My name is Jennifer and I have been married to a chef for 21 years.

I blog about my life as a chef wife and how we combine restaurant and family life each day.

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Today Might Not Be My Day . . .

Today Might Not Be My Day . . .

It’s 10 pm on Valentine’s Day.  The house is clean and quiet, and as I sit here thinking back on our day, I wonder how my husband’s day went in the restaurant.  We talked once before the dinner rush started at 4 pm and I look forward to the call from him saying he’s on his way home and that the night went well.

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While many holidays are difficult for me being married to a chef, Valentine’s Day is not one of them.  Valentine’s Day is CRAZY BUSY in the restaurant, so the thought of going out that evening is not appealing.  So if my husband was off, we would be home, choosing to celebrate on another evening.  But since that will never happen (at least I hope not as that would probably mean he was unemployed), here I sit in a quiet house by myself (with 3 sleeping children). read more…

Reflections on Being Married to a Chef or Dating a Chef on Valentine’s Day

Reflections on Being Married to a Chef or Dating a Chef on Valentine’s Day

It’s almost here.  The day we’ve all be waiting for.  The day we celebrate our love for each other . . . oh wait . . . the person we love is a chef and is working tomorrow night (and tonight and all the days around Valentine’s Day).

So what does Valentine’s Day mean to many chef wives and significant others?

A night alone.

Yep.  That pretty much sums it up.  It stinks.  I know. read more…

14 Days of Love Notes for Your Chef

14 Days of Love Notes for Your Chef

One of our favorite holidays is coming up!

Valentine’s Day!

The day many go out to eat and celebrate their love for each other.

AND the day our chefs make that possible by going in early to prep. and staying late to make sure every guest enjoys their meal.

And then there’s us…but let’s not focus on that. read more…

Day 12 – Think About the Restaurant Customers (12 Days of Encouragement for the Chef’s Family)

Day 12 – Think About the Restaurant Customers (12 Days of Encouragement for the Chef’s Family)

To conclude this series, today let’s think about all the customers that are going into the restaurants our chefs are working in.

For me, I picture a large fine dining restaurant, where people are dressed up, ready to meet family and friends to celebrate Christmas or just to enjoy a nice meal in the midst of all the hussle and bussle.

(Although I have to be honest.  I am at the point where I have to ask my husband what restaurant he’s going to be at each day, because of transitioning into a new position at work.  But for the holidays, I picture him at my favorite one!)

While I might be out and about doing things with the kids (because remember, I refuse to sit and home and be lonely and miserable this time of year), someone is enjoying my chef/husband’s cooking. read more…

Day 11 – You Are Not Alone (12 Days of Encouragement for the Chef’s Family)

Day 11 – You Are Not Alone (12 Days of Encouragement for the Chef’s Family)

At one point or another, we’ve all felt very alone being married to or dating a chef.  I say it all the time, but just in case you missed it . . . YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

The whole reason I write this blog is to connect with other chef families and so that we don’t feel so alone. 

I remember when I told my chef/husband that I was thinking about starting this blog,  I had no idea there were already a few other brave chef wives who had done the same.

There are two other blogs I want to make sure you’ve heard about.  Neither of them are currently writing on the blog, but they are still full of great posts that might be helpful. read more…

Day 10 – For the Chef’s Kids (12 Days of Encouragement for the Chef’s Family)

Dear Girls,

12 days of encouragement for the chefs familyI know Christmas time is your favorite time of year.  I love to see your excitement as we drive down the street and see Christmas lights.  I love how you take the time to write a list of things you’d like to get your sisters and friends for Christmas.  I love talking with you each morning at the breakfast table during our morning devotions as we talk about the birth of Jesus. You are all growing up so fast and Daddy and I are so proud of you.

In the midst of all the excitement, I know there are also times of sadness.  You see me tear up when something reminds me of my Mom and rush to give me hugs.  We also miss Daddy a lot this time of year as work is so busy.  (Don’t forget he misses us too.)  I know we talk about it a lot, but I don’t want you to ever forget that he is working hard to provide for us.  read more…

Day 9 – This is Just a Season (12 Days of Encouragement for the Chef’s Family)

Day 9 – This is Just a Season (12 Days of Encouragement for the Chef’s Family)

We are in the midst of the Christmas “Season.”

 12 days of encouragement for the chefs familySeason.

It’s just part of the year.

It’s not forever, even though it might feel like it when you are completely worn out and haven’t see your chef in what seems like an eternity!

We will see our chefs again soon.  Really, we will!

Think ahead to January which is “usually” much slower at the restaurant.

I don’t want to rush Christmas, but remember, this time of even crazier than normal chef hours is just for a season.

January 2nd is coming………  🙂

Hang in there.  I’m here with you. read more…

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