Cooking in the Wild

Posted Wed, 07/17/19

It's been more than seven months since I've posted a blog entry, and for that I apologize. Life became very busy at the end of last year, and I've literally been burning the candle at both ends. However, life is a bit more settled now - and I'm happier on a personal level.


A few weeks ago, I made my first trip to Soapstone Basin in Utah. The place is gorgeous, and best of all, completely out of cell phone range. We stayed in a trailer - more like a real home on wheels - and did several hours of ATV riding on the trails. One day, we managed to make it to Lightening Ridge (see photos below).


Lightening Ridge, Soapstone, Utah, June 2019. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.     Lightening Ridge, Soapstone, Utah, June 2019. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.


Shenanchie O'Toole, Soapstone, Utah, June 2019. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.      Shenanchie O'Toole, Soapstone, Utah, June 2019. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.


There was only one mishap during the three-day jaunt. One a rockier part of the trail to Lightening Ridge, my rig went over a deep mud hole. Before I could maneuver out of it, I went out of the vehicle and landed flat on my back on the rocks and mud. Aside from a few bruises and gobs of mud covering my entire body, I was unhurt.


We had a variety of meals during our trip, some make-ahead meals (pasta with hamburger and tomato sauce), granola bars and several egg dishes. One morning I cooked scrambled eggs with ham cubes, Potatoes O'Brien, onion and cheddar cheese. It was quite tasty, and actually served as two meals.


Camping Breakfast. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.


I would recommend pre-cooking meals prior to a camping trip, whether you're taking a well-equipped trailer or not. It saves time, and energy. Cooking over a campfire or on a grill is also preferable, which can be accompanied by prepare-ahead cold foods such as potato or macaroni salads.


Our next trip is tentatively scheduled for near the end of July, this time in the central Uinta Mountains area.

 

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Japanese Culture & Cuisine Online

Posted Sat, 12/01/18

Just prior to Thanksgiving this year, I decided to make one of the books in the Food Fare Culinary Collection freely available online in "article" format.


Japanese Culture & Cuisine is now online for free, containing all the details and graphics that came with the book version.


Japanese Culture & Cuisine Online


Japanese Culture & Cuisine Online


Japanese Culture & Cuisine contains information about the food and culture of Japan, including a brief history, common food, mealtime and dining, sushi, rice variations, eating with chopsticks, table settings and etiquette, tea, sake, Japanese snacks, more than 40 authentic recipes, food terms, words and phrases, and resources for further study. Click here for more >


Tanoshī (Enjoy!).

 

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Social Explosion

Posted Thu, 11/29/18

Ever since I created the Facebook page for Food Fare in December 2009, the number of "friends" have remained at a comfortable level of 200 or so. However, since the middle of October or thereabouts, friend requests went through the roof. I had up to 300 per day for more than a week, after which is steadied out. I'm not sure what triggered the push for so many friend requests, but my list now hovers around 4,900.


Food Fare Facebook page. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.


In addition, when I posted an updated photo of myself, the likes and loves and comments were more than I'd ever seen before. Click on the image below to see larger size in a new window.


Facebook post reaction.Click on the image to see larger size in a new window. 


I'm not naive to think that all of the friend requests, likes and comments are because of my cooking skills or books. To be frank, there were quite a few "friends" I had to later block or delete because of inappropriate content sent through the Facebook Messenger application. I have also received more than one marriage proposal, and multiple declarations of love. But, for the most part, people have generally been decent when contacting me, asking me about recipes, cookbooks and all to do with Food Fare.


As I said, I'm not sure what triggered the explosion but I'm not complaining too much. It certainly makes every day interesting.

 

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