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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Nov. 21, 2013 6:43 pm 
Updated: Dec. 3, 2013 10:15 pm
It was just last week or so that Deni stopped by with some fresh veggies she'd picked up "cheap" and asked just what I might want, or need.  I accepted all that she had to offer, including the cutest little pumpkin I think I've ever seen!  Larger than the mini ornamental, but way smaller than… MORE
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Nov. 20, 2013 12:48 pm 
Updated: Nov. 22, 2013 7:49 am
TEN DAYS since my last post?  Whatever have I been up to, keeping me away...?  Well, I'm not sure I have the answer to that question, as I certainly have not been cleaning up Casa de Crazy for the upcoming gathering!  The floors are littered with yard debris and dirt, along with puppy… MORE
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Nov. 10, 2013 8:53 pm 
Updated: Nov. 12, 2013 6:59 pm
I've made it a point to relax this November, as it was to be the first Thanksgiving in more than 10 yrs that I was not expecting a "dinner party!"  No rush to clean the house, no stress over the guest lists, or wondering who might bring what... just a simple sigh of relaxation, planning on… MORE
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Nov. 7, 2013 9:19 pm 
Updated: Nov. 11, 2013 6:37 pm
During the past week, while I've been busy puttering around the crazykitchen and ignoring my friends, I've once again been searching for COMFORT FOOD come dinner time...  One evening I prepared a hunk of pork loin (roast) and stuffing, topping the dinner off with a simple can of green beans. … MORE
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Nov. 1, 2013 11:49 pm 
Updated: Nov. 7, 2013 8:45 pm
I can only assume that with the heat of this past summer, crazycook sort of took a break... I not only lost my enthusiasm for cooking, but with it went my desire to "blog."  After all, if I'm not really "cooking crazy," I have no reason to put words down to share with you all!  Now that the… 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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