The dog ate my blog!

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I recently started a blog, but I have only posted a few entries. I’ve been reading my blog books, learning how to create a post (that’s what you are reading now), take food photos The tea photo was staged by me and my co-photographer, but the dog photo is a snapshot, taken with my iphone.  I am discovering how to get my posts out into the blogosphere.  My blog, Country Kitchen Chaos is about being efficient when working in the kitchen and cooking; it is equally about dealing with ADD/ADHD and dis-organizational problems. These are two areas in which I have a great deal of knowledge and experience.  However, I also intend to blog about my current life from time to time. OK, so here goes…


Blog teacher: Where is your next post? It’s been several weeks.

Me: The dog ate my post.

Well, the dog did not actually eat my blog post. But, he might have for all the things in the house that he has eaten: shoes, linens, wood furniture.  What he has done, is to take all my time and attention. Two of the things that I have a hard time dealing with on a good day. Yes, I have continued to bake for my business Buttercup Bakery and Culinary Center. But, doing new things is always a mental battle for me.  And, blogging is a brand new venture that entails plenty of challenges.

Just as I started this blog, I found the rescue dog that I wanted to adopt. It was one month ago. About thesame time I dropped the ball on blogging. My new dog, Rylee is a 14 month old Collie mix. I am been disorganized since Rylee came into my life.   He is as sweet as a dog can be; but he has not had any training. He has the development of a 3 month old puppy. Every day is a battle of trying to control the leash when we take our walks. He is jealous of my two cats and jumps up on me, anytime I give them some attention. Rylee and I take long walks, but he still has “accidents” in the house. I am signed up for training classes, but they can’t come soon enough.

Shortly, after I added Rylee to my furry family, I came down with a wicked case of Bronchitis. Hmmm, could dog owner stress be a reason!! