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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Nov. 12, 2011 9:46 am 
Updated: Nov. 14, 2011 8:50 pm
For the Crust: buy a premade graham cracker crust OR/ 1 C cracker crumbs (about 20 squares.) 4 T melted butter/margarine 1/4 t cinnamon 1/4 t nutmeg Mix well and press into and up sides of a 9" pie plate.  Chill for one hour. For the filling:  Pre-heat oven to 350F and place pan of hot… MORE
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Nov. 11, 2011 7:24 pm 
Updated: Nov. 12, 2011 12:24 pm
One of my efforts yesterday in the CrazyKitchen produced this wonderful Cheesecake, along with blueberry topping...  I use this cheesecake recipe, as I don't need a springform pan, and as there are just the two of us...  Should I make a "real" cheesecake, I'd probably forego meals and dive… MORE
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Nov. 11, 2011 10:35 am 
Updated: Nov. 28, 2011 12:24 pm
I spent all of yesterday afternoon in the crazykitchen rattling and clanking around.  Yes, I did get the soup done (barely) but also baked a pan of brownies (for the chocoholic) and a cheescake...  Since I had some frozen blueberries, I made a topping for he cake... but had to "wing it" as I… MORE
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Nov. 9, 2011 11:18 pm 
Updated: Nov. 11, 2011 12:23 pm
If you know crazycook at all, you'll be aware that I'm up to trying just about anything... at least once!  All of my adult life, I've heard that the making of fudge can be plagued by many issues... and now, since becoming a cooking "nut," I'm still afraid to try to make FUDGE! Well, I've… MORE
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Nov. 7, 2011 9:45 am 
Updated: Nov. 9, 2011 5:29 pm
I'll be darned in that I've just tossed a bunch of stuff in a pot to make chicken soup...  I haven't had a cold/flu for a number of years, but dang it, I awoke with a killer sore throat this am.  After first cup of coffee, I opted for a "cold eze" in hopes of soothing the throat,  which I… MORE
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Nov. 5, 2011 1:08 pm 
Updated: Nov. 8, 2011 12:20 pm
Cheddar Cheese Beer Soup...  Me, mr no appetite ever, had to go back for seconds!  One word of advice, be sure to have plenty of (fresh) seasoned croutons on hand....  This recipe comes from "The Pillsbury Cookbook" circa the mid 1990's.  I not only cut the quantities down, but cut some… MORE
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Nov. 3, 2011 9:27 pm 
Updated: Nov. 25, 2011 7:36 am
The summer has been long and somewhat brutal.  Our front yard mostly killed off by frost last year didn't have a chance to rejuvinate despite weekly waterings (uggh, the water bill!)  Despite, there may still be hope, if our "winter" is a mild one...  The lantana is now showing signs of new… MORE
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Nov. 2, 2011 7:14 pm 
Updated: Nov. 3, 2011 7:51 pm
I finally chose a recipe from here at AllRecipes, and must (reluctantly) admit, that not only did I enjoy  it, but J, the picky eater who dislikes soup period, actually enjoyed it too!  Of course, that helps... I won't have to eat it every day for a week!  I went with "Ukrainian Red Borscht… MORE
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Nov. 1, 2011 8:54 pm 
Updated: Nov. 2, 2011 6:37 pm
I left a post just short of 6hrs ago, and did recieve some suggestions, so I'm most likely headed that direction... despite being hesitant as of 8hrs ago!  I fear, however, that the more research I'm doing, since I've never "eaten" let alone prepared this soup, I'm seriously more confused… MORE
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Nov. 1, 2011 12:00 pm 
Updated: Nov. 2, 2011 6:39 pm
I believe I've stated that my "tentative" soup list would be Borscht...  It must simply be that I'm as old as the hills, as none of my "newer" (meaning printed in this decade) books seem to have recipes for Borsch, Borscht, or Russian Borscht.  I find this a tad odd, but then I guess today's… MORE
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Stevie crazycook

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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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