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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Apr. 19, 2014 10:26 pm 
Updated: Apr. 25, 2014 4:46 pm
At the tail end of my last post, I mentioned that I had an abundance of bananas. Perhaps 10lbs worth... Denise, bless her heart, had been out to fav "famers market" while visiting her mom, and brought home a banana box FULL of nanner's, for - get this...  $1.    No, that is NOT a typo!  Thankfully, she didn't ask me to take half, or most, but dealt with the overstock herself.  I never did get that banana split I spoke of, btw, but turned my ambitions up a notch.

One afternoon during the last week, I decided to make some crepes, or at least my "version" of crepes.  I used a decent recipe, but must confess that I'm no pro and some of them turned out looking rather odd - but they tasted great!

The next afternoon, I turned my attention to the bananas...  From here at a/r, I found a few recipes that sounded "sort of" ok, but decided to mix the recipes together, and see just what would happen.  I began with the recipe "Irish Bananas," melded it with "Banana Crepes," while "Bananas Foster."  In the end, I'd made the sauce per the Irish Banana recipe, and added to it freshly toasted chopped walnuts and a good splash of heavy cream.  I went on to cook the banana halves in the sauce, wrap them in a crepe, and doused the remaining sauce over the tops, before I put the pan in the frige.  O-M-G!  Talk about a little bit of heaven on earth!  AND they're "healthy" to boot (lol) since the main ingredient is BANANA!  Ok, so that was a silly statement, but if you read me at all, you know that I've a pretty warped sense of humor! 

On to the next topic... HAPPY EASTER all!  I pulled the turkey out of my freezer simply as it was taking up way to much space, and will cook it tomorrow for the two of us.   I've had no poultry in the freezer for a while now, so the l/o's will be packaged into "user friendly" servings, and will produce such things as "turkey tacos"  sometime in the future.  Normally, I'd make broth from the carcass, but I've made plans for Denise to take it off my hands - I've plenty of homemade broths in the freezer, something else I need to use up to make some space! 

I am also finding myself knee deep in lemons, as it's that time of year again.  Good thing I have a bit of freezer space, as I'm going to have LOTS of juice to freeze early next week!  Lemonade, lemon bars, lemon curd (maybe) and perhaps a lemon cake of some sort!  Time to search for more recipes!

Well, folks, that's what crazycook has been up to of late, and I fear it's time I call this blog "done."  Be happy, be healthy, be CRAZY!
Apr. 20, 2014 6:15 am
Hello Crazy, I, too enjoy melding recipes on A/R. Just can't help myself:-)
Apr. 20, 2014 6:56 am
happy easter- i love a buy on nanners- at my mexican market i get 5 pounds for 59 cents- throw then in the freezer- just as they are- drop one on each rose bush every week- will have blooms til frost :-)
Apr. 20, 2014 7:32 am
Hello Stevie, love bananas in smoothies. Happy Easter to you!!!
Apr. 21, 2014 6:35 am
I freeze bananas when they turn ripe and then use them for banana bread. My favorite is blueberry banana bread. I can't believe Denise got a box of bananas for $1.00. That is a bargain for sure!
Apr. 21, 2014 10:32 am
Lace, you're right! Just Can't Help It...
Apr. 21, 2014 10:33 am
nanny, .57/lb is average here at the grocery. Rose bush food? Interesting!
Apr. 21, 2014 10:34 am
manella, not too fond of smoothies - though I should be! Did you make it to AZ?
Apr. 21, 2014 10:37 am
Lela, "ditto." I've a number frozen in peel so this bunch I peeled/mashed and froze the excess. Christmas is coming...? I must try bread w/ blueberries!
Apr. 21, 2014 11:43 am
Love the idea of freezing fresh lemon juice-wish I had a lemon tree!
Apr. 23, 2014 1:47 pm
I do have a lemon tree but the poor thing finds MO too frigid to bear anything but it did bloom once. I sorted and overhauled our freezers a while back. Fraid bananas make my dislike list. The only thing I have found that I will eat them in is ice cream. I know go figure. Freeze a tray of sliced bananas add a couple of splashes of rum whirlpool in the blender and instant icecream. I know, I know bananas are good for you but my tastebuds disagree must be the rum that eases the ice cream over ;)
Apr. 23, 2014 8:02 pm
Hi Stevie, yes we did, it was a short but very nice time. Next time it will be longer l hope.
Apr. 25, 2014 4:37 pm
Paula, I love having the tree, but when the lemons are ripe, they're ALL ripe at the same time, so I started freezing juice - those that I don't share with friends, that is!
Apr. 25, 2014 4:39 pm
Cat, I'm sure that we all have our likes, and dislikes! I've learned, however, that our tastes change over time, and I now eat things that I HATED all of my life!
Apr. 25, 2014 4:46 pm
manella, seems "summer" is at our heels, with temps soaring...
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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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