The Legend of ‘Champ’: Eyewitness Accounts

  On our ice fishing trip last February it seems ‘Champ’ —the prehistoric god of the lake— wasn’t looking kindly upon us. We left without fish or new lake monster sightings to add to the record. Perhaps in the age of smart phone cameras she’s been laying low. In the late eighties/early 90’s though…. “I…

Paella Recipe & Camarón de la Isla

One of my greatest warm weather joys is cooking an enormous Paella over an open fire for a large group. It brings back memories of the short times I lived in Spain while growing up. On one specific weekend, my family took a road trip out to the rustic farmhouse of some family friends in the dry Spanish…

Buttermilk Pancake Recipe & Willie Nelson

Don Fonda was a king in the realm of pranks and wisecracks.  He would spin yarns to us grandkids about his days working at the telephone company—like the time he switched around the gas gauge and the speedometer in a co-worker’s truck, or the time he drove a fussy trainee deep into the Adirondack Mountains, looking at him suggestively the whole way, and then finally…