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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Jun. 6, 2011 8:10 pm 
Updated: Jun. 8, 2011 6:59 pm
Crazycook has been having a craving of late, well, actually quite a few.  I still haven't made mac & cheese this summer, not that it's really a "summer" dish... just that I need a "fix," as it were.  I have, however, done baked beans, my favorite cole slaw recipe, potato salad a few times,… MORE
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Jun. 4, 2011 8:12 pm 
Updated: Jun. 6, 2011 7:03 pm
I'm guessing that I'm not the only one who has some type of storage space, that can indeed be HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH when opened...  My morning was fine... "righting" the shredder, and tearing thru a healthy stack of last yrs paperwork...  From there, I opened that dreaded door, and peeked… MORE
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Jun. 2, 2011 10:54 pm 
Updated: Jun. 4, 2011 7:02 pm
Good evening all, or good morning, if you're so inclined!  Today was not what I would call a "usual" day...  Jason had yet another job interview, so crazycook decided to pull out a couple of stops... I began by plopping some dark meat chicken pieces into a salt water brine, and let them soak… MORE
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Jun. 1, 2011 4:13 pm 
Updated: Jun. 2, 2011 2:24 am
All these years in Phoenix, and having been "head cook and bottle washer" for more than I'm happy sharing, I have learned a few tips... unfortunately, I don't always follow my own advice! I've never truly been proficient at the bbq grill, and just a few years ago, kinda gave up on it for any… MORE
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Jun. 1, 2011 11:06 am 
Updated: Jun. 1, 2011 7:51 pm
Hey all, sitting here with coffee looking at overcast skies... started to cloud up yesterday, but no mention of sprinkles!  With the weather as it's been here, crazycook is thinking of all the "summer" type foods but keep coming back to the "typical."   Cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans… 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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