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New Zealand Earthquake 
Sep. 3, 2010 5:37 pm 
Updated: Sep. 11, 2010 12:12 am
September 03, 2010 7:26 PM EDT
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck much of New Zealand's South Island early Saturday and caused widespread damage, but there were just two reports of serious injuries. Looters broke into some damaged shops in Christchurch, police said.

We have Good EatNZ and DrMim that are in this area. There may be other AR members, as well. Let’s pray that these folks and all New Zealanders have a fast recovery from this calamity. If you think of another person, mention their name in the comments.
Sep. 3, 2010 5:42 pm
Hope everyone down in NZ is okay and there isn't too much damage!!
Sep. 3, 2010 8:07 pm
Thank you Mike, I just left a message on Bessie's (GoodEatsNZ) blog. I just saw the news and man, there was a lot of damage! They didn't mention any deaths, Thank Goodness! I hate earthquakes.
Sep. 3, 2010 9:58 pm
PRESENT!!! We are fine! Thank you so much Mike for this! After a very frightening and overwhelming day I am so (gee, what's the right word) overwhelmed (again, but in a great way) at how the AR community has been thinking of us! I'm about an hour outside Chch and we have some breakage and damage, but nothing too serious. Chicken lives IN Christchurch -- not in the CBD, but just outside. I'm sure she is safe, but she may have a lot of damage. I hope we hear from her soon! Dr Mim is in Auckland, well away from this, but no doubt she will be concerned and may have family down here.
Sep. 4, 2010 3:54 am
Glad to hear GoodEatNZ is fine! And, glad to hear no deaths have been mentioned. Mother Nature can be a "Tough Mom"....
Sep. 4, 2010 7:49 am
Will do! They are all in our prayers, with the rest of everyone else in NZ
Sep. 4, 2010 7:19 pm
Good EatNZ's sister and her husband (meself) are glad to here all has survived on the road to Akaroa. We're used to earthquakes here on this section of the ring of fire and know how terrifying the large ones are. Good thoughts for all our Kiwi friends.
Sep. 5, 2010 12:25 am
Day Two and things are looking up! Christchurch structural damage is worse than initially thought, but but we are SO impressed with the authorities reaction to everything. There are shelters for those who have lost houses. They are getting water, sewage and power back on in good order. The Man went to the big grocery store 40 minutes away today, and while they were up and running, they were still cleaning and out of a lot of bottled goods. Thanks again, Mike, for thinking of us!
Sep. 5, 2010 12:27 am
Now, not to hi-jack Mike's post, but GumboBoy!!!! E-mail me! Facebook me, comment on MY blog! LOL! Will try to give you guys a bell tomorrow, unless you ring me first!
Sep. 5, 2010 7:01 pm
Good to hear things are well on your end Good EatNZ. I'm afraid I don't often pay attention to where someone is from here on AR. Thanks to Mike for pointing it out.
Mrs. C 
Sep. 7, 2010 11:29 am
Thanks Mike, for giving me a chance to catch up on all the news! We heaard about the EQ but we were on the road. Just had a chance today to catch up on blogs. Just figured out the NZ part of GoodeatNZ! Clever, and so glad to hear you are OK!
Sep. 11, 2010 12:12 am
We are all OK here, still experiencing some aftershocks but luckily everyone is safe. Thanks for thinking about us!
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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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