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Oct. 1, 2013 12:51 pm 
Updated: Oct. 4, 2013 2:11 pm
After dropping my daughter off at school today, I treated myself to a Cappuccino and a blueberry scone. For some reason, I just kept driving west this morning. I went through Ghent, fondly remembering the pizza I had at KB's. The morning light was glorious on the fields of corn and soy. As I… MORE
Jacked Cheddar Cheese Spread
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White Chocolate Almond Biscotti
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Dark Chocolate Cranberry Scones
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Aug. 1, 2013 7:33 am 
Updated: Aug. 7, 2013 6:26 am
We are in our new home, and it is a beaut! Sure, it has all of the creaks and groans of an older home. (Both of us were born/made in 1958.) The home went through some cosmetic surgery whereas I am still saggy and well, old looking. Aside from cosmetics, the functionality of the house has been… MORE
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Jul. 11, 2013 10:52 am 
Updated: Jul. 21, 2013 11:14 am
It's been five years since moving here. My family and I have had a great time in New Jersey. There are times when I would dispute the term "Garden State." I think it would be more truthful to call it the "Tick State," or the "Vermin Deer State," or even the "Taxation State." None of those… MORE
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Jun. 26, 2013 4:05 pm 
Updated: Jul. 4, 2013 5:34 pm
So I was gazing at the AR website as I all too often do. My eyes beheld a wondrous site! Fondant Potatoes by Chef John were calling out to me. They looked so delicious and easy to make that I knew I had to try them. As I read the Food Wishes blog, I came across these fateful words: "Every… MORE
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Barded Pork Roast And Fondant Potatoes
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May 28, 2013 8:51 pm 
Updated: Jul. 6, 2013 12:16 pm
... my mouf hurts! There! I had to get the whine and whimper out of the way. I had surgery to remove a cyst from the hard palate in my mouth. I keep trying to eat harder or crunchy foods. That's a really bad plan when the roof of your mouth is held on by threads. This morning I decided after… MORE
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Tags:  Italian, Family, How-To
May 8, 2013 6:46 pm 
Updated: May 14, 2013 6:48 am
I learned several tings with cooking today. First, I learned that when you write a recipe, you really need to expend every effort into making sure a new cook would understand what you are trying to get them to do. Next, I learned that soy sauce doesn't make something Asian. Last, I learned… MORE
Asian Ginger Catfish And Penne Salad
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Asian Ginger Catfish
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May 2, 2013 2:15 pm 
Updated: May 3, 2013 4:49 pm
When I was a young man, I saw no need to keep my room clean or tidy. As long as there was a clear path to the door leading to the rest of the house from my bed, and a path from the bed to the closet, I was happy. I knew pretty much where everything I needed was, and a quick sniff would reveal… MORE
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May 1, 2013 4:42 pm 
Updated: May 2, 2013 1:59 pm
After 20 some hours in brine, I pan fried the last two chops. Over a medium heat this time, I added a couple tablespoons of olive oil to the hot pan and put in the room temperature, patted dry chops. After about seven minutes I flipped them and then covered the pan in foil. Another seven… MORE
Apple and Zucchini Salad
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Apr. 30, 2013 5:47 pm 
Updated: May 2, 2013 3:48 pm
We feasted tonight. I try to make a good dinner most nights, except when Papa John sneaks into the house. Digression: I am going to build that wood fired oven in the back yard someday. Then we'll see if Papa sulks around my domicile! So I don't always make a decent meal. Who does?  Some… MORE
Salad Taverna
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Apr. 30, 2013 5:24 am 
Updated: May 2, 2013 9:45 am
I've had an interest in cooking and baking as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories are of watching my mom bake bread and dinner rolls. I also remember her scratch made chocolate cakes with chocolate frosting. Imagine frosting that doesn't come out of a can! Scratch made… MORE
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About Me
I'm old and smelly, kinda like a really good salami with that really nice white mould all over it.
My favorite things to cook
Meat, carbs, meat, carbs, meat, carbs and did I mention meat?
My favorite family cooking traditions
Drop a plate of Pierogis and sausages in front of me and watch my eyes glaze over in pure joy.
My cooking triumphs
Schweinebraten mit Knoedel und Krautsalat. Also Edel Hirsch Gulasch was very nice. I make killer Spaetzle and Knockerl also.
My cooking tragedies
There aren't enough electrons in cyberspace! :) Actually, the tragedies usually involve well intentioned creativity out of control.
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