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Jul. 3, 2012 8:38 pm 
Updated: Jul. 10, 2012 10:29 am
My friend Denise still laughs at the fact that 10 years ago (or so,) I would follow a recipe to the letter, rather than stray even a tad bit, and that now, I'm all but "creating" dishes to suit myself...  Still getting used to using the wok, I do believe that I've surpassed "caution," and now… MORE
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Jul. 2, 2012 9:34 pm 
Updated: Jul. 10, 2012 10:30 am
I've only recently begun thinking about making my own salad dressings...  I've never really read the labels on the bottles of my "fav" flavors, frankly because I think I'd pour them all down the drain with all of the chemicals etc. that are added to bottled dressings.  So, true to my weekly… MORE
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Jun. 30, 2012 1:18 pm 
Updated: Jul. 6, 2012 10:42 am
Well, never on a table in our house come Meatloaf Monday!  I just read this recipe from a clipping out of our local newspaper, The Arizona Republic, dated December 14th 2011...  I've been "collecting" food sections (in Weds. papers only,) for some time now, obviously.  This morning, while… MORE
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Jun. 25, 2012 10:21 pm 
Updated: Jun. 27, 2012 9:59 pm
Saturday's to do list which was ignored Sunday, and this morning, is still unfinished... in fact it seems to be growing, rather than shrinking.  Sunday, I was able to do little more than "use air," as I laid on the sofa back here, trying not to told up totally... Today, I could have begun… MORE
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Jun. 23, 2012 10:55 am 
Updated: Jun. 28, 2012 9:40 am
Since my "vacation" of late May, crazycook returned to his kitchen with a fury - intense NEEDS to cook.  It hasn't seemed to matter just what is chruned out of the semi-insanity, as long as "stuff" is indeed bubbling in a pot, or baking in the oven.  While this is extremely theraputic (most… MORE
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Jun. 21, 2012 10:28 am 
Updated: Jun. 26, 2012 6:08 am
Autumn Soup, (the Classic 1000 Italian Recipes, by Christina Gabrielli.) Borscht - Ukrainian Red Cheddar Beer Cheese Soup  (the Pillsbury Cookbook) Dumpling Soup (Crockery Cookery by Mable Hoffman) Egg Drop Soup (Better… MORE
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Jun. 20, 2012 6:15 pm 
Updated: Jun. 21, 2012 7:00 pm
Well folks, I finally seemed to have worked "the itch" out of my system, and made the Z soup!  Of course, afterwards, I put up two lbs of strawberries (we needed some jam) and have thus far fed myself not only soup for lunch, but a decent dinner, also...  At last, the "alphabet soup" series… MORE
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Jun. 14, 2012 10:59 am 
Updated: Jun. 20, 2012 5:18 am
My plumber got the old "grey cells" working not too long ago...  He'd been here to snake out my kitchen drain, which was running painfully slowly...  He pushed me to buy their product, a drain cleaner, that when used regularly would keep the drain clear (forever?)  I asked for some info, and… MORE
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Jun. 13, 2012 9:44 pm 
Updated: Jun. 14, 2012 6:55 pm
Well, all, I made my Y soup today.  Considering that it was total vegetarian, I would have to say that I enjoyed it, with one issue...  Following the recipe directions, the yellow peas did not cook down to the point of dissolving, despite simmering the soup 30 mins longer than recommended... … MORE
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Jun. 9, 2012 7:10 pm 
Updated: Jun. 13, 2012 5:54 pm
I doubt that my worst nightmare could EVER come to reality, and perhaps I'm not alone in fretting about such things, but still... fears are fears, whether they have come true or not!  Fact is, that I not only LOVE to cook, but I love to entertain also...  I also tend to be extremely cautious… MORE
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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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