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Mike Harvey, daPITA


Mike Harvey, daPITA
 
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Living In: Battle Creek, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books
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Mar. 2, 2015 8:33 am 
Updated: Mar. 6, 2015 10:48 am
Things seem to be approaching the new normal for us. What seems to be the toughest obstacle is trying to write a post. The blahs and writers block are working overtime to keep me away from the keyboard. We have been active and alert as we learn to live together full time. Perhaps the… MORE
 
 
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From The Blog:  Life ... It's Why We Cook.
  
About this Cook
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.
Recipe Reviews 52 reviews
Ramen Cabbage Salad
A nice, unexpected blend of flavors. My wife really liked it, but I had trouble liking the vegetable oil. Next time I may try coconut oil, instead.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 29, 2015
Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread
I must add another 5 star rating! This is a tasty cornbread that is easy to spread butter on without crumbling.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 27, 2015
Cabbage Rolls II
Very much like the Stuffed Cabbage offered by the local Eastern Orthodox church every fall. Much easier to make than I thought it would be. Thank you, BJ!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 17, 2015
 
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