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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Feb. 25, 2013 5:54 pm 
Updated: Mar. 1, 2013 8:58 pm
You must remember, that I've not cooked on the bbq for almost a year, until just the last few days ago, so I'm basically a novice, once again.  My first meal was steak, and roasted veggies.  I put the veg's in my cast iron pot, no lid, and tossed with oil and salt...  They hung out on a… MORE
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Feb. 21, 2013 10:30 pm 
Updated: Feb. 28, 2013 5:03 pm
I know that I've been gone a while, but it's time to let you know just why.  I had chatted about wanting an outdoor kitchen, so I delved into researching just what that might entail.  I was flabbergasted at the costs, even to purchase a "pre-made" version.  Refusing to be defeated, I forged… MORE
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Feb. 13, 2013 6:01 pm 
Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 9:00 pm
Many years ago, while living in England, the family used to watch a tv series, "Upstairs, Downstairs."  Some time ago, I was given the boxed set as a gift, and as I watched these dvd's start to end, I began thinking about British fare, and what I missed about it...   In the series, Mrs… MORE
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Feb. 8, 2013 11:07 pm 
Updated: Feb. 11, 2013 4:42 pm
Long ago, when I considered myself  an average cook, I began improvising when needed.  Now, I'm not saying that I would burn the salad, or need a recipe to make ice, but I cooked for one reason, and one only...  PBJ or bologna twice a day just wouldn't suit my taste buds!  As they say,… MORE
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Feb. 7, 2013 3:33 pm 
Updated: Feb. 17, 2013 10:24 am
First I fear that to get a budget under control at the supermarket, I may have to find some recipes calling for "sawdust and water," to sub for say, a nice thick steak (like I've had one of those in 6mths or more!)  Now, like it or not, some days I simply MUST cook, and at that time, I… 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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