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Life ... It's Why We Cook.

Apr. 29, 2011 6:40 am 
Updated: May 5, 2011 12:25 pm
Lady Sparkle, Carrie and Baking Nana have been keeping themselves very busy. Lady Sparkle has created a tribute book for Cindy Lepp from a very lengthy buzz. I suspect she has made it very close to "Presentation Grade". Carrie and Baking Nana have been collecting memorial gifts and… MORE
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Apr. 16, 2011 7:43 pm 
Updated: Apr. 20, 2011 6:10 pm
The links on this will take you to the posts that have been and are still active. If you have participated in these posts, these links will help you keep track of them. Just paste them into your word processor and you will have ready access to continue following them. I am re-posting many… MORE
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Apr. 15, 2011 6:07 am 
Updated: Apr. 18, 2011 2:42 pm
"Mike? How much oil do you mix with the gas." Hmmm. She’s never used the chainsaw before. I better field this question. "We should have plenty of mix for the chainsaw. What are you going to do?" "Not the chainsaw. The lawn tractor!" "The tractor does… MORE
Apr. 1, 2011 4:57 pm 
Updated: Apr. 3, 2011 5:12 pm
Blog posts seem to go into oblivion once they get to page three. The links on this will take you to the posts that have been and are still active. If you have participated in these posts, these links will help you keep track of them. Just paste them into your word processor and you will have… MORE
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Mike Harvey, daPITA

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Battle Creek, Michigan, USA
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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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