Stevie's Crazy Kitchen Blog at Allrecipes.com (7/2011)

Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

 
Jul. 29, 2011 7:15 pm 
Updated: Jul. 31, 2011 4:29 am
Is there such a thing?  I've spent the past few days pondering just why Julie would want to stop in and say "hi" as we barely know each other... I'm certainly not complaining!  I've been checking email and facebook (uggh!!) multi times a day, but to no avail...  (I do have pills for… MORE
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Jul. 28, 2011 7:32 pm 
Updated: Jul. 29, 2011 6:19 pm
I was totally taken aback when I got the msg. from my ex-wife Sal's youngest sister, Janet. That of itself was pleasant... she's in FL now, married, working, ya da yada...  The msg was that Sal's daughter Julie is on a road trip which may well bring her through Phoenix, and that Janet needed… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 22, 2011 4:02 pm 
Updated: Jul. 24, 2011 8:01 pm
For some time now, I've been a a coupon kick (I will call it...) which often causes me to go to a grocery...  I pick up the few items the frige is hungery for, AFTER fishing thru my coupon organizer, that is!  I end up purchasing all kinds of items for the larder... not that I'm IN NEED, but… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 21, 2011 10:02 pm 
Updated: Jul. 22, 2011 11:18 am
I believe that I've shared that two meals in a row were fit for the dogs, not ME!  Now, I do realize that I'm my worst critic...  Rightly so, as far as I'm concerned...  What cook who prides themselves in the end results, would wish to serve "slop" to others?? (Even if it is hubby, partner,… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 20, 2011 12:02 am 
Updated: Jul. 30, 2011 2:01 pm
I do my best here to keep the topic toward the culinary efforts, but there are times...  I was reminded tonight of my post so way back when, I believe it was titled "My Life as a Trunk."  Like it or not, life is NOT always about FOOD! I'm of the line of thinking, that from time to time, we (et… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 18, 2011 10:13 pm 
Updated: Jul. 19, 2011 4:20 pm
If I'm not mistaken, that's probably a reduntant title, but trust me... it fits!  Before noon, I had meat from freezer to skillet, simmering in l/o broth (also from the freezer,) and a double batch of bbq sauce bubbling in a pot...  Too bad I didn't "measure" as it's pretty potent on the… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 17, 2011 10:36 pm 
Updated: Jul. 18, 2011 5:42 pm
CrazyCook hasn't been up to much of late, it's simply been TOO HOT to spit!  Forced myself to a grocery today... paid $35, saving $25!  Dawned on me, if I bought one piece of fruit at .77/lb, and they "say" regular price is $110/lb, I guess I've save TONS of money????!  Sorry, the devil's… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 15, 2011 7:20 pm 
Updated: Jul. 16, 2011 6:26 pm
I've become hateful at settling for simply one recipe, especially if I find multiples of similar dishes, that a bit from this one, a dash from that one, and cooking method of another, sound even better!   Well, to suit crazycook's palate, anyway... The first time I EVER fried chicken ( just a… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 15, 2011 1:32 am 
Updated: Jul. 16, 2011 6:31 am
Some years back I decided to add to my Mikasa China, and cheap crystal stemware.  I turned service for 4 into service for 10, with a few extra pieces, in case of breakage.  Good thing I did, but that's not why I'm here this morning! It was after that, that I was given a set of aunt… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 13, 2011 11:35 pm 
Updated: Jul. 15, 2011 12:34 am
I might ask of myself, "what the "H" was I THINKING!  Well, it was not the worst day to tackle this endeaver... it was only 102F when I put the canner on the stove...  I've looked at the recipe for Watermelon Pickles half a dozen times, and thought "how strange..." each time.  After chopping… 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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