By the end of December, my chef/husband and I are usually just ready for Christmas and New Year’s Eve to be over. I know that sounds horrible but December is a really hard month when you are married to a chef.
It’s 4-5 INSANE weeks of working way too many hours for my chef/husband. We really don’t see him much at all during this time. Because of this I struggle with loneliness, even with 3 kids. I also feel bad that we are out doing fun Christmas things and my husband is slaving away at work to provide for us. I could say more, but it would really just sound like complaining, so I’ll stop.
I thought maybe this year would be different, with him being the COO of a restaurant group and out of the kitchen, but the hours have still been crazy…including a restaurant opening. I am thankful for his days off this month and don’t want to take them for granted, as I remember many years, he rarely had a day off in the month of December.
Since so many of you can relate to our family, I would guess that we are not alone in feeling this way each holiday season.
While in the past, I’ve dreaded the month of December as a chef’s wife, I’ve decided this Christmas season is going to be different. No more moping around and wishing it was over for this chef’s wife and kids. read more…
I don’t usually try to sell things to people. (Well, except for the Instant Pot…because…well, I can’t live without it.) But our Thanksgiving was so relaxing this year and it was due in part to the Immersion Circulator my chef/husband got for his birthday.
This is another example of a time I should have listened to my husband and bought something sooner. Cooking/reheating Sous Vide is a GAME CHANGER!! YES I’M YELLING AT YOU RIGHT NOW. No, seriously. On Thanksgiving, we had everything (including the mashed potates) made ahead of time and used the immersion circulator to heat it up. Not only was everything perfectly reheated and not dried out, there was only 10 minutes of clean up/dishes after our huge meal. 10 MINUTES!!!! read more…
I don’t know about your chef, but when I ask my chef/husband for gift ideas for a holiday he usually doesn’t have many ideas, if any. He always says he doesn’t need anything and really doesn’t have time for much. But of course we still want to get him something. Unfortunately I usually draw a blank when it comes to gift ideas for him.
If you google, “Gifts for a Chef,” you’ll get a bunch of foodie gifts, most of which, chefs would think are rather stupid. Most of them don’t want kitchen “gadgets” as a gift.
I wish I could say I have figured out the whole “How to not read something into your chef’s mood and emotions” thing…but I haven’t. 🙁
22 years…we’ve been married for 22 years…yet I still tend to think he’s mad at me or that I’ve done something wrong when he’s stressed and in a not so wonderful mood.
Yesterday was a strange day.
It was a Saturday and my husband was home.
But that was not the strange part about it.
He took our daughter to a birthday party and I taught a cooking class.
Why yes I do. Thanks for asking.
Sometimes I feel like I have my life here at home with the girls and my husband has his life at work and then here at home. The things we each do in a day are so different from each other. Our two lives come together for a few minutes a day and then we go our separate ways.
The majority of the year he does get 2 days off a week. During those weeks, he doesn’t seem like a stranger. There is time to talk (even if it’s chaotic with kids running around), meals together as a family, etc. However, there are times, like day 11 of a 14 day stretch with no days off. This doesn’t happen often, but occasionally it does. I really miss him during those times.
11 long days of work in a row. Has anyone seen my husband? (Just kidding.) Oh look, the restaurant just posted a picture of him on Twitter. (Seriously, this has happened before and I laughed and said to myself, “Oh look, that’s what my husband is up to right now.” read more…
That’s me on a new menu roll-out day.
Fortunately, that’s not my very well organized chef/hubby today. He’s calm.