You Know Your Dad’s a Chef When . . . part 4

. . . you ask for an elegant Hollywood dinner party for your 10th birthday.

For our 10 year old’s birthday party, she wanted to have a Hollywood party, complete with the red carpet entry, time to film a “movie”, an awards ceremony and an elegant dinner party.

You know your dad's a chef

For the menu, she chose caesar salad, steak, baby carrots (which were vetoed by my chef/husband who chose rainbow carrots instead), mashed potatoes, sparkling cider (in our expensive wine glasses – AHHHHH!!) and then sherbet cake for dessert.

As I helped with dinner in the kitchen, (and by help I mean stand and talk to my chef/husband while he was cooking) I overhead our 10 year old say, “My Dad’s a chef, you know.”  Adorable!!

As I think about our Emulsified Family, I often forget that our children are figuring out how to combine restaurant and family life just as much as we are.


They deal with the long hours of a chef and a tired chef/daddy on his days off.  But they also get to enjoy the perks of having a father who is a chef.

An elegant dinner party for a birthday was one of those perks. (more…)

You Know Your Dad’s a Chef When . . . Part 3

To all my children’s friends and their parents (current and future), please consider this a warning and an apology.

You know your Dad’s a chef when. . . you use dish towels to wipe up everything in the kitchen.

Emulsified Family

I jokingly wrote a while back that I can hardly remember using cute dish towels since I’m married to a chef.  I gave up on them a long time ago since my husband uses them for EVERYTHING in the kitchen.  We use white flour sack dish towels because they are cheap and we can bleach them.  We go through a few each day (unless my chef/husband is home cooking and then we go through most of them in the drawer.) (more…)

You Know Your Dad’s a Chef When . . . part 2

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. . . your list of “M” words for your kindergarten homework has “Modernist Cuisine” on it.

I don’t know about other parents, but I absolutely love kindergarten!! I could never teach it, but as a parent, I love it! It’s a year full of firsts. Every new thing learned is so exciting and it’s is so much fun to watch your child grow and change so much in this first year of school.

Kindergarten homework is pretty cute too. On top of all the reading, there’s activities that are silly and fun that enforce what they are working on in the classroom.

Draw a rainbow with the correct colors in order.

Jump from your bedroom to your parent’s room. Count how many jumps.

Practice tying your shoe 5 times.

Draw and label 5 things you can see in the sky.

Write 5 things that start with the letter M.

Modernist Cuisine

I wonder what cookbooks happened to be sitting near her as she was working on her homework?


You Know Your Dad’s a Chef When . . . part 1

I’ve been spending time sharing about what it’s like to be married to a chef.  But what is it like to be the daughter of a chef?  I personally don’t know, but I am very close to 3 little ones who do!

In order to really give you a picture of how we emulsify or combine restaurant and family life, we have to include the kids.   I’ve decided to start a series called, “You Know Your Dad’s a Chef When . . .”

So today is part 1 of many posts to come.

You know your Dad’s a chef when . . .

your science fair project looks like this.

cupcake photo shoot

Does food presentation affect how someone thinks food will taste?

Or this.

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Which frosting tastes better?  Homemade or store bought?


Mother of a Chef

As Mother’s Day approaches, I know for many of us, it will just be a normal day . . . husband at work (on arguably the busiest day of the year) and us home with the kids.  But instead of dwelling on that, I thought it would be fun to hear what it’s like to be the mother of a chef and who better to chat about this with than my sweet mother-in-law, Susan!

My husband and I started dating when I was 15 and he was 16.  From the very first time I was over at their house, (as a girlfriend, not as a 5 year old with my family who supposedly sang and danced in front of the fireplace) I was treated like family.

There are many things I admire about my mother-in-law but the main one that stands out to me is her love for and dedication to her family.  There is nothing she (and my father-in-law) wouldn’t do for her children and their families.  The time and effort she puts into being a Mom and Grandma amazes me every day.  She is a wonderful example of a godly Mother and wife and I am so grateful God allowed me to marry into her family and to be able to call her Mom.

So as we get ready to celebrate her this weekend (from 19 hours away – BOO!!), I thought it would be fun to ask her some questions about what it is like to be the mother of a chef AND the mother of a general manager/restaurant owner.

Yes, you read that right.  2 out of her 3 adult children are in the restaurant industry! (more…)