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The Midwest Roundup and Relay Are Coming Together! 
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 with the change. (After a lifetime of eating whatever I felt like eating.) It has paid off, though. In the five weeks of that diet I knocked down my LDL cholesterol from 94 to 82. Of course, the doctor wants it even less but he’s just going to wait because I have every intention of celebrating with a super fatty prime rib, home fries and Jack Daniels.
Out of this eating style, came a recipe that we thoroughly enjoy- Jamaican Burgers by Hannah. I had prepared these several times previously and just last week I did my own adjustments to suit our preferences. My ideas were to make Hannah’s recipe more serviceable as a burger. Also, I did away with her spices. Here’s a link to her recipe. …< ... And, here’s the link to my version, although it is no longer Jamaican flavored without the spices. …< ...
I’ll be experimenting further with this recipe by adding some TVP and barley for a little tooth play. I have no idea what this will do for the recipe but its name (Texturized Vegetable Protein) suggests that it is what my version needs. The burgers stay together nicely, have a very nice golden color after frying , do not shrink and are very filling. I have had these as I would have had a beef burger and I have had them on my plate without condiments. The flavor is not bland but it certainly lends itself well to adaptation by popular cuisines. I can see this as a Southwestern dish or as a German dish.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I believe it would make decent "meatballs" if they were precooked and not added to the sauce but would have the sauce poured over them.
Another recipe I have been tinkering with is this sage gravy. I love the flavors of sausage gravy but must avoid the processed meats. I found a few recipes for gravy that I thought would work but didn’t quite have all I wanted for flavor. After several attempts, this is what I have concluded. Most likely, you ladies will not be fond of something so rich in sage and pepper, but you know how to cut those back. I like this laid over hash browns or on top of a veggie omlet.
Pepper Sage Gravy

¼ Cup butter
¼ Cup AP Flour
1 tsp Salt
½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
½ Cup Green Onions, chopped
½ tsp ground sage
1/8 tsp Red Pepper
1 ½ Cup Soy Milk, unsweetened, unflavored

Slowly melt butter in skillet over medium heat
Stir in flour, salt and peppers. Cook, stirring constantly, until flour is brown.
Add green onions and cook until tender.
Gradually, stir in milk and cook until thickened. Add more milk as necessary to achieve the desired thickness.

The Midwest AR Roundup participation in The Relay for Life is set up and ready. The graph shows that we have collected $35.00 when we have actually collected $70.00. This is not a problem but I just want you to know that we are progressing at this early point. We have three registered walkers for the event and three more are expecting to walk, also. Here’s the link for that. …;fr_id=39896&amp;team_id=1120154<
What can you see at a relay?<    
Our participation in the relay will be rather limited. We will not be staying all night but will stay until the lighting of the luminaires and then leave. After all, our plan has always been to attend the Midwest Roundup that Cat Hill has organized for the past three years.
 My wife and I have made our plans and booked our room and have hooked up with Lady Sparkle and Magnolia Blossom for the trip there and back. (After last year’s tales of Thelma and Louise, I am concerned about our future.)
Edit 03/08/12: 08:49: The collection is now at $90.00 total!
Mar. 8, 2012 8:15 am
LOL! Now LS and MB have always made it where they were going. Yeah! Good work on getting the count down! I would probably like the sage gravy. I pick my own so when used the flavor might be stronger when used. So Looking forward to meeting you and your lovely wife!
Mar. 8, 2012 8:26 am
They have always made it but where were their passengers? You do realize they never arrived with passengers? What happened?
Mar. 8, 2012 9:03 am
ROFLMAO!! Ok. . . #1. I will walk! #2. We are already working to protect your delicate sensibilities Mike and have decided to ask your wife to weild the camera for one of our "adventures". LMAO!!! (Thank you! For the "lift") Will be thinking of you in the days ahead. :)
Mar. 8, 2012 9:06 am
Oh! And I've been "playing" with TVP of late. I actually LIKE it, my kids, eh, what can I say. . .they're kids. I most often rehydrate it in some kind of "flavored" liquid (vegetarian beef flavored, or tomato bouillon) to compliment what I'm using it in.
Mar. 8, 2012 10:07 am
Ahem... passengers? There's plenty of room in the trunk!
Mar. 8, 2012 10:30 am
I made a donation but it was just to the "team" - I didn't realize I could click on your name, Mike... Ugh! Anyhoo - it is there :)
Mar. 8, 2012 10:45 am
I man I sure wish I were able to attend this event - I will be there with you in spirit. What an adventure! :)
Mar. 8, 2012 11:56 am
Uh... delicate sensibilities? I'm afraid to ask. Do I need to sense something ominous, especially that you want my wife to take photos? Maybe, I will hitch hike.
Mar. 8, 2012 12:00 pm
I'm allergic to trunk lids- very allergic. No cure.
Mar. 8, 2012 12:03 pm
On behalf of Northern Clay County, Thank you, Jan! What matters is that the team gets the donation for Northern Clay County. Thank you, again, Jan!
Mar. 8, 2012 12:08 pm
Baking Nana, I'm sure I would gretly appreciate you being there- especially after six hours with Thelma and Louise! If my wife joins them, they'll be Thelma and Louise +1! Yup! I sure do wish you would be there, too!
Mar. 8, 2012 12:39 pm
Oh dear Mike, I do believe you are the bravest man I know. ;)
Mar. 8, 2012 12:58 pm
Perhaps I should wait to donate in case I need the cash for bail money? I'm thinking you may be hampered in your walking by sore sides from laughing.
Mar. 8, 2012 1:02 pm
LOLOL! You know they do have a long way to drive here. Mike, maybe the trunk is where the other passengers rode!
Mar. 8, 2012 1:04 pm
Mike, dear, I think you might want to charter your own private transportation, lol! I hope your survive your adventure because those of us more "local" types are anxious to meet you. Actually, road-tripping with LS and MB will be a good "feet wetting" before the big event. This year I'm pretty sure my DH is coming along, so you won't be entirely outnumbered:)
Mar. 8, 2012 2:33 pm
ah. . .road trips. . .car games. . :).good company (foodies). . .I'm glad you're allergic to the trunk. You'll be MUCH better company than the luggage that would have to ride back there if you chose the trunk :) Never fear. . .it should be a fun couple of days for "photo ops". My first thought involved relaxing (which all women know involves comfortable sleepwear and wine) and the "magic" of feeling like royalty at a hotel. Pretty tame so far. :)
Mar. 8, 2012 5:03 pm
Carla! We are not playing "I Spy" in the car! Or singing "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall." Mike - Benadryl works wonders for allergies.
Mar. 8, 2012 5:05 pm
BSM, hang on to your pennies, we might need bail money. If luv2cook pops into the blog, keep your stash handy too!
Mar. 8, 2012 5:14 pm
~ *pouting about the "I Spy" snarkiness* ~
Mar. 9, 2012 5:48 pm
You guys are TOO FUNNY! I have a feeling Mike will "keep up" with the rest of you!! (Wishing I would be there!)
Mar. 9, 2012 9:20 pm
Mike, congrats on the diet! You've got more will-power than I do. I registered for the walk tonight and shot you an e-mail. I don't care what MB and LS say.... you're in trouble man, big trouble. I was so looking forward to meeting you, but now... well, I hope you make to the Round Up buddy. I truly do.
Mar. 13, 2012 10:36 am
Hey, I've never arrived anywhere without luggage, have I? (He'll be safe with the luggage.)
Mar. 13, 2012 5:22 pm
DANG! Just... DANG!!
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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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