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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
Mar. 21, 2013 9:17 am 
Updated: Mar. 25, 2013 9:50 am
I love to read and if I can apply something to my life from what I have read, I feel gratified for having spent the time reading. Recently, I donated a large number of books to the local library for their annual book sale because they were taking up so much room and I wasn’t reading them. I… MORE
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Feb. 19, 2013 5:16 pm 
Updated: Mar. 5, 2013 10:49 am
Flavor. That's what recipes are about, right? Of course! But how to get all the flavors piled into a sandwich and still have something close to the size of my bite and still not squeeze the contents out? For instance, a hamburger. I want lettuce, sweet pickle relish, slice of onion, jalapeno,… MORE
Dec. 28, 2012 12:30 pm 
Updated: Jan. 9, 2013 7:28 pm
As we watched Santa approaching from Europe, our hearts were warmed by the Royal Canadian Air Force who generously provided escort service to our Jolly Saint. It was noted that the RCAF jets had afterburners blazing in their effort to keep up with him. I'm convinced that, if Santa hadn't had… MORE
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Nov. 5, 2012 7:46 am 
Updated: Nov. 15, 2012 1:41 am
Two weeks ago, we were at the miniMI and had great conversation with each attendee. That memory was extended the next weekend when we had the great pleasure of having an evening dinner with Bellepepper and Mr. Bellepepper. Our conversations were interesting and diverse with no empty spots.… MORE
Sep. 18, 2012 6:04 am 
Updated: Sep. 23, 2012 4:08 pm
When looking back at all the events that transpired, I wonder how so much could have happened within that time spread. I won't review all of them here because there is so little that is of AR interest, but I will post them on my Wordpress blog. Many of you will recall the blogs posted of Cat… 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
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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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. 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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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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