Today marks the last day I will be the private chef and District Manager at a sorority at Lehigh University. I have enjoyed the experience and learned a lot about cooking large amounts of food well, but, my body says, 'enough.' Cooking for 30-50 hungry college students, eight hours a day, six days a week (more on Sundays) has taken its toll on my joints and limbs. It is time for a new chapter in my life to begin!
My cookbook is finally finished and an amazingly talented Pulitzer Prize nominated author, named Leah Eskin has agreed to write my forward! Leah is so gifted and creative! I am SO honored to have her name in anyway associated with mine. My admiration began for her the first time I read her Chicago Tribune syndicated column in our local newspaper called The Morning Call. If I read nothing else in the FOOD section of the Wednesday paper, I always read Leah's column, "Home on the Range." Not only is the read entertaining, her recipes are great. One of the recipes in my book, "Cooking Up Life" is based on her Chicken Dijonnaise Recipe and is a true family favorite.
So, I open my mind and heart to whatever gets written on the pages of my new chapter. First, however, Christmas! Me and my buddy Igi (my short nickname for new Frigidaire oven) have a lot to do!