Food Adventures of a Comfort Cook

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...
Why did the chicken cross the road? While many will answer with “to get to the other side,” it might actually be to save its own life. Think about it: Someone is usually trying to put a rotisserie spit up that poor chicken’s butt. Or there’s the crazy guy attempting to choke it behind the barn...
According to the calendar, the season of spring began on March 19 this year, a day earlier than usual, and in a leap year as well. Overall, the year 2020 has been a challenge for its first four months, and we’re all wondering where the reset button is. Weatherwise, many states, including Utah,...
Day 10, or is it 11? 12? I have lost count, of quarantine. Once again I’ve been asked to share a homemade meal I posted on Facebook. With my husband being an “essential” employee, we worry daily if he will become infected. So I am sorry. As much as I want to say “yes” to sharing, I do not know how...
What dessert is called a pie, but is truly a cake? The answer is Boston Cream Pie, which is actually a cake that had its layers baked in pie tins known as “Washington Pie Plates.” This delectable dessert was created by French Chef Sanzian to commemorate the opening of the Parker House Hotel in 1856...
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, what better way to honor the Irish then to write about the potato? The potato was first domesticated in an area of South America, which is now known as Peru and Bolivia, between 8000 and 5000 B.C. It makes sense that it traveled upwards into Mexico...

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