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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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Apr. 10, 2013 11:02 pm 
Updated: Apr. 12, 2013 10:08 am
Ok, so I just now "named" my experiment, but as I've been asked a few times to report to you all as things progress, I had to think of a "name" for this endeavor.  I've also been asked to immortalise this wandering into unknown territory with the camera, but frankly, I really don't think that… MORE
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Apr. 8, 2013 11:23 pm 
Updated: Apr. 15, 2013 6:11 pm
Just read a wonderful blog by Joey Joan, and decided to share the "thoughts" a step further...  Hope you don't mind! I got up this morning, and after pulling on some comfy clothes, went to comb my hair in the bathroom.  While I did this, I thought that I'd best go get the newspaper, rather… MORE
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Mar. 27, 2013 6:47 pm 
Updated: Apr. 7, 2013 1:57 pm
Ok, so I "borrowed" the title of the James Bond movie, but it does rather describe where I'm at this evening!  Seems I'm having one of those "off" days, in that everything I attempted to do in the crazykitchen today met either the garbage disposal, or Mr Trash Can!  I'm sure I'm not alone… MORE
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Mar. 18, 2013 7:43 pm 
Updated: Mar. 28, 2013 1:20 pm
St. Patricks day has come and gone, but with remnants of the meal...  I tossed a corned beef, potatoes, carrots and onion into the crock pot, and let it cook all day, adding cabbage only at the end.  This evening I used remaining carrots, most of the cabbage, and some spuds, once again… MORE
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Mar. 10, 2013 12:27 am 
Updated: Mar. 13, 2013 9:16 pm
The rhyme goes, Do you know the muffin man The muffin man, the muffin man,  Do you know the muffin man, Who lives down Drury Lane?   The children's poem dates back to 1820, which is about the last time I thought about it - well until now!  It refers to the door-to-door salesman, who… MORE
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Stevie crazycook

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Lansing, Michigan, USA
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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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