The Countdown Begins

Last I wrote I shared a lot of life happenings. Today is no different. We’re six weeks until the wedding (but who’s counting??). I had a dress fitting last. As is typical, not just for the wedding, dresses need to be altered for me. I’m short-waisted, small on top, larger on the bottom, so the dress is being let out and taken in. I joked with the seamstress, or dress surgeon as she’s been called, that I’d like to lose 35 pounds in 6 weeks or get liposuction. Of course, that’s not realistic, nor was I really serious, at least about the lipo. So ...

Catching Up

Hello my Jenuine Friends!  It’s been a while, I know.  I’ve had a lot going on recently and I wanted to share it all with you. At the end of February, the Sur La Table store where I was the Assistant Resident Chef, closed permanently. This was a big blow, not just to the staff some of whom had been there since it opened 18 years ago, but also to the community.  We had built a following, a strong customer base many of whom became close friends.  The staff was a tight, loving, supportive group and I miss working with them every day, despite the many challe...

Progress, Not Perfection

Here we are, the end of the first month of a brand-new year. For many of us it’s resolution time. For many of us, it’s reflection time. For some of us, it’s goal setting time. I’ve never been one of the resolution setting people. I’ve been more in the wishful thinking group. This year, though, I find myself with a few goals. The first year or two post-divorce was really about getting through the day, finding my footing, remembering who I was and making sure my children were okay. Then there was a year or so where it was about starting a real business and ...

Thanksgiving Countdown – Six Days to Go

Thanksgiving Countdown:  6 Days Left   We’re in the home stretch!  Less than a week to go! You have your guest list, you have your menu, you have your schedule of when you are shopping and when you are prepping each dish, you even have all the dishes picked out and ready to go.  You have also delegated some of the cooking or baking.  Awesome!  With this amount of preparation behind you, you may actually enjoy getting into the kitchen on Wednesday and Thursday and cooking for your crowd. Last question:  are your knives sharp??  If the last time your ...

Thanksgiving Countdown – Two Weeks out

Okay people, we've got two weeks to go.  I know it’s pretty hard to believe, especially since I feel like the weather just turned to fall, usually a big marker that the holiday is approaching. Let’s take a minute and recap where your holiday prep should be – and by no means is there any judgement from me if it’s not!  Linens and china should be assessed and replaced as necessary. Your guest list should be pretty much set, but save a seat or two for the last-minute friends who find themselves without a place to be. Your menu should be set by now.  I ...

Thanksgiving Countdown – Three Weeks Out

Here we are, three weeks away from the big day.  This is the week to get serious about everything.  Your tablecloths and napkins, platters and bowls have all been sorted and either replaced or laundered. Now it’s time to talk about the food, my favorite part! This week you should place your orders for the turkey (see below for a guide to how big a bird to buy ((see the alliteration??))) and any other meat you’ll be serving.  Don’t assume that your grocery store will have baby lamb chops or a whole tenderloin the week of Thanksgiving, be safe and place an ...

Thanksgiving Countdown – Four Weeks Out

I’m sorry to tell you all something:  we have four weeks until Thanksgiving.  This announcement is not meant to strike fear and anxiety within you.  It is meant to awaken you to the process of preparation.  At this point you should be thinking about your guest list, and looking back to what ...

Top 10 Kitchen Essentials

By now you’re sick and tired of all the “Back to School” stuff and for the most part the stores and hype have died down.  The kids are all settled into school and their new activities schedule with their new backpacks and lunch boxes.  But what about you?  Don’t you need something new in the kitchen to make your life easier? I would say, yup! The following is by no means a sales pitch for a particular store or brand.  It is a list of items that I can’t live without in the kitchen. To be a successful cook doesn’t mean you need to have a million-dollar ...

Food Cravings

Going through a rough time?  Stressed out with work and family obligations?  Super busy juggling to keep all the balls in the air?  Yeah, me too. Do you find during these super stressful, emotional times that you reach for a cookie? Ok four? Do you choose a big, juicy hamburger and fries instead of something healthier?  Yeah, me too. Hello. My name is Jenny, and I’m an emotional eater.  I am also a chef and health coach which makes my emotional and stress eating particularly difficult for me because I KNOW better. The difference with me is that I don’t ...

Passover Confessions

I have a confession to make:  I hate matzah.  I don’t mind the crunch, I just hate the flavor, or lack thereof, conjuring immediate feelings of cardboard throughout my palette.  I hate what it does to my stomach, sitting in my digestive tract all week and beyond.  During any other week of the year, this does not pose a problem.  During Passover, however, this proves tricky.  It is an unavoidable conundrum, but one that I deliberately try to evade.  After all, it’s everywhere and in everything!  The ritual of eating the matzah during the Seder will most likely ...