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Nov. 23, 2012 6:00 am 
Updated: Nov. 24, 2012 9:14 am
Frankly, I had forgotten that this time of day exsists, and am totally confused as to why I'm up rattling around in the dark at 6am, but for the life of me, I got tired of rolling around in bed after an hour + !  I imagine that J will arise soon.... too bad I've no champagne to drink while… MORE
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Nov. 17, 2012 4:13 pm 
Updated: Nov. 23, 2012 5:03 am
Time has been marching on, and once again crazycook has been contemplating menu, and asking confirmed guests what they might like to provide as a "dish to pass..."  Meanwhile, poor Rusty kitty became very sick... all of the hopes and well wishes... the pampering and hand feeding, helped not… MORE
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Nov. 7, 2012 9:31 pm 
Updated: Dec. 22, 2012 12:22 pm
One fond memory I still carry from my years in England is the "sweet" served after dinner on December 25th, the "Christmas Pudding."  It's origins date back to the 1400's, however the recipes have changed since then, as has the actual tradition was introduced by Queen Victoria's husband,… MORE
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Nov. 6, 2012 11:10 am 
Updated: Nov. 7, 2012 4:01 pm
My obsession with food, the kitchen, cooking, canning and baking have become somewhat of a serious issue, and has now started interfering with everyday life...  Casa de Crazy, more specifically the CrazyKitchen, have become my refuge... a place of total peace and harmony - even if the cookies… MORE
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Oct. 27, 2012 9:34 pm 
Updated: Oct. 29, 2012 4:46 pm
My first attempt at making a kitchen witch was semi-successful, but once I found the directions for using corn husks, the  process seems to be going quite smoothly. Though I've only the two completed witches so far, I do have the bodies/hair of three others... one even has arms!  I also have… MORE
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Oct. 17, 2012 11:38 pm 
Updated: Oct. 25, 2012 1:15 pm
If "a stitch in time saves nine," then why can't I ever find time to make near the recipes I'd like to try out?  Currently, I've got fresh strawberries to deal with - and apples, but fear they may rot before I get to them...  I've all of the ingredients for an orange gelatin salad I found… MORE
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Oct. 16, 2012 11:35 pm 
Updated: Oct. 18, 2012 5:04 am
Oct 12th I blogged about a soup recipe that I'd found in a magazine some years ago...  After making a very large batch, there are 7 additional options, using the Vegetable Soup Base as a starting place.  I had promised to share these additions, so here you all go, in case you've been waiting… MORE
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Oct. 16, 2012 1:50 am 
Updated: Oct. 17, 2012 11:40 pm
It's been many years since I've had a "kitchen witch" hanging in my kitchen.  Folklore is, that the friendly witch will ward off bad spirits, and promote safety and productivity in your kitchen.  She is also known to help your breads and pastries rise properly, your roasts will not burn, and… MORE
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Oct. 12, 2012 11:11 pm 
Updated: Oct. 13, 2012 8:21 pm
I found this recipe some years ago in a magazine, and have saved it since.  I finally scanned and saved the recipe in it's entirety today, in fact the last of perhaps 100 clippings that I've scanned today...  I'm not sure that I'll be able to stand upright tomorrow, I've spent so much time… MORE
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Oct. 6, 2012 10:07 pm 
Updated: Oct. 17, 2012 12:19 pm
When did I become so obsessive/compulsive that I honestly cannot STOP buying, and cooking?  Surely, it must be a medical thing, of some sort...    Afterall, a bargain is a bargain, and if it happens to be an item that I often use, I cannot pass it by!  I NEED to have some on the pantry shelf,… MORE
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Stevie crazycook

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Lansing, Michigan, USA
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Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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Feb. 2008

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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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