Dad, Divine Mercy and the Missing Strap

Today is the 34th anniversary of my dad’s death. He passed away four days after his 46th birthday. This year his birthday fell on the same day as my Woman Crush Wednesday episode.  I had planned to do a little Firefighter Fieldtrip as I do each year to honor his birthday.  However, my cooking tutorial took a bit longer and the museum I wanted to visit had already closed. So I went out and about in London yesterday and saw a few cool sights that helped me feel that much closer to my dearly missed father.

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Recipe: Woman Crush Wednesday

I realize that for some this whole Woman Crush Wednesday means something all together different than how I interpret it.  But to each his/her own.  For me this day is a chance to shine the light on a female chef creating some fabulousness in the culinary world. The truth is that even having to say “female” chef is indicative of the fact that when you hear the word chef you think of a man. While most of the Michelin star chefs are indeed men, I have taken this day to create a whole LOVE fest for a fabulous female foodie. I am excited to announce the 88th Woman Crush Wednesday honoree is the gorgeous gourmet gal Tess Ward!

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Recipe: Woman Crush Wednesday

Another Hump Day, another episode of Woman Crush Wednesday. The 87th to be exact.  But today is quite special as the amazing Myrtle Allen is getting honored! Yes the wonderful grandmother of Ireland’s food tourism, the owner of Ballymaloe House and a recipient of a Michelin star!  Myrtle Allen is now 94 years young and while living in County Cork Ireland as a farmer’s wife and rearing six children, she became responsible for putting fine dining and country living together in one sentence.  I had the pleasure of getting to know her while I was a student of the Ballymaloe Cookery School (owned by her daughter in law and WCW honoree Darina Allen).  And today I will be re-creating her fun recipe called “Balloons” from one of her cookery books!  So up, up and away for the tutorial…

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Special Delivery From Stella

I received a little surprise from Stella. A card left on my pillow last night that contained a letter.  A typed letter from my Spirit Animal.  When I say from, well, I know it was typed by my husband.   I noticed him sitting with her the other day and he told me they were having a little talk.  But I had no idea she was dictating something to him.  I must say this is by far the nicest thing my husband has ever done for me.  I was laughing and crying simultaneously as I read it.  Today is Thursday, and normally I host the #tellthetruththursday episode on my Snapchat. But it is all I can do to get dressed and make myself food today.  I am shattered with grief and I know it is a lonely process.  But coming to the blog and pouring out my heart helps.  And today, I am clinging to this letter from Stella.  So I will leave it here for you in case you want to get her perspective on things….

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Spirit Animal

“Pick me! Pick me!” Those were her first words to me. Well she didn’t actually say those words but that is what she meant.  Her body language confirmed that as she jumped in my lap and licked my face.  I never liked doggie kisses before, but somehow I accepted hers. She was doing everything she could to make sure I did pick her. I remember that day, the day I picked her, like it was yesterday.  Only the real yesterday, as in Tuesday March 13th, she said something else.  She said, “Release me, release me”. And at 7:00pm as my husband and I held her tight, we released her soul and felt it scamper to the Rainbow Bridge. Continue reading

Recipe: Woman Crush Wednesday

Welcome back to, you know it, my fav day of the week! Whoop whoop! Woman Crush Wednesday, where each week I choose a female chef and re-create one of her recipes live on Snapchat (username blissbakery). Not on Snapchat?  No biggie. I will be sharing the recipe, photos, and information about my Woman Crush Wednesday recipient on this here blog. I call it a LOVE story.  Because first of all I love LOVE!  Secondly, because don’t think this #timesup is just about Hollywood gender disparity. Working in the culinary world I have seen it in this industry for far too long. That is why I created this special day back in September 2015 to honor and share the love for awesome female chefs kicking butt in the foodie world. And my 85th WCW is the phenomenal Suzanne Goin. Continue reading