Food Adventures of a Comfort Cook

You’ve probably had a few every Christmas even if you didn’t know what they’re called. Pizelle are popular and tasty this time of year.  Mary Cokenour photo
December 18 is Bake Cookies Day, according to Good Housekeeping magazine. On May 2, 1885 Clark W. Bryan, of Holyoke, MA, founded Good Housekeeping as a bi-weekly magazine. It became a monthly publication in 1891. Good Housekeeping is the go-to magazine for American women, providing information on...
A panoraramic view from the Abajo Mountains on an anniversary drive with Roy and Mary Cokenour.  Mary Cokenour photo
In October, Roy and I celebrated 19 years of togetherness, and that anniversary day began in an interesting way. In desperation, a coworker had texted him about not understanding some duties of the third shift. After coming home, from helping his coworker, the dogs had to make the huge...
Jambalaya is a classic Louisiana feast that can be claimed by Creoles or Cajuns and pleases everyone. Courtesy photo
Halloween has come and gone, and the dentists’ offices are making appointments by the boatload. All those sugary treats definitely played tricks on the teeth of many. The next autumn holiday – sorry, we’re still technically in the fall season – is Thanksgiving. Typically, we will begin seeing...
It may be sacrilegious to the purists, but bacon’s good in just about anything so why not try it in your desserts... like this chocolate bacon cupcake?  Mary Cokenour photo
Bacon – whether it’s flavored with maple or honey, seasoned with hickory or applewood – is yummy goodness and ups the ante on taste for anything it’s included in, even dessert. That’s right, I said bacon for dessert. Even I had my doubts about trying out dessert recipes with bacon in them, but had...
A scrumptious Monte Cristo Sandwich. Mary Cokenour photo
Ah, reading; a combination of eye stimulation leading upwards to the synapses of the brain, and creating, not just pleasure, but knowledge. In my humble opinion, cellphones, tablets and computers should no longer be allowed for school usage. Instead, let the children go back to using paper,...
Crab Bruschetta  Courtesy photo
by Mary Cokenour When you want to nosh, what kind of appetizer or snack is your must have? Basic home snacks could be anything from a bag of chips, bowl of popped corn, crackers with a topping, veggies and dip, even cookies or a cupcake. If you are out at a restaurant, you might see on the menu:...
All the fixins for some delicious deviled egg potato salad. Mary Cokenour photo
“Now you play a pretty good fiddle, boy. But give the devil his due, I’ll bet a fiddle of gold against your soul. ’Cause I think I’m better than you.” ~ The Devil Went Down to Georgia by Charlie Daniels What does “give the devil his due” actually mean? It’s said someone who is disliked or seen as...
These Greek-inspired vegetables are not only tasty and health, they can serve as a preview of the fall colors that will soon vibrantly dot the landscape.  Mary Cokenour photo
As the cooling rains fall, the dust is washed away from every surface it touches. The soil is pounded down while greedily sucking up every moist drop that it can contain. Cold weather plants plead to live for one more month, while less resistant ones struggle to stay upright. Yes, the season of...
This tasty Upside Down Apple Gingerbread Cake is filled with the spices of fall and will make you feel cozy as the outside temperatures start to cool.  Mary Cokenour photo
It happens to be apple-picking time. Do you remember my article in the San Juan Record on May 18, 2022 about preserving apples for future usage? One item happened to be homemade apple pie filling, chock full of cozy winter spices. Speaking about cozy winter spices, another favorite is gingerbread,...
If your meals are becoming a little boring or if you need a wow factor, try this tasty Chicken in Creamy Lemon Sauce to wake up your taste buds. Mary Cokenour photo
“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you gotta have a what-the-hell attitude.” – quotes from the famous master chef, Julia Child Depending on the recipe, there are often times that cream, whether half n’ half or heavy, can be...

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