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Life ... It's Why We Cook.

Nov. 16, 2012 5:06 pm 
Updated: Nov. 20, 2012 7:46 pm
We grew old together and, until recent years, we were seldom far apart. In our final years together, I could only give a smile of recognition as I passed you by but still, remembering the good times together. Never forgetting. Most of our time together was traveling. There was comfort in that companionship as the otherwise boring miles dragged by ever so slowly. Together we traversed thousands of miles and accomplished an untold number of tasks. Always close. Always a comfort. You have enriched me. Without you, I wouldn't have the stature I possess. Farewell my sweet. Farewell ... Twinkies!
Nov. 16, 2012 5:17 pm
Ding Dong! ! Had my share of them too!! Funny ol Mike!!
Nov. 16, 2012 6:56 pm
Thank to the unions for the loss of your beloved Twinkies, Expiration Date 2012-11-16.
Nov. 16, 2012 7:17 pm
Never had Twinkies,but very sorry they are closing,never a good thing.
Nov. 16, 2012 10:38 pm
They aren't really going away Mike. It's a strategy move by Hostess.
Nov. 17, 2012 2:45 am
Mike - don't scare me first thing in the morning!!! Doggone it - LOL!
Deb C 
Nov. 17, 2012 4:34 am
I'm with Maggi! Dear Lord. Enjoy your Twinkies while you can Mike! :)
Nov. 17, 2012 6:21 am
Anything that can survive indefinitely in its wrapping, surely won't disappear completely :)
Nov. 17, 2012 7:30 am
Good morning, Patty! The "frosting" and dark food coloring was the only difference.
Nov. 17, 2012 7:33 am
The unions are a minor part of their demise, King, the major issue is people have just become more aware of their diets and have chosen other snacks that are healthier. Additionally, Hostess became far too expensive for what they offered.
Nov. 17, 2012 7:34 am
You're right, manella. Any job loss is an unwelcome event.
Nov. 17, 2012 7:36 am
Hi, Randy! If they survive it will be under the auspices of new ownership. Unfortunately, the final Hostess employees will still be jobless.
Nov. 17, 2012 7:37 am
Good morning, Maggi! I little startle here or there is a good stimulant for an early morning. ;)
Nov. 17, 2012 7:40 am
Deb C, I would if I could but they have dissappeared en masse from the stores.
Nov. 17, 2012 7:43 am
Good morning m'lady Cat! They did a fair job of surviving in the intestines, too. They always needed a push from greens and fruit!
Nov. 17, 2012 8:06 am
Never cared for them but I'm sure a few deep fryers will miss them.
Nov. 17, 2012 10:39 am
Hi, I believe the root of the financial issues is the same that is true for many corporations and state governments, pensions. It was a great idea however, most were not funded properly and folks live longer. Based on how long we are living retirement dates should be pushed back. Not that I want that since I'm age 55 but it is a financial reality.
Nov. 17, 2012 12:15 pm
LOLOL! Good afternoon, my dear sir! I hope you and your lovely lady are enjoying a nice weekend. BTW did you tell her, her strawberry preserves were awesome!?
Nov. 17, 2012 12:20 pm
Losing my Ding Dong and Ho Hos all in one day is a like taking a double groin kick.
Nov. 17, 2012 2:49 pm
Ahh, the memories...Hostess treats packed in my school lunch. Never much cared for them, so I was very popular on the bus ride home when the older kids would ask me what I had left in my lunch box. Liked the chocolate cupcakes, but hated the frosting. You know how it could peel off in one single layer? I had plenty of volunteers at lunch hour to take it off of my hands. Take care and say hello to your lovely Mrs.
Nov. 17, 2012 5:38 pm
Thank goodness for Dolly Madison! Are they still in business? I hope so.
Nov. 18, 2012 12:33 pm
dolly madison had 400 employees here and they closed this past friday. unions vs owners...guess who loses at holiday season...yep workers. oh btw, they still had they're hiring sign flipping in the breeze here while folks were walking out with last paycheck. and NO, they are not hiring...they are firing.
Nov. 18, 2012 12:35 pm
columbus ledger/enquirer. com ...so nasty for folks that have worked there 10-30 plus yrs.
Nov. 18, 2012 7:21 pm
Snot! Li'l Debbie anyone?
Nov. 20, 2012 9:28 am
Even though we've given up eating Twinkies long ago in favor of a more healthy eating lifestyle, we still would occasionally indulge our nostalgic youth with a Ding Dong, Snowball, or Twinkie. My Beloved Husband is in DEEP mourning. I hope it gets over this!
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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. http://allrecipes.com/Cook/13101603/BlogEntry.aspx?postid=204609
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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