Food Adventures of a Comfort Cook

Deep fried mushrooms. Mary Cokenour photo
A mushroom is the spore-bearing body of a fungus which grows in damp, dank soil in shaded areas. Cultivating your own mushroom crop can be achieved by setting up an area, in the basement, which is kept dark and soil is moist. However, if you are like myself, and the home has no basement, two...
Waffles and fried chicken!  Courtesy photo
Waffles, a dish developed during Medieval Times. Pot Pie, a dish originally created by the ancient Greeks, around 500 BCE. Fried Chicken, a dish around for centuries, cooked up by West African slaves in the south, and that made a Colonel a household name. Put all three together and the fusion of...
Beans, peas and lentils share spots on the legume family tree.  Mary Cokenour photo
Beans, peas and lentils are branches on the legume family tree, as are peanuts, asparagus beans, soybeans, black-eyed peas and sugar snap peas. Besides being versatile, legumes are high in fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and phosphorous. Naturally low in fat,...
October is National Apple Month to celebrate the natural sweetness of apples. Mary Cokenour photo
In the United States, October is designated National Apple Month. Just in case that is not good enough, October 21st is National Apple Day. Over the many years of writing this food column, I have shared many a recipe revolving around apples. Pies, cakes, donuts, cider, even as an addition to a main...
Fruit, cream, pudding, and graham crackers are the base ingredients of a delicious trifle. Mary Cokenour photo
Welcome Fall, and the beautiful cool weather it has brought. Soon, the leaves will be bursting with colors of red, orange, yellow, and gold. Whether driving into the mountains, to be up front and personal, or looking up from down below, the colors are an eye feast. This is also the time for...
Stromboli (the food) far outweighs the popularity of the movie with the same name. Mary Cokenour photo
Alright now, where are all the film buffs in the area? We need to travel back to the early 1950s in which a movie created a scandalous affair. Too vague for that era? Stromboli, aka Stromboli, Land of God, is a 1950 Italian-American film directed by Roberto Rossellini and starred Ingrid Bergman...
Washboard cookies. Mary Cokenour photo
Besides using actual cookbooks, there are often times I research recipes, and their origins, online. Alright Google, give me some interesting results for, “Utah pioneers and recipes they cooked”. First item was a blogger who referenced newspaper articles and cookbooks, gave recipes, and stated...
Featuring buttery puff pastry, sweetened cream cheese and a wonderful gaze, Cheese Danish pastry is a treat.  Mary Cokenour photo
Welcome September, and the beginning of the “ber” months. This is also when home cooks and bakers begin thinking about the holidays, and what creations should come from their kitchens. I have already thought about soft, puffy pumpkin cookies loaded with white chocolate chips and chopped pecans....
Fresh food, great atmosphere, broad selection and quality ingredients are a key of The Overbite in Monticello.  Mary Cokenour photo
Here I sit, fingers playing lyrically over the keyboard, thinking about the meal we just had at the newest restaurant in Monticello. On July 20, 2023, The Over Bite made its grand debut on Pioneer Day weekend, and to say they were busy was a huge understatement. A month later, on a quiet afternoon...
A selection of some of the mouthwatering meats offered at the new Canyon Smokehouse in Bluff. Get down there and get some of that Utah-style BBQ in your belly!  Mary Cokenour photo
What happens when you take one culinary school-trained chef and add fifteen years of experience with a graduating thesis centered on smoking and barbecue? You can find the answer at the newest of Bluff’s restaurants, Canyon Smokehouse. The chef is Jacob Nelson, born on the west coast, schooled on...

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