here i am.

It’s comical how similar this post feels like it may be to my last one… Or seemingly so.

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Where have I been? What have I been doing? Why haven’t I been actively blogging?

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I have no real excuse for any of it, except that it took a back-burner in the last couple of months, as it did in the months prior to my last post.

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Although busy is not an excuse, it is a reason, at least in my mind.

The last Lilify Pop-up Dinner could not have gone better. The food, team, and guests were nothing less than amazing, and we are all looking forward to doing it again.

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My position at Sierra Mar ended with a job offer from another restaurant that turned out to not be to true or real. They hired me for a position that didn’t exist, but left me jobless, having quit my previous job to work for and with them. The lack of understanding and sympathy from them, and the position I now find myself in, has left me shaken and looking for something reliable and trustworthy. For those of you in the Culinary Industry, you know as well as I do that this will be hard to find.

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I am looking on the bright side of the situation though: My Husband and I will get to celebrate the holidays with family and friends without having to juggle a restaurant schedule; I can focus on my health and getting back into shape without having to worry about snacking in a commercial kitchen (ugh); I get to work on little things around the house and projects I have put off, etc.. It’s not much, but right now, it’s something.

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One of the things I am most excited about with my newly-found freedom is my chance to cook and experiment in my own kitchen. The Monterey Bay has an ample supply of fresh, local ingredients just waiting to be concocted into something delicious. I now have an opportunity to get my hands dirty and explore the depths of what the sea and fields have to offer in my area.

This will be the focus of the posts for the next bit. Documenting, learning, and creating healthy and sustainable meals from what’s just out my door.

Photography: Eileen Roche

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