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I’m not sure if you know this, but Chief is a chef..

An Uber-Chef, actually.

He’s cooked along side many of the names that pop up on the Food Network Channel .. has been involved in some pretty prestigious competitions both locally and nationally :: he’s even won some! ::

He’s also cooked along side more then one but less then three chef’s that appeared on Top Chef and was filmed for a reality show pitch when he worked for the high end catering company prior to opening the shop.

Cooking is his passion. He is absolutely in his element when he’s in the kitchen.

He’s also a bit of a bastard to work for in the kitchen. He takes pride in what he does.. doesn’t half step.. and expects everyone working under him to have the same dedication and attention to detail that he does.

There’s no excuses in his kitchen .. there can’t be.

Think about it .. one bad meal surpasses a thousand good ones and when you’re cooking for mega events.. or high end weddings or whatever, you have to make sure that what’s being produced isn’t going to trash your reputation .. because no one cares who did the prep and didn’t clean all the bones from a fish .. everything gets blamed on the chef.

Anyway.. last week my mom calls me about a job listing she saw in the local paper. One for me at an area long term care facility and one for Chief at one of the oldest golf courses in the area. So being dutiful children, we emailed our resumes out. I didn’t hear anything back but on Monday, Chief got an email asking what day he wanted to come in for an interview.

He replied Wednesday, just send him a time.

He didn’t hear anything back by Tuesday night so we kind of just let it roll off our shoulders. This was the first position that he had applied for and from witnessing what I have been going through with the whole no response to inquiry things, he figured it will happen if it was meant to be.

This morning I woke up late.. my whole sleep schedule is off again.. about 10:30. You know how you just KNOW when someone isn’t in the house? Like.. their spirit is gone or something? That’s how I felt. Chief wasn’t home. I thought maybe he ran to the store :: because we’re getting yet ANOTHER snow storm :: but after watching the latest episodes of Teem Mom 2 and The Fashion Show and he wasn’t home yet, it dawned on me that it was Wednesday and maybe.. just maybe.. he went up to the golf course.

I wondered why he didn’t wake me up and tell me.. but figured he had his reasons.

When he finally came home, he walked into the bedroom and I asked him where he had been. He said he went for cigarettes.. in [town where the golf course is] ..

I was like, “Oh.. how did it go?”

He said, “How do you think it went” with that cocky little lilt that he gets when it’s apparent that he’s the best at what he does.

He explained that he received an email early this morning giving the time that the guy he was suppose to interview with would be at the golf course. He drove out there and asked a guy on the grounds where the kitchen was. The guy asked why and he told him that he was there to meet so and so.

Just happens that the guy he asked WAS so and so.. and he had caught him in the nick of time because he was leaving the grounds.

Into the kitchen they went and after about a half hour talking food and kitchen philosophy and the reasons why Chief was apply for a job as a “cook” when his resume was so much more then that. Chief explained that that’s what he wanted to do.. cook. He wasn’t into bulls eying the dude’s executive chef position or anything like that.. he just wanted to cook.. plain and simple.

The dude said that he wasn’t about to offer the job to the first guy he interviewed but if Chief wanted it.. it was his.

The kitchen opens from March to December and he’ll probably work from 1pm to around 9 but he’ll get a call around mid February to help build the kitchen staff.. or something like that.

So again.. prayers were answered and miracles happened.

Smoked Pork .. Nummy Nums!!

Oh.. get you’re mind out of the gutter!!!

Those pictures are on my other blog!! LoL!! Just joking!

I was cleaning out my camera and found these pictures of pork butts that Chief was smoking.

We had a catering order back in November for a country line dance night at the local fire hall.

When we catered it last year, they wanted the standard stuff :: roast beef, meat balls, stuffed shells :: which were all good but when they came in this year, he talked them into a menu that was kind of related to country music more then stuffed shells were.

So he came up with Carolina Pulled Pork, Chili Braised Beef Brisket, Black Bean and Corn salad, Smokey Baked Beans, Spanish Rice and Home Made Corn Bread.

Oh. And salad.

Not having a real smoker didn’t stop him. He used our charcoal grill and some of the huckleberry wood from our tree out back.

NOTE: You can use any fruit tree to smoke but DO. NOT. USE. PINE. WOOD. like I had suggested because DUH! Where do you think Pine Sol comes from?? LoL!! THIS is why HE is the chef and I’m not!!

He let it smoke for something like a day.. going out every hour or so to flip them over and to baste them with a mixture of  cider vinegar, crushed red pepper, salt and water.

