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Mike Harvey, daPITA


Mike Harvey, daPITA
 
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Living In: Battle Creek, 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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Oct. 16, 2014 3:17 pm 
Updated: Oct. 22, 2014 6:01 am
Fruit and Nut Holiday CakeAs presented by Mike Harvey on AllRecipes.comIngredients2 pounds pecan pieces1 pound candied pineapple1 pound figs1 pound Sunmaid mixed fruit4 large eggs5 ounces craisins4 ounces candied orange peel2 cups all purpose flour1 cup Splenda brown sugar blend1/4 pound red… MORE
 
 
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From The Blog:  Life ... It's Why We Cook.
  
About this Cook
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.
Recipe Reviews 37 reviews
Greek Feta And Olive Spread
I couldn't believe how so much flavor resulted with a simple recipe! I used this as a tapenade on a veggie sandwich which improved the normal sandwich considerably. The remainder will be used as a spread for crackers or tortilla chips. Wonderful!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 29, 2014
Queso Dip
Made this recipe as written and gave it a taste test, which it passed very well. If I had been served this in an upscale restaurant, I would have been glad to have it. It did lack a few things that I like in my salsa con queso. I added a few chopped black olives, a chopped Serrano pepper, a teaspoon of granulated garlic and a tsp of dried minced onion that I crushed before adding.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 21, 2014
Cabbage Apple Soup
There were some unexpected ingredients for this soup so I just had to try it. Glad I did! This will be a go to!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 11, 2014
 
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