Stevie's Crazy Kitchen Blog at Allrecipes.com (6/2011)

Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

 
Jun. 29, 2011 2:08 pm 
Updated: Jun. 30, 2011 6:27 pm
Some time ago, one of my friends here at AR turned me on to yet another recipe site that I was unfamiliar with, which did indeed supply me with a much wanted version of "The Colonel's" fried chicken.  This pot of gold is called copykat.com, should any of you care...  I've since found rec's… MORE
 
 
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Jun. 26, 2011 9:53 pm 
Updated: Jun. 27, 2011 8:34 pm
I've never slapped a chunk of loin on the barbie before, but today I bolstered my courage...  The end product was moist and wonderfully seasoned! I began, lighting the left side of my gas grill on HI heat, closing the lid.  Placing the defrosted chunk of loin (about 2lbs) on foil, I salted… MORE
 
 
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Jun. 25, 2011 9:07 pm 
Updated: Jun. 27, 2011 8:36 pm
I think that the "short" answer is, if a man is secure enough with himself, he most certainly could do both (even at the same time!)  although I've never actually seen a chef in pink!  Seems the drab white and "checkered" pants are the norm in this neck of the woods...  Do they still wear… MORE
 
 
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Jun. 24, 2011 11:50 pm 
Updated: Jun. 29, 2011 12:33 pm
I've known for years that when choosing a watermelon, you give it a good "thump," but what it's supposed to sound like when ripe escapes me... I did however read an article in our newspaper FOOD section a week or more ago, that the "squeeze" test may result only in bruised fruit.  The… MORE
 
 
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Jun. 19, 2011 6:47 pm 
Updated: Jun. 20, 2011 9:28 pm
It was oohhhh so long ago when whomever produces the product came out with a soft margarine spread, "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter."  Sorry, while that is a "trademark," I can't think who makes it, nor do I care right now! Enter the advertising campaign, and the "spokes person" Fabio (who as… MORE
 
 
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Jun. 19, 2011 1:11 am 
Updated: Jun. 20, 2011 9:30 pm
I've begun to wonder whether this whole "meal planning" idea is right for crazycook...  For years, once it's time to think about cooking, I take a peek at what I've got, and go from there on a daily basis.  A week ago, I wrote out a meal plan spreading over 7 days, and went into cooking… MORE
 
 
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Jun. 18, 2011 9:31 pm 
The very large can of worms I opened some time ago... week before last, I believe, is still in the "working" stages.  Just this evening, I ploughed through yet another pile of newspaper clippings, scraps of paper... you've probably been there...  At least "the box" is gone, and loose recipes… MORE
 
 
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Jun. 17, 2011 10:57 pm 
Updated: Jun. 18, 2011 2:50 pm
Whilst perusing the site, searching places I've tended to overlook, I stumbled upon a recipe for stuffed cabbage leaves... think I shared that the best I've ever eaten were made by a woman of Polish heritage.  (come to think of it, I don't believe I've mentioned that!)  I only label her, as… MORE
 
 
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Jun. 17, 2011 9:48 pm 
I will say one thing about thinking this all through ahead of time... come mealtime, the guesswork is GONE!  Last night, we did have the crab cakes, but I was so busy with other crazykitchen things that I was flat out too tired to worry about a fresh salad - step in what I am now calling… MORE
 
 
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Jun. 16, 2011 11:08 pm 
Updated: Jun. 18, 2011 2:52 pm
Such a lifetime ago, it would seem...  Wonder if I can make a little sense of the changes during my life... Grandpa's  house had a hand pump in the kitchen for water from the well.  In the winter, you melted snow on the grate from the wood burning furnace (the only vent in the old farmhouse,… MORE
 
 
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Stevie crazycook

Home Town
Lansing, Michigan, USA
Living In
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Member Since
Feb. 2008

Cooking Level
Expert

Hobbies
Quilting, Gardening, Music

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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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