesterday! Perhaps "today" will be the day I get back on that horse... Be well!
Oct. 12, 2013 1:33 pm
Keep the old car, Stevie. One day you might find an old snowbird sleeping in it and expecting breakfast when he wakes! ... About that fatso word, if the qualifies you to be a fatso, I wonder what the word would be for me? My gut turned into a donelap about age 55. Can't get rid of it so I thought about naming it. Hasn't happened yet, though. ... Seriously, Stevie, please monitor yourself closely with your new shrink. I remember way back when you were really down and I would hate for you to go through that again.
Oct. 12, 2013 1:36 pm
Its like old home week! Hi Mike!!! And yes Stevie found several!
Oct. 12, 2013 2:27 pm
Mike, thanks for the concern/reminder! I feel that my recent lapse here due to the darn summer heat, more than "shrink issues," but yes, I am fully prepared to return to "old" regimen if I feel the need! Last time (last shrink) I suffered for a while and asked "should I be worried?" Her response was, "you're aware enough to ASK - you'll be fine!" Made a point, for sure! Per the "gut," I gained 4" around waist, and 20lbs weight, in less than a year due to meds... guess I'm still skinny in my head - should avoid mirrors and cameras, lol!! Be well Mike, good to hear from you!
Oct. 12, 2013 2:30 pm
Terry, "old home week," it is, it seems! Will pull out my binder of A-Z Soups soon! I'm recalling Cheddar/Beer soup... off the top of my head! Bet I have a container or two of those l/o's buried in the freezers too! Best clean them both out soon, and get rid of that stuff!
Oct. 13, 2013 2:04 am
I'm so glad you got to see Josh Grobin and meet him! I love his music and that voice! He usually does a concert in NY around the holidays and I have announced to anyone who might remotely think of getting me a Christmas gift that I want tickets. I concur with Mike. Sometimes the change is so gradual you don't notice until you're in trouble. Not to be a nag, but we care.
Oct. 13, 2013 7:16 am
How fun! That you got to meet Josh not that you've had to deal with med changes. Be careful with that! It has cooled off here and I am so ready for soup! Made a really nice mushroom lentil one the other day. I better go back and peruse your soups and see what sounds good for this week. Take care!
Oct. 13, 2013 4:31 pm
My Shrinks (More than one) tell me I am depressed, and none of the meds I have ever taken have made me "un-depressed" and I have taken maybe 20 of them. Recently I found out what is wrong with me is I am Bi-Polar.
Oct. 13, 2013 8:31 pm
BigShotsMom, Josh is THE BEST in my opinion! Well, there are others too, but... I can't listen to him without tears rolling down my cheeks! You (and Mike) will never be a NAG! I do feel tho that the new shrink is treating the "root" of my issues - not so much depression, but ANXIETY! I'm also agreeing thus far, that "removing" a few pills a day is not a bad thing! Luv you for caring, and happy to hear from you! Be well, friend!
Oct. 13, 2013 8:36 pm
Cat, good to hear from you! cooling down a bit here, too (LOL) down to 90+ by day! I'm ready for soups... too bad Jason won't eat any of what I make! I've two huge containers of "multi-bean" soups in the freezer! Be well, friend! I'll try to be back more often! Let me know what "soups" you make!
Oct. 13, 2013 8:45 pm
King, I've had a number of friends who were bi-polar... Makes me feel "normal" I'm a good listener... I understand the ups and downs, I think! Be well friend, and let me know if you need a shoulder... If not, just "COOK CRAZY" like I do! "Crazy" can soothe the soul, I believe!
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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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