Stevie's Crazy Kitchen Blog at (7/2012)

Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Jul. 30, 2012 11:32 am 
Updated: Jul. 31, 2012 10:36 pm
After looking at today's posted RECIPE OF THE DAY, I thought I'd share this recipe I found and have used for many years with you all....  Of course, here in the desert SW I can find any number of brands of canned enchilada sauce - never been let down yet....  Just figure making my own, the… MORE
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Jul. 28, 2012 11:38 pm 
Updated: Jul. 31, 2012 6:48 am
I have no updates to share re: my new medical issue, but at least now I'm more at ease, and can share what I know...  The hygenist found a "spot" when she cleaned my teeth.  Two weeks later, the dentist called it a LUMP.  A spot didn't worry me much, but as a "lump" and being told things like… MORE
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Jul. 25, 2012 10:54 pm 
Updated: Jul. 28, 2012 10:38 pm
Apologies for my absence of late, but I'm being faced with some new health issues that have kept me preoccupied, AND out of the kitchen...  Go figure?  Me, not caring about COOKING!!!  Also, sorry for not responding to comments on my last blog, but alas, the "spark" has faded... hopefully… MORE
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Jul. 19, 2012 3:13 pm 
Updated: Jul. 24, 2012 12:05 pm
Even before I became a cookin' NUT, I can honestly  say that I rarely purchased food from the "Deli" dept at the grocery.  The occasional roasted chicken, or a tub of potato salad...  I couldn't match the chicken, but I was always disappointed with the pre-made side dishes, preferring my own… MORE
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Jul. 15, 2012 2:02 pm 
Updated: Jul. 17, 2012 6:37 am
This recipe was in the local paper today, the USA Weekend section, and written by Ellie Krieger, who turns just about any recipe into a healthful (and still flavorful) version.  Today's topic was the Grilled Cheese Sandwich... Whole grain bread adds more fiber, antioxidants and minerals. Add… MORE
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Jul. 13, 2012 8:58 pm 
Updated: Jul. 17, 2012 6:17 am
Didn't notice when I got my day underway today, don't always "know" what the date is... days tend to run together, I'm doing good to recall month, and day of the week! HAPPY FRIDAY 13th!  (It's still "Friday here...) Be well, crazy friends, and pet that black kittie! MORE
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Jul. 13, 2012 11:42 am 
Updated: Jul. 14, 2012 9:18 pm
If I'm not mistaken, "big" people can still be kids at heart...  Now, we don't have "snow" days in this part of the world...  However, night before last I sat here, with the blinds all wide open, watching "Mother Nature's" light show, a spectacular display of lightening accompanied by… MORE
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Jul. 8, 2012 10:35 pm 
Updated: Jul. 10, 2012 8:43 pm
I love this place... I never need a reservation, the help is extremely friendly also!  Sometimes service is a tad bit slow, but hey, considering that the entire meal is dealt with on a personal basis...  I guess I can deal with a once in a while wait time.  Tonight the specialty was Asian… MORE
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Jul. 7, 2012 12:11 am 
Updated: Jul. 10, 2012 6:43 pm
I have absolutely no idea just what is going on in this country this year regarding the weather...  Our utilitly bills have escalated compared to last year, but then I look at the "weather" and see that the entire midwest and south are suffing up to triple digit temps. and are under "heat… MORE
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Jul. 4, 2012 9:22 pm 
Updated: Jul. 10, 2012 10:28 am
Enjoy this link, it's one of my favorite versions of this time honored songs... Lee Greenwood,  God Bless the USA! Be well all! 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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