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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Mar. 27, 2013 6:47 pm 
Updated: Apr. 7, 2013 1:57 pm
Ok, so I "borrowed" the title of the James Bond movie, but it does rather describe where I'm at this evening!  Seems I'm having one of those "off" days, in that everything I attempted to do in the crazykitchen today met either the garbage disposal, or Mr Trash Can!  I'm sure I'm not alone… MORE
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Mar. 18, 2013 7:43 pm 
Updated: Mar. 28, 2013 1:20 pm
St. Patricks day has come and gone, but with remnants of the meal...  I tossed a corned beef, potatoes, carrots and onion into the crock pot, and let it cook all day, adding cabbage only at the end.  This evening I used remaining carrots, most of the cabbage, and some spuds, once again… MORE
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Mar. 10, 2013 12:27 am 
Updated: Mar. 13, 2013 9:16 pm
The rhyme goes, Do you know the muffin man The muffin man, the muffin man,  Do you know the muffin man, Who lives down Drury Lane?   The children's poem dates back to 1820, which is about the last time I thought about it - well until now!  It refers to the door-to-door salesman, who… MORE
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Mar. 9, 2013 7:07 pm 
Updated: Mar. 18, 2013 7:09 pm
The weather took a downward turn yesterday, and today... apparently it's moving west to east.  Yesterday, we were treated to light to heavy rains all day and into the night.  Today was simply gray, and cool.  I'm in need of getting to the grocery, if for no other reason than to use a "$10… MORE
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Mar. 3, 2013 4:22 pm 
Updated: Mar. 9, 2013 2:29 am
Since I as yet don't have cabbage in the house, I was forced to turn my efforts in an alternative direction...  Should I make English muffins?  I didn't take me long Saturday to make a decision...  I would attempt to make pierogies.  I have a friend of Polish extraction, who has made them… MORE
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Mar. 1, 2013 8:39 pm 
Updated: Mar. 4, 2013 5:24 am
While I've only become a cookin' fanatic over the past few years, many of you may recall some of my "early" days of blogging.  Perhaps you simply think I'm "NUTS," or maybe your've watched and read as I've become more adventurous.  Am I a "better cook" now?  I know not... but I'm having a lot… 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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