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Jan. 25, 2013 7:50 am 
Updated: Feb. 15, 2013 12:11 pm
It was another cold day yesterday. It wasn't Midwest cold, but, as I get older, anything below 30 degrees seems to be uncomfortable. If you add wind and snow to that, you may as well be in Siberia. Walking 200 feet to my mailbox required a quilt and a cup of hot cocoa when I managed to… MORE
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Jan. 23, 2013 5:56 pm 
Updated: Feb. 13, 2013 6:42 pm
I was thinking about what to make for dinner tonight. It's darned cold here, though nothing compared to where I'll be moving to soon. I wanted to make something hearty and rich. It had to be fulfilling and inviting as well. I wanted something that would embrace me, warm me up and give me all… MORE
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Jan. 11, 2013 6:13 am 
Updated: Jul. 7, 2013 6:04 pm
When my girls were wee babes, I made breakfast for them every morning. It was always simple fare. I usually made dry cereal with milk for them. Sometimes they'd get a piece of fruit and often they would be offered a glass of orange juice. Occasionally I would make eggs and bacon with toast… MORE
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Jan. 10, 2013 11:48 am 
Updated: Jan. 11, 2013 9:11 am
Kraft Foods has a nice recipe for Philly Baked Crab Rangoon, which I made for New Years. It was really good, although the wonton at the bottom of the muffin tin was very soft. Since my youngest was home sick today, I thought I'd be nice and make it again. But this time instead of baking in… MORE
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Jan. 9, 2013 7:02 pm 
Updated: Jan. 11, 2013 6:17 am
My wife, Mrs. Doc, or She Who Must Be Obeyed, and I are normally great communicators. She speaks and I do. It's quite simple. The only thing I really have to say (for the sake of survival) is, "Yes, dear!" It isn't quite as simple as I am posing it here. The simple phrase, "Yes, dear!" must… MORE
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Jan. 5, 2013 5:31 pm 
Updated: Jan. 6, 2013 6:27 pm
... or How I Sold My Soul For A Catchy, Misspelled Turn Of Words! Hopefully none of you will catch whatever it is that made me spell the title of this post like that. It would have rhymed anyway! This was totally unnecessary! Well, I must say that Chef John has impressed the daylights out of… MORE
Clifton Springs Chicken Wings
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Apple Thingy Mush Crunch
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Jan. 5, 2013 10:00 am 
Updated: Jan. 12, 2013 5:24 pm
I was just going over some recipes from other people here on AR and noticed a trend of sad neglect. It is a neglect that cannot go unaddressed. It cannot be left in the dark. I have a voice, and I have the light of food righteousness. No longer can I sit back and allow the chicken wing tip… MORE
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Jan. 2, 2013 10:55 am 
Updated: Jan. 4, 2013 6:22 pm
You've probably noticed it too, or maybe even taken part in the festivities. Maybe I'm just causing a bit of cognitive dissonance in your poor little cranium. Fine. I'll explain myself. Today is the day on which all of the parking lots in front of fitness centers are at their fullest!… MORE
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Dec. 27, 2012 5:45 pm 
Updated: Jan. 3, 2013 7:02 pm
First let me apologize. I intended to take a series of photographs documenting this process, but I plumb forgot. What was the mistake? Well, I wanted to make a sirloin tip roast for Christmas, but when I got home from the grocery store I had an eye of round in my bag. Sirloin doesn't… MORE
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Dec. 24, 2012 7:18 pm 
Updated: Dec. 25, 2012 1:03 pm
Silent? Not so much if you have teenagers in the house. But it is, indeed, a holy night. It is a holy night because this is the night we commemorate as the eve of the birth of Jesus. And so we set it apart for sacred use. God came into the world and became approachable. They held him and knew… MORE
Decorating Christmas Cookies
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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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