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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Oct. 6, 2011 11:41 pm 
Updated: Oct. 7, 2011 4:08 pm
It was a few days ago, before my last trip to the grocery, that I was feeling hungery... but the pantry was near empty.  I did, however, have a pot full of potatoes... so I set about making soup.  I didn't make a big pot, but peeled a few and chopped them small, cut some celery a bit of… MORE
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Oct. 5, 2011 9:45 pm 
Updated: Oct. 6, 2011 11:45 am
Ok, so I'm fully aware that it's October, not April, but yesterday we had cloudy skies all day, and come evening time, a wonderful "spring shower" which lasted quite some time (for us, anyway.)  Coming home from the grocery, I did notice that one of our plants out front was about ready to… MORE
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Oct. 3, 2011 11:05 pm 
Updated: Oct. 11, 2011 12:50 pm
Well, it would seem that crazycook may just be back into the swing of things!  Went to two gatherings over the weekend, taking a dish to pass to each.  (The slow cooker baked spuds were a HIT btw!  Thanks for the suggestion!)  Following afternoon took a pasta salad with asian veg's and Ital.… MORE
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Oct. 1, 2011 11:22 pm 
Updated: Oct. 11, 2011 10:11 am
Many may say that a sandwich is a sandwich, and that pb&j is simply peanut butter and any type of jam or jelly, spread between two slices of bread.  Well.... I beg to differ!  I understand that many of my "opinions" are based upon childhood memories, but fact of the matter is, all that… 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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