How to Get the Smell Out of Chef Clothes (and Other Laundry)

I will never forget when my chef/husband was promoted from the pantry station to the broiler station.  Of course any promotion is exciting, but the reason I remember it might not be what you think.

(Oh, before I forget, If you’re new to my site, start here and then come back and read the rest of the post.)

Besides the new types of stains on his chef coats which were more difficult to remove (see tips on how to get stains out of chef coats here), the smell of his chef clothes changed DRASTICALLY!!  Ugh!  We lived in a small apartment and he had to leave the dirty chef clothes in the other room each night, or the smell permeated our bedroom!

Stop laughing at me.  I know you’ve had the same problem.  Chef clothes just stink!

For a while, a good wash took care of the smell.  But after a while, the chef pants, chef coats and even the aprons started to keep part of the oily, grimy, kitchen smell.  When that happens, you have to either try another method of cleaning them or have a bonfire in the backyard with them.

So after my successful quest to find the best way to clean white chef coats, I decided to tackle the smelly chef aprons that I could never seem to get the smell out of! (more…)

It’s Time for a Giveaway

Giveaway, giveaway, giveaway . . . everyone says I should have a giveaway on my blog.  But what in the world do you offer a group of chefs, their spouses or significant others and some of my AMAZING friends who just read my blog because they love me?

A cookbook or secret recipe? (Because we need another one of those like we need a hole in the head.)

A crock pot? (Because we all need MORE things in our kitchen)

A knife? (That might actually be OK, since many of our chefs keep their best knives at work.)

As I thought about those suggestions from others, none of them seemed like the perfect giveaway.

But you know what is? (more…)

10 Most Popular Posts of 2014

Every time I look at the calendar, I am amazed that we’re in a new year.  2014 just flew by for our family.

Somehow in the midst of the craziness I started blogging.  I had no idea how much I would enjoy writing and really wasn’t prepared for all the comments and emails I would get from so many people around the world that could relate to my life!

Today I thought I’d share my 5 most visited blog posts/pages from 2014 and also my 5 personal favorite posts.

Emulsified Family Top Posts of 2014Top 5 most visited posts/pages of 2014:

You’re Dating a Chef?  Please Read This! – Every month, this post is at the top of the list!  Dating a chef is not easy!

How to Clean a Chef Coat – Yep!  It’s a pain, but somebody has to do it.

Frequently Asked Questions about Being Married to a Chef – Just trying to dispel the crazy myths about being married to a chef.  (No, they do not cook for us every night!)

You Know Your Dad’s a Chef When . . . Part 2 – Our kindergartner wrote Modernist Cuisine on her homework and I tweeted about it.  Modernist Cuisine tweeted back and my site went crazy with visitors!  Woohoo!!

Stitch Fix – This has absolutely nothing to do with raising a family with a chef, but all about me falling in love with this company.  Who doesn’t love having great clothes show up in a box at your doorstep?  I tweeted about this page. Stitch Fix pinned in on Pinterest and people visited.  I doubt any of them were chef wives, but you never know. 🙂


My 5 favorite posts from 2014:

Letter to a Young Chef Wife – I loved putting together a list of things I wish I knew 19 years ago when my husband first started working in a professional kitchen.

The Hands of a Chef – I asked for pictures of chef’s hands on Facebook and received such a great response.  🙂 (more…)

Banned Culinary Words, Chef Awards and Wife of the Chef- A Few of My Favorite Things – November 2014

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Another month has come and gone.  My chef/husband survived Thanksgiving at the restaurant, the girls and I celebrated with friends and we were able to enjoy our Thanksgiving together as a family on Friday.

Like every month, I’ve collected a few of my favorite things I’ve found online that have to do with either being married to a chef, chef life or having a family with a chef.  I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did!

  • Apparently there is a secret list of banned words that you should NEVER use when writing about food.  I wonder if they apply when I am just talking about food with my chef/husband?  (Just kidding.) (more…)

An Eggless Omelet Video, Tipping Chefs and Eggnog – A Few of My Favorite Things

Another month has passed . . . too many leaves in our yard, another promotion for my chef/husband, still adjusting to having all the girls in school, Seattle Restaurant Week is over tonight (maybe we can see my husband for a minute!!), and now the holidays are just around the corner (which makes me miss my husband even more than I already do)!  Crazy.

In the midst of the craziness I found a few things entertaining . . .I learned there are 25 things chefs never tell you.  Hmmmm . . . not sure about all of those, but it’s an interesting read.

Going along with my husband’s obsession with Top Ramen, I found this article.  This looks much more like something I would eat.  (I refuse to eat Top Ramen!)

Apparently making grilled cheese in a pan has now become too difficult for some people.  I wonder if these actually work?

I came across this great article about the life of a chef’s wife.  Read it.  It’s wonderful! (more…)