Stevie's Crazy Kitchen Blog at Allrecipes.com (11/2011)

Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

 
Nov. 30, 2011 10:54 pm 
Updated: Dec. 3, 2011 2:19 pm
It's only been within the past few years, once my interest in culinary efforts began to blossom that I began using the revered ONION.  Previously, I proclaimed that I didn't like them, and would pick them out of my food if I could! Today, I tasted a little slice of heaven once again... after… MORE
 
 
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Nov. 30, 2011 3:14 pm 
Updated: Nov. 30, 2011 9:44 pm
I'd never eaten French Onion Soup until just a couple of years ago, but once tasted, I was hooked!  While I have been cutting down the recipes for my adventure of "Alphabet Soup," this is one that I'm happy to make a big ol' batch, simply planning on freezing most of it!  I'm also not that… MORE
 
 
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Nov. 28, 2011 6:53 pm 
Updated: Nov. 29, 2011 8:23 pm
Our newspaper, the "local gazette," has been informed that many a local cook has had problems functioning during this holiday week...  After a short board meeting, it was decided to send our food editor herself out into the field, to once again write an article about this seeming epidemic. … MORE
 
 
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Nov. 28, 2011 12:03 pm 
Updated: Nov. 28, 2011 6:55 pm
Forever skeptical, as I re-read the recipe I'd chosen from here at AR, I was totally convinced that I wouldn't care for "Eggdrop Soup (better than restaurant quality.)"  How could I, really?  It sounded so totally bland, and certainly would have no "substance," such as the other heartier… MORE
 
 
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Nov. 27, 2011 8:03 pm 
Updated: Nov. 29, 2011 8:25 pm
I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, but with it now in the "rear view mirror" so to speak, and having returned the house to some form of "normal," I took time late this afternoon to upload some new pics to share with you! We had a wonderful  Thanksgiving evening, despite being… MORE
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Nov. 26, 2011 9:51 pm 
Updated: Nov. 27, 2011 3:43 pm
Despite a few of our guests not making it, our gathering was a huge success... though as I had suspected, there would be as many desserts as "main meal" items!  I've been silent since Thursday, as I just didn't feel that I had any thoughts of wisdom to share, but here I am now! We gorged on… MORE
 
 
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Nov. 22, 2011 9:56 am 
Updated: Nov. 24, 2011 5:54 am
In the midst of my second cup of coffee this morning, I got to thinking of my buddy Rose and her passion for Duck as her holiday entree...  She'll only eat dark meat, and therefore has little use for a turkey unless she's feeding a house full, which hasn't happened for a few years now.  Don't… MORE
 
 
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Nov. 20, 2011 8:53 pm 
Updated: Nov. 24, 2011 7:35 am
With the onset of the holiday week, friends and I have embarked on a "shop for friends" effort...  Rose has been to both Fry's and Fresh and Easy (though the latter was for other friends of hers,) I'm slated to  get to Safeway tomorrow, and even Denise called this morning to offer to pick up … MORE
 
 
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Nov. 19, 2011 8:35 pm 
Updated: Nov. 21, 2011 2:57 am
Being as avid as I can be, I'm surprised that I've been away for so long... not that I've not been to AR daily, but I simply had little to nothing to share, or so it seemed.  So, here I am tonight to share a few pics... I've said time and time again, that I'm DONE remodelling and upgrading,… MORE
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Nov. 14, 2011 9:37 pm 
Updated: Nov. 19, 2011 5:36 pm
For a number of years, each summer I would embark on having a major remodel of "something" done, until finally after the sitting room, I decided ENOUGH!  That was a couple of summers ago... Once the summer was here and gone, and my new kitchen sparkled while I settled in, I began sitting at… MORE
 
 
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Stevie crazycook

Home Town
Lansing, Michigan, USA
Living In
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Member Since
Feb. 2008

Cooking Level
Expert

Hobbies
Quilting, Gardening, Music

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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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