Mario Batali – Celebrity TV Chef
Donette Hansen – Owner of The Rainbow Lodge
Fred Olson – Formerly Mac Hudson of “The Hudson & Harrigan Show”

My goodness, where has the time gone? Can it really be the middle of February already? As an old friend of mine used to say, “Time flies when you don’t know what you’re doing.” Of course, he really didn’t know what he was doing, but then again – neither do I, so look who’s talking! As I opened last week, the end of football season is a sad time in my life every year, but I’ve finally been able to kind of shake off the withdrawal symptoms and return to some semblance of normalcy – you know, no crying fits in the middle of the night – that sort of thing. I know some of you consider that rather childish – to be so upset over the end of football season – but I’ve always been a “grown up” child, and I’m proud to admit that I’m way more “child” than “grown up.” I’m not Peter Pan or anything, but I make an effort to act as immaturely as the world will allow – or my wife will allow, in most cases. I can clearly recall one of the last things my mother said to my father before she passed away was, “Bill, don’t make a fool of yourself.” She was always his behavioral watchdog – she kept him in line, if you know what I mean, and my wife does the same thing for me. They say a man marries a woman who is very much like his mother – you know, “you marry your mom” – and my mother and my wife used to joke about how they had to keep an eye on both of us, or we’d just “go off the deep end,” and I’m sure that’s still true today, even though I’m 68 years old. I thank God everyday for “my life with my wife.” As my dad used to say about my mom, “Boy, that woman is the only thing standing between you and life in prison,” and my wife fills that role, these days. So, that brings us around to the topic of conversation for today on The Outdoor Cooking Show – the power of love, because Valentine’s Day is only two days away.

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