eastern and western slopes of northern sierra above 2500 feet, the Great Basins and Ranges of Northern and Central Nevada
Best meal I ever ate:
A borsch using 5 or 6 different balsamic vinegars plus live mother apple cider vinegar, and 6 or 8 different hot sauces (plus a little cayenne), 7 different types of beets, 4 kinds of carrots, and nearly every kind of bitter or winter green I could find – a few whole bunches of purple stripe and Persian garlic coarsely chopped and microwave in some amazingly fresh olive oil that left a pepper taste behind, and dumped in because I forgot to do it in the stock pot before I started cooking, some unlabeled frozen tomatoes from the garden the summer before and a several kinds of parsnips and rutabagas simmered for an afternoon and then served with a glob of yogurt-chayote I stole from somewhere in the bowl after it was ladled in over chopped raw sweet onions so the heat would cook the onions and the flavor wouldn’t blend too much. I knew at the time, I’d never eat anything better and there is no recipe except what is here. My mouth and the mouths of my friends were saying more! Eat more! Even after we couldn’t eat another bite! The hot sauces blended perfectly so just as one part of the mouth started to warm up, another was cooling off – making you want more and more – kind of like it hurt so good – but hot is never a contest, it’s a flavor and in this soup it was the best balance I’ve ever achieved, and the vinegars blended to perfection – and with the Yogurt it was hot-cool-sweet-sour-smoky -smooth- chunky -bitter-smooth-spicy-mellow-tangy all at the same time. Astonishing. And I’ll never taste it again as long as I live or as long as I try --
My current drink of choice:
I'd die without super strong peets coffee, i.e. 8 cups worth of coffee ground to Turkish powder, brewed with 2 cups of water.
I really wish I could:
fly without a plane --- soar like a hawk, dive like an Ospry, dart like a swift, sing like a Morning Lark or Bullocks Oriel, glide and slide like a vulture on hot summer canyon air, live behind a waterfall and swim up stream like a dipper bird.
My "Go-to" dinner party dish:
mostly some kind of soup or I thow together at the last possible minute or some kind of grain salad if it's summer. 20 - 30 minutes start to stop is about the limit of my cooking skill.
My favorite comfort food:
over cooked pasta with olive oil, butter, fresh cracked pepper, any kind of hard Italian sheep cheese. OR Very Ripe off the vine for 5 minutes heirloom tomatoes on home made sour dough.
My top 5 favorite restaurants:
my kitchen. and any 4 others who will cook for me
My most tattered cookbooks:
cookbook? what cookbook? We don't need no stinkin' cookbook!