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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Nov. 24, 2012 10:36 pm 
Updated: Nov. 27, 2012 8:13 pm
I roasted my turkey this year on Weds rather than Thurs.  Why, you might ask...  Because we did not have turkey at our annual pot luck "open house" this year.  So, Weds evening we had turkey and all of the trimmings, despite the fact that I really did wish to "empty" the frige's for the pot… MORE
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Nov. 23, 2012 6:00 am 
Updated: Nov. 24, 2012 9:14 am
Frankly, I had forgotten that this time of day exsists, and am totally confused as to why I'm up rattling around in the dark at 6am, but for the life of me, I got tired of rolling around in bed after an hour + !  I imagine that J will arise soon.... too bad I've no champagne to drink while… MORE
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Nov. 17, 2012 4:13 pm 
Updated: Nov. 23, 2012 5:03 am
Time has been marching on, and once again crazycook has been contemplating menu, and asking confirmed guests what they might like to provide as a "dish to pass..."  Meanwhile, poor Rusty kitty became very sick... all of the hopes and well wishes... the pampering and hand feeding, helped not… MORE
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Nov. 7, 2012 9:31 pm 
Updated: Dec. 22, 2012 12:22 pm
One fond memory I still carry from my years in England is the "sweet" served after dinner on December 25th, the "Christmas Pudding."  It's origins date back to the 1400's, however the recipes have changed since then, as has the actual tradition was introduced by Queen Victoria's husband,… MORE
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Nov. 6, 2012 11:10 am 
Updated: Nov. 7, 2012 4:01 pm
My obsession with food, the kitchen, cooking, canning and baking have become somewhat of a serious issue, and has now started interfering with everyday life...  Casa de Crazy, more specifically the CrazyKitchen, have become my refuge... a place of total peace and harmony - even if the cookies… 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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