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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Oct. 27, 2013 9:01 pm 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2013 12:58 pm
The season has arrived... Halloween just around the corner, being celebrated by all sorts of scary movies on the TV, homeowners decorating, and the stores all advertising 6 month old candy to dole out to trick or treater's!  Of course, this is just the kickoff of the holiday season...… MORE
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Oct. 23, 2013 9:02 pm 
Updated: Oct. 27, 2013 6:03 pm
'Twas all Hallow's Eve with a moon in the sky, A night to revere saints and martyr's gone by, Folklore is unclear as to what it will mean... Or when witches and ghosts first came on the scene. No demons or devils in time long ago Before children dressed up and readied to go, To knock on… MORE
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Oct. 11, 2013 10:11 pm 
Updated: Oct. 14, 2013 2:08 pm
Where has the time gone?  I was just asking myself that the other night, but then I got to pondering...  It began about 6 mths ago, when I met my new "shrink," who immediately began changing the meds I've been on for years.  OK, the first two changes have been fine, in fact she may be… 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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