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Mar. 2, 2015 8:33 am 
Updated: Mar. 6, 2015 10:48 am
Things seem to be approaching the new normal for us. What seems to be the toughest obstacle is trying to write a post. The blahs and writers block are working overtime to keep me away from the keyboard. We have been active and alert as we learn to live together full time. Perhaps the… MORE
 
 
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Feb. 15, 2015 11:03 am 
Updated: Feb. 19, 2015 5:57 pm
There was a major improvement for me during my extended absence from AR. You may remember that strange reaction that happened to my taste buds after radiation? I’m very happy to tell you that has disappeared! We discovered my tasters had returned to normal quite by accident and I have been in… MORE
 
 
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Jan. 23, 2015 8:05 pm 
Updated: Feb. 3, 2015 10:26 am
I’ve been away for so long that making myself write for the blog has become a task in itself. I guess, I’ll have to find out if I can do it and make it interesting – at least a little interesting. My wife has been having a chain of health issues that have kept our attention toward resolving… MORE
 
 
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Oct. 16, 2014 3:17 pm 
Updated: Dec. 21, 2014 4:16 am
Fruit and Nut Holiday CakeAs presented by Mike Harvey on AllRecipes.comIngredients2 pounds pecan pieces1 pound candied pineapple1 pound figs1 pound Sunmaid mixed fruit4 large eggs5 ounces craisins4 ounces candied orange peel2 cups all purpose flour1 cup Splenda brown sugar blend1/4 pound red… MORE
 
 
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Oct. 15, 2014 7:52 pm 
Updated: Oct. 25, 2014 8:34 am
I’m going to begin this installment with my congratulations to Magnolia Blossom as she enters that place in life called grand-parenthood. I’m sure everyone has heard of that beautiful baby girl born to her son and his wife but I’m adding it, anyway.I have gathered the ingredients for Cat’s… MORE
 
 
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Oct. 8, 2014 4:04 pm 
Updated: Oct. 13, 2014 6:55 am
What a year this 2014 has been! In February, it seemed all was smoothing out and a normalcy was in our grasp when it went back to crazy. My wife’s health issues seemed to be unwilling to quiet down and I had health issues, though not as bad as what she was suffering. Again, things quieted… MORE
 
 
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Oct. 16, 2013 5:05 pm 
Updated: Dec. 10, 2013 12:04 pm
Let’s see if I can remember how to make this work. It’s been a long time without posting. I was able to nip in and comment on a couple posts but that is it.My absence has been punctuated by medical issues for my wife. She had a serious surgery in April which successfully eliminated a nerve pain… MORE
 
 
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Aug. 20, 2013 10:45 am 
Updated: Aug. 26, 2013 8:56 am
My cage was rattled quite vigorously last April. That’s when we found out that my wife needed surgery on her brain. As brain surgery goes, hers was very easy and simple for the surgical team but, it was still brain surgery. Apprehension made the next two weeks drag by until the scheduled… MORE
 
 
Apr. 11, 2013 5:10 am 
Updated: Apr. 18, 2013 2:44 pm
Three weeks ago, we attended a “hands in” pasta making demonstration that the local hospital was doing for their employees. The chef did not use the machines that I am so fond of. Instead, his tools were his hands and a rolling pin. Each attendee was given six eggs and plenty of flour and as… MORE
 
 
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Mar. 28, 2013 8:54 am 
Updated: Apr. 12, 2013 11:20 am
For a few years I have been making Jay’s Signature Pizza Crust. ( … http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Jays-Signature-Pizza-Crust/Detail.aspx?prop31=1 … ) It’s been better than most pizza crusts but never would I have called it a winner. You see, I have this subconscious penchant to kill yeast. No… MORE
 
 
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Mike Harvey, daPITA

Living In
Battle Creek, Michigan, USA

Member Since
Dec. 2008

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Gourmet

Hobbies
Gardening, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books

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About Me
At age 16, I began cooking when my mother was injured in an accident that kept her off her feet for five weeks. At first, my repertoire was fried hot dogs with pork and beans, boiled hot dogs with macaroni and cheese or pizza from a box. After a couple weeks of this, my younger brother was the first to protest and demand variety and my dad was quick to support him. That was my first cooking challenge, learning to plan a meal. About that time, mom returned from the hospital and from her bed, began teaching me things like roast beef, fried chicken, stews and all the sides and trimmings. In 1967, I married and my wife designated herself as the cook and this continued until 1999. It was then that I (voluntarily) began cooking again. At some point, I realized that I was having fun and began searching for recipes that were more challenging and interesting. I found AR and used it's recipes for a long time before registering and later becoming an active member.
My favorite things to cook
Soups. How can I go wrong? They are a great way to use up leftovers and those veggies that are approaching the end of their usefulness. They are always an original recipe. Roasts and steaks are favored, also. Getting the right "doneness" and choosing appropriate sides for a tastey and attractive meal is a continuing and always evolving menu.
My favorite family cooking traditions
If creating impulsive menus and recipes is a tradition then, (I guess) we have a tradition. A new tradition is developing. I have a fruitcake recipe that, I believe, is near perfection. I make it just before Thanksgiving so it is aged enough for the Christmas/ New Year holidays.
My cooking triumphs
Without a doubt, my own recipe for a Reuben Sandwich. It has been a demanded item for many years and I shared it in my AR blog. http://allrecipes.com/Cook/13101603/BlogEntry.aspx?postid=204609
My cooking tragedies
Too many. I have been able to throw them out and have something new before my wife gets home. Most of the time, anyway.
 
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