Don’t Listen to Your Parents!

Oops!  They said it again. “Work in what you love and you won’t work a day in your life.”  They said it on a food show, no less.  (Well, what do you think I’d be watching?  Ok, I do watch other things, too.  But lots of food shows!)

Don’t Listen to Your Parents.  You don’t have to be a teacher.  You don’t have to be an accountant.  You don’t have to be a doctor or a lawyer, unless you want to be a doctor or a lawyer.  And think of the loans you won’t have to pay back!

There’s been so much written about Lin-Manuel Miranda lately.  (The creator and star of “Hamilton,” on Broadway, if his name doesn’t strike a chord.)  About how he was such a creative kid, was in all of the school plays, always wanted to CREATE……  and he did.

Sounds like me.  Started doing plays as a child, out of my garage in Brooklyn.  Yes, the garage door was the “curtain.”  Was an artsy-fartsy kid in school, so creative, always in the art rooms, or the band rooms, was in every school play, the second female lead in the senior play, in symphony band, marching band, jazz band, orchestra, chorus, and then went to college to become a teacher, because that’s what my parents wanted.

I still played a little music on occasion.  I still did some children’s theatre and a some cabaret shows later on, but real life kicked in.  There were no art teacher positions around, and at that point I couldn’t have supported myself in theatre, so I went off and did other things in order to pay the bills.  But, I wanted to be creative.  I wanted to be in the arts.  I wanted to “perform.”

You say, “But, you’re working on putting an amazing TV show together!”  Yup, that’s my dream.  I plan to get the sponsors together, and get the show produced and on the air.  But, sometimes real life interferes, and there are all those bills to pay.  Argh!

So, right here at the beginning of the year I am going to be a copycat and say, “Work in what you love and you won’t work a day in your life.”  Yup, I said it again!  So, follow your heart.  Go forward, and do what you love!

 

In a Land Far, Far Away…

In a land far, far, away….  the Land of Military Bases, Defense Contractors, Seal Team Six, International Corporations, and more backyard barbecues than you can shake a stick at, something amazing is happening.

The “Land” is called “Hampton Roads” and its a place where you’d never expect a foodie revolution to be taking place….  but it is.  You’d expect to find this “revolution” in big cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, but no surprise to someone in-the-know, its a “revolution” no more.  Its country-wide and world-wide, and is happening in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

What is this “revolution”? Vegetarian/vegan pop-up dinners!  Yes, even in the Land of Military Bases, Defense Contractors, and megawatt backyard barbecues, going “veg” is huge.

Every local restaurant in Hampton Roads has vegetarian options on their menus (they wouldn’t have them if people weren’t asking for them), and now, multiple vegetarian/vegan Pop-Up dinners are happening in preparation for opening the first fully vegetarian/vegan restaurant!

ANOTHER pop-up dinner is coming up, and even in such an out of the way place, previous dinners were sold-out (to vegetarians, vegans, health professionals, and just plain “foodies”), and no doubt this one will be, too.

Information about the chefs running the events, below.  Take a look!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lovenorfolk-pop-up-dinner-3-an-esoteric-evening-tickets-25304086203

No matter where you live, whether in the U.S. or elsewhere, small towns or large cities, whether for moral, ethical, or health reasons, the desire to “go veg” is growing by leaps and bounds…. even in the Land of megawatt backyard barbecues!

Its country-wide!  Its world-wide!

Go veg!

 

Follow Your Dreams, Redux

Last week I was surrounded by my dream… for about an hour.  Food Network was shooting an episode of “Dinner:Impossible” nearby, and I was invited to visit the set.

Totally coincidentally, I was speaking to someone involved with the show the week before, and just a few days later was an announcement in the paper that they would be in the area!  Not one to let such a great opportunity pass me by, I got back in touch with my contact(s) and they invited me over!

I spent a few minutes chatting, face-to-face, with my contact(s) who I had only spoken to on the phone previously, and met Chef Robert Irvine, as well.  Sweet guy!

