Cravings of a Lunatic Unplugged

Hi folks. I was honored to have Kym from Free Spirit Eater name me as one of her 5 fave bloggers. The company she had me was incredible and I felt a bit like that Sesame Street game. You know the one. “One of these things just doesn’t belong here, one of these things just isn’t the same, one of these is not like the others,”. I am truly touched and overwhelmed by Kym’s email. She is incredibly kind and I am lucky to call this lady a friend. It is amazing to me how food unites us, gives us common ground. Now with the internet and these wonderful things we call blogs we can connect with people with similar passions in life. To meet Kym and many other lovely bloggers along this journey has been a real blessing. I am a very lucky girl indeed.


The idea behind this Food Bloggers Unplugged is for the reader to get to know us on a more personal level. I am sure with some blogs you may not feel like you get to know the person writing it. I fear with mine you get to know me a little too well. I do not seem to have an edit button on my life or my writing. It just spills out. Some people struggle to write, but for me on most days it just flows out without hesitation. I am not sure if that is bad or good. Once I start typing I rarely pause, I rarely stop, I rarely think. I just write and it comes flying out faster than I can type some days. I am not sure if it’s so many years of being an at home Mom and feeling like I have so much to say, or if its lack of socialization from being cooped up with the IBS frequently. Whatever it is I feel blessed and lucky it comes to me in a tidal wave most days. Now the funny does not always come easily. I have to be in the mood for the funny stuff. There is the odd time my writing style leans to a more serious note. Then I struggle a bit as I am never sure whether you, the reader wants to hear the more serious stuff. Usually I wait a day till the funny comes back. Occasionally it wanders off. Maybe I wear it out. Maybe it tires of my bad grammar.Okay so here it is folks, all laid out for you. You want to get to know me better, well hang on to your hats. You may regret it and run screaming in fear. Or stop reading. Yikes. Don’t stop reading. Just pretend I’m normal. Or become a Lunatic like me. It’s great fun. Okay you sure you’re ready?


The Lunatic….Unplugged:

What or who inspired you to start your blog?

A friend of mine named Amy Valentino inspired me to start the blog. I had a bunch of friends who wanted recipes. I had a habit of posting what I was making in the kitchen on facebook every day. Family and friends started to ask for recipes. To be honest it was a bit overwhelming. I felt like I was passing stuff in every direction. So Amy suggested the blog as it was a central location that people could see what I made and print recipes from there. I kept it very private for months. I started in March of 2011 but did not go public with it until June. Even then I was too scared to talk to anyone. I think it was probably around August when I started to come out of my shell and get to know other bloggers, really put myself out there. I had no idea when I started it what I was doing. I had only read one blog one time when Amy suggested it. So it’s opened up a whole new world to me. 

Who is your foodie inspiration?

Now this is a tough question. Another revelation about me is that until I blogged and started getting serious about it I never watched The Food Network or cooking shows. I never even really liked cookbooks very much. I had maybe a dozen or so. Now that I blog I have more inspiration. I love The Shiksa in the Kitchen. She makes me so happy. Her posts are always so well thought out, the history behind the food is fascinating. I am usually not a history buff but the way Tori tells the tales I cannot help but be drawn in. Certainly The Pioneer Woman, and Steamy Kitchen. Jaden from Steamy Kitchen was so nice to me when I was first blogging. Someone gave me an award and I being totally unaware of how things worked, bestowed it upon Jaden not knowing she was a huge star or the etiquette to these things. She was so sweet. She sent me an email and was incredibly kind to me. She commented on my blog a few times back then and I was so touched by how nice she was. 

Your greasiest most batter splattered cook book is?

My red Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. It’s my second copy. I am a total mess in the kitchen. It is the standby when I am unsure how to do something.

The best thing you have eaten in another country, where was it and what was it?

The luau pig they did in Hawaii when we went on our honeymoon. I have never tasted anything quite like it, not before and not since. It is to die for. Something I will never forget.

Another food bloggers table you would like to eat at?

Oh my, this is hard. There are so many. I would love to share a table with Wanna Be A Country Cleaver for sure. Not only is her food amazing but she’s just so amusing. I think we’d have a blast, and laugh for hours. Also The Novice Chef since she’s hilarious as well as an amazing cook. Every time I see her pic on twitter I grin. Confessions of a Cookbook Queen I am new to, a friend commented to me that she thought we were similar in our personalities. When I went to see the blog I was blown away, I think we were separated at birth. But she is funnier than I am. And has cuter hair. And is way more successful. So twins. But I’m the slacker twin. I like a lot of blogs but these three ladies are people I would want to hang with, eat with, even have a drink with. Which is saying something cuz I don’t drink. I tend to be drawn to the funny blogs, the ones with sarcastic wit and humor.

