Food Adventures of a Comfort Cook

In September 2019, Sampas Janhom opened Ja-Roen Thai Sushi in Monticello, and the online reviews further his story. Whether they’re local or just passing through, diners are still enjoying his Thai and Japanese specialties. Take, for example, this review on Google: “One of the great surprises...
One of the frustrating things about the pandemic is being unable to fulfill cravings. It could be for a root beer float or an ice cream cone. Perhaps you crave the most awesome fries you have ever tasted or a favorite dinner with a special someone, family, or friends. COVID-19 has restaurants on...
“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” – Groucho Marx, A Night at the Opera Ah, the Marx Brothers, four brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo) who made five hilarious movies together before Zeppo decided his life’s goal was to be a successful businessman. Although the other...
In 2020, there was a barrage of “Lives Matter” movements occurring across this great nation of the United States of America. It got me to thinking about this section of North America and why the sudden divide. “Together we stand, divided we fall” is a meaningful quote that is mainly attributed to...
As we end 2020, a year of “who, what, where, why, when, and how” questions that are still boggling the minds of many, consider this: “Did we learn, and did we do good?” Personally, the meaning of life is to learn something new, and do a good deed on a daily basis. Learn something new? Yes, it...
Paprika, a savory red spice used in a variety of dishes such as paprikash, paella, deviled eggs, soups, sauces, and a most popular European dish, goulash. While it’s easy to purchase at the local market, or online; what is paprika, and why does it make foods taste so good? Traveling back to the...
Decades back, Tim Meyer’s father owned a building in Dove Creek, CO which housed the Old Frontier Bar, liquor store, and the family. Eventually the building was renovated and became the New Frontier Bar, a much loved local hangout. There was a time when the building held an antique shop, and...
In Roman mythology, a pair of twin boys were placed into a basket, set upon the Tiber River, found by a she-wolf, and eventually raised by a shepherd and his wife. The two adult brothers could not agree upon which hill to build their city and held a bird watching contest to decide. Yet, they...
Holiday time is upon us and this week I would like to address a holiday classic recipe, the Green Bean Casserole. With my family or most people I knew this was not ever served for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Day. Why then is it considered a “holiday classic”? We never really see any...
Dear Diary, This is month ten of Jumanji. Just as the COVID monster seemed to be going into hiding, it suddenly reared its massive head. It tricked us just as we were beginning to have fun and life was going back to normal once again. The worst of it is having the children home and missing out on...

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