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Friday, February 03, 2012

wow its been 34 days since I last posted: no recipe or a giveaway

Hey there remember me? Yup I am the guy that used to write this blog oh so diligently since 2005. I am the guy that once wrote a blog post every single day for a year. I am they guy that now wonders why I dont take the time anymore when it is something I enjoy and love so much. Being busy is no excuse, I love to be busy and in fact it is this blog that got me to the busy I am today. I have so much to be happy for and I am happy for it. Truth of the matter is I have not been cooking so much for myself and it is this cooking for myself and for contests that I would typically blog about so since that isnt happening I am now going to try to start a once a week blog post; if the once a week thing works out then I will increase it to twice a week, lets go easy here.
Since September of 2010 or so I have been the Executive Chef of two prestigious catering companies in New York City,  this has been something I have worked towards for years and every single day I count my blessings that I am living my dream. Its true that if you keep your eye on the prize it will become yours. Now in this position I need to come up with new and tasty treats to serve our hungry clients and one of these treats is my twist on a classic - roasted butternut squash soup. I cant tell you what I put in it since it is so simple you could easily run away with my secret but I will tell you it has butter and to finish it off I use a little creme fraiche and a huckleberry puree - it is vegetarian but definitely not vegan.
Another part of my job is a weekly lunch that I make for a 60 member womens association and I have to say that this is one of the most rewarding and challenging aspects of what I have to do - I love making these women happy since for most of them this is the highlight of their week and not that it matters but the median age is about 75. One week I served them glazed carrots and Moroccan meatballs, I can safely and confidently tell you that this is a step up from their normal meatloaf.
The ladies also a get a nice dessert. The reason I like this part of my job so much is that each week I need to make a salad, an entree and a dessert and I treat this with all the creative energy that I can muster.
Then I get home and make myself some braised octopus - gotta feed the big sugar machine!

16 comments:

vanillasugarblog said...

i'm happy for you to Dog.
wish we lived closer so we could hook up, you seem like good peeps to me.
i am trying to keep my eye on the prize too.
love the huckleberry touch, nice.

Maureen said...

I love the meals for the old dears. You must be the hit of the day for them. :)

J said...

We miss you and your yummy posts, Christo!

Stephanie said...

Nice to see you back! Great grub! Can't think a better place to be if I was 75.

Lulu Carmichael said...

Welcome back!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

The ladies are lucky to have you. Maybe I'll join that group when I'm 75 if you're still cooking for them.

monica said...

Hi there - not so much posting, but quite some facebooking.. So we know you are alive...
Great to hear you're living your dream ! Did I ever tell you my hub is a chef as well? He isn't working as one anymore, but for years he was a chef, head chef, teacher for chefs etc.. Now he has his own business selling gear for out door cooking: www.bon-fire.dk You are a very creative chef indeed - I wish I could enjoy your food with those women.. sounds, and looks , great....

Marjie said...

I would like that beautiful dessert.

And I'm glad to see you so busy, but taking time to stop in and say hello.

FOODalogue said...

I've been keeping up with you on FB, but it's good to see you here too. It's great when you do what you love and love what you do!

tasteofbeirut said...

Great to see someone loving his job as passionately as you do! Would love to be with these honorable ladies having that great lunch and dessert, even if they are a tad older, they are living it up!

Barbara said...

I see you on Facebook, but love reading about your success on your blog! Congratulations!

Mexico in my kitchen said...

Missing your post but I am glad you are doing what you love. I bet those ladies look forward to that meal every week. Everything looks so good, the meatballs and the octopus are vision.

Keep up the good work and do not get lost.

Mely

Angie's Recipes said...

You have been terribly missed!
Gosh..the meatballs are great!
Do come post some food you cooked from time to time...

snugs said...

those little ole church ladies are so lucky to have you make their week! However, if you stop facebooking I will hunt you down & kick your a**!!!

Jill Mant~a SaucyCook said...

Come back.....please!! Very happy for you and how wonderful to hear it reiterated one more time: Follow your dreams...just make sure to ask for directions!

Sippity Sup said...

You need not write a lot. Just keep that voice that we all enjoy so well. GREG

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