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Life ... It's Why We Cook.

Sep. 26, 2011 8:26 am 
Updated: Oct. 3, 2011 5:02 pm
The Presidents Challenge was established in the presidency of President Eisenhower as a tool to assist in the education of physical fitness. Today, it is administered by Indiana University and offers everyone a method of keeping track of their physical activity. The program offers awards as… MORE
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Sep. 20, 2011 12:00 pm 
Updated: Sep. 21, 2011 6:58 pm
... almost. It was predicted to frost so Wednesday evening, I went from plant to plant picking anything that could be saved for consumption. Then on to my container plants and get them moved to a protected area close to the house. The Basil plants were the more important containers because I… MORE
Sep. 7, 2011 7:46 am 
Updated: Sep. 9, 2011 2:57 pm
I awake anytime between four AM and Five thirty AM. I start my day with a cup of coffee; listen to the news as I check email and the AR blogs. I seldom comment at that time because… well, because I’m just not capable of being of human quality. Once the coffee begins its task, I will have some… 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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