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Life ... It's Why We Cook.

May 23, 2011 4:27 pm 
Updated: Jun. 2, 2011 6:53 pm
My high speed internet took a death plunge. I’m back on dial up until the provider gets it resuscitated. It feels like I’ve been driving a Lotus and have been reassigned to a little red wagon. Ugh! Pfffft! Yech! My wife and I went all out this weekend. We have made container gardening the… MORE
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May 18, 2011 8:25 am 
Updated: Jun. 4, 2011 5:58 pm
I was reviewing the comments from my previous blog posts and I am awe stuck by the folks here on All Recipes. Now that the health difficulties are behind me, I can more clearly understand what each of you has done for me. Whether two words or two hundred words each comment had it’s own… MORE
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May 12, 2011 8:35 am 
Updated: May 17, 2011 5:51 pm
Last Thursday, I had a scarey moment. I was getting into the shower when everything suddenly went blurry. I could determine no shapes at all- just shades of light. I was afraid I was having another stroke and there was no way for me to get help. (My wife was not home.) I forced myself to be… MORE
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May 2, 2011 7:10 am 
Updated: May 11, 2011 12:14 pm
I’ve been trying to remember when I stopped dehydrating food. Must have been over twenty years ago. My dehydrator, at that time, was a home built one with a fir plywood cabinet, fiberglass screen shelving and a small fan. Vapor exhausted through twelve one inch holes around the top. The heat… 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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