Oh.. before he even started to smoke it, he rubbed the meat down with brown sugar, cayenne pepper, salt and chili powder.. wrapped it up tight in plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge for two days.

Let me tell you something, the aroma was AMAZING and everyone in our neighborhood was salavating!

Too bad it was for a catering gig, huh?

No worries, he had made another one for us!!

But seriously, it was really.. really easy to do and the meat just split right off of it with a fork.

I never had anything soooo good in my life!

So if you get the ambition to give it a try, let me know how you make out.

No.. in fact, invite me over for dinner and I’ll let you know myself!!

Okay…

So I may not be a renown 5 star chef like Chief is … but I sure as hell know my way around the kitchen!

If there’s two things this man can’t live without, it’s Chocolate and Peanut Butter … so for his birthday :: September 15th :: I opted out of the traditional birthday cake and made this instead:

PS – He’s still having an orgasm in his mouth from it… it’s that good!

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER PIE

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup light-colored corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
  • Pastry for single-crust pie
  • Frozen whipped dessert topping , thawed (optional)
  • Semisweet chocolate pieces (optional)
  • Chopped peanuts (optional)

Directions

1. For filling, in a mixing bowl beat eggs lightly with a rotary beater or a fork until combined. Stir in corn syrup, sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla. Mix well.

2. Sprinkle the 1/2 cup chocolate pieces over the bottom of an unbaked pastry-lined 9-inch pie plate. Pour filling into pie shell. Cover edge of pie with foil.

3. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes more or until knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cover and chill within 2 hours. Garnish with whipped topping, remaining chocolate pieces, and peanuts, if desired. Makes 10 servings.

NOTE: I’m not a big chocolate OR peanut butter fan and I loved it!! Give it a try and let me know how you liked it!

One thing you have to admit about Bravo … their reality competition shows are generally a notch up.

I <3 Top Chef… even before I got with Chief. Sooo much better then Hell’s Kitchen because the judges are actually constructive in their criticism and the chef’s are actually.. well, chefs.

Sorry.. but if you really think that a short order cook can POSSIBLY win the opportunity to head a Gordon Ramsey restaurant at the Borgata then well.. you need to dip into the Crack Whore’s zip lock bag of pills.

Anyway… as with my previous post on the new season of Project Runway, I’ll just give a list of the contestants and my initial impressions.

NOTE: I do NOT watch this with Chief. I tried once but he just got SO fucking annoying with his color commentating that I threw him out of the bedroom. Don’t get me wrong, Chief is an AMAZING chef and we would be probably living large if he would just succumb to MY desire to have him audition for one of these shows. He’d be brilliant on Top Chief but I would actually love for him to go knife to knife with Ramsey… OMG, Gordon would have SO met his match but yknow.. he won’t do it. At any rate, sometimes I just want to be entertained so he’s not allowed to watch it with me!

Okay.. so this season the gang is in Vegas and they’re throwing in some twists and stuff that is going to make things a little bit interesting. So we’ll see..

At any rate, here’s the scoop:

Ash Fulk

Ash Fulk

To be completely honest with you, I can’t remember one thing that dude did on this episode other then saying that he was the only one of the chef’s with a boyfriend.

I can’t remember what team of four he was for the quick fire OR what he cooked during the main challenge that was based on each chef’s vice.

Not sure not being remembered is a good thing but with 16 chefs.. and it being episode 1.. it’s not unusual to forget someone here and there!

Dig the bow tie though!

Ashley Merriman

Ashley Merriman

She’s another one that didn’t leave any kind of impression.

I’m not even sure that they spent time on her during the initial part of the show when everyone meets everyone else for the first time.

I could go back and watch it On Demand but yknow, I kind of think that would be cheating in away. If she didn’t do anything to stand out then.. well.. she didn’t do anything to stand out.

Bryan Vottaggio

Bryan Vottaggio

The slightly geeky.. non-tattooed.. not as cool Vottagio brother!

This season includes brothers. Each successful in their own right and living on opposite coasts I think.

This must add another level of intensity during challenges because of the whole sibling rivalry thing going on… not sure if their cooking styles are different but in the coming weeks, we should see that coming into play more especially when the chefs cook individually as opposed to in a team.

Eli Kirshtein

Eli Kirshtein

Eli may not look it.. but he has a long resume behind him with some serious background!

Very impressive.

