Food Adventures of a Comfort Cook

FOOD ADVENTURESby Mary Cokenour In the early 1950s, A&W opened two franchises. One in Blanding, the other in Monticello. While Monticello’s franchise went bust due to lack of business, Blanding’s was booming, so much so that the owner decided to cut ties with A&W. In 1959, Patio...
FOOD ADVENTURES OF A COMFORT COOKby Mary Cokenour November, December, January... three months full of holidays that bulge the waistline and begin a new year of promises to get back into shape. Thanksgiving is the first holiday; we give thanks for our lives full of family, friends, good...
FOOD ADVENTURESby Mary Cokenour Knowing I was moving to the Southwest, my biggest anticipation was, “Yes! All the barbeque I could ever want!” But that was not to be. In fact, there was a severe lack of this form of culinary delight within San Juan County. Karen and Doug Whipple,...
FOOD ADVENTURES OF A COMFORT COOKby Mary Cokenour In June, 2017, Doug Allen, the owner of Blue Mountain Foods and former mayor of Monticello, heard the call of retirement. He heeded that call by handing the reins and ownership over to his daughter, Stacy, and her husband, Jeramy Young...
FOOD ADVENTURESby Mary Cokenour The term “death by chocolate” is so often used for extremely chocolate desserts, it made me wonder though, can it truly happen? When it concerns dogs, the answer is yes. Maybe not immediately, but eventually. Chocolate contains substances known as...
FOOD ADVENTURESby Mary Cokenour The first time I’d ever heard the term “cow tipping” was in 1990 when first moving to Lancaster, PA. Our residential neighborhood was surrounded by Amish farmland with local, bored teenagers bragging about this nighttime exploit. What exactly is “cow...
FOOD ADVENTURESby Mary Cokenour First and ten, huddle; tension in the air as the players take the field; captain calls off numbers, “13, 9, 45…hut, hut, hut”, the ball is thrown, no…wait…hidden pass off to the running back, tight end guarding his flank down the field…..going, going…holy...
FOOD ADVENTURESby Mary Cokenour Infomercials, they seem to be taking over, not just entire cable channels, but advertising altogether. One I admit falling for is Cathy Mitchell’s Dump Dinners Cookbook, which came with an awesome 9 x 13 baking pan plus Dump Cakes Baking Book. What a...
by Mary Cokenour The Jackalope, aka The Warrior Rabbit, was first encountered by John Coulter, the first white man to set foot inside what is now known as the State of Wyoming. By the 1940s, Douglas, WY was known as the “Jackalope Capital of the World”, being overrun by the pesky...
by Mary Cokenour If a barn could speak, what secrets and stories would it reveal? Surely it would tell of the birthing of a calf or foal; the death of a long milked cow or well ridden mare. Amongst the hay bales, the trails of rodents hunted by cats or lovers having a roll around....

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