Turning the Page

Today was 45 degrees and it felt like I was on an island basking in the sun. This cruel winter has made me happy about 45 degrees. I don't even know who I am anymore...

Now that the signs of spring are upon us I can start to close the door on my what seemed like forever hibernation and open the door to sunshine and blue skies. This winter was brutal not only because of the cold but because of the amount of work the Chef and I have been putting in at the restaurants all while trying to balance happy healthy productive kids.


It's not fucking easy.

The Chef cooking nights while I work during the day and become a taxi cab in the evenings didn't do our relationship any favors. The term Chef's Widow became redefined in our house as the Chef cleaned up other people's messes and worked the line every night. The old fights came back and just like that I was a new mamma with a newborn at home by myself everynight. This time though, I didn't write about.

I'm not sure why. 

Writing about the struggles of being married to a chef has always been easy for me. But for some reason this time it wasn't. I have learned many important lessons, both good and bad, since we opened our first restaurant in 2009 and one of them has remained constant. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger. Angelina Jolie knows what I'm talking about fo sho.

Celebrating the end of winter in NYC

Celebrating the end of winter in NYC

And it' so true. The things that we have gone through in the past five years are enough to fill a novella, or at least be turned into a Mexican soap opera. But my focus on the pain is gone now and all I can see is a beautiful support system growing at the restaurants, a Chef who still works as hard as he did 10 years ago and loves me to the depths of this Earth, and a family of my own that I am completely smitten by. For the first time in years I feel completely at peace. 

A Sneak Peek at Michael Symon's B Spot

2009 11 19_0539 I like bratwurst and

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I like beer...

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I like burgers,

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and I guess I'm gonna have to start liking Bourbon too. Before Monday, when The B Spot opens.

Check out more of my sneak peek of The B-Spot & don't forget to enter my Shop Local Holiday Challenge (lots of freaking awesome local prizes)!  You can enter as many times as you would like!

xoxo bitches

Live to Cook


How cute does Symon look in this pic?  I gotta embarrass him a little you know:)

From Guest Blogger/Chef Michael Symon:


So after a crazy couple days at the SOBE wine and food festival I am back in Ctown and ready to roll.

The event was absolutely amazing.  We did the Best of the Best party for 2500 ppl with some of the countries greatest chefs including Paul Kahan, Jonathan Waxman, Nate Appleman, Rick Tramanto, Michael Mina & Morimoto..just to name a few.  I also did two sold out demos to great crowds that where having a blast to say the least.  This event is one of the greatest parties on earth and i highly recommend attending if you haven't already.  Lee really knows how to give the people the perfect balance of food, wine, entertainment and education and my hat goes off to the entire SOBE team.

Upon returning I found out that my book, Live to Cook just went on presale on Amazon.  This book has been well over a year in the making and has been one of the toughest and most enjoyable projects of my life.  It will have stories and recipes from my childhood until now and to say I am proud of it would be a vast understatement.  I really need to thank Michael and Donna Ruhlman for making the process enjoyable and Rica for pushing us to do such a great book...You can presale order it HERE.

As a friend and reader of Chef's Widow I have offered up a copy for a giveaway when it comes out.  So keep reading and keep your eye out  for the release of Live to Cook:Recipes and Techniques to Rock Your Kitchen .


Live to Cook, MS