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Had an interview for Potential Job No. 2 earlier today.  I applied for day prep at a new restaurant, and I think it went really well.  *crosses fingers*  We'll just ignore the fact that I would be making more to chop veggies in a steakhouse than I make to care for peoples' loved ones.

I think it would be a good balance:  a job where I can cuss and play with pointy objects during the week, professional granddaughter on the weekends.

And, let's be honest:  I miss being in a professional kitchen.

(Oh, and so help me Bob, if I get this and the spousebeast feels compelled to remind me that the last time I helped open a restaurant, I got screwed three months in in favor of the less experienced, less costly people *that I trained*...I will feed him all raw vegetarian meals FOR A MONTH.  Washed down with Michelob Ultra)

Of course, all of the excitement of the potential thrill of helping open another restaurant kind of dulled when I came home and fired up my OnDemand on watched the "Restaurant Wars" episode of this season's Top Chef.  Why do I DO this to myself?

For the same reason I come home early on a day when I have supper in the crockpot and have to smell it cooking all day:  I don't think things through, and I clearly like to torture myself.

This was one of my favorite no-brainer meals:  massive, bone-in chicken boob with the skin removed (I swear, this thing came from Frankenchicken), can of fire roasted tomatoes, couple of shots of hot sauce, can of green chiles, a little bay leaf,, a little cumin, half a beer, garlic, onion, bell pepper if I have it (I didn't today).  Cover, secure lid with bungee cord because I lost the actual big rubber-band thingie that's supposed to do the job, and make like Elsa and let it go.

We'll eat some tonight, save the rest for tomorrow.  I'm reserving the liquid, soaking some of the gorgeous heirloom beans the Patriarch got us (ya know, back when he gave USEFUL gifts.  Unlike the sous vide thingie that is still in the box)  overnight, and then chucking THEM in the pot tomorrow with  the cooking liquid from the chicken, some homemade chicken stock, and let them do their thang while we're at work.  Ta-dah!  Meals for the weekend and probably a couple for next week, too, if I use up some of the rice in the freezer.

I also made cheesecake swirl brownies.  This is part of the "try all those recipes on boxes/cans/bags that you swear you are going to make and never do" personal challenge.  I'm keeping notes as to which ones are successful, and then copying them so I don't have to assume that the recipe will be on the back of the package forever.

And I tease Kent about his notebooks of Hearthstone deck stats....


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Jan. 28th, 2017 12:09 am (UTC)
.... Washed down with Michelob Ultra

My glob, is there no sadistic length that you will go to?? o_o

Anyway, very best of luck on the job-hunting, and yes, it is appalling how little professional caregivers get paid. I did a 16-month tour in the infant room of a childcare center, 40+ hours a week, and I still didn't have enough for all the bills.

Edited at 2017-01-28 02:40 am (UTC)
Jan. 28th, 2017 02:26 am (UTC)
i agree its sad the way people get paid. i think professional athletes and politicians should earn minimum wages and caregives and educators should earn the big bucks.

good luck with the job hunt.

being home while the crockpot is cooking is a special kind of torture. puppy doesnt understand it. he'll keep whining at me and leading me directly to the crockpot and sitting. yes i know it smells fabulous. but it needs two more hours!
Jan. 28th, 2017 02:27 am (UTC)
Hope the job works out!
Jan. 28th, 2017 03:04 am (UTC)
make like Elsa and let it go

OMFG I am stealing that.
Jan. 28th, 2017 04:38 am (UTC)
Best of luck with the interview. It sounds like a great fit!
Jan. 28th, 2017 10:29 am (UTC)
Good Luck with job number 2 interview! It sounds like it's up your alley.
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Jan. 28th, 2017 02:42 pm (UTC)

Good luck with your interview!

Jan. 28th, 2017 08:10 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the job interview!

It's shameful how little carers are paid. I don't know how they manage to pay their bills.
Jan. 28th, 2017 10:42 pm (UTC)
I have all ten fingers and toes that you get the job!

Sounds like a tasty meal!
Jan. 30th, 2017 04:36 pm (UTC)
Very best of luck with the job hunt!
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