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Oct. 16, 2013 5:05 pm 
Updated: Dec. 10, 2013 12:04 pm
Let’s see if I can remember how to make this work. It’s been a long time without posting. I was able to nip in and comment on a couple posts but that is it.My absence has been punctuated by medical issues for my wife. She had a serious surgery in April which successfully eliminated a nerve pain… MORE
 
 
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Aug. 20, 2013 10:45 am 
Updated: Aug. 26, 2013 8:56 am
My cage was rattled quite vigorously last April. That’s when we found out that my wife needed surgery on her brain. As brain surgery goes, hers was very easy and simple for the surgical team but, it was still brain surgery. Apprehension made the next two weeks drag by until the scheduled… MORE
 
 
Apr. 11, 2013 5:10 am 
Updated: Apr. 18, 2013 2:44 pm
Three weeks ago, we attended a “hands in” pasta making demonstration that the local hospital was doing for their employees. The chef did not use the machines that I am so fond of. Instead, his tools were his hands and a rolling pin. Each attendee was given six eggs and plenty of flour and as… MORE
 
 
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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. ( … http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Jays-Signature-Pizza-Crust/Detail.aspx?prop31=1 … ) 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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Feb. 19, 2013 5:16 pm 
Updated: Mar. 5, 2013 10:49 am
Flavor. That's what recipes are about, right? Of course! But how to get all the flavors piled into a sandwich and still have something close to the size of my bite and still not squeeze the contents out? For instance, a hamburger. I want lettuce, sweet pickle relish, slice of onion, jalapeno,… MORE
 
 
Feb. 7, 2013 9:16 am 
Updated: Feb. 15, 2013 7:51 am
My wife doesn't know it (yet) but we are participating in "February: Use What's In the Freezer Month" that I inaugerated last week. After the cleaning of the freezer that we did last month, I pledged to never again let the freezer become a wasteland of food. So far, Mrs. Mike hasn't noticed-… MORE
 
 
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Jan. 26, 2013 6:14 pm 
Updated: Jun. 21, 2013 7:16 am
Once again, Cat Hill is having her annual Midwest Roundup. This year she has scheduled it for June 21,22,23. Also, on that same weekend, there will be an American Cancer Society Relay for Life (R4L) on Friday the 21st. Last year the R4L was in Kearney, MO but they haven't posted their… MORE
 
 
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Jan. 15, 2013 4:30 pm 
Updated: Jan. 23, 2013 2:43 pm
I have the pleasure of having a new attachment for our Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. It is a pasta extruder for making macaroni (large and small), thin round spaghetti, fusilli (thin spiral shaped), rigatoni (like macaroni with grooves), and bucatini (long hollow spaghetti). I already had the… MORE
 
 
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Mike Harvey, daPITA

Home Town
Battle Creek, Michigan, USA
Living In
Climax, Michigan, USA

Member Since
Dec. 2008

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Gourmet

Hobbies
Gardening, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books

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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. http://allrecipes.com/Cook/13101603/BlogEntry.aspx?postid=204609
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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