So after I decided I wanted to make the move out of my Rocky Boots, chef coat and toque into a real suit and work the front of the house, I worked for a great family country-cooking restaurant chain as an Assistant Manager. I availed myself to travel around the country to help other units.Continue reading “BUSTed”


Yummy. And a chef’s dream. It has a mellow flavor, one that takes to almost any treatment or sauce. Nice color for plating. It is actually healthy for you before us chefs start putting our fatty, artery-clogging sauces and butters to it. One of my favorite things to do was to braid strips of differentContinue reading “Salmon”

Vacation Day Two

We slept, but not very soundly. I very rarely sleep well away from my own bed. So, we get another big vacation breakfast in and head for the lake country. Now, as much as I bitch about price-gouging on the road (4.99/gal for unleaded gas) I will say that the portions almost make up forContinue reading “Vacation Day Two”

Big Wind

Today’s post continues on with a reading from my book EMOTIONS: Not your Mama’s ABC’s! The preface for the letter “N” and a short story titled Powerless illustrating the emotion needy. Let me know… The title of my short story is another emotion which I find frightening…an inability to control your circumstances. Power beyond yourContinue reading “Big Wind”


You know, I was watching a rerun episode of Hell’s Kitchen starring Chef Gordon Ramsay and I couldn’t help but chuckle. I consider this a comedy, not a reality show. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a basher. He is legit and you don’t earn umpteen million Michelin stars and become one of theContinue reading “Respect!”

The End of the Innocence

An awesome song by Don Henley and the subject of today’s reading from my book Emotions: Not your Mama’s ABC’s! I am sure in some point in time, I will record and post a few Don Henley tunes that I cover. Man, what a voice. A big musical influence on me and my style, asContinue reading “The End of the Innocence”

Thank You

The first passage in the book Humanity: A Primer. I just made that title up; don’t search for it. Unless there really is a book called that, in which case my apologies. But saying “thank you” (in my way of thinking), is a minimum for membership into the human race. Dankie, Faleminderit, Shukran, Chnorakaloutioun, Hvala,Continue reading “Thank You”


I love butter. No, I’m not gonna marry it. I do eat way too much butter and that stems from my time in haute cuisine. Everything had butter in it. I would keep a 50-gallon pot of it going at all times in my fine dining kitchens. The butter remained perfectly clarified with just theContinue reading “Butter”


Pancakes rock. When I was a kid, I could eat a stack of them all drizzled with butter and a river of maple syrup. As I got older, I sort of lost my appetite for them. Unless it was two or three in the morning and I had a snootful of VO and Budweiser. AfterContinue reading “Pancakes”