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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Jan. 4, 2012 10:25 pm 
Updated: Jan. 5, 2012 4:41 pm
Most recently, I learned that while I was convinced most of my life that black eyed peas taste like MUD, that they don't have to - when properly prepared.  Ok, telling me that doesn't help a whole lot, unless you give the a recipe to make them "right!"  The batch I made for Denise's party… MORE
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Jan. 3, 2012 7:58 pm 
Updated: Jan. 4, 2012 9:07 pm
This afternoon I had a really good session with my shrink... I took my camera in with me, more for sharing with the receptionist than my doc, but as it turned out, it worked well all the way round!  Our "new" baby, Pyewacket, is morphing into a beautiful young girl... beginning all black,  … MORE
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Jan. 2, 2012 7:46 pm 
Updated: Jan. 6, 2012 6:45 pm
I should have asked long ago, just what it would take to make an edible batch of Black Eyed Peas!  Following advice from here at AR, I managed to produce a pot of "peas" that were not only edible, but have caused me to have a whole new outlook on the dried "pea."  I used (as advised) frozen… 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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