Whole Foods or Whole “Paycheck”?

I have a Whole Foods within two miles of my home and I love that I can easily grab my almond milk, chia seeds and fresh (and many times local) kale.  However, I must admit that I don’t do the majority of my shopping there.  I frequent Whole Food for specific items that are not easy to get at other stores and sale items.  I happily grab the hormone and antibiotic free meats on sale in bulk and store in the freezer and my specialty items such as almond milk that is cheaper at Whole Foods than my local store.  There is no way that I can afford to shop for day to day items there.  

posted: Fri, 09/27/2013 - 6:46pm
tags: Thoughts

Chipotle's The Scarecrow

Chipotle, who touts themselves as offering “Food with Integrity”, has come up with the most adorable video and a new game for your phones and ipads.  I must admit, the video is very touching.  It’s a simple video about a scarecrow who wants to sells farm raised food (Yeah, you didn’t realize that a great amount of our food isn’t from farms, huh?)  The video reminds me of the movie “Up”.  The game is simple and a little quirky but you may find it fun.  Watch, enjoy  and hopefully this will make you think about where your food is coming from. 

posted: Fri, 09/27/2013 - 6:43pm
tags: Thoughts

Vintage Ohio 2013

On August 3rd I had the honor of being one of the chefs preparing cooking demonstrations for the 19th annual Vintage Ohio Wine Festival in Kirtland, Ohio and boy was it fun!!  Tons of amazing chefs, cooking some amazing food, paired with some amazing local wines on a beautiful summer day!  What could be better?  Through the Ohio Wine Producers Association we were able to partner with Pairings, an upcoming Wine and Culinary Experience (visit pairingsohio.com).  Their brick and mortar location “Windows on Pairings” will be opening up later in the year.

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posted: Wed, 08/07/2013 - 7:26pm
tags: Recipes, Thoughts

Crazy Times

The last two weeks have been crazy busy for me so I apologize for my lack of posting.  I'll try to update you quickly on how things are and what I have learned . . .

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posted: Mon, 03/18/2013 - 7:51pm
tags: Recipes

Would you exchange flavor for health?

Yesterday, at a program where I served garlic sautéed greens instead of traditional southern style greens, I was asked this question: Would you exchange flavor for health?  It’s a very interesting question.  As a chef and a person who just plain loves food it would be a true struggle.  Who wants to give up the foods that tantalize our taste buds and makes us smile just when we smell it?  On the other hand, as a person who has seen the effects of heart disease, diabetes and cancer how can I not push aside the fried chicken, mac and cheese and salty meat laden greens I grew up eating?  A dile

posted: Sat, 03/02/2013 - 5:52pm
tags: Thoughts

What rhymes with orange?

I’m not a big winter person and even though I grew up in the snow there is really only one thing, other than Christmas, that makes me happy about winter and that is citrus.  It’s citrus season!  Grapefruits, oranges, lemons and everything else citrusy is sweet, plentiful and cheap.

posted: Sat, 03/02/2013 - 12:18pm

Always Save

Not what I thought this would be . . .

Hello everyone!  This post was going to be a pretty long post that I had been working on for an hour, yeah an hour.  I was just so into writing.  After an hour Microsoft Word shuts down on me and of course I had not saved.  None of the adorable little antidotes, object lessons and stories I had for you had been saved.  L  Maybe it was God’s way of telling me I was, once again, talking too much.  Maybe it was just a reminder of something I learned in junior high computer class ~ ALWAYS SAVE!!! 

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posted: Thu, 01/31/2013 - 6:01pm
tags: Recipes

Changing the Way I Pray

Yesterday I was preparing to eat my dinner, which we will discuss later, (it was yummy) and I paused to say grace.  Giving thanks for our food is a normal practice in our home and usually goes something like this.  Dear Lord, thank You for this food that we are about to receive.  Let it nourish our bodies so that we can go forth and spread Your name.  In Jesus’ name, amen.  Pretty basic, huh?  I actually stopped in the middle of grace and thought about some of the words “Let it nourish our bodies”.  Should I really pray that when I’m shoving a Big Mac or Chipotle burrito in my mouth?  Lord,

posted: Fri, 01/25/2013 - 6:07pm
tags: Recipes

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