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Dec. 13, 2011 6:24 pm 
Updated: Dec. 17, 2011 5:37 am
It wasn’t enough that California started advertising in our state that their products were better than Michigan’s but now Wisconsin is wanting to steal our geography??!!  WTH??   Check out this video and see that the PR people in Wisconsin’s government have an imagination bigger than their… MORE
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Nov. 15, 2011 6:20 am 
Updated: Nov. 26, 2011 4:29 am
You are not going to do it simply because I said something. You’re not going to do it for somebody else. You’re not going to do it for yourself and certainly, you’re not going to do it because the government said you should. You are your own self and you will determine for yourself what you… MORE
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Nov. 10, 2011 6:42 am 
Updated: Nov. 18, 2011 1:25 pm
His story was never told. He believed nobody wanted to hear it, and he was probably right. After all, the dance contests and survival contests on TV are more important than an old man marking time so he could die. He had nobody to encourage him to live. Nobody could take that kind of time-… MORE
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Nov. 7, 2011 9:43 am 
Updated: Nov. 11, 2011 8:36 am
I couldn’t have asked for a better day! The day was sunny and the temperature was warm. I estimated the trip to be about 120 miles so I decided to err on the side of good judgment and leave my dear old Dodge pickup in the driveway. In its place, I rented a small gas friendly car. It just… MORE
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Oct. 26, 2011 5:24 am 
Updated: Nov. 4, 2011 1:05 pm
As October closes out, so does Breast Cancer Awareness month. The spirit of this theme must not get lost in the next eleven months. Do your self- checks, talk with your family and friends about it and learn everything you can so you are prepared should it strike you or anyone you… MORE
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Oct. 16, 2011 5:35 pm 
Updated: Oct. 18, 2011 3:48 am
If I had to make a guess, the number would be 5,000. That’s 5,000 people that turned out to participate in the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk that took place in Kalamazoo on the 15th. It was a partly sunny but cold and windy day and those folks could have turned tail to get out… MORE
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Oct. 7, 2011 7:52 am 
Updated: Oct. 8, 2011 7:59 am
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a month of celebration, too! We celebrate … … The taken. Because of them we have learned so very much.… Survivors for demonstrating the fight can be won.… The generosity and support of individuals, corporations and organizations whose contributions have… MORE
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Oct. 4, 2011 11:09 am 
Updated: Oct. 7, 2011 3:20 am
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Not only is it a good time to learn everything you can about this dreadful disease, but it is also a great time to do your self- check and get those mammograms. If you feel uncomfortable that a male is telling you to do this, too bad! Maybe it will… MORE
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Sep. 26, 2011 8:26 am 
Updated: Oct. 3, 2011 5:02 pm
The Presidents Challenge was established in the presidency of President Eisenhower as a tool to assist in the education of physical fitness. Today, it is administered by Indiana University and offers everyone a method of keeping track of their physical activity. The program offers awards as… MORE
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Sep. 20, 2011 12:00 pm 
Updated: Sep. 21, 2011 6:58 pm
... almost. It was predicted to frost so Wednesday evening, I went from plant to plant picking anything that could be saved for consumption. Then on to my container plants and get them moved to a protected area close to the house. The Basil plants were the more important containers because I… MORE
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Mike Harvey, daPITA

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Battle Creek, Michigan, USA
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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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