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!