* ABOUT CHEF JOHN *
“I want something that tastes like Charleston,” she said.
“Something that tastes like Charleston, huh? Well, let me think and see what I can come up with. Do you like shrimp?” I replied.
“Yes,” she responded back.
And the end result was what I call The Charleston Omelet, which she enjoyed so much that she returned the following three mornings with others in her tour group for this omelet. They say the best marketing is word of mouth. I would agree.
This is a big part of what makes cooking so enjoyable to me: the joy and satisfaction that results when someone loves something I created and then brings friends with them to give it a try.
This story happened while I was working at a 4-diamond hotel in downtown Charleston while in the Culinary Arts program at Johnson and Wales. I was supposed to be a showman of sorts, expected to create the customer’s masterpiece in front of them and then end if off with a dramatic flip in the frying pan and a slide onto a waiting plate. But after decorating the floor and my shoes with a couple of omelets, I elected to talk my way around the showmanship and give them a great omelet instead of a “great show”.
If you would like to try The Charleston Omelet yourself, you will find this and other good recipes on our food blog, The Saturday Evening Pot.
* ABOUT ANNE *
They say the way into a man’s heart is through his stomach, but I say what about us women? We have to eat too! Can’t we love food just as much as men?
I get the fun and easy job of finding great new recipes and asking John if he’ll prepare them for our family. And then I also get the not-so-fun-and-easy job of cleaning up after the cooking, but I suppose it all equals out. And I really can’t complain since I get to enjoy lots of delicious food and be the taste tester whenever John has a new creation in the kitchen.
We did make a deal that if I worked to support us while he went through Culinary School he would then do the vast majority of the cooking in our home. What a deal!
Any mom knows that having help with anything in the home is much appreciated when raising children. I love being a mom and I love my husband for helping out so much at home. He does much more than just in the kitchen and probably more than his fair share a lot of the time. What can I say? I married well!
We do enjoy good food and sharing recipes and experiences with others. This and parenting through some picky eating phases led us to write our first eBook cookbook, What to Cook for Dinner for Picky Eaters, now available through Amazon!