This blog is a place for wives, girlfriends, significant others, and anyone else stuck to a chef to come together and chirp to each other about how to deal with the nonsense that goes along with being the wife of a chef. I was struggling to live with a ghost of a husband who I never saw until I met two other chefs' wives that saved me. It was then that I realized there must be more who need love and support too, right? Hilary, First Lady Desperate Chefs'Wives instagram @hilarya25
Friday, August 29, 2008
Gordon Ramsay, Age 8
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Chef Crush Contest!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
THE SHARPER YOUR KNIFE, THE LESS YOU CRY is the touching and humorous story of Flinn’s transformation as she makes her way through the school’s arduous
curriculum and finds her soulmate along the way. It follows the good (falling in love in the most romantic city in the world while learning to cook like Julia Child) and the bad (with only a very basic understanding of the French language, learning to gut fish and cut the heads off rabbits under the strict tutelage of ill-tempered chefs). “The sharper your knife, the less you cry,” Le Cordon Bleu’s Chef Savard told the class, referring to onions, but Kathleen came to understand his words as so much more.
Friday, August 22, 2008
A while back I heard about a wine called MV, named after Jean-Georges' wife, Marja. As it turns out, this wine is made exclusively for the Jean-Georges restaurants. This pinot noir is grown and bottled in Oregon at the Ponzi Vineyards. I wish I had more information on the wine, but since it's bottled only for the JG restos, there is not much press on it. If Jean-Georges or Marja are reading this, please email me! I've heard this wine is fantastic and I wish I could get my hands on some. I wouldn't mind having my initials on a bottle of delicious pinot noir. Actually I prefer something white.
By the way, I know NOTHING about wines. I wish I did but it seems so overwhelming. I thought about taking a class at the FCI, but again I get so nervous that I won't be able to contain all the wine knowledge in my little head, let alone tell the difference between grapes and regions. Though, it feels like my "duty" as a chef's wife to know all I can about dining, which includes wine. Hmm, maybe I'll start with etiquette classes. I could handle that.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Eggplant Three Ways
Ya think he likes eggplant?
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
He's My Favorite
My number two shouldn't be a shocker to most who know me. Jean-Georges Vongerichten is my favorite chef, besides Erik. Sunday night at Matsugen I was lucky enough to bump into Mr. Vongerichten. Ahhh, Jean-Georges. I don't know exactly what it is, but I just love the guy. I certainly don't have a crush him, but I explained it to Erik in this way: Jean Georges has supported and guided my husband for the last five years and anyone who cares for Erik in the same way I do deserves my appreciation. And when I think of JG, he's more than an Alsatian born restaurateur. The idea of JG is a combination of the culinary world that has been so good to us, Greg Brainin and the end product (thus far), Perry St.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Freedom of Choice
It's Sunday today. This is the first -and only - full day off together so a number of things are going to happen (as soon as Erik wakes up or course). Some weekend activities include, but are not limited to:
- Grocery shopping: For some reason Erik and I have always done the food shopping together. Due to odd circumstances I've had to push the cart alone and it's torture! I don't really enjoy grocery shopping anyways, but with Erik it turns into an event. Almost like a date.
- General Errands: Maybe we'll make a stop at our favorite love/hate store Wal-Mart for turtle food or Q-Tips. We might end up getting haircuts together. Or possibly we'll even walk to the bank to deposit :-), or withdrawal :-( some money.
- Veg Out: The word homebody doesn't begin to describe my love of relaxing at home. I love my home, my cats and my the general space and mood of this place. Erik and I watch movies, play games , and have now taken up exercising with the Wii Fit. Plus, staying at home seems to really help recuperate for another week at Perry St.
- Taking Walks: We don't have dogs, but we are beginning to walk a lot more, especially during the nice summer months. We have nice a nice neighborhood to stroll in with the NYC skyline right across the street and park right on the Hudson.
- EATING OUT: We have to, must, definitely need to eat out every weekend. Sometimes even three times in a day. I'm the CFO of this family so of course if there is food in the fridge, I'll want to stay home. But before the factory bell whistles on Saturday night, Erik is already planning our weekend eats. Sure, I should take his advice, he is a chef after all and knows a lot of great places. But I'm a human, I eat too and I don't know that I've ever picked our places of dining out. Once in a while when it's between two local joints, I will have my voice heard.
Am I the only wife who feels I follow my husband blindly to any restaurant he wants to go to? Am I the only wife who would rather stay in more and eat out less? They say to pick your battles, and I think for now I'll let this one go. It's not terrible at all that my husband brings me to so many restaurants. After all, I wouldn't have the exposure to cuisine that I do without all the experiences of dining out.And tonight: Matsugen.
