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Nov. 18, 2013 10:39 pm 
Updated: Dec. 5, 2013 10:24 am
We are slowly getting used to living in our new community, and one of the things we've decided to start doing is a traveling dinner club. The person who was our realtor, and is becoming a very good friend, suggested this, and since we certainly miss our monthly get togethers we had in New… MORE
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Nov. 6, 2013 9:30 pm 
Updated: Nov. 11, 2013 5:53 am
When I first started to blog on AR, I did it to both help me learn to cook, and to relay my experiences to other people who are at my level. It was a way of forcing me to learn. If you try to teach, you had better know something about the subject, right? Somehow I got way off that path.… MORE
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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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Jul. 3, 2013 2:43 pm 
Updated: Jul. 10, 2013 6:48 pm
Very soon now I and my family will be free from New Jersey. Some packing, some loading and then catching a flight for She Who Must Be Obeyed (SWMBO) and my eldest, packing and loading my RV and truck for the long trip to Minnesota with my youngest, and it will be over. Of course we must still… 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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May 10, 2013 4:07 pm 
Updated: May 12, 2013 1:58 pm
2 Tbs olive oil1 Tbs butter2 medium yellow onions, chopped3 cloves garlic, chopped20 spears asparagus, tips removed and reserved, stems chopped small4 large potatoes, peeled and medium diced1 cup good white wine6 cups chicken stock (homemade or unsalted)1 bouquet garni (10 sprigs thyme, 2… MORE
Asparagus Corn Chowder
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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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Doc Simonson

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St. Peter, Minnesota, USA

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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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