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Put the Kettle on....

A little of this.... and a little of that..... 
Feb. 24, 2011 1:42 pm 
Updated: Feb. 25, 2011 1:14 pm
Real life sometimes takes over and keeps us hopping.  We have been pretty busy the last couple of weeks, both at home and at work.  So busy, that I haven't done much cooking.  In fact - the last real cooking I did was a week ago.  Since that time we have been eating whatever could be made quick and easy.

A week ago I made crabcakes.  We had crabcakes, sweet potatoes and a frozen veggie mixture that cooked up real nice in a yummy tomatoey sauce.  My crabcakes are pretty basic and not much other than crabmeat and some Old Bay seasoning.  I used one pound of lump crab meat; the kind in a can from the seafood counter, 4 crushed saltine crackers, an egg, Old Bay seasoning and 2 TBL. mayo.  Then I formed the mixture into cakes and brushed with a mayo, Old Bay, Paprika mixture and baked until done.  I made 6 crabcakes and had 2 leftover to take to work for lunch the next day.  My friend at work loves crabcakes, and so I promised her one of them.  The smell in our office after heating those babies up in the microwave was really something.  I work in a highschool and more than one student wrinkled their nose and declared it really did stink in that office! 

This past Saturday my son came home from college to attend our friend's surprise birthday party.  Her husband planned the entire affair and did a super job.  He even made arrangements for their 3 small children!  We were the "arrangement" for the kids.  They are our friends who run the local Mexican Restaurant that we love so much, and the children are our "adopted" grandchildren.  So, knowing I would have them during dinner time I decided to make homemade chicken nuggets.  What kid doesn't like chicken nuggets?  It was an excellent choice.  When I told them what I was making, there were cheers and much jumping up and down.  They only eat chicken nuggets at a restaurant - never at home!  My own son was happy to have them as well - apparently the dining room at school doesn't serve nuggets as good as Mom's.  

After we all ate and played Barbie's, Lego's and other various assorted "games" that 3, 5 and 8 year olds enjoy it was finally time to go to the party.  Since they run the restaurant and had to wait for closing time - the party was to begin at 10:00 pm.  That's normally my bedtime!  I don't know how those kids did it, but they stayed awake the entire time and were cheerful and had a blast.  They were very excited to be surprising their Mother with a party and couldn't wait for her to get there.  It was a great surprise and it seemed like everyone had fun; I know we all did.  Her husband had a small band playing and plenty of good food.  All of their celebrations include a tres leches cake and this one was fabulous with strawberry filling.  I am going to attempt to make one of those cakes some day.

After my son headed back to school Sunday afternoon I spent the day reading and relaxing.  I was tired from being up so late for the party.  I think I have caught up on my rest but still have not really done much cooking.  We have been eating left overs and tonight I am making a Zatarain's box mix of Jambalaya with shrimp and smoked sausage added.  Tomorrow is pizza at a friend's house and Sunday my husband will be going on the annual father/student hunt with the hunting club from my son's school.  They go to a preserve and spend the day pheasant hunting and trap shooting.  I won't be doing any cooking then. 

I guess next week I'll have to dig in to my recipe box and see what I can cook for a change.  Before I forget how!

Feb. 24, 2011 4:56 pm
Having friends that are fun to be with are one of the best parts of life. They are blessed to count you as one of their friends. Great job, Mother Ann!
Feb. 24, 2011 7:33 pm
LOL! Today was the kid's 18th birthday. So for the last time(last time under my roof :) I took him to lunch for his birthday. We didn't get to do too much fun another snowstorm hit just like the one 18 years ago then I served his father chicken nuggets (homemade) and hotwings for us with a Victoria sponge for the birthday cake. The DS asked for it and then he said, "you had to make homemade whipcream to go on it too, geez, Mom" Boy how time flies. And I wouldn't mind trying your crabcakes either :)
Feb. 24, 2011 7:39 pm
Those crabcakes sound delish! I don't think I can afford fresh crab around here, but man...I want some!!
Feb. 24, 2011 7:46 pm
Oh man Mother Ann those crabcakes sound wonderful. I sure wish we were closer so that I could come over and have you show me how to do duck to perfection. Great blog!
Feb. 25, 2011 4:42 am
I couldn't agree more, Mike! My friends and family are the most important part of life to me. I treasure each and every one of them. I consider myself to be the lucky one to have such dear friends.
Feb. 25, 2011 4:44 am
CatHill: Happy b-day to your son! Homemade whipped cream sounds great! We're currently being hit with a snowstorm...again! Snowday #6 for me, I'll be making some days up in the summer I guess.
Feb. 25, 2011 4:45 am
ElCay - very often our grocery store has the 1 lb. cans of lump crab on sale for $8.99/can. That's the only time I buy it. I couldn't afford to buy fresh crab and pick the meat out myself for crabcakes, but that would be the best of all!
Feb. 25, 2011 4:47 am
SLN: I wish you were closer, too! I'm no expert on the duck, though you'd think after almost 30 years I would be! The most important thing I've learned is DO NOT overcook it. Undercooked a little is far better. And, certain kinds of ducks just do not taste good no matter what. We have about 10 lbs. of "nasty" duck in the freezer right now and hubby is going to be taking it to the butcher shop where they will add about 35% ground pork to it and make it into sausage. We've never done that so I'm anxious to see how that will turn out.
Feb. 25, 2011 6:32 am
Hi Mother, I'm glad you had a nice weekend. I bet the kids wished you made stuffing to go along with the nuggets! It's nice to have good friends to go along with a great family. I hope that sausage turns out for you, keep us posted! And by the way, snow days suck when you have to make them up! I don't remember ever having to make up days when I was in school, hope you don't have any more!
Feb. 25, 2011 7:02 am
Dragonfly - How funny you mentioned the stuffing - I DID make stuffing to go along with. That made them happy, too! I had strawberries, too - those were also a huge hit, especially with the 3 yo. I hope we have no more snow days as well - I'm tired of snow!
Feb. 25, 2011 1:14 pm
Umm, Mother Ann do you mind if Soup Loving Nicole and I swing by your house for lessons in cooking wild fowl? That is after the snowstorms and ice Mother Nature seems to want to dump on all of us!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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