PS Check out the new poll to the right!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Picnic Cancelled, Boo Hoo
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Juiced Up Chefs
At Perry St. the staff has developed a series of mixed drinks with more energy than they know what to do with. Erik thrives not only on the rush of energy, but it also elevates his mood, and gives him increased focus and mental clarity. These guys must keep the bodega in business with coffee, tea, and energy drinks. I'm glad my husband hasn't fallen into drugs like Bourdain and so many other chefs, but I'm not sure being drugged up on caffeine is much better.
The drinks that drive them:
1. Coffee/Espresso- self explanatory
2. Energy drinks- this includes Red Bull, Monster, Rock star, Arizona Energy, 5 Hour Energy and even Energy Rush, a 4C powder you add to water (equal to TWO 8.3 oz energy drinks!)
3. Tea- again, you know about tea
4. Arnold Palmer- a classic mix of tea and lemonade
5. Tiger Woods- a Red Bull mixed with a quart of iced tea
6. Michael Jordan- an Energy Rush powder packet mixed with a quart of iced tea
7. Michael Jackson- an Energy Rush powder packet AND a Red Bull mixed with a quart of iced tea
6. Yet to be named- a quart of iced tea mixed with FOUR espressos
Really? Erik described it like an illegal drug addiction in the sense that the "high" is never enough. They call it "chasing the dragon". These guys are always looking for something else to keep them going all night. More coffee, more energy drinks, more caffeine. The sad part is, they seem to get sick afterwards yet they all do it again the next night.
What does your chef use to stay awake and energized? (if anything at all)
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Tossed Salad: Family Hour, Summer Hot Chocolate, and Olympic Fever
My brother (19) came to visit this week before he starts at Ohio State this fall. Right now he's in Boston BMX biking, checking out thrift stores, and rocking at a concert. I love when family comes to visit because I get the chance to go around the city to events/places I've never been. We made our way over to the MoMA, Top of the Rock, Chinatown, Little Italy, Nolita, Soho, Pinkberry, NYU, The West Village, and eventually we found ourselves slurping up Frozen Hot Chocolates at Serendipity 3. It was an hour wait at 7 PM on a Friday, but well worth the wait. I would never order food from that place, it looked just a step above plastic play food. But the frozen hot chocolate was tasty and the REAL whip cream made it perfect.
Frozen Hot Chocolate
Oh, wow. I've got it bad. Olympic fever has got me bedridden. This connection to the bed is partly due to being so exhausted from the above listed activities though. Anyways, I coached gymnastics for 8 years after I failed miserably at anything but the dance moves. I've always been a fan of the sport and the Olympics is the ultimate showdown of world athletes in the sport. Not only that, but the opening ceremony blew my mind. Never have I seen a artistic performance on such high intelligence and discipline.
My early gymnastics days and my favorite on the USA team, Nastia Liukin.
There you have it. My first "tossed salad"- not sure if I like the name yet. I'll take ideas if you've got something better to describe a whole bunch of different things.
Friday, August 8, 2008
First Annual Chef Wife Picnic!!!
When: Saturday August 16 1:30 pm-whenever
Where: Central Park, NYC, Sheep's Meadow -Closer to 66th, southwest corner-ish
Who: All chefs wives, and DCW blog readers, and their children
What to bring: Bring your own picnic supplies, feel free to bring more than enough to share, any picnic materials you like: food, blanket, basket, cooler, music, sunglasses, camera, whatever!
No RSVP needed (it wouldn't hurt though) but if you're thinking about coming email me for my phone number so you can call/text if you can't find me. I'll be sitting on a ridiculously dated 80s green bed sheet.
Of course, if the weather doesn't permit I'll reschedule for Saturday the 23rd as soon as I can. If you're coming from far-don't forget to check the weather.
I'm looking forward to meeting you, chatting, munching, laughing, and chirping on about who we love most, those chefs.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Chefs, Doctors, and Truck Drivers..Oh My
Monday, August 4, 2008
Wake Up to Bacon
What a geniously fattening device. Oh, how clever! Wake n' Bacon is an alarm clock that wakes you up with a piping hot slice, and smell, of bacon. I would have ordered one right away but the inventors haven't sold their product yet. Please do! So you put a piece of frozen bacon in the alarm clock and set the alarm time at night. When it buzzes in the morning the bacon is cooked and ready to be eaten. Mmmm, bacon.
Right it's totally bad for you to have bacon everyday, but this is a perfect gift especially for a chef or any bacon lover.