Food Adventures of a Comfort Cook

“For I have had too much Of apple-picking: I am overtired Of the great harvest I myself desired. There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch, Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall.” – After Apple-Picking, by Robert Frost – Fall season and it is apple picking time, or is it? Within the...
September 22, 2020, the first day of autumn, the beginning of Mabon, and celebration of the fall season. Mabon is the Second Harvest, a reflection of the past, gratitude for the present, and blessings for the future. It’s a week-long celebration in which the bounties of fruits, vegetables, and...
Like a lot of women, I happen to enjoy the occasional “chick flick,” and one such movie is Fried Green Tomatoes. It came out in 1991, based on a novel by Fannie Flagg, about the women at the Whistle Stop Café. Starring Mary Louise Parker, Mary Stuart Masterson, Kathy Bates, and Jessica Tandy, this...
August: a time to begin harvesting the bounty of the gardens and having in mind to store and/or share. For some gardeners, this may be a second coming for crops such as tomatoes, squashes, peppers, and other hardy vegetables. Potatoes, onions, and garlic are dug up and placed in root cellars or...
Fried foods, in general, give the kind of mouth-feel that says, “All is right with the world.” “Why?” is the question, but we all know the answer. It’s the fat. It does something to our taste buds and our brains that makes us feel happy all over. Fats dissolve quickly, concentrate flavor, and...
Since moving to Monticello in 2009, I have to say that some of the kindest folks we have encountered were local hunters. Each year, after deer and elk seasons were done, after the meat was butchered and processed, the sharing came. Whether it was to a place of employment or a packed plastic...
A little over two years ago, Beth Spigner was working at The Dinner Bell in quiet Dove Creek, CO. Then it happened: The owners decided to pull up stakes and sell. Beth talked it over with mom, Athena Spigner, and the decision was made. Purchasing the restaurant and becoming co-owners, revamping...
I do not envy people who work second or third shifts. I did it for eight years and hated it. Roy did it for four years and was not too happy about it either. However, for all the disdain we felt for the hours, the money and benefits were just too good to give up, so we plodded on. Mine was also...
Hard or soft, salted or seeded, butter-dipped or not, seasoned with herbs and/or spices – any way it’s made, it’s always a treat. Can you guess what this baked goody is? It’s the pretzel! The origins of the pretzel are dependent on which country is telling the story. 600s Italy, a monk created...
“Good day sunshine. I need to laugh, and when the sun is out. I’ve got something I can laugh about. I feel good, in a special way. I’m in love and it’s a sunny day.” (Good Day Sunshine – The Beatles) It’s June, the sun is shining, and a cool breeze drifts down from the mountains. Soon the summer...

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