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Mar. 28, 2013 8:54 am 
Updated: Apr. 12, 2013 11:20 am
For a few years I have been making Jay’s Signature Pizza Crust. ( … … ) It’s been better than most pizza crusts but never would I have called it a winner. You see, I have this subconscious penchant to kill yeast. No… MORE
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Mar. 21, 2013 9:17 am 
Updated: Mar. 25, 2013 9:50 am
I love to read and if I can apply something to my life from what I have read, I feel gratified for having spent the time reading. Recently, I donated a large number of books to the local library for their annual book sale because they were taking up so much room and I wasn’t reading them. I… MORE
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Mar. 4, 2013 6:20 am 
Updated: Mar. 12, 2013 4:15 am
Cleaning the cooking grates of our gas range has been a chore that we have dreaded. This past weekend, I searched the internet for a method to clean them that we haven't tried. We've scrubbed them with scouring powder, which was OK until the task was not done after every use, put them in the… MORE
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Mike Harvey, daPITA

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About Me
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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