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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Mar. 30, 2014 5:39 pm 
Updated: Apr. 9, 2014 9:56 pm
I began canning  my own "baked beans" some time ago, and got to wondering one afternoon if I could can my own refrieds...  I spent some time researching this thought, and ran into many warnings, that "most often" jars of refrieds explode in the pressure canner.  After some diligent searching,… MORE
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Mar. 25, 2014 10:24 pm 
Updated: Mar. 28, 2014 9:31 pm
Where has this month gone?  The days seem to fly by, weekends come and go...  Have I been "cookin' crazy?"  YES!  I've also been painting the siding on the house that was replaced a few years ago and primed, but never given a top coat - I promised myself that it would be done before the… MORE
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Mar. 1, 2014 2:22 pm 
Updated: Mar. 3, 2014 6:39 pm
Today has been what I consider a more "normal" February day...  I awoke to a heavy downpour, short lived though it was, but just a few short days ago it had been sunny and 70+ degrees...  It has remained mostly cloudy, and has showered a few times today, some badly needed rain!  I recall… 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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