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Howdy Folks,

It has been another interesting year, full of amazement, shock, forced humility at times, and just in general wonderful friends. From this year I have really gotten to deep dive down into an issue that has been bothering me and I believe Social Media brings out in good people… Entitlement.

I’m sure you would think I would see it due to clients hiring a chef to perform anything from Daily Cooking to Full on Catering and anything food related in between, however that

is not the case.

The Entitlement I am talking about actually comes from when people who in all actuality have no intentions of paying for my service get upset at something I post, and instead of being an adult an not hit the Like Icon, instead go on a rant about what a terrible person I am. Now I don’t know about you, but for me Social Media is a fun virtual play land, as in IT IS NOT REAL!

If I see something I do not agree with guess what folks, I scroll past it. I do not pull out my soap box and try to highjack the post to make someone bend to my will, so I can feel better about the waste of time I just did. I do not require an apology for seeing something I disagree with, and further more I will not expect free services from a business posting something that puts my panties in a bunch. Yes, that last one happened.

It is ridiculous what I am seeing out there. I get Non Profits that have their hands out for donations yet telling me they disapprove of something I post, meanwhile taking the donation to bring in money, and not allowing me to bid on the catering. That is disgusting! Over 5 years I have personally donated over $30,000 in Services for these groups to use to help research, schools, music programs and what not.

I’ve had groups whom I have helped over the years and thought we had built a friendship troll my posts and when it comes time for payment, they tell me they need to cut the cord because of post they found that I was tagged in years ago. The bummer here is that when partnering with other groups, it's more about the relationship than the work, so to be trolled for a freebie is really disgusting.

I’ve even been fired for not disclosing my voting choice (even though their guess was completely wrong), and dragged through the mud from common acquaintances.

And guess what folks, this all happened here in Seattle, the self-appointed Spiritual, most Liberal Believe Anything, just do right by those around you state I have ever lived. Can you say Hypocrite? I bet you can. We are surrounded by professional offenders.

So you might have noticed that I turned up the dial on Social Media showcasing a touch of humor (more than in the past), and a bit of withdraw from community programs and donations. My theory from this point on, if it offends you then Do Not Like, Engage, or even Friend my Feeds. Simply leave me alone as it’ll make us both happy, and at the end of the day that is what matters. I don’t have a bad word to say about you, nor will I try to find one, and I would appreciate the same respect back.

So on the week of my Anniversary Celebration, I thought I would go back to the archives and showcase a fun recipe I taught the folks at a retirement community I ran for a few years.

Please enjoy, Have a fantastic day, and remember we’re all doing the best we can!

Brownie in a Mug using Hot Cocoa!

One of my favorites because it is almost a perfect 1:1 ratio, so

super easy to remember in a pinch.

Ingredients:

¼ C Whole Milk

¼ C Hot Cocoa Powder

¼ C Ap Flour

2 Tbs Melted Butter

  1. Mix and sift the Hot Cocoa Powder and Ap Flour together and into a Microwave Safe Coffee Mug.

  2. Stir in the Milk and Melted Butter. Make sure that they Mug is NO MORE than half full.

  3. Microwave on High for about 1 minute or until mixture has doubled.

  4. Let COOL! If not you will be angry with me for attempting to eat LAVA!

  5. Top with whatever you’d like and Enjoy!


Today we have the most diverse group of Political and Social Leaders, yet the racial issue persists, so are they really governing for the people or simply governing the people?

Some of you have watched the video I posted shortly after the first George Floyd Protest happened, and to sum it up in the shortest way possible. How can a group of people who honestly have contributed and bled for this country not be treated like an average American? Why are names being added to a killed by police list every month or 2 and yet it doesn’t seem to be slowing down? Why are they not in control and leading their communities the way the community needs instead of by people who really do not care about the community? Why didn’t the Marches from the 60’s fix this? How can a system paid for by the people not represent or protect all the people?

These are all questions I can only theorize because let me go on record and say…. I can only speak for myself about my life and my limited view of the world. This is not an attempt to speak or judge anyone else.

However, let me say something to our fellow white protesters because as I look at Social Media and the News I can’t help but notice the majority clashing of protesters to cops seem to be when overly ambitious white protesters that get in an already high alert police officers way thinking that the conflict somehow proves they are helping. You are not, but here are some tips to help your fellow Americans:

  • Build that Wall / Be that Wall – Let’s give our American Brothers and Sisters our numbers, strength, and support through Silent Stance between them and the Police. We don’t need to say a word, but rather Listen and be there to Support (this is the theme folks).


  • This is not our time to be on stage – Again, we can be the silent bouncers while our fellow Americans are on the stage grieving and fighting for their rights to do the same crap we do on a weekly basis. Do not make a protest about you, the moment we take the spotlight that protest loses its power.


  • Listen – Listen to your fellow protestors to best support them. It is their time to be heard and let’s help them however they need it. And whatever you do, do not regurgitate some sort of story to show that you know exactly how they feel, because you do not and will probably never know. None of us live the same life.

