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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Aug. 30, 2011 9:38 pm 
Updated: Sep. 2, 2011 12:44 pm
I'm guessing that the funk I've been in for a few days now stems from the knowledge that I will have to travel next month...  In and of itself, not too hateful, though I'm certainly comfortable to simply STAY HOME!  It began with a call from sis. Like it or not, mom turns 90 on Sept 23rd...… MORE
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Aug. 26, 2011 10:35 pm 
Updated: Aug. 30, 2011 4:34 am
I took quite a trip down "memory lane" last night... or well into the wee hours of today!  I believe it was around 2am, in fact, when I turned out lights.  (No wonder I slept till 10am!)  My search for ANYTHING decent to occupy my time (on the idiot box,) I stumbled across the movie "For the… MORE
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Aug. 24, 2011 11:11 pm 
Updated: Aug. 26, 2011 8:12 pm
25yrs ago, I may have said "YES," but alas, I'm still here, despite the abuse I've put my body through, some of which at the hands of my doctor!  Toxic meds, dining on a "fair" diet - I feel that anything in moderation (but they do make pills for other issues!)  Last, but certainly not least,… MORE
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Aug. 23, 2011 1:12 am 
Updated: Aug. 23, 2011 11:26 am
I have no idea where the craving came from, but for some reason as the night approached 11pm, I simply HAD to have... fries!  While they are a poor substitute, I pulled a bag of frozen potatoes from the freezer, and baked them in the toaster oven (I know... EWWW, but they worked!)  20 mins… MORE
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Aug. 21, 2011 11:29 pm 
Updated: Aug. 23, 2011 9:16 pm
I truly did want to stop in Friday night... well Sat. morning, but life was just a bit upside down still, at 3am, when I relented and fell into my bed! Friday, I was a mess... not so bad early, but I was suffering anxieties as to whether or not Audie would make it over here...  Love her… MORE
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Aug. 17, 2011 11:00 pm 
Updated: Aug. 18, 2011 12:19 pm
Ok, I admit that the other day when I went kitchen nuts, my foot did blow up like a balloon... but I'd been "on it" all afternoon!  (One of those "I MUST cook days.")  Despite elevating it with ice most of the evening, didn't do squat... but then it didn't take mere "moments" to puff it up. … MORE
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Aug. 14, 2011 11:29 pm 
Updated: Aug. 16, 2011 8:02 pm
I had the best of intentions, of having a truly fun day in the crazykitchen today.  That was, at least, until about 4am.  I awoke (as I often do,) but did not roll over and go right back to sleep.  My left foot was on fire... or so it felt!  While my feet often "tell" my brain that they're… MORE
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Aug. 14, 2011 12:14 am 
Updated: Aug. 14, 2011 9:06 pm
It was yesterday morning while having my "wake up" iced coffee, that I got a but...  I wanted appetizers for dinner!  By time the lunch bell rang and I'd fed the dogs and myself, I had a rather lengthy grocery list going... or so it seemed.  By early afternoon, the "yen" had waned, and the… MORE
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Aug. 12, 2011 10:59 pm 
Updated: Aug. 14, 2011 4:38 am
Denise stopped in this evening for a quick hair trim... of course, I had to hear ALL about her recent trip to L.A. to celebrate her b'day...  Hotel on the Pacific Coast highway...  She had a wonderful trip with Ms. Rose, despite it being only 4 days...  I was invited to tag along... but Josh… MORE
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Aug. 11, 2011 1:22 pm 
Updated: Aug. 14, 2011 11:04 am
It's been an interesting few days...  Monday, the crazycook in me came out to play.  I had found a rec. for mock "white castle" burgers (tm) and decided to give it a go.  Now, I may during my one and only trip to St Louis actually eaten one of these delicacies... but I base MY opinion on… 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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