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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Sep. 6, 2010 10:08 pm 
Thanks all of you for responding to my most recent "plea for help," and yes, I do have the cookbook one or more of you have suggested, and have given it a "bookmark" in the appropriate page... It seems to me, that the confusion regarding the pie filling, and the name, is… MORE
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Sep. 4, 2010 11:52 pm 
Updated: Sep. 6, 2010 7:45 pm
If I'm not mistaken, a few days ago I happened to mention that I had gone, once again, into the CrazyCook mode, and managed to produce for one, two loaves of sourdough bread, made with my own starter...   Dutifully, after the loaves had cooled, I bagged them each up in "saved for… MORE
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Sep. 3, 2010 11:20 pm 
Updated: Sep. 5, 2010 6:58 pm
This is my second post tonight, most of you who stop by,will probably do so in only a few hours... that "pesky" time zone thing... sometimes wish Phoenix was more East, would make life so much easier! I'm wondering what kinda stuff folks might me making for the weekend...  I'm half… MORE
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Sep. 3, 2010 9:27 pm 
Updated: Sep. 6, 2010 6:04 am
A reader requested help, from more than myself here at AR I would suspect... living in S. Africa, wondered just what "CoolWhip" is, and could there be substitutions?  Well folks, I hardly ever buy the "stuff," preferring freshly whipped heavy cream (hey, they make pills… MORE
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Sep. 2, 2010 10:59 pm 
Updated: Sep. 3, 2010 7:50 pm
First, but won't dwell, the cat came home this afternoon, BITCHING all the way, for the next 20mins!  "Welcome home?" Anyway, hadn't really planned on leaving a post tonight, but today's mail delivered an invite to an afternoon till...? pool party, food , festivities, fun...  Our… 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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