Food Adventures of a Comfort Cook

Italian Lemon Cream Cake is a wintertime treat. Mary Cokenour photo
According to the Department of Agriculture (USDA), citrus fruits grown in North America are in their prime during the winter season. They are loaded with vitamins A, B-complex and C which promote healthy skin and eyes, support the immune system, and boost energy levels. Their colors are brighter,...
Taste is a matter of balance, particularly with Buffalo Wings.  Courtesy photo
Balance; the equalizing of two items, whether the same or different, so that they are perfectly aligned on a scale. While that is a simple concept when it comes to a tangible item, not so easy for emotions and feelings. That is when you have to deal with good vs. bad/evil, light vs. dark, likes vs...
Roy Cokenour is put to work to prepare a Home Chef meal. Mary Cokenour photo
In my recent article reviewing Home Chef, the main reason I gave this product a try was due to not always wanting to cook from scratch. While that was my personal goal, it did not end up being that way. It came to pass that I found ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, on sale, at the local market. This...
Teriyaki glazed yellowtail from Home Chef.  Mary Cokenour photo
Several weeks ago, the Kroger company (we know them as City Market around here) offered an online deal for Home Chef. For those not in the know, Home Chef is one of those companies that provides meal delivery services. Meals can be premade to be microwaved or cooked in the oven, or come as kits...
Sauteed peppers and onions are a key ingredient in a roasted pork rice bowl.  Mary Cokenour photo
For 2024, the lunar cycles have brought the Chinese New Year to fall on Saturday, February 10. In China, this is a special public holiday, so workers will be given off from February 9 to 15. There will be colorful festivals, mind blowing fireworks displays, lion and dragon dancers winding their way...
Crock pot ribs are a great meal in cold weather.  Mary Cokenour photo
Two snowy storms in one week, and once again, the snow blower decides to have a massive heart attack and die. We had it fixed, it started up fine when tested in the fall, but try putting it to work, and it decides to go on strike, or simply die. This is not a first-time occurrence with a snow...
Happy New Year 2024! As usual, our celebration was quiet, sort of. We indulged in take-out from Ja-Roen Thai and Sushi; their Ja-Roen Roll is quite addicting. While Roy was at work, wishing good cheer to travelers passing through Monticello, our neighbors put on a fireworks display at midnight....
Shrimp scampi is a rich and tasty dish, any time of year.  Mary Cokenour photo
In many Italian homes and restaurants, Shrimp Scampi is often served as a main dish or an appetizer, dependent upon whether or not it is served with pasta. Many think that the term “scampi” describes how the dish is prepared; the shrimp sauteed in a marriage of olive oil, butter, garlic, lemon...
Tom, the new sushi chef at Ja Roen That Sushi in Monticello.  Courtesy photo
Roy, I, and several members of the San Juan County Economic Development and Visitor Services, were invited to Ja-Roen Thai Sushi Restaurant for a special taste testing. Their newest sushi chef, Tom, who has seventeen years of experience under his knife belt, introduced us to some of his specialties...
Thanksgiving leftovers can be as good as the actual initial meal. Give sweet onion relish a try.  Mary Cokenour photo
In a kitchen, a long time ago; alright, it was only twelve years ago, but that is a little over a decade. Roy had been working the oil fields with his cousin, and for the holiday season, they had received a very nice bonus. While he went off to purchase new video games for his PC, I decided to...

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