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Life ... It's Why We Cook.

Dec. 29, 2010 6:11 pm 
Updated: Apr. 19, 2011 12:06 am
Let’s share our hope and joy of this holiday season. Send your holiday cheers to Dan and Cindy Lepp at Caring Bridge. They have been fighting cancer desperately for a year, now and could sure use some encouragement from the AR crowd. This thread will get you to their guest book and you can… MORE
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Dec. 20, 2010 7:55 pm 
Updated: Dec. 23, 2010 4:48 am
Dan and Cindy Lepp are still in trouble. Let’s take a couple of moments to wish them peace and happiness this holiday season. Drop them a line in their guest book at Caring Bridge. Getting food ready for Christmas begins today and I started with… MORE
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Dec. 15, 2010 7:02 am 
Updated: Jan. 7, 2011 6:21 pm
As we approach the end of the year, many of us reflect upon the previous year(s) and ponder where we would be if certain events had not occurred. Our fondest memories involve the emotional interactions with family and friends that impacted and redirected our lives. Most of you know, this… MORE
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Dec. 13, 2010 6:51 pm 
Updated: Dec. 14, 2010 5:08 pm
If the key to elegance is simplicity then this drink is will be the definition of crass. Far from simple. But the taste will make up for its complete lack of elegance. I call it a Bloody Mary only because it was a Bloody Mary that inspired it. Like other recipes with multiple ingredients, it… MORE
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Dec. 2, 2010 5:18 pm 
Updated: Dec. 8, 2010 5:33 am
You’d think that a person with seven doctors appointments in the course of the next two weeks would be a fall-down physical wreck kissing the toenails of the grim reaper. According to all the medical folks, I’m in very good health. It has been a year since my attempts to live healthier began… MORE
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Dec. 1, 2010 8:52 am 
Updated: Dec. 2, 2010 5:00 pm
Three days before Thanksgiving. A dreary day. It’s very dark and raining but the temperature is an unbelievable 64 degrees. The deer hunters are whining that they have no snow to track their deer. Oh, well. Looks like they have to be real hunters this year. If they don’t know how to track… MORE
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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.
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.
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