Now, like I said in the beginning, I can only speak from my viewpoint and here is my opinion on how to help correct some of this so that we do not have another name added to the list.

  • Protest in their Streets not yours –. Protest in their streets and communities, if they have to face us, then they have to talk to us. Go to the neighborhoods of your Governors, Senators and President. Simply put, think of this as a Corporation and the President as the CEO and everyone below him as VP’s, and CFO’s and such. So when it comes to your Governors, then they are shitty little Middle Managers, and really have no authority for change. Don’t waste your breathe with them. The real group you want is the CFO and the Board of Directors. Those who control the money control the outcome.

  • Become your community leaders – The clash between the community, the police, and community leaders happen because your governing groups don’t live there and do not care like you do. Start filling those jobs with people from that community who care about their neighbors. Yes, it is work but leading by example is the best way. Get those jokers out of your way!

  • Organize with other groups – This can be done peacefully if you have the numbers and start leading and organizing with other communities. The more organized and united towards a single purpose (do not comingle it with other issues, keep it simple and organized) the easier it is to stay strong and focused in the face of the opposition.

  • Collaborate not Compromise – Remember a Collaboration is where both sides win, a Compromise only one side wins. You’ve compromised enough, its time for them to collaborate with you!

At the end of the day until we can recognize each other as a fellow American and treat each other with the respect that we’d love to be given, there will be this unbalanced system. It needs to start with us and be governed by us. My theory on this also is that after a few generations here we truly become American and need to recognize that. Yeah we may keep a few of our country of origins traditions or customs, but if we were to go back and try to live there, we’d stand out as an American. At some point we have to say,

I am American.


Hey folks, Do Not read too much into the title or expect charts and graphs and other purdied up data points here, rather this is just what I have noticed being someone who is always out and about.

Basically, what I have noticed is that folks are being more neighborly. For instance, while walking my pup I say hi or waive at folks I encounter. Generally, people of the Pacific Northwest have failed “how to be a neighbor” class, so seldom does the same respect get reciprocated, but I do it because I feel it is the right thing to do. However now that folks are starved for connection and conversation, my goodness! I actually know a few of my neighbor’s names, most now know and get excited to see my dog (yes folks, her social life is way better than mine). It has been an interesting transformation. I am thinking if this continues for about 6 more months, we might get rid of the bickering and useless noises that often set us against each other for no reason other than to distract us from what our “leaders” (use that term loosely) are putting in motion.

In fact, I want to challenge you readers (both of you) to write down and put in motion how you want to come out of this, because like anything else that starts, it will end! So do not look at your day as if you are being grounded, rather look at it as the only time in your life you have been given this much free time to figure out what you want, and put together a plan to get there, Once the quarantine lifts, run like hell for it and swing for the fences.

And if you are still not quite ready, the bust out your Instapot or Pressure Cooker and make a hearty bowl of Spilt Pea Soup. Recipe is down below.

Enjoy and stay healthy amigos! & Don’t forget to watch my Cooking Videos on the Seattle Chef Joe Facebook Page for more free Recipes and Tips.

Pressure Cooker Split Pea:

Serving Size: 4 – 5 People

2 Tbs Olive Oil, Grapeseed or Coconut Oil

1 Lbs Ham Hock or Smoked Turkey (cut to match cooker size)

1 Ea Medium Onion – Chopped

2 Ea Leeks – Washed and Thinly Sliced

2 Ea Shallots, Large – Chopped

1 Lbs Green Split Peas, Dried

8 C Chicken Stock or 50/50 Chicken Stock & Chicken Bone Broth

6 Ea Thyme Sprigs (the whole stock, leaves and all)

2 Ea Bay Leaves

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Method:

  1. Set your Pressure Cooker to Sautee or Browning. Add the oil and let it heat up. About 1 – 2 minutes depending on manufacturer.

  2. Add in the Ham Hock or Smoked Turkey Hock and Brown on all sides then remove the hock from the pot.

  3. Add in the Onions, Leeks, and Shallots and Sautee until they are almost translucent, about 4-6 minutes.

  4. Add in Split Peas, Thyme, Bay Leave, Sprinkle of fresh cracked pepper, and Hock and let it all sizzle. Once you start smelling the Thyme, then go to step 5.

  5. Once everything is sizzling and fragrant, add in the Chicken Stock, and bring to a simmer.

  6. Once Simmering, seal your pressure cooker and change the setting to High Pressure for 1 hour.

  7. Once your pressure cooker has cooked on High Pressure then depressurized, safely remove the lid and unplug the cooker.

  8. Remove the Hock, Bay Leaves, and Thyme.

  9. Carefully Blend the soup with a Immersion Blender or tabletop Blender. Work in batches if needed to not injure yourself.

  10. Once it is the consistency you enjoy, shred the meat off the Hock and put meat into the soup.

  11. Taste for final adjustments of Salt and Pepper.

  12. Enjoy!

 

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