Food Adventures of a Comfort Cook

FOOD ADVENTURESby Mary Cokenour Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, a day celebrating romance, love, passionate embraces and kisses. For some, it is just another day on the calendar. Either they have no one to lavish their love upon and vice versa, or the spark has gone out of a...
FOOD ADVENTURESby Mary Cokenour Chuck Wagon, Ranch House, Wagon Train; the cook had one of the toughest jobs of the Old West. Not only was he responsible for providing meals, but they better be good ones if he didn’t want to find himself staked out over an ant hill, or worse, lynched....
FOOD ADVENTURESby Mary Cokenour Parking lot full, parking on the street stretches from the corner and past the restaurant, patient patrons sit or stand inside the entry way waiting. That’s right, it’s Mexican Night at the R & F Restaurant in Monticello! Locals plan on this special...
FOOD ADVENTURESby Mary Cokenour Nowadays, the American economy is full of unemployment, federal and state funds being consumed by teenagers living on welfare due to unplanned pregnancies, and an American school system that does not provide skills for adulthood. Small towns can no longer...
FOOD ADVENTURESby Mary Cokenour Better start this off with a disclaimer: “No Andes Candies or York Peppermint Patties were eaten, melted, nor harmed in any way with the making of this recipe.” That should make the politically correct or anti-whatever groups happy. Now to the good stuff…...
FOOD ADVENTURESby Mary Cokenour This story begins with an email to Bill Boyle, the San Juan Record Publisher and Editor: “Hi Bill, This is not a letter to the Editor. It is just a suggestion. We finally had the pleasure of going to the San Juan River Kitchen for dinner last night, here...
FOOD ADVENTURESby Mary Cokenour Utah, the Beehive State, adopted the symbol of the beehive onto its state flag and seal in 1847; representing the qualities of industry, perseverance, thrift, stability, and self-reliance. For Mormon settlers, who definitely had to live these qualities to...
FOOD ADVENTURESby Mary Cokenour A funeral is a time of sorrow, the passing of a family member, friend, neighbor that grips the mind and heart with deep sadness. Usually the reasoning is that this person is missed; no longer can he/she be involved in the lives of the yet living. However...
FOOD ADVENTURESby Mary Cokenour April Fools – Not! Cottonwood Steakhouse reopened its doors on April 1 and began their 21st season in Bluff. Owners Rick Reeb and Diane Davidson, along with their amazing staff, had a rush filled week to make sure all was perfect for opening night. Let...
FOOD ADVENTURESby Mary Cokenour The visual piles of dried corn, pinon nuts and beans flowing through outstretched fingers lead my mind to these words, “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of Our Lives.” While this long running soap opera has not much to do with life in our...

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