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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Jan. 21, 2010 11:40 pm 
Updated: Mar. 3, 2010 8:49 am
Now that I'm "getting my feet wet" on this website, the more I'm impressed with the interaction of members.  I feel that while I know no one in Phx who is as kitchen crazy as I am, there are sooo many of you out there who share the "interest," I feel that I have made MANY new friends, and I thank you all, for the 10th time...  My best friend here of  25yrs thought I was nuts for trying to solve the marmalade mystery...  Her idea of cooking is a tv dinner, despite having two freezers full of "stuff," no doubt rotting as time passes by! 

While my blog doesn't stir up too many comments, at least I know a few of you check it now and then, maybe more of you than I know.  I am at the point that I wish allrecipes would allow us contanct cook-to-cook, so to speak... as in emial, or message box to message box.  Maybe this can be done, but I'm still having difficulty trying to do things I want to, that I know I can, as soon as I find the right avenue again.  As I said, still finding my way 'round.

Made a Treacle pudding this eve, that stuck to the "basin" (translates to bowl) but have to admit it was as tasty as I recall, despite subbing dark corn syrup for the "treacle."  Jason even devoured a healthy portion, and normally if it's not chocolate, he could care less!

Should fall into bed, but have more "work" to do, so, keep cookin' crazy!  Luv U!
Jan. 22, 2010 8:48 am
I have been reading your blogs since you started and have enjoyed them. It is alsays interesting to read about others' experiences in the kitchen. Keep it up!
Jan. 22, 2010 9:07 am
Although I have been on the site for several years, I just discovered the recipe exchange a couple of weeks ago, and I'm with you it's a wonderful enviorment with great people. I can't believe what I was missing. I read and love your blogs, so keep them comming :)))
Jan. 22, 2010 10:25 am
Enjoyed your blog, too! I live in the "Valley of the Sun" and your sunset picture caught my eye. Are you as soaked where you live as we are here? Even the kids are home from school today, because of the flooding around the building. First time I ever remember that happening! Anyway, here's another "kitchen crazy" Phoenician saying keep up the good work!
Jan. 22, 2010 3:40 pm
I also wish there was a contact cook function aswell! I like your blogs too, I think you and me have lots in common!
Lee B 
Jan. 22, 2010 7:41 pm
We lived in Michigan for almost 10 yrs. I have a cookbook from a sweet lady from the U.P."Hollyhocks & Radishes" Mrs. Chard's Almanac Cookbook by Bonnie Stewart Mickelson. It has many illustrations of the farmstand she and her husband had for years.If you ever come across a copy-you may enjoy it. Count me in as one of your "fans"!!!!
Jan. 22, 2010 10:57 pm
Did I say that I was "Thrilled," I do believe I mispoke!! Let's try sautee sizzlin'!!! It's GREAT to know that while I am cruising thru many blogs, as I stumble across them, that as new as I am to whole thing, I haven't gone totally un-noticed in this venue. I guess the only way to communicate with another crazy cook is to post on a blog, and we will have to make do. I just feel silly leaving a post that has NOTHING to do with the original author's posting. Guess if AR is ok with that, and so are members, then it's the way to go. That brings me to another issue I'm having... Is ther a "search" bar anywhere that I am missing, that will lead me to a paticular blog/cook? Seems I spend a lot of time searching thru the long lists for someone I wish to read, or leave a post. As I recall, "we" can each have 6 fav cooks... I think I could name 20, easy, IF I could remember how to name one! Some of you who have responded, I'm not familiar with, but TRUST! That won't last long! All I can say to ANYONE who has read one of my postings... none of you, nor I, know what my crazy kitchen will inspire me to post next. I think the only safe thing to say, is that it will have to do with food, recipes, or kitchen overall. (Had mine totally remodelled last summer.. :) LOVE IT! On a more personal note: Mamaby, feel free to stop in and say "hi" anytime you want! Sandy, if you aren't a bundle of love and a laugh a minute, I'd eat my hat (if I had one!!) The first time I saw your pic, I knew that we could be great friends! JAMJMine, I began building an ark, well a small one, two of us, two dogs, three cats. Yes, it's been wetter than I remember EVER the years I have been here. I'm near Thomas and 16th sts, not quite downtown... Were you here the year the temp was so hi that Sky Harbor was closed down for an afternoon, as we had hit 122F ? Amber... you have come to my assistance a number of times, don't know where I would have been without you!! Don't be a stranger, even if I don't have a "crisis" going on. The more I "can," the more I'm learning. My knowledge is a culmination of my (many) cookbooks, and help from folks like you! Experience often goes farther than a book! :) LeeB, you're lucky you only spent 10 yrs in that infernal state! Glad that my blog doesn't bore folk to death, and that some of you read without leaving a comment. The word "snow" has been in the "four letter word" category of my vocabulary for more years than I can count! "Cold" isn't far behind! Thank you all for your support, you are only feeding my "ego" in that my time has been "noticed." Also feel that I'm forming a network of friends! In the process of making candied peel from our fruit trees, so need to ck on, and hopefully will have time to tap dance around AR more, but then it IS getting late... Guess it doesn't matter, if it has to do with any of us "cookin' crazy," I can stay up LATE... don't need to function any too early tomorrow! Thanks all :) !!! Till next time!
Jan. 23, 2010 5:37 pm
Yes, Stevie, I think I was here! Sometimes I think I'm so tired of 100+ days, then all it takes is a few days like this, and I once again appreciate WHY I love Arizona. I noticed your comment on your profile about your hot kitchen - that's when bread rises great, but it's too hot to turn the oven on and bake the stuff!
Jan. 23, 2010 9:29 pm
I know what you mean about the summer heat, it does wear you down. My response tho' to any thinking I'm nuts, "I don't have to shovel the heat!" Also curious to see, had kitchen remodelled, finished Aug, I think. Took out a good chunk of wall, so ventilation might be better next heatwave!
Jan. 26, 2010 9:25 pm
Stevie, I know I said this before but love your Blog. You are a very interesting person and fun. Keep on keepin on!!
Mar. 3, 2010 8:49 am
hey stevie you know i'm a big fan of yours, love your blog, so much i have been sitting here for hours looking thur your past blogs...guess you can tell.....i cook crazy too
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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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