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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Jun. 16, 2011 11:31 am 
Updated: Jun. 18, 2011 2:52 pm
I've felt that this first attempt at meal planning for the up coming week has gone somewhat successfully, but think I did some overkill when I decided to assign particular meals to specific days!  Meal 2, for instance...  I traded Monday's stuffed peppers with Thurs Porcupine balls - changed… MORE
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Jun. 15, 2011 9:32 pm 
Updated: Jun. 16, 2011 10:48 am
Our dear friend Audie, of whom I've spoken before many a time, has been a connection to a local Afghan hound rescue, has negotiated delivery of 3 of "my dear children" over the years.  She has also become our groomer, since setting up a full grooming station in her laundry room.  Last week, I… MORE
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Jun. 13, 2011 11:08 pm 
Updated: Jun. 14, 2011 2:06 am
CrazyCook did indeed prepare extremely generic meatballs yesterday, and served a beer can chicken for dinner... sadly, after two hours on a low (indirect) grill, it still didn't seem completely cooked.  J had an interview again this morning... I certainly could NOT afford giving him food… MORE
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Jun. 12, 2011 10:08 pm 
Updated: Jun. 13, 2011 6:53 pm
Needed immediately a PERSONAL SHOPPER.  You must be neat, reliable, and honest.  Your most important duties will be to shop for CrazyCook, keeping the CrazyKitchen well stocked...  CrazyCook makes out the shopping lists for each of a number of stores, clips appropriate coupons, and will… MORE
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Jun. 11, 2011 8:50 pm 
Updated: Jun. 12, 2011 7:03 pm
Once again this afternoon, I prepared to launch yet another attack, on yet ANOTHER grocery store...  Seems that I have enough food in the house to last two adults, two dogs, and three kitties all thru the summer... but alas... I had no CHOICE!  I was almost convinced that the milk must… MORE
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Jun. 10, 2011 8:00 pm 
Updated: Jun. 10, 2011 10:48 pm
Well, all, after my later post of last night, I've done a bit of searching...  Thanks all btw for comments! Per the "phobia," I've learned from my ancient Webster's dictionary, that the term "arachis" pertains to peanut oil.  Hope I spelled that properly... my note contained an "n,"… MORE
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Jun. 9, 2011 10:37 pm 
Updated: Jun. 10, 2011 5:53 pm
I've become a famously good friends with the recycle bin, if you read my post of earlier this evening...  Many of the saved clippings are now disposed of! What prompted me to return this evening, is that I've "learned" a new word... UNFORTUNATELY, I cannot pronounce it!  Try this on for size,… MORE
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Jun. 9, 2011 9:30 pm 
Updated: Jun. 10, 2011 2:32 pm
I'm in hopes that there are only few of us out here who are obsessed with clipping recipes from the newspaper, magazines - or any other source.  I must have had a total lapse in common sense this afternoon... I decided to "organize" about a gazillion recipes... some multiple per page, others… MORE
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Jun. 8, 2011 9:46 pm 
Updated: Jun. 9, 2011 8:31 pm
I began this post over an hour ago, but alas, I was not happy with the direction it took.  Had a pretty "snappy" title, but a comment left last blog has haunted me since... which of course, brought to mind all of the natural disasters that have hit not only this country, but the globe in… MORE
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Jun. 8, 2011 1:30 am 
Updated: Jun. 9, 2011 6:22 pm
I have no idea just what's going on these days, but not only is the economy screwed up big time, but think about the weather!  Phoenix had a hi of 95 today (Tues,) while Chicago hit 102!  Then add the darn humidity there... am I ever glad that I left Michigan so many years ago!  Anyway, 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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