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Jun. 2, 2013 10:50 pm 
Updated: Jun. 5, 2013 8:30 pm
A short time ago, I decided to try "preserving" a couple of lemons (while I had an abundance of fresh.)  The question now, is what to do with them?  So, off I went on a trip to the middle east via the internet, and found a few recipes.  I do believe that I'm getting a "feel" for just how, and… MORE
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May 30, 2013 9:57 pm 
Updated: May 31, 2013 4:24 pm
I recently had a misfortune, however, the end result was not near as bad as it could have been...  In an attempt to "make room" in the frige for something, I dropped the container of eggs on the floor - an 18 pk which contained 10 eggs ( I discovered when I opened it, fearing the worst!) … MORE
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May 24, 2013 10:33 am 
Updated: May 25, 2013 8:02 pm
It was just the 14th of this month that I mentioned how excited I was, to once again be able to make some of my favorite salads... not the type of foods one would wish to eat on a cold wet day, but those flavors taste mighty fine on a hot afternoon or early evening. This morning's paper… MORE
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May 14, 2013 11:46 pm 
Updated: May 30, 2013 9:25 pm
When the heat is on, (we were 100+ already,) it's nice not to heat up the kitchen any more than required to pull a meal together.  Fresh produce is once again available at some rather reasonable prices, so of course, the "side salad" has been served here more than once, but I also have many… MORE
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May 10, 2013 11:13 am 
Updated: May 16, 2013 4:05 am
I've been a poor gardener most of my life, but that has never stopped me from starting seeds, or planting a potato that's growing out of it's skin, if for no other reason, to simply see what it will do.  Having been chastised by a good friend who grows all sorts of stuff (even here in the… MORE
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May 6, 2013 10:39 pm 
Updated: May 13, 2013 10:17 pm
When it comes to buying new kitchen "things," I often just jump, and pay the bill when it comes...  Items over about $100 however, I spend a little time on...  Perhaps I'm too cautious, or maybe even obsessive/compulsive, but I have found in the past that "shopping around" and being patient,… MORE
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May 1, 2013 10:02 pm 
Updated: May 2, 2013 8:25 pm
I've thought about writing this a number of times since last Saturday, but for the life of me, I simply cannot come up with a suitable title.  I'm also not sure if I should start from the beginning, or the end and work backwards!  You'll have to ponder that, to make sense of it! There are… MORE
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Apr. 30, 2013 11:43 pm 
Updated: May 1, 2013 8:41 pm
Well, the cabbage experiment came to an end last Friday, when I went ahead and canned it...  From about 5lbs of cabbage, I ended up with five and half pints of "green sauerkraut."  Is what I turned out better than store bought?  The jury is still out on that one... I decided to pull the plug… MORE
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Apr. 25, 2013 12:41 am 
Updated: Apr. 30, 2013 4:04 pm
For many years, I've avoided the freezer section at the grocery.Yesterday, before the current "ad" expired, I trekked off to the grocery, armed first with my list of needs, and of course, items that I will need at some point, that were just too good a deal to overlook right now. … MORE
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Apr. 18, 2013 11:35 pm 
Updated: Apr. 20, 2013 11:16 pm
Just a couple of weeks ago, I had one of the strangest cravings that I can recall...  I NEEDED potato salad, and lots of it!  It got so bad that I purchased potato salad from the deli at my grocery!  Despite doctoring it up, mine is far better!  Seemed that much of the potato in the store… MORE
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Stevie crazycook

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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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