What one kitchen gadget would you like Santa to bring you?

Hm, I would love a Wolfe Stove, does that count as a gadget. I want this one! So if I have any wealthy readers I’d love it for Easter. Red knobs are a must. Just putting that out there. Having a stove like that would make my life complete. Seriously!

If that’s too extravagant then I’ll settle for Le Creuset. Which is still pretty extravagant. I just wish they made them in pink. Seriously!

Or a pink kitchenaid mixer. Cuz every girl should have one. If it had little flowers or ponies painted on it all the better. Seriously!

Okay so that was 3. But I have needs. Seriously! I have not shopped for 3 years people. Seriously!

Who taught you how to cook?

I am self-taught. My Mom passed away when I was 15 and she was old-fashioned. She did all the cooking. So I never learned how. I had an aunt who gave me one lesson after my Mom died. Other than that it’s been a journey with lots of bad dishes along the way. I do well with the cooking but baking is a struggle. I have to really be on my game to bake.

I’m coming to you for dinner, what is your signature dish?

Dinner would be lasagna and dessert would be Black Forest Cheesecake. Without question.

What is your guilty food pleasure?

Seriously I do not feel guilty. Ever. Yes I could be thinner. But my life is not valued by the size of my waist. Enjoy your food, eat what you love. I think if you give food power over you then it’s a recipe for disaster. What I indulge in is pistachios and pepsi. I love to snack on pistachios at night. And pepsi helps me function during the day, I have insomnia so some days it’s the only thing keeping me from falling over. Not the best energy boost but it’s my one vice. I don’t drink, smoke, or drink coffee so pepsi is my vice. I think we all have one.

Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn.

I really am not sure there is much about me you don’t already know. Okay so since this week seems Hawaii in nature, lots of reminiscing going on. So a week before my hubs and I got married we were throwing my son a birthday party. I had about 40 people coming to my house. Hubs (then not hubs but fiance) had gone off to play baseball (cuz that was important when we had 40 people coming) and I was home cleaning and getting ready. It was nice that day so I decided to open up all the windows. At the time we lived in an older home. I managed to get them all open but one which was sticking. Humid here in August. So silly me hops up on the ledge (had done it a million times to be honest) and he-mans the windows open. That day the window stopped sticking part way up which lead to sliding it up to fast, which lead to hitting the blind, which lead to the blind breaking, which lead to the blind hitting me on the head, which lead to me losing my hold on the window, which lead to….yup… me almost losing my big toe. I managed to get the window up enough to slide out. I managed to not pass out when I saw all the blood. I managed to hop to the bathroom. I managed to think running it under cold water would make it magically be okay. I managed to almost hurl when I saw how bad it was. I managed to wrap it in a towel and nonchalantly hobble out to my son’s play room and ask him to call Papa. I managed to say I was okay, just tell Papa to hurry. I managed to keep smiling like nothing happened while I played with my son till my dad arrived. I managed to not be mortified to have to leave my still not clean home to be cleaned by my aunts (ocd, I would clean for the cleaning lady) and my son with them to boot. I managed not to cry while my Dad looked at it and said he thought there was no hope for it. I also managed to smile and laugh while my Dad picked me up and carried me to his van to rush  me in for medical care while I waved to my son and acted like nothing was wrong. I managed to get through a rather unpleasant visit to the doc who attempted to put me back together. I managed to go back to the house and throw a party for 40 people. I managed to throw a wedding the next week for 200. I managed to scuba dive with stitches and two different size fins. I managed to hike up Diamond Head in Hawaii shoeless and bleeding but smiling the whole way. I managed to get up on the stage at the luau and dance with the hot dancer with one shoe on and laugh like there was no tomorrow. What I did not manage was being able to wear shoes at my wedding. 

My toe is still lopsided and every time I look at it I laugh at how stupid I was which lead me to realize how capable and determined I was. The doc told me no swimming in Hawaii for fear of infection. I told her “this is my one chance to live my dream and if you think I am not spending all week in the water you got another thing coming. I don’t care if you have to cut my toe, or my whole foot after, I am going in that damn water”. 

And I did. 



I know I am supposed to name my five fave bloggers so they can do this too. However I am bucking tradition and saying I love everyone so do this if you find it interesting. It’s a very cool way to let people into your world a little more. Although with me I am not sure you could be any more in my world without moving in with me at this point. This is the asylum folks, love it or leave it. Hope you love it!


