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May 31, 2012 8:59 am 
Updated: Jun. 4, 2012 2:48 am
Well, folks, I made it to MI and back in one piece, though I feel that I 'lost some of my  marbles' while there, dealing with my 90yo mother.  For the most part, I was able to keep my cool, even when mom spent 45 minutes looking for her purse (to go shopping) and couldn't remember where she'd… MORE
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May 15, 2012 1:10 pm 
Updated: May 16, 2012 2:05 pm
As I've "souped" my way through the alphabet, I've come across only a few soup recipes that I not only enjoyed, but was surprised by.  Wild Rice soup, which I found in the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook is, indeed one of these!  Despite subbing 2% milk for "light cream" it was still rich… MORE
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May 10, 2012 11:36 pm 
Updated: May 15, 2012 5:31 am
Yesterday would have been a perfect day for a big pot of freshly made soup!  Out of nowhere (I don't recall seeing a storm in the forecast,) the sky to the east darkened, the wind picked up, and the clouds opened up, drenching the parched soil for a good half hour.  I was amazed, frankly!  In… MORE
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May 8, 2012 10:57 pm 
Updated: Jun. 11, 2012 8:05 am
Since I first began writing my blog, I've come to notice that my culinary escapades have circled the globe, despite my total ignorance regarding ingredients, spices, and actual meals of some countries.  I've had a blast, trying these new cuisines, and don't plan on stopping anytime soon...  I… MORE
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May 7, 2012 12:12 am 
Updated: May 10, 2012 5:43 am
In view of the recent Mexican holiday, I've done my best to prepare a couple of Mexican dishes over the past few days.  Now, I like Mexican food... that is, as long as it's "Americanized!"  When it comes to hot & spicey, I'm a total WIMP! When a recipe calls for Serrano Chilis, I buy Anahiem's… MORE
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May 4, 2012 10:04 pm 
Updated: Jun. 2, 2012 3:42 pm
On the afternoon of May 1st, I went to my local convenience mart, bought a Dos Equis beer, and came home and drank it.  If it's good enough for "The Most Interesting Man in the World," I guess it's good enough for me! On May 2nd, I made huevos rancheros for breakfast, which I totally… MORE
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May 4, 2012 1:18 am 
Updated: May 7, 2012 6:08 am
I grew up listening to my dad complaining about rising prices...  My sis and I each got maybe a nickle allowance each week, and would look forward to WALKING the half mile to the store, where we might buy candy, or get a COKE in a returnable bottle!  Go figure, a whole candy bar!  Ok, my… MORE
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May 1, 2012 9:18 pm 
Updated: Jun. 2, 2012 3:35 pm
My dear friend Audie sent me an email, which took me a while to read (through tears rolling down my cheeks) written by a woman with Lupus.  Her name, is Christine Miserandino, and while I don't have Lupus, her theory does indeed apply to my personal situation...  I told Audie not too long… MORE
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Apr. 30, 2012 10:47 pm 
Updated: May 8, 2012 3:40 am
Sorry, for another night blog of babble, but I've asked myself a question that I wish to ask of you, also...  "What Matters?" Does it matter that the potatoes are getting old, and beginning to sprout?  Does it matter if rice or pasta are a year old, before you buy them?  Does it matter when… MORE
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Apr. 28, 2012 1:45 pm 
Updated: Apr. 29, 2012 7:48 pm
What a keeper this one is!  Cooked carrot and onion in veg. broth, seasoned simply with parsley, salt, and garlic.  At the last minute, you add vermicelli and simmer till cooked.  At serving time, add grated cheese (of choice)   YUMMMM ! doesn't say it!  For the broth, I had Knorr brand… 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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