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Life ... It's Why We Cook.

Aug. 16, 2011 10:35 am 
Updated: Aug. 25, 2011 6:29 pm
I have been asked, very frequently, about why and how I accomplished such a radical lifestyle change in a fairly short time. I never felt I had done much, at all, yet others seem to believe that I died in one spot and resurrected in another as a different person. Even a few of those that were… MORE
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Aug. 11, 2011 10:04 am 
Updated: Aug. 16, 2011 10:11 am
In a recent post, BAGRUBA wrote of her husband’s dislike of tuna. When I began commenting on her post, I realized I was writing something of too much length to be just a comment. So, here is a post that follows up her post, “Retro Trickery” , which includes a recipe for Tuna Cakes.During… MORE
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Aug. 2, 2011 5:10 am 
Updated: Aug. 7, 2011 9:46 am
I had my quarterly checkup last week, and I am ashamed to report that I must have slacked off a bit much from the great report I had at my last checkup. My labs were not good. LDL and triglycerides were high, blood pressure was high, and I am seven pounds heavier. Bad boy me!I have had a… 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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