Toodles and smoochies! xx

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    • Kim Bee says

      I had to unleash the song on someone else. It was driving me nuts. I am a weirdo, lots of stories like this unfortunately. My life is never dull.

  1. says

    Congratulations on your award – it’s well deserved and you are too amazing for words! Toodles and smooches right back!

  2. says

    Oy! What a horrible toe story. I mean story about your toe. So glad you still have ten. Could we put that on a greeting card? I should really end this comment now. Love ya!

    • Kim Bee says

      I’d say more 9 and a half. But it’s cool. Makes me unique. I would love if they made a greeting card for that. “Sorry you almost lost your big toe in the window incident but really, it could have been your whole foot so there’s that.” Love ya right back.

  3. says

    I always laugh when I visit your blog but feel intimidated to comment – you are one of my super star bloggers! Aaanywas, congratulations on your award!

    • Kim Bee says

      Really? Well now my head is going to get all big and my ego out of control. Lol. I am so touched you like my blog, that is such high praise. Just remember we’re all in this together though. I still feel like a total newbie most days. Never feel intimidated. I am an open book in a room with an open door. I have no idea how that makes sense but it does. I love when people comment. Feel free to gab away here, on fb, twitter. I promise I am as friendly as they come. I do not feel like a superstar at all. Although I really love that movie. Makes me howl with laughter. Thanks for being so sweet.

  4. Alyssa says

    I love that you still managed to throw the party that day! I’m such a wuss I probably would have canceled. Great to know a little more about you!

    • Kim Bee says

      I’m sure the pain meds helped. I somehow pulled off a party for 40 and wedding for over 200 the following week. All while limping with a huge bandage on my toe. Lol!

  5. says

    Congratulations on your award!! Well done!! Love the interview. I always love reading more and more about you. :) Yikes about your big toe!!

    • Kim Bee says

      Lol, birthday party was roughly 40 or 50. I think the wedding was about 250 or slightly more. Hubs comes from a big French family. We used to entertain big time. Not so much any more. We actually had cherry cheesecake for our wedding cake. Anything cherry and cheesecakey is the bomb in my world. I need to make that black forest one for the blog. I never have for some reason. I believe it hits May 7th. I have a sentimental post planned with it. Bring tissues.

  6. says

    Congratulations on your award! You have a knack for making people smile. As for the honeymoon, I would be worried about sharks, swimming around with a bloody toe in Hawaii!!! But that’s just me….I was traumatized by “Jaws” in 1976!

    • Kim Bee says

      Oh that’s a whole different story. We did go scuba diving. There was blood but not from my toe. Luckily I’m still here. Lol!

    • Kim Bee says

      Lol, sadly my life is full of stories like this. We should all band together and write Le Creuset a letter. I mean seriously what’s up with the lack of pink!!

  7. says

    Great post and it’s great to hear more of your stories! I’m a Viking girl myself but I wouldn’t say no to a Wolfe either! I cringed when I read your toe story – I once shoveled my big toe almost in half lengthwise with a shovel when I was digging in the garden with my teva sandals on. Husband still gets on my case about it because I still garden with sandals on, and he’s waiting for the day when I lop that sucker right off! :) For the record, I’d have been swimming too! It’s amazing to me that you’ve only been doing this for a year – I can’t wait to see what you come up with in the coming months and years! Turtle pizza? If anybody can do it, you can! ha ha!

    • Kim Bee says

      I am lucky enough to have a dual fuel stove but it’s the standard size which burns me up. I’d love the huge versions Viking and Wolfe offer up. I have had some interesting window experiences. I’ll have to share the others with you some time. Oh my your poor thing, it’s painful to almost lop off a toe. I once bent over in my garden and got a stake in the eye. I still shake my head how silly that was and feel lucky to have my sight. Oh turtle pizza. Yum!

  8. says

    Congrats, a most well deserved recognition! Love your attitude about guilty food pleasures… good food is to be enjoyed and frankly, we probably do more damage to ourselves feeling guilty about that piece of cheesecake we ate than anything the cheesecake can do. Eat well and be happy, right?

  9. says

    Loved reading about you, Kim! This is a lovely post :) I especially liked the bit about guilty pleasures – and about not allowing food to have power over us! Lovely post! :)

    And so glad you still have your big toe! :)

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks so much. I say life is short so eat good food. I am pretty happy to have my toe as well. Was a weird experience.

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