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The travels of Chef Luigi

Cobb Mountain Christmas Part One 
 
Dec. 26, 2012 6:50 pm 
Updated: Dec. 30, 2012 6:52 pm

Whew, what a busy time I've had with Lissa in Lake County, CA!  Lissa lives in the mountains, and is located about half an hour from the famous Napa County line, though there are plenty of grapes grown in Lake County as well, in addition to pears and walnuts, amongst other things.  

 

 

 

When I arrived, her parents were in town visiting from New England.  They left a few days after my arrival, but while they were here they cooked a delicious feast!  Unfortunately, we enjoyed it before remembering to take any pictures.  Lissa helped her Dad make the first turkey Lissa had ever made.  They also had dressing, roasted potatoes, yummy carrots that cooked in butter for hours, and Lissa made a yummy pan gravy.  Her Mom helped her make a pumpkin cheesecake, which also happened to be the first full-sized cheesecake Lissa had made.  Lots of firsts, huh?  I told her it was about time she learned to cook these things and she admitted it was easier than she thought.  Everything came out very tasty!

 


I also got to meet Lissa's kitchen Chef.  He was a nice guy but not much of a cook.



And I met Lissa's kitties.  Miyu is the littler kitty and she said hi, but Matteo, the big 16 pound cat, wasn't too interested in my presence.  Good thing because I was a bit scared of his size.  Lissa assured me he's big ball of love, but I was ok with just Miyu making her acquaintance.  She was big enough for me as is!



 

Lake County is home to inactive volcano Mt Konocti, which sits behind the beautiful Clear Lake.  In the summer, tourists travel from the Bay Area and elsewhere to enjoy the peacefulness and laid-back feeling of the county.  It was pretty quiet when Lissa took me to see the lake though  (That's Mt Konocti in the background).



It rained for most of my visit, so we didn't spend much time outside.  Lissa was really busy in the kitchen and wrapping gifts for a lot of the time I was with her, so I helped her with those things.  I think her husband was glad to have me around because he is not much of a cook, or an elf for that matter.  During a break in the rain, she took me to see the seasonal creek that flows into their yard.


 

It was loud and soothing when going to bed at night.


 

Lissa, her husband, and the kitties live right on the edge of the state forest.  Lissa was telling me that when the weather is nicer, there are plenty of quail and other birds, deer, jack-rabbits, and other animals around, but they were probably somewhere warm and dry.  In the summer time there are lizards, scorpions, ants and lots of scary spiders and other bugs.  A small price to pay for living by the forest.  Glad I didn't meet any of those, eek!



Next blog I will share what Christmas with Lissa was like!

 
Comments
Dec. 26, 2012 8:04 pm
What a beautiful area you are visiting, Luigi. Gosh you are a lucky Chef! Did you get the recipe for that cheesecake? It looks very good. As for that big cat, 16 lbs? Are you sure he isn't a Bob Cat?
 
Dec. 26, 2012 8:41 pm
Interesting start to your blog! Carrots in butter for hours… hmmmm… might make them a tad mushy, no? I like to boil mine (washed but not peeled) for just a few minutes, strain, and then simmer on very low heat with a little bit of butter, white or brown sugar and fresh dill. Turn the heat up for a few minutes just before serving - don’t worry if they brown a bit - this will add a hint of carmel flavouring which is a perfect match anyway. Everyone asks for my “dill carrots”… one of the simplest things I make. Wish they’d ask for something complicated that I was truly proud of ;)
 
Dec. 27, 2012 5:13 am
Beautiful area! We have been to Clear Lake---many years ago. It was so beautiful there! We stayed in a cabin owned by some friends of ours and spent several days on the water. To say you are practically one with nature there is an understatement. Thanks for a beautiful blog!
 
Dec. 27, 2012 5:29 am
Great blog Lissa and what a beautiful area of the country for Chef Luigi to have an opportunity to visit.
 
Dec. 27, 2012 7:04 am
So fun to visit your neck of the woods Lissa. Chef is lucky to have a peaceful retreat during the holidays. Looking forward to his next post from Cobb :)
 
Dec. 27, 2012 9:16 am
OK Chef Luigi, I'm jealous. My favorite place to visit. No doubt you are in good hands with Lissa.
 
Dec. 27, 2012 8:20 pm
Hi Baking Nana! I turned my head the other way on the cheesecake recipe because it was not from AR! There are bobcats out here too, one dashed in front of the car when we were coming down the mountain to visit the lake! Lissa assured me the big kitty is no bobcat though, whew!
 
Dec. 27, 2012 8:23 pm
Hello Pat's Kitchen! Believe it or not, the carrots don't get mushy, though they are nice and soft and caramelized on the bottoms. They were very buttery and good! Lissa told me that her mom's side of the family has made them at the holidays long before Lissa was a little girl.
 
Dec. 27, 2012 8:24 pm
Marianne, thanks for reading! It is beautiful here! And being on the edge of the forest really does put you in touch with nature! Lissa sure does like living up here, even though it's the boondocks!
 
Dec. 27, 2012 8:27 pm
HI there Cookin Up A Storm! It has been a nice visit! Although, it would have been nice to see the vineyards before all the leaves fell. Good thing Lissa had guests other than me or else there probably wouldn't have been any wine in the house since she's pregnant! Her husband isn't much of a wine drinker, but I had a drink for the both of them, lol!
 
Dec. 27, 2012 8:28 pm
Hello mauigirl! It has been a lovely holiday! I'll share the rest tomorrow! Thanks for reading!
 
Dec. 27, 2012 8:34 pm
Hi bd.weld It is a beautiful place! I bet you recognized Konocti as soon as you saw the pic! I didn't see any boats on the lake, but there were plenty of ducks! It's been a nice visit with Lissa!
 
Dec. 28, 2012 3:41 pm
You can see why I love living here! Glad to have you see my neck of the woods, Luigi!
 
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Hello everyone! I'm Chef Luigi, Chef Tony's little brother. My brother Tony got a new job, so I am now the new Allrecipes traveling Chef. I'll be traveling from home to home; cooking and having fun. I can't wait to visit everyone!
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