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Dinner 1+2=3 
Nov. 7, 2013 9:19 pm 
Updated: Nov. 11, 2013 6:37 pm
During the past week, while I've been busy puttering around the crazykitchen and ignoring my friends, I've once again been searching for COMFORT FOOD come dinner time...  One evening I prepared a hunk of pork loin (roast) and stuffing, topping the dinner off with a simple can of green beans.  This was dinner 1.

A night or two later, I prepared a b/s chicken breast which I chopped and served with carrots and dumplings.  I like the flour type dumplings, not the "pasta" variety... but alas, forgot to add parsley to the flour mix.  They survived, of course, but were not quite the same...  Now, we have dinner 2.

While rumaging through my totally cluttered frige, the one in the crazykitchen, that is, I began pondering dinner 3.  I put the l/o chicken and pork in a casserole, added some beef broth (per a rec. I found here...) and warmed it up.  As I hate fat, I cleaned the yuck off the pork, at which time I shredded it all and tossed in the bits of remaining carrot from the chicken - which wasn't much, but I thought it would sweeten the meat a bit.  Topping it all off with bbq sauce and a dash of liquid smoke, I ended up with bbq sandwiches which I served with home-canned baked beans.  It was yum to say the least, but far too much bread for me, so I finished off the remaining 1/2 sandwich for lunch today, along with a bowl of salad.  I've been eating rather poorly of late, and am determined to increase fiber and veggies...

While I was preparing the bbq, I mixed up a batch of chocolate cake mix... I've been craving cupcakes, of all things, which I doubt I've made twice in 20 years!  Today, simply for something to do, I made a frosting for the darn things...  Don't know if it flopped, or was just not what I'd expected, as it never really thickened up.  However, I just downed a cupcake, and must admit that it was pretty darn good.  Had it a "creamy" filling, I would have thought it store bought from "Hostess!" 

This evening, we dined on tacos as I had cooked up about 1 lb of burger a few days ago.  Of course, we had to have refried beans along side, so I opened a can of pinto beans that I had put up a few weeks ago, and "fried" them in about a tbls. of lard - they just aren't the same without, I've learned!  So, tonight's dinner meal had nothing to do with 1-2-3, but as long as I'm here sharing just what I've been up to, figured I might as well add a "4" to the mix!

I really must get off my posterior and get the propane tank filled for the grill...  I've been going to do this for 3 weeks!  Right now, the weather is perfect for grilling, and the more I use the grill, the more I'm learning about cooking on it.  I've gone so far as to put a cast iron skillet over a burner, and "fry" on the grill, while the rest of the meal cooks directly over flame.  Amazing what one can learn to do, when the modd hits!  Will I have an "outdoor" CRAZYKITCHEN in addition to the indoor?  I seriously think that I will!  I've even a microwave out there right now! 

So there you have it...  Crazycook has INDEED been cookin' crazy over the past week-ish.  Now, as the holidays approach, what else will I get up to?  I'm open to suggestions, while my "norm" is a bag of baked goods  - cookies, quick breads, and the like - for neighbors and friends.  Now, I have a string of white Christmas lights that are calling for help, as half of the string has gone dark.  I find that quite odd, but then I'm not an electo whiz by any means... I'm more of a CrazyCook!

Till next time, be well, be happy, be crazy!
Nov. 7, 2013 10:24 pm
Mmmm, sound like you have been eating well. Have you tried pizza on the grill? I was shocked by how well it works. Stay well.
Nov. 8, 2013 4:10 am
oh wow Stevie it's too early for me to get so hungry reading about your foods..lol.sounds like you are feeling well..that's a good thing...oh my and the holidays are almost on us..i haven't done anything, deep cleaned the house,planned thanksgiving meal,that's as far as i have gotten..stay happy & healthy friend...JUDY
Nov. 8, 2013 6:01 am
I've never thought of canning my home made baked beans. I should try that. I used the slow cooker to make them, and I've also tried a recipe for refried beans using the slow cooker. They tasted great, but weren't refried beans.
Nov. 8, 2013 11:35 am
BigShotsMom, thinking that I'd need a pizza stone for the grill???? Hope you/kitties are doing well!
Nov. 8, 2013 11:36 am
Judy, we're not doing T'Day this year, so house is still a total disaster - junk piled all round and floors a mess... I just don't feel like major cleaning right now... Be well!
Nov. 8, 2013 11:50 am
Doc, good to hear from you... I read an article about canning "refrieds" that basically said DON'T DO IT! What I did was cook the beans, leaving them intact, and pressure canned them in the cooking liquid. We've eaten 3 jars, not sick yet! lol! I guess the jars can explode as the mashed beans don't heat evenly, or such, so my method made sense to me. When I open a jar, I dump them into a pan with a tsp-tbls of lard (for flavor,) and mash them as they reheat. YUMMM! My arteries are clogging as I write this! Per baked beans, they are really cheap to make, but I caution for ANY low acid foods, find a rec. specifically for the pressure canner - my book has two sections, one for "pressure cooking," which states NOT FOR CANNING, and one for "pressure canning." I enjoy canning my own, despite not being able to grow my own stuff. When stuff is "cheap," I buy lots, and can-a-way! Do have ornamental orange trees however, that make wonderful Marmalade! Be well, and let me know if you try some beans, or want my recipe - I'm happy to email to you if you wish!
Nov. 10, 2013 6:08 am
Good morning, Stevie! ... you gave me some thoughts for the next week. Canning your own beans seems like a great idea for us because I am completely unable to make a small batch. Frozen baked beans just don't taste right. Will I try it? ... I use a pizza stone on my grill with no trouble. Everything I have read says don't put it directly over a flame but that is impossible on my grill so I heat the grill super hot, place the pizza on the grate, then turn the flame down to med-med low. Pre-heating the stone is a big plus. ... Glad you are doing well!
Nov. 10, 2013 1:47 pm
You are talking to Ms. Procrastinator. I have a very nice recipe for grilled pizza dough. I made it today inside since we have put away our grills. The DH got the last layer on the wood burning pizza oven so soon I hope to have some really good pizza.
Nov. 10, 2013 7:47 pm
Mike, glad to hear that you're doing well! I ususlly make 2lbs of dry beans at at time, putting them in pint jars. A nice amt. for two folk, about 3 servings - never hurts to have a bit l/o. Perhaps "Santa" will bring me a pizza stone this year...
Nov. 10, 2013 7:52 pm
Cat, my best pizza dough rec is for a deep dish pizza in a cast iron skillet... I've made it twice now, and have enjoyed very much, though I bake the pizza in the oven. Be well!
Nov. 11, 2013 1:13 pm
Steve, the guys LOVE the deep dish recipe the DH got from America's Test Kitchen. Me, not so much. It's an all afternoon event to make it from the sauce to the baking. Good flavor but I gotta say thin and crispy wins for me :)
Nov. 11, 2013 6:37 pm
Cat, at age 8 I had pizza made fresh in wood burning ovens in ITALY of all places! I did love the deep dish, I liked the bready dough "with pizza on it!" I did draw the line at anchovies, though, which I now keep in my frige! Don't get me wrong, I also like thin & crispy, or "reg." crust also! 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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