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Better than folding laundry 
Jan. 5, 2010 3:23 pm 
Updated: Jan. 9, 2010 7:37 am
Decided to avoid the pile of clean laundry on my bed & punch in on the blog instead.  It's been several months since I've written.  Hope all is well with those watching the blog. 

Pretty ho-hum on the hairnet lady front.  I haven't taken any of them out yet, even though it would have been desereved.  I recently hired a culinary arts student from a local community college, hoping that she would have at least some basic cooking skills & enthusiasm for the job.  Turns out there is plenty of enthusiasm in there, but very little common sense.  So many of these kids (culinary students)grew up on video games & Emeril, usually watching both at the same time, while texting to their friends.  I think this generation Z as I call it, have the ability to multitask, but cannot finish anything or complete an entire thought.  My wife & I use to laugh during Emeril (this was before we threw the television out the back door after one too many episodes of Oprah).  We would have been much more interested to see his assistants working before the show, making sure the creme brulee recipe wasn't a flop. BAM.

I guess I should be happy that my new cook can read & follow a recipe, but once again I think the mothers & grandmothers that use to teach their kids to cook are quickly dying off.   There is little common sense left in most kitchens.  I once hired a 19 year old mother who had no idea how to make a grilled cheese sandwich.  Most anyone with a GED can read a recipe & follow directions, but few have the ability to call themselves a "cook," much less a chef.

Alas the laundry is not going away any time soon - better get it folded before I'm forced to sleep in it.

Belated Happy New Year!

The Hospital Foodie
Jan. 5, 2010 3:33 pm
Battling my own laundry demons here too. Read your blog and I was thinking the same thing today. No one knows how to really cook anymore. Even make a simple recipe. I am not that old but not many of my friends cook. I think it has alot to do with eating as a family. I grew up with a mom that cooked and baked and we sat down for every meal. I do the same with my family. People make fun of me because I use tablecloths. Eating is an event in my house. Oh well...hopefully the tradition will continue with my girls.
Jan. 6, 2010 8:41 am
Its nice to see you back. I agree with you about the common sense. However, I also believe that common sense comes with age and seasoning. I think when they are forced to face reality the common sense will come. Too often parents are too quick to "help" out and people are not forced to face reality. I know I have been guilty of this myself.
Jan. 6, 2010 4:48 pm
I'm not sure if common sense comes from experience. I think it's stuck on a chromosome somewhere & it's been bred out of people somehow (take this is a humorous way - that's what it was meant to be)......I have a sense of humor as dry as gluten free cookies.
Jan. 6, 2010 8:55 pm
Have missed your blogs-so happy to see that handsome rooster again! Hope you don't take any more loooong sabbaticals! I'm one of those "literal" people & my DH says I have no sense of humor. But I laugh a lot (although, not so much in his presence)so what does he know?
Jan. 9, 2010 7:37 am
Yea I just cannot bring myself to sit in front of a computer when there are things to do outside. A whopping 12 degrees right now. So is DW "dear wife?" I have learned NEVER to to call her dear, to her face or otherwise. "Honey" can immediately run the temperature down 20-30 degrees in my house......
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About Me
A generation "X"er who had the good sense to marry a patient woman, who happens to be a chef (those two characteristics rarely go together). I am one of the few men who have the ability & ignorance to claim the title "food service director."
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy grilling out & making soups & stocks from scratch. I make some mean salads too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Eating whatever my mom prepares - she was probably the reason I got into the food service business to begin with. Guess I can blame her.
My cooking triumphs
Implementing restaurant style menus & room service for hospital patients - my attempt at breaking the "Hospital Food" stereotype that it no longer deserves.
My cooking tragedies
I did set a char broiler on fire once (but that was on purpose, they needed a new one) & NEVER add liquid margarine to a chocolate fountain. Not a good idea.
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