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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Dec. 6, 2011 6:33 pm 
Updated: Dec. 10, 2011 7:32 pm
Just Sunday I went over to Denise's to help here set up her humongous tree... a bit of a challenge, as neither of us really knew just how to connect the wiring for the lights.  There are 4 sections, each weighing about a ton, and the connectors are not marked at all... first ya have to find… MORE
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Dec. 3, 2011 8:16 pm 
Updated: Dec. 6, 2011 5:37 pm
Per my adventures into "Alpahbet Soup," I had originally planned on gazpacho for G...  99% of the recipes I looked at were for a cold soup... so here I was at the letter G, and our high today was around 60 - cloudy, gray skies all day, and finally rain this evening.  I don't mind the rain (we… MORE
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Dec. 2, 2011 11:05 pm 
Updated: Dec. 3, 2011 7:15 pm
As many of you already know, we adopted a stray kitten before Halloween... well let me tell you, she's such a character and much fun to watch.  Her antics can keep you entertained totally, until her batteries run down, and she curls up somewhere for a long nap. This morning when I crawled… MORE
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Dec. 1, 2011 8:17 pm 
Updated: Dec. 10, 2011 7:35 pm
While I'm not quite at a loss this season, I am hoping to bake/make gifts for not only our neighbors (long time tradition of un-traditional cookies etc.) but for my closer friends, also. Denise likes to do her gift shopping at $$ Stores and such, her sisiter Teri often raids her pantry for… MORE
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Stevie crazycook

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Lansing, Michigan, USA
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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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