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May 21, 2012 9:40 am 
Updated: Jun. 1, 2012 5:07 am
In three weeks the Midwest Roundup at CatHill’s will be a happening. It seems that because I will be the only male AR member showing up, that I am somehow excess baggage. Magnolia Blossom has promised me space in the trunk for the ride. Lady Sparkle seems sympathetic to some degree. She’s… MORE
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Apr. 10, 2012 7:13 pm 
Updated: May 16, 2012 8:19 am
Easter weekend was very different, this year. On Friday evening, our daughter and her family took us to a hockey match in Grand Rapids. She had a suite reserved for everybody and the club furnished a fruit platter, popcorn and the first round of non-alcoholic beverages. Our Griffins lost to… MORE
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Apr. 3, 2012 4:16 pm 
Updated: Apr. 11, 2012 4:54 pm
Finally! Progress has been made in my weight loss! Purely accidentally, though. I have not been trying at all! I returned to most of my eating habits prior to December with the exceptions that I am eating far more raw veggies, whole grains and raw fruit as well as drinking incredible amounts… MORE
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Mar. 21, 2012 9:44 am 
Updated: Mar. 30, 2012 10:58 am
These last two weeks have been days of good and great news!Many of you know that I had a condition called Abdominal Aortic Aneurism which is the aorta develops a “ballooning” that projects from the aorta. The condition was discovered in a PET scan and has been monitored ever since. This can… MORE
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Mar. 8, 2012 7:42 am 
Updated: Mar. 13, 2012 5:22 pm
Two more weeks remaining of this radical diet plan that I’ve been on. Except for three meals of white chicken meat, the diet has been very much influenced by vegetarian food. There was one meal of eggs, also. This kind of eating is very foreign to me and I am having a difficult time dealing… MORE
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Feb. 23, 2012 9:39 am 
Updated: Feb. 27, 2012 9:18 am
It has been done! The Midwest All Recipes Roundup is officially registered with The Relay for Life of Northern Clay County, Missouri! This event coincides with the gathering of membership of All Recipes happening on that same weekend at CatHill’s ranch, nearby. Although, neither event is… MORE
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Feb. 17, 2012 9:23 am 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2013 4:31 am
If only we were amoeba and could reproduce without the need of male and female. No need for marriage or the fragile tests of courtship. No misunderstanding between genders. No division during child rearing. No conflicts because of gender based decorating preferences. The malls might actually… MORE
Feb. 9, 2012 7:28 pm 
Updated: Feb. 18, 2012 11:27 am
Nothing like a medical issue to create medical issues, or so it seems. My last appointment was to clear up a weight problem. I have been steadily gaining weight even though I have been on a low fat, low calorie diet coupled with regular exercising five days each week for a minimum of thirty… MORE
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Jan. 26, 2012 11:59 am 
Updated: Feb. 4, 2012 6:20 pm
“Hey! Squamous Cell! You awake? Look at me!”That’s me, in the morning as I begin to get ready. I’m looking in the mirror trying to wake the killer inside me.“Can you see me real good? ... Yeah? … I have something for you.”Then, using both hands, I would flip off the image in the mirror. “D@mn… MORE
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Jan. 12, 2012 6:38 pm 
Updated: Jan. 26, 2012 1:19 am
My dear companion of fifteen years has had serious health issues during the past few weeks. It all came on at once and if I didn’t have such an attachment for her I would have had second thoughts about letting the money go to help get her better.  I know I should expect problems because of… MORE
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Mike Harvey, daPITA

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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.
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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