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Feb. 14, 2013 6:41 am 
Updated: Feb. 20, 2013 7:14 am
I'm sitting here eating my breakfast. Today I am having a serving of Quaker Steel Cut Oats and a cup of coffee. I wish I had the discipline to have oatmeal every morning, but 25 minutes for a bowl of porridge is a lot of time spent. I usually just have coffee and then snack for the first half… MORE
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Feb. 13, 2013 9:43 pm 
Updated: Feb. 28, 2013 4:34 pm
Before I cause anyone to take umbrage, please let me explain that title. I'm not against someone making up their own mind about something, and following it to the logical conclusion. I'm all for that. So, if you follow a Vegan diet, Vegetarian diet, Paleo-diet, Neopaleo-diet no whip, or… MORE
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Feb. 9, 2013 7:02 am 
Updated: Feb. 9, 2013 7:22 pm
I would prefer to keep things light on this blog, but occasionally a comment or another blog brings to mind an event in my life that needs to be shared. SPOILER SLERT!!!!!This post is from an event that occurred when I lived in Germany. There are no recipes. There are some references to food,… MORE
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Feb. 8, 2013 8:12 am 
Updated: Feb. 11, 2013 8:48 pm
I'm sitting here in the Daily Grind, in Marshall, Minnesota. It's a nice little place with great people working here, and the coffee is good. I didn't ask for whole milk in my cappuccino, and it shows. I don't care for the flavor of skim milk, but that's my fault, not theirs. If this is an… MORE
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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
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Doc Simonson

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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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