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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Dec. 30, 2011 10:26 pm 
Updated: Dec. 31, 2011 10:25 pm
I was forced prior to Christmas, to thaw and bake a ham, for no other reason than to make freezer space for yummies!  Now, just how much ham can two folk eat in short order? I simply wrapped it tightly in foil, and baked it!  Along side, we had freshly made mashed potatoes   and a veggie. … MORE
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Dec. 27, 2011 3:56 pm 
Updated: Dec. 30, 2011 12:52 pm
Yesterday, I spent the day in the crazykitchen... there was still debris from our "Eve" gathering...  While I was at it, I decided to tackle the remains of a 12lb ham that we'd eaten on only once.  What to do..?  I sliced some, froze some...then tossed the remains into a pot of water. … MORE
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Dec. 25, 2011 7:38 pm 
Updated: Dec. 27, 2011 4:53 pm
Thankfully, we were invited out this Christmas day... I made a dish to pass, took some l/o quick breads from last night - and called it GOOD!  Today, I've been exhausted, but managed to keep my eyes open till now! Last evening, however impromptu, was a huge success...  As it turned out, I had… MORE
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Dec. 23, 2011 9:49 pm 
Updated: Dec. 25, 2011 6:29 pm
Tis the season, So here I go... What is the reason? HO, HO, HO... So much I've made, Baked and packed... I toil and I slave, Until I'm quite whacked! I put up a tree In a corner with lights, Guess only for me, To look at these nights. Only I care, It seems this year, What holiday… MORE
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Dec. 20, 2011 11:15 pm 
Updated: Dec. 22, 2011 11:21 am
What it all boils down to, is which side of the Atlantic Ocean are you...  To most of us, it's simple... a "grilled cheese" is a given, eaten in most households at some time or another - great with a bowl of cream of tomato soup, btw! So, here in the US, one makes a grilled cheese sandwich by… MORE
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Dec. 18, 2011 6:22 pm 
Updated: Dec. 21, 2011 5:56 am
When I have a minute, I'll take a shower, brush my teeth, or go to the store...  What?  Sweep the floors?  ... when I have a minute!  You went to brunch, but now expect me to make "lunch?"  When I have a minute!  Guess I can do it ALL, when I HAVE A MINUTE!  "Isn't there leftover meatloaf, I… MORE
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Dec. 15, 2011 8:26 pm 
Updated: Dec. 16, 2011 6:46 pm
Today I made "Habitant Soup," which translates into split pea with ham...  I'm sure there are a gazillion different recipes, but I used the recipe from my "Fresh Preserving" book, which is mostly canning recipes... but this one sounded good. Basically, split peas, onion, carrot, water and… MORE
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Dec. 14, 2011 8:29 pm 
Updated: Dec. 15, 2011 5:50 pm
I'm sure that I mentioned that I'm wanting to make and can beef stock, and that I was looking forward to saving bones from a standing rib roast...  Well, let me tell ya, I prepared the roast this afternoon, but much to my dismay, there was only ONE bone in my "hunk" of roast!  I was SURE… MORE
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Dec. 13, 2011 7:13 pm 
Updated: Dec. 14, 2011 7:06 pm
Well, the weather has been absolutely horrible the past two days... definately not "shopping friendly," so alas, I avoided the grocery again today.  I was out of bread, and darn near out of kitty crunchies, but managed only to sneak out for some beer...  Prior to jetting to my local… MORE
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Dec. 9, 2011 10:25 pm 
Updated: Dec. 10, 2011 7:26 pm
While searching the internet a short bit ago, I found a couple of wonderful sites...  My original "google" was for Reindeer Poop- I wondered if there were other rec's out there besides the one I found here.  Indeed I did find another one that sounds right up my alley, as I'm almost out of… 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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