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What Joey K has to say!

February Faceless Frenzy! 
Feb. 19, 2013 6:51 am 
Updated: Feb. 22, 2013 6:02 am
February is one of my busiest months. There are 7 birthdays, Valentines day, Super bowl, and it is national Bird month as well. 
  This year is no different then any other year. Well maybe a little different, now Mom lives with us so no 3 night birthday trip for Bill and I. That has always been a tradition with us. We both have February birthdays so we would give ourselves a little break from the world and enjoyed life together. That isn't all that is different this year. This winter has been mild so the birds are feeding themselves and don't need my help, and Bill decided that this would be a good time to rip out my kitchen. Don't get me wrong it needed ripping but the timing is less then perfect.
 February is one of my biggest cooking months. Birthday dinners, super bowl snacks, and Valentines dinner. Every weekend this month there is a dinner I am cooking for no less then 8 people.
  Super bowl I was lucky and my kitchen was all in tact it was just in the planning stage then. The following weekend the first of the Birthday dinners and the biggest of them all finds half my kitchen in the dinning room and all the cabinets gone. The morning of that party I was up at dawn putting my kitchen back together and scrubbing the house(all while playing with my lil miss Madeline) Thank goodness I found a recipe for a crock pot pork shoulder. Still after the house is back in order it is time to start cooking. I was so happy that I had a sink, stove and counter to work with and I wasn't trying to cook out of the dining room,( that will come later) By the time I sat down for dinner I was exhausted and that was my Birthday dinner. This past weekend another Birthday dinner and yep you guessed it this was the weekend my sink and largest counter top were ripped out not to be replaced until late Monday night. ( thank God for presidents day and an extra day off) I have to say cooking with out a sink is very tricky, I kept trying to put things in the sink and to wash my hands. LOL it was fun to say the least.
 At this point you may be asking your self what does this have to do with a faceless frenzy. Well I have a friend named Penny, some of you may know her and if you do you know her hobby is making recipes that don't have pictures and giving them one. Well she has gotten me hooked on picture-less recipes as well and I can't help it now when I look for recipes they need to be without a face. Yep that it right almost every dish I made for all the dinners and snacks so far have been faceless recipes. The ones that weren't faceless were repeats of recipes I had put a picture to and really liked. Like 
 I have made this recipe 3 times now and will most likely keep on using it. I made them for my Birthday dinner and my guest were having a polite tug a war over the last 2. They are so tender that you can pull all the meat off in one bite.
 My newest treasure in recipes is one I was not sure if I would like it or not, I really didn't like it I loved it.
If you like green bean done what I think of as southern style, cooked with bacon and potatoes you will like this recipe.
 I am not a fish fan however Mom and Bill are, so in order to make them happy as well as improving our eating habits I went looking and found 2 very good recipes for white fish. Both with out a picture. I was very happy to put a picture to both of them and Bill was thrilled to see me eat fish of any kind. There was no breading or frying the fish 1 was poached and the other baked. I liked them both but if asked to chose I would pick the tomato and fennel broth with white fish.

  Take a look in my recipe box and you will see I have a few new favorites and recipes to be repeated over and over again. I need to high light one more recipe because it was so so good and it just needs to be shared. using chicken breast, soup, and stuffing mix and your oven you get a little Thanksgiving meal any time of the year. Add cranberry sauce & mashed potatoes as a side and green beans to the baking dish and you would think you were eating Thanksgiving dinner.
Not sure who Barbara is but she has a real winner in the recipe.
   I have a kitchen to put semi back together today and a list of recipes to try. February is only half done and there are thousands of recipes waiting to be tasted and pictured. I think with my sink, stove, & fridge all in place as well as 2 counter tops,it will now be less frenzy and more fun.
  Happy Cooking Everyone,  

Feb. 19, 2013 9:41 am
You are very brave to try new recipes and keep cooking for all of your family events with half a kitchen! I am impressed!
Feb. 19, 2013 10:22 am
Very nice, Joey. Making those faceless recipes in addictive isn't it? Sounds like to discovered some real keepers too. I just love when I find one we all LOVE and I get to take a picture too!
Feb. 19, 2013 1:41 pm
I love the alliteration! I have kitchen envy, sight unseen. If you managed good food under these conditions, imagine what you'll be able to do when it's finished.
Feb. 19, 2013 1:47 pm
Sounds like you have been very busy! It's hard to cook without the kitchen being intact!
Feb. 20, 2013 5:30 am
very addictive Penny, Not totally sure the word to use is brave LOL , I am imagining and biting at the bit to get there.Cat love what you did with your pro. makes me smile every time I read it. Oh and it aint always easy but it has been fun!
Feb. 20, 2013 7:00 pm
A lot of cooking coming from your kitchen! Green beans and pears- an unusual combination. I have to take a look at that recipe.
Feb. 21, 2013 3:44 am
There is no good time for major remodeling, that's what makes any house remodel project so dreadful. ... Hope your photo fun becomes a happy hobby for you. I can see you are having a ball with it right now!
Feb. 22, 2013 6:02 am
Lela the beans were so good even as leftovers 2 days later they were still so good. Thank you Mike, yes I am enjoying photoing food and such.It is a good escape from every day hassles. I am happy for the new kitchen I just wish it was all done.
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I am married I work part time in a flower shop. have 1 grandchild and 1 son.I like to cook,sew,make soap and I love the ocean.
My favorite things to cook
I love making fried foods,it is not so healthy for you but the flavor and juciness of fried food can't be beat.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Hands down has to be the Thanksgiving meal.The whole thing from the turkey to the pumpkin pie.
My cooking triumphs
Gravy! I am now the Queen of gravy but that wasn't always so.Lumpy was the least of my problems.For years I would buy the gravy in a jar,not any more I got determined and I mastered the art of gravy.
My cooking tragedies
Well I had many many gravy tragedies but I have had more baking bloopers then gravy.I can't seem to manage a cake from scratch,you can either use it as a clay brick or as saw dust on the floor,so I leave cake baking to others.
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