Food Adventures of a Comfort Cook

Italian Ice Made with Fresh Fruit and Honey. Mary Cokenour photo
Here we are, the middle of July and the temperatures are on the rise. So, where is that sound that brings out our childhood delight? “What sound?”, you ask. It is the jingle, the jingle played by the Good Humor or Mr. Softee truck. All the kids lining up, at the usual stop, money in hand, to buy...
Exotic foods are readily available online.  Give them a try!  Mary Cokenour photo
Indulging the exotic, what exactly does this mean? Oxford Dictionary defines exotic as, “Originating in or characteristic of a distant foreign country.” Encyclopedia Britannica denotes it as, “very different, strange, or unusual”. Well now, depending on where in the world Waldo is, every place and...
Crispy fish and chips makes a great meal. Courtesy photo
July 4, 1776, Independence Day, when the colonists of the New World (America) declared all ties cut from their mother country, Britain. While the residents of this newly established country might have thought, “Well that’s all done with, time for tea and biscuits”, King George had a whole other...
The Bluebird Special at Twin Rocks Cafe in Bluff is one of the many exceptional options for breakfast in the area. Mary Cokenour explores many of these options. Mary Cokenour photo
Traveling in the area is experiencing adventures throughout a living museum. Red rocks, arches, hoodoos, sand dunes, ancient cravings and paintings, mountains, forest, desert, wildlife, and sage brush as far as the eyes can see. That is just the landscape, in general, then there are the small...
The first-meal-of-the-day configuration preferred by most students and workers of every class – the breakfast sandwich.  Mary Cokenour photo
For the past few months Roy and I have been traveling in and around San Juan County in an attempt to find, and dine on, breakfast. Every time I think we’re done, someone will mention another restaurant “you just have to try!” So that article is still in its developmental stage but hopefully will...
Brown sugar pecan muffins. Mary Cokenour photo
The first time I ever got to visit Disney World, in Florida, was in 1979. It was spring break and the sorority I was in decided we would vacation in Fort Lauderdale. Going to Florida was a first for me as well, as my family did not do any vacationing at all. At that time, there was only The Magic...
Frozen chocolate covered yogurt treats. Mary Cokenour photo
Influencer, what indeed is an influencer? According to the Oxford Dictionary, in relation to marketing on social media, an influencer is, “a person with the ability to influence potential buyers of a product or service by promoting or recommending the items on social media.” So, what does influence...
For my food related articles, I often times rely on the internet for inspiration. One fun source is any site listing “food holidays” for the year. There are many, so I do not rely on just one site, since they tend to have different information. So, looking at a listing for April became a matter of...
Twiced baked smothered potatoes are a treat.  Mary Cokenour photo
Potatoes are a versatile root vegetable. They can be eaten alone and in so many ways: mashed, boiled, fried, steamed, baked, au gratin, scalloped...you get the idea. They can also be combined with other vegetables for a medley or with a protein (beef, chicken, pork) in a stew or casserole. Twice...
Beffy BBQ Macaroni Mary Cokenour photo
There are too many times I stand and stare into the depths of the refrigerator and freezer wondering what to make for dinner. That is also how I come up with many of my spontaneous recipes; boredom, frustration and a “I wonder if...” attitude. Even Josh, the butcher at Blue Mountain Foods, has seen...

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