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A Sneak Peak

FOLKS, we are counting the days until the debut of our long-awaited cookbook arrives. Keep your eyes on your email as we will throw a book signing bash in November. Date to be determined. For our friends out-of-state or out-of-area, we will have an online store at highscafeandstore.com where you can purchase as many books as you want and we will ship them to you! Thank you for your patience in this endeavor. On behalf of our team, Denise and I thank you for your support and patronage. 

We are grateful!

8th Annual Comfort Musicale!

It’s that time of year again! Our annual  musicale, which brings together musicians from all over the state, is Monday July 24, 7 PM.

Tickets can be purchased at High’s Cafe & Store during normal business hours. We are unable to process a credit card transaction. Checks made payable to The Comfort Table or cash will be accepted for payment.  Generous underwriting allows for 100% of the ticket price to go to the table and pantry. Following the concert, the good feelings continue with wine and nosh at High’s. The after party is a great time to greet and thank the various performers. This year, a string group from The Austin Symphony will join 22 professional singers,  a pianist, guitarist, oboist, and bassist along with our word maestro Douglas Skrief from International Falls, Minnesota.

Many audience members have come year after year for the gathering. In the intimate venue of Spinelli’s (former Gaddis Methodist Church), you literally are surrounded in sound. Allow the music and the poetry to transport you to a “better place”.  If you have never been, YOU ARE MISSING SOMETHING TRULY SPECIAL.

Get your tickets today. The event is always sold out. Only 175 seats are available. 

 

 

Update from the garden…

Well, we dodged another “frozen bullet”. Temps hit the mid 20’s the other evening. No damage. However, we can’t relax yet. Work continues on the garden project. Liners were added for weed protection. 11 yards of top soil was delivered. Mixing in some fertilizer, worms, compost….good start for our veggies. Blooming continues to catch the eye: peonies are on the verge of opening, Russian olive trees are sprouting, honeysuckle is thriving, ground cover is thick and lush and grasses sway. PVC pipe makes a hoop-like frame for the raised bed covers. Progress. Stay tuned!

Broiled Salmon with Teriyaki Glaze

This meal was a hit the other night.

Oven broiled salmon with teriyaki glaze

Jasmine rice with chives and cilantro

stir-fried vegetables (sweet peppers, crimini mushrooms and blanched green beans)

Marinade recipe:

1/4 C soy sauce

2 T honey

2 T rice wine vinegar

2 T fresh squeezed orange juice

1 T minced garlic

1 T minced fresh ginger

Combine ingredients and whisk until honey is well incorporated. Place salmon filets in a zip-lock bag using half of the marinade. Reserve the other half. Marinate salmon for about 20 minutes. Remove salmon from marinade and brush off any pieces of garlic or ginger. Place salmon on a foil-lined cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Thinner ends of the filet can be tucked under to create a more uniform thickness. Place salmon under a broiler on high setting about 10 inches from the heat source. Keep an eye on it. Broil until filets are just firm to touch.

Reduce remaining marinade over high heat until thickened.

Place vegetables in a preheated large skillet. Using high heat, add about 2 T of olive oil to the pan. Throw in veggies (these are what I had on hand), and spritz with salt and pepper. Resist the urge to stir a lot. Allow them to brown a bit before moving them around. Once good color has developed, add about 1 T of dark sesame oil. This gives great flavor. I also added about a tablespoon of the reduced marinade.

Cook Jasmine rice according to instructions. Add fresh herbs at the very end.

A sprinkle of black sesame seeds and a spoonful of reduced marinade make a nice finish.

ENJOY!

 Don’t forget to enjoy the process! Pour yourself a glass. I recommend this wine, purchased for $8.99 at Trader Joe’s, for the meal. It is delicious and I’m sure available at other stores.

One for the cook…

dry with subtle fruit, perfect for the meal…

Meet Daryn Petermann

Have you met our new General Manager?

 

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Welcome to Daryn Petermann. Daryn grew up in Comfort and is a graduate of Comfort High School and Saint Mary’s University.  She brings energy, professionalism, maturity, positivity and a “can do” attitude  to our team. She looks forward to meeting the High’s family of customers. As Daryn gets acquainted with all aspects of our business, we hope you will have the opportunity to meet and welcome her . We are thrilled she is with us.

 

We salute our “Employee of the Now”

Bianca De La Torre

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Bianca is highly competent. She displays great customer service,

energy and smarts.

We are lucky to have her. Great job Bianca!

 

Comfort Table Musicale is Monday, July 25th

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Alien minstrels landing in a Hill Country Burg spreading their messages of:

Interconnectedness

Home

Reaching out to the other side

What a wonderful world

Cowboy sweethearts

Unspoken assurances

& Simple gifts

Join professional musicians from all over our state as they play and sing their way into your very core. Live updates from Comfort’s own solar-powered radio station will keep you informed of their latest sightings. Your $50 ticket (available at High’s Cafe & Store in Comfort / 830-995-4995) is a 100% donation to the feeding arm of Comfort – The Comfort Table & Pantry. Join us for our 7th annual presentation. Following the concert at Spinelli’s Event Center (formerly Gaddis UMC), a rollicking good time for all will be had at High’s complete with wine,beer, tasty nosh and more music!

Purchase your tickets today. Limited seating. Checks (made payable to The Comfort Table) or cash accepted. We always sell out. Don’t be left out of this alien invasion. 

Tickets should be purchased in advance at High’s. (7 days, 8am – 4pm)

Goose bumps, laughs, misty eyes…all guaranteed.

Let’s gather and remind ourselves of our shared humanity.

See you JULY 25th, 7 PM.

(cue the weird music)

 

 

A weekend in the country…

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For 13 years, owners Robert and Laurie Williamson have quietly created their slice of paradise on 300 acres just outside of Valera, Texas. Rancho Loma has been on my radar for some time now. Dear friends Bruce and Jana Colgate and Tom and I finally made the effort to book a two night stay there. We also booked a seating for a wine dinner which was held at their pizzeria in nearby Coleman. Rancho Pizzeria serves very fine pizzas, salads, appetizers, desserts, wine and beer. An old repurposed warehouse makes a great backdrop for this minimally stylish restaurant. Adjacent to the pizza space is El Centro, a retro-vibed coffee shop serving cookies, muffins, scones and sandwiches. Future plans for the ambitious couple include a wine making facility, wine bar and brew pub. Back at the ranch, a short drive from Coleman, are 300 acres, an old rock house (where Laurie serves a fixed price menu Friday and Saturday evenings), six super cool rooms (think Dwell magazine) for lodging and a vineyard (now under construction). Ancha and Rio, brother and sister canines, supervise the ranch overseeing a bevy of chickens, roosters, pigeons, longhorns and more.

Let’s just say our stay there was lovely and warrants a repeat visit when temperatures will be warmer making their soaking pool more inviting.

The wine dinner featured Texas wines including Comfort’s much admired Bending Branch Winery. Chefs Laurie and Cliff served the sold out crowd a well executed palate of flavors.

This is a place to go for reflection, for culinary adventure, and for slowing down a bit. Enjoy the photos. Highly recommended.

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