Okay.. I cheated. I looked at his bio on Bravo’s website because I’m starting to feel like I’m not remembering ANYTHING from this episode.. but I guess that’s the point, right?

Heh.

Eve Aronoff

Eve Aronoff

Poor Eve!

I think she was seriously affected by a case of the butterflies!

It seems like every season there is one chef that you think “.. omg, she is SO out of her league!” and Eve would be THAT chef THIS season especially because she is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan and not some culinary hotspot.

But let me tell you… this chick is not some fly by night lets-open-a-restaurant little rascal. The girl got some chops and a more then impressive resume. Hopefully, she’ll get down to do what she does best instead of over thinking what the judges might want.

That could be her downfall.

Hector Santiago

Hector Santiago

Hector is just badass.

Come on.. can you just picture him in cut-off leather cruising around on a motorcycle loud enough to loosen your fillings?

And who else looks like they have the balls enough to throw a steak in the deep fryer of Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant?

Well, ok.. Chief would.

Side Note: Chief actually cooked along side Wolfgang Puck a few years ago during a local Pro-Am competition for charity and Chief can’t stand him. He said he was the most arrogant mother fucker who wouldn’t say anything good about ANYONE else’s dishes regardless of how good they were. If there’s one thing that Chief is cocky about, it’s his ability in the kitchen so… yknow.. there it is.

Anyway.. back to Hector.

Hector is from Puerto Rico so his dishes are going to have that PR-island flair to them.

Jen Zavala

Jen Zavala

Jen was the first chef eliminated.. and even I knew that she was going to be.

Her breaded vegan something or other not only looked like crap but anyone who ever tried to bread something could see that it wasn’t breaded properly.

I think she tried to hard.. and I think she just had a bad case of the butterflies too. I got the impression that she wanted to win this SO much that it became a mental thing for her and instead of just doing what she does best, she took an unnecessary risk and it bit her in the ass.

Basically, she just tried to hard.

Jennifer Carroll

Jennifer Carroll

I’VE MADE MEN CRY IN THE KITCHEN

I loved that line.. Jen is a total bad ass!

But in full disclosure, I’m rooting for her because Chief actually knows her. Well.. ok.. not like “.. let’s get together for some drinks” but he’s been around her at various events over the years and he said that she can cook her ass off so that’s good enough for me.

And cook she did.

She won the Quick Fire challenge and came in a close second in the Elimination challenge so she will be a force. Definitely TEAM JEN!

Jesse Sandlin

Jesse Sandlin

Two things came to mind when I was watching Jesse. One, she looked like an emo Rosie the Riveter when cooking.. and Two, she looked like she should be on Hell’s Kitchen.

Boy was I wrong.

She had a strong showing in the Quick Fire.. even though she had never cooked with prawns before.. and although she came in on the bottom after the elimination, the judges recognized that Jesse knew exactly why she was there from the get go. It’s one thing to crash on a dish but the important thing is that she knew exactly what she did wrong and that gave her props from the judges. Rightfully so. Jesse is also an early favorite.

Kevin Gillespie

Kevin Gillespie

Kevin won the Elimination Challenge .. narrowly beating Jennifer.. so we’ll be seeing more of him.

Interesting thing about Kevin is that he had a scholarship to M.I.T. that he just chucked away to go into culinary.

Could you imagine that conversation with his parents?

OMG.. my dad would have killed me!

Laurine Wickett

Laurine Wickett

I have absolutely nothing to say about Laurine…

I honestly don’t remember her…

She may have been the chef to pick the golden chip at the beginning of the episode :: which meant she didn’t have to compete and would have immunity for the elimination :: but I’m not sure.. I checked all over Bravo’s website and couldn’t find anything to click on a memory so I’ll have to leave it at that

Mattin Noblia

Mattin Noblia

Funky accent..

So obviously French..

Loved the little sailor neckerchief and striped shirt.

That’s all I really remember about him.

Michael Isabella

Michael Isabella

Boy.. did he start off on the wrong foot!

Mike is one of those guys that you really just want to punch in the mouth. He’s a loud mouth, cocky son of a bitch that should piss off every Italian American male in Jersey for his over the top stereotyping.

I’m sure he can cook as well as he says he can but he also made a remark when Jennifer was neck and neck with him shucking clams that “… a girl shouldn’t be at the same level as I am”

WTF dude!

Honestly, I hope he tanks.

Michael Vottaggio

Michael Vottaggio

The more tattooed of the Voggattio brothers, Michael I believe is on the west side of the country.

