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Jul. 25, 2011 12:01 pm 
Updated: Aug. 1, 2011 8:24 pm
Here’s a recipe that I have made once and then changed to suit myself. I will say it is outstanding for flavor and satisfaction. It is certainly not run-of-the-mill. I will tinker with the gravy to be used in other  recipes that do not use meat. The changes I made were to reduce sodium and… MORE
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Jul. 10, 2011 7:45 am 
Updated: Jul. 18, 2011 6:34 pm
As the final moments of the United States Shuttle Program tick away, remember all the great science and technology innovations of the past 30+ years that have given us most of what we enjoy today. Above all, remember with great pride and love, the crews of The Challenger and The Columbia.… MORE
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Jul. 4, 2011 7:18 am 
Updated: Jul. 7, 2011 2:37 pm
Opinion I. Profit has yielded to flat out unabashed and unconcerned greed. When high fuel costs clobber us, our photo-op conscious lawmakers are quick to call an investigational hearing. Yet, each time food prices have risen it gets a tiny note in the evening news. When fuel costs drop, food… MORE
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Jun. 27, 2011 12:00 pm 
Updated: Jul. 1, 2011 7:46 pm
Baking Nana has a post regarding hamburger. If you haven’t read it, go there now for an enlightenment. I agree with what she said yet, I wonder what damage would be done to the food chain of supply if certain methods of production and preservation were halted. Would the food get to its… MORE
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Jun. 20, 2011 6:05 am 
Updated: Jun. 25, 2011 6:52 pm
SwissPhil, where are you? It’s been over a year since the surgery and nine months since radiation was completed. I have only a numb area on my left jaw that remains from the surgery. The surgeon says that will be a permanent thing for me, now. The only side effects from the radiation are, I… MORE
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Jun. 14, 2011 6:45 pm 
Updated: Jun. 18, 2011 1:17 pm
Danny’s Memorial Cindy’s Thank YouAR Folks I just read Carries post about the Danny Lepp Memorial and I am very proud of Carrie, Baking Nana and redneck gramma for their efforts and thoughtfulness. I am also very proud to belong in this forum of many caring folks that have made the memorial a… MORE
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Jun. 7, 2011 8:10 pm 
Updated: Jun. 17, 2011 11:55 pm
Here’s some language problems I recently encountered in the blogs. I am unfamiliar with the language, it’s pronunciation and I, certainly, do not know their meaning."je ne sais quoi" and "menage a trois". Would anyone be kind enough to relieve me of this ignorance? Raedwulf has a coffee blog… MORE
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Jun. 3, 2011 7:32 pm 
Updated: Aug. 9, 2011 7:31 pm
It may be happening. After 44 years of marriage I may have found another girlfriend. All these years without having one have my confidence level very low as to how I can keep her happy. I had a couple girlfriends right after my wife and I were married, but they didn’t last long. Unlike the… MORE
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May 23, 2011 4:27 pm 
Updated: Jun. 2, 2011 6:53 pm
My high speed internet took a death plunge. I’m back on dial up until the provider gets it resuscitated. It feels like I’ve been driving a Lotus and have been reassigned to a little red wagon. Ugh! Pfffft! Yech! My wife and I went all out this weekend. We have made container gardening the… MORE
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May 18, 2011 8:25 am 
Updated: Jun. 4, 2011 5:58 pm
I was reviewing the comments from my previous blog posts and I am awe stuck by the folks here on All Recipes. Now that the health difficulties are behind me, I can more clearly understand what each of you has done for me. Whether two words or two hundred words each comment had it’s own… 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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