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MATHIS: Relaxing with good food

I was sitting back in my recliner the other evening around dinnertime, trying to relax (which is not an easy thing to do, especially in the last few months). A classic movie was on - "The King of New York" with Christopher Walken, and my mind was all over the place.

A fast-moving storm delivering some much-needed rain began rumbling through the valley. I opened the door to hear the rain hitting the roof of our porch. I actually turned the TV off to listen to the raindrops.

My mind kept on wandering as I tried to relax. And then I started thinking about cooking. That's what relaxes me, at least mentally. Cooking (and food itself) can be our release back into sanity.

Whether I'm cooking up an old favorite (Steak Au Poivre), or looking through cooking magazines and websites, I'm always thinking, "Oh, that would work if I took this, added this, tweaked that." Habanero/key lime cheesecake? Ghost peppers in a cheesecake? Bloody Mary shrimp empanadas with a jalapeno/peach salsa?

I just love seeing people's faces after they take their first bite. Cooking!

So, even if you are not a cook and you don't know how many teaspoons are in a cup (48), you can enjoy cooking and the results (even if it is by someone else).

I teach a few cooking classes at night out at Western Colorado Community College during the school year, and I also have a class in Soups.

Lee is the founder and owner of Decadence Gourmet Cheesecakes and Catering. He can be reached via email at, on the web at, or by calling 970-256-4688. Also, find him on the web by searching Facebook or by visiting Twitter (@decadenceGJ).

Lee also loads recipes and discounts onto Facebook for his fans. Check it out!

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