Not to sure what he did… or didn’t do this episode. But do remember either him or his brother saying that no one wants to see the other exceed more except when competing head to head.

Ok.. so.. we’ll see

Preet Mistry

Preet Mistry

Sorry.. but I really have to say this..

Preet resembles the gay girl in Miami that Brooke Hogan was set up with by her gay friend.

Real quick.. Brooke’s roommate is gay and not having any luck in the dating field. Having once been engaged to a woman, Brooke thinks that maybe he really isn’t gay. To prove that one knows one’s sexuality, he sets her up on a blind date with a girl. A girl that looks just like Preet.

I know that really has not place here and I’m truly not being disrespectful to Preet. It’s just an observation. And honestly, considering that Preet’s responsibility during Quick Fire was to shuck clams that she never shucked before and was STILL shucking after all the other teams had completed the ENTIRE challenge, I think she’d rather be remembered as the girl who looks like the girl that gave Brooke Hogan her first lesbian kiss!

Robin Leventhal

Robin Leventhal

ROBIN WAS THE CHEF THAT PICKED THE GOLD COIN!

Woosh!

I was positive it wasn’t Laurine but yknow.. my mind doesn’t operate on full capacity this early in the morning!!

Other then that.. nothing really too spectacular to point out about Robin.

Maybe next episode

Ron Duprat

Ron Duprat

What a story Ron has!

Originally from Haiti.. Ron traveled to the US as a refugee on a little boat that took 27 days and a few lives.

I’m positive that that was an experience that shows up all over the place.. especially in the dish that he made during the elimination challenge. How could it not be in every aspect of your life?

At any rate.. his dish did receive good reviews from the judges and I expect that Ron’s island upbringing will play a big part in future episodes.

Well… there you have it.

It’s a lot for one episode so just bear with me. I promise my recaps will get much better as we go on.

In fact, I may even employ Chief and his color commentating. He’s going to loathe sitting in front of the tv watching a reality show but I’ll guilt him into it!! LOL!

I already posted about how my hips are in constant danger of expantion because Chief is a 5 star.. well reknown chef.

NOTE: Interesting fact, I am good friends with a guy who is in a business partnership with another guy who owns a famous racehorse… one that won two out of the three races in the triple crown. After the horses win, the owner gave a huge.. mega bucks party. Guess who was the chef that night?

Although a hazard, I am old enough and mature enough to make my food choices. The kids aren’t.

Remember the 4 cases of soda the Crack Whore brought over ON MONDAY? Half of it is already gone and the majority of it was due to Spaz.

So we had a talk with him last night. That was the end of the soda. He’s not equipt :: at least right now :: to make the correct choices so it is up to us to help him learn to make them.

That means no more snatching and grabbing from the store.. extra cheese on ANYTHING.. cake for breakfast..

You get the idea.

The problem is the store.

Before we openned, Chief would NEVER allow soda in the house except MAYBE once in a blue moon when he ordered take out. And that didn’t happen often.

I remember when we first met, he was working an event at night and I told him that I would go to the house and make dinner for the boys. I was running late so I called to tell them what time I would be arriving and Bubba asked me if I could bring a bottle of Ginger Ale over.

That caused a dilemna becaue I knew he didn’t allow them to have it but yknow.. I was the new girlfriend and I wanted them to like me.

I did buy it.. but because I couldn’t get Chief on the phone I kept it in my car until he came home.

The kids didn’t have free access to candy, ice cream, junk food.. and Chief wasn’t the father that would constantly buy it for him

Now it’s different and because he can’t keep his eyes on them all the time, they stuff their pockets with all kinds of stuff.

If they were SMART, mind you, they would get rid of the evidence but they’re not so I am usually able to bust them whenever I do the wash!

Bubba isn’t so much of a problem because he is getting taller :: omg how tall he is getting :: but he also walks all over with his swarm of friends.. every day.. all the time.

Spaz isn’t active at all.. in fact, I kind of expected a call from the school nurse this morning because today was gym day and his current weight makes it very laborsome for him to be active. Plus, he gets made fun of and his defense mechanism is to fake an injury and be sent to the nurse.

So it’s a double edge sword.

My plan though is to get him to walk the dogs with me… he may not want to, but if I tell him that my knee is really bothering :: and no, I didn’t get it checked yet and yes, it is getting worse :: then he’ll do it.

He’ll benefit from it.. I’ll benefit from it and so will the dogs so it seems like a good plan.