Stevie's Crazy Kitchen Blog at (11/2010)

Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Nov. 29, 2010 8:24 pm 
Updated: Dec. 5, 2010 10:18 pm
... to all of my friends, right here at AR, whether you are new, or have been hanging around for a while!  When my day has been crappy, or my efforts in the kitchen may not have turned out as hoped, it's always nice to pop back in here, and get a "boost" from you wonderful folks! … MORE
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Nov. 27, 2010 10:05 pm 
Updated: Nov. 29, 2010 3:07 pm
I dare say, that if you follow me with any frequency, you're aware that I began Holiday Baking last September!  With the approach of Thanksgiving, all came to a halt, but then, I was also running out of freezer space for the many quick breads, cookies, and the like... I also made two… MORE
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Nov. 26, 2010 6:59 pm 
Updated: Nov. 28, 2010 3:10 pm
To all who commented on my last entry, I THANK you!!  Our T-Day passed by fine, if I could have removed all emotion and mental issues...  The stresses hit me more than I can relate... by noon, I was ready to grab car keys, and, simply... LEAVE!  Will this be my "last" Thanksgiving… MORE
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Nov. 24, 2010 8:48 pm 
Updated: Nov. 26, 2010 5:28 pm
I just a few ago left a post regarding Thanksgiving, but I truly am needing to explore AR beyond where I've been to date, despite being a tru blue member! I have found that since I ended my series, Around the World in 80 Days, I've done little more than blabber!  I do, however, have mixed… MORE
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Nov. 18, 2010 9:00 pm 
Updated: Nov. 23, 2010 8:47 pm
Used to be, that every August, I would make a trip to visit my friend Denise, who lived (at the time) in Culver City, LA.  It was always a welcomed break from the PHX summer heat, if only for a week or two!  By time Denise arose in the morning, I would often be out on her front porch, reading… MORE
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Nov. 8, 2010 9:18 pm 
Updated: Nov. 9, 2010 7:10 pm
Our home was built from the ground up, brick by brick, in 1950, and was one of what these days are called "model homes."  The neighborhood was new, however Phoenix was spreading out.  Being a display home, as near as I've been able to figure out, had a "guest room and screened… MORE
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Nov. 6, 2010 11:22 am 
Updated: Nov. 8, 2010 7:45 pm
Crazy cook has been going nuts in the crazykitchen off and on for days now, keeping me busy enough that I just haven't stopped by much, other to look for a rec, or to see if anyone has stopped by... This morning while having coffee, awaiting the heart to start pumping and for the cobwebs to… MORE
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Nov. 1, 2010 11:14 pm 
Updated: Nov. 2, 2010 7:08 pm
Our network's food critics all across the country are receiving reports that there are inferior products on the shelves of markets in this country!  Consumers  began reporting in Arizona, where numerous fans of freshly popped popcorn are complaining that the "popped corn" is small… 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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