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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Dec. 20, 2012 8:34 pm 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2013 12:50 pm
I've become somewhat silent here at allrecipes, and in particular, here on my blog.  My muse left a while back, and sadly has currently been kept at bay by the "grinch!"  Try as I might, I just can't seem to get that "spark" back, regarding the approaching holiday.  Casa de Crazy,… MORE
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Dec. 15, 2012 8:36 pm 
Updated: Dec. 17, 2012 6:30 am
I posted this link last year, but in case you didn't read me back then, I thought it might give a bit of a "lift" for anyone (like me...) who is simply struggling till the end of the month...  The link will take you to "youtube" and will play some really great music!  I hope you… MORE
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Dec. 11, 2012 8:35 pm 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2013 6:25 am
I stumbled across this recipe some time ago, and have made them a number of times since.  12-14 Dinner Rolls (Parker house style) 1 lb 80% lean ground beef 1/2 C water (for beef) 1/2 t. salt 3/4 C chopped onions 1 beef bouillon cube (or equivalent) 1/2 - 1 C water (for onions) Place… MORE
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Dec. 6, 2012 10:00 pm 
Updated: Dec. 11, 2012 8:09 pm
I'm not recommending that when you decide to make any type of hamburger, that you plan on it taking FOUR days - and they still aren't done...  I took meat out of the freezer, with good intentions, but alas, I had other foods thawed from the freezer that needed to be dealt with, and sadly, the… MORE
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Dec. 3, 2012 12:37 pm 
Updated: Dec. 7, 2012 6:46 pm
As the last dredges of turkey are being consumed (making "chicken" enchilads w/ green sauce tonight...) Crazycook bit the bullet and returned home from the grocery with a 15lb pork shoulder blade roast.  This behemoth was then cut in two, and over the course of two days I pressure cooked… 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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