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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

WhatEVER would we do? 
Feb. 11, 2011 9:20 pm 
Updated: Feb. 14, 2011 7:24 pm
I cannot begin to share just how much time I spend on this website, whether it be leaving a post at "the crazykitchen", perusing for that ohhh just so RIGHT sounding recipe, or simply enjoying myself reading comments of any and all on a number of blogs...!  Wherever my day takes me, at one point or another, often more than once daily, I find myself sitting here at my puter, surfing allrecipes if for no other reason, simply for the pleasure of it!

While I was just another nobody when I first began taking advantage of all there is to offer here, it wasn't until after I began writing my blog, that I truly felt I had become a member of a HUGE family, stretching coast to coast - not forgetting "the islands" of course, and I dare say that if my cuz in England were to sign on, there's probably a way that I could access her thru allrecipesUK (or whatever.) So, here in one place, we have the collective wisdom of 1000s (?) tens of 1000s, whatever the count would be...   One would have to be a blithering idiot not to make the most of all of these resources, right here at our fingertips, in the comfort of our homes!  Take a moment to ponder, just how  much WISDOM and EXPERIENCE is behind the membership... face it, it must be boundless!  While at times I feel that my comments, thoughts and requests may indicate a self doubt, I am only "self taught" and just a few years ago, could do one thing... follow a recipe to the letter!  I now will mark a few recipes, thinking that I like this about one, that about another, and yet even another aspect of a third.  Then I get to work, melding these 3 recipes into one, risking my entire reputation as the crazycook should I totally screw the meal up...  Granted, I've suffered a few failures, but as yet only in that we ended up not liking the recipe altogether, not so much that I modified and resulted in something that a starving man on a desserted island would pass up!

I guess that having once again searched for recipes, looking for something to fit the ingredients I wished to use this evening, I got to thinking just what useful tool this site is, and just how much I've come to rely on not only the site, but as I've said the wisdom and experience of oh so many cooks, whether chef or beginner... as we all have something to contribute.  The end result, of course, being the success of allrecipes, from the newest of beginners, to those in charge of monitoring the site... even those who are responsible for keeping things up and running, so that night or day, it's here in all of it's glory for us all to utilize, to whatever extent!

Now, take a few minutes to stop and think... whatEVER would we do, if one day, for whatever reason, there simply was NO allrecipes! if only for a few days....
Feb. 12, 2011 3:52 am
Hey there! I think I was a lot like you before I joined AR - I could follow any recipe to the letter and make it come out great, but I was afraid to venture out on my own and truly "create". This site, with all its experience & knowledge, has given me the courage to experiment. My husband has said many times to friends and family that he's really enjoyed my membership. If AR disappeared for a few days it would "mess up" my day as I, too, spend time on this site daily.
Feb. 12, 2011 5:31 am
I, too, rely on this website. Oh, sure there are a lot of food/cooking websites out there, but I love the interaction here. My BF was amazed at how quickly I could ask a question and get a repy! Too bad the government's not that effective, is his usual response!! Cooking just wouldn't be quite the same without AR and all the "friends" and "family" here. Thanks to all you food folks this is the best place to be! Have a delightful weekend/Valentine's Day Stevie, and friends!
Feb. 12, 2011 8:43 am
Mother Ann, I think you hit the nail on the head... AR does instill confidance. Lace, J's said similar, that "it's great you're so avid about cooking now..." but gaining weight can be a side effect!LOL Seems once a part of the AR family, passions for food and cooking grow, as does the confidance to experiment!
Feb. 12, 2011 11:42 am
hey Stevie you are soooooooo right,this is a great place ...i pop in at least 10 times a day & have asked ? on lots of things...thanks for reminding us...judy
Feb. 14, 2011 11:59 am
This has been my GO TO site for so long, I don't know if I could even remember how to navigate another food site.
Feb. 14, 2011 7:24 pm
Doug, there are OTHER food sites?
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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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