Over Easy

For me, Chef Linda, there is nothing like the start of a new day. The clean slate and the ensuing possibilities are invigorating. Of course it’s not entirely fresh we bring forward our lessons from days, years before and re-interpret. So here we are again, coming out from under the debris of the holidays and in my opinion a doozy of a year! The constant of family, friends and soul satisfying food helped me make it. I am going to ease into the new year so I can be my best and give my best. I will start by cleaning up, clearing out and anxiously cracking open a collection of perfectly curated cookbooks I received as gifts. I love my cookbooks. The inspiration and excitement at first of new meals followed by the reassurance of a solid recipe that is always there for me to find. As I said I am going to ease into the process and I am starting by making a sandwich! A vegan sandwich for my daughter who is working hard on this day, which I will deliver to her. There is so much random goodness tucked into this sandwich it even surprised me by what I could create with a post holiday challenged fridge. The result is some kind of yumminess seed bread slathered in roasted garlic hummus then layered with pan fried asparagus spears and tempeh strips in a bit of tamari, munched and crunched together with radicchio and the ubiquitous greens. I have never seen someone eat a sandwich so quickly! Happy New Year Friends....

Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner?

Mom doesn’t come over to dinner often since she lives a few thousand kilometers away like on the other side of the country. So my mind is a buzz to get ready for her arrival.  You know how when you host a dinner party or event in your home it becomes a great motivator to tidy up, extra tidy up, put away the little piles of things that are every where to make everything seem orderly, organized and beautiful! Well with mama coming this motivation of clean up is on steroids. Time to vacuum the baseboards wipe all the  nooks and crannies ugh even dust those blinds……then tackle the kitchen. Mom is a fabulous cook (thanks mom for the education and inspiration) and still enjoys cooking very much to this day be it for herself or her lady friends.  They have rockstar picnics among other delights. This will come in handy since having my own business of a Personal Chef is a full time, read 7 days a week job, we will spend a great deal of time in the kitchen. So I am looking at my pantry with a critical eye, bracing myself for the clean out. I can’t wait to have my mom in the kitchen, her cooking style is creative, efficient done with ease and the results are always amazing! Her energy and knowledge of all things culinary will be inspiring and the great motivator to bring it all to you!  ...