Of course, they were on a deadline, so I watched from the sidelines for a while longer, enjoying every minute.  The restaurant setting, the cameras, audio, designers and volunteers working to remake the place, the hustle and bustle, and seeing the progress even in the short amount of time that I was there.

Looking forward to seeing the episode and how it all turned out.  And, oh, perchance to dream…..  and make it come true….   :)

 

 

Follow Your Dreams

The other night I watched Kennedy Center Honors and they honored such wonderful people. George Lucas, Seji Ozawa, Rita Moreno, Cicely Tyson…..

And then they honored Carole King. Aretha Franklin came on stage, astounding everyone, playing the piano and singing, “You Make me Feel Like Natural Woman.” The audience was singing and crying. Carole King was singing and crying. The President, and First Lady, were singing…… and crying.

Everyone was on their feet. And I was crying.

And then, the show was ending. James Taylor was singing, then, Aretha again, Carole again, from the balcony, and the Obamas, and the audience…. were all singing, “I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet.”

And I was still crying.

At the end of 2015, and at the onset of a new year……. follow your dreams……

“Do, or do not. There is no try.” So, you must do….

Happy 2016. And….. Do!

 

‘Tis the Season…..

“Tis the season to be jolly, etc., etc., but it is also the season of turkey, ham, roast beef, veal (baby cows!), chicken, fish, and other foods.

It really makes me sad to think of how many millions of innocent animals have already been killed in the name of THANKSGIVING, and how many millions more will be killed in the name of the upcoming holidays, which all have joyous premises.

How can you be joyous over a slaughtered animal…..  at any time of the year?

Just last week in the supermarket it was SO sad to see the contents of so many people’s carts.  I really wanted to cry.  I did get into conversations with a few people and gave them my “business card” that lists my contact information and the link to my website.  :)

But, still……

If you haven’t seen these articles, which I posted recently on Twitter and Facebook, please take a read-through now.  I know I’m preaching to the choir, but if you pass the articles on to others, maybe a few will consider their choices over the holidays and beyond, and truly have a reason to be joyous.

They are written by Craig Shapiro, an amazing journalist and writer, who is now working for PETA.

Read on!

“A Vegan Holiday Gives Everyone Reason to be Thankful.”
http://www.pilotonline.com/…/article_87df62a1-c82e-52a2-8b2…

“Hear That Knocking? Its Your Conscience.”
http://goodmenproject.com/…/hear-that-knocking-its-your-co…/

 

Lemon Tree Verrrry Pretty…..

I’ve been on a lemon kick lately, as you might have noticed. You might even call it a lemon rant. I’ve been amazed at how expensive lemons are and I’ve been trying to find ways to make the “hit” to my pocketbook less painful. In fact, even better to alleviate the pain all together!

If you’re like me, you’ll buy a few lemons, use a couple, and then they sit in the fridge. And if you dare to try and save money and buy the bunch of lemons in the yellow net bag, you use a couple and the others go bad. Or, they dry out. Either way, you’ve taken a hit to your pocketbook, and you have no lemon for your recipe or cup of tea! There’s got to be a better way.

Eureka! We may be able to solve that!

I happened to be in touch with someone in Israel who is working on a dried lemon product, and I’ve been testing it out. Shelf stable, condensed, keep it in the cupboard until you need it….  catching my drift?

So far I’ve used it in my Lentil Soup, and UN-Stuffed Cabbage recipes, as well as in a recipe for Almond Cheese that I’ve been testing (and love) and don’t have on the website yet.

Delicious in all three!

The product is not available in the U.S. as yet. (No, its not the one you can sometimes find in the supermarket, which is pretty expensive and not really like THIS interesting product.)

I’m not sure when it will be available in the U.S., but the inventor and I have talked about the product a lot (no, I am not being compensated for my assistance) and I hope that it will be here soon. It will be available not only for home use, but restaurant and commercial use, as well.  A big savings, and big convenience all around!

Its great to have fresh lemon on hand all the time, but so frustrating to have expensive lemons go bad and have to be tossed out.  Fingers crossed this new product comes to the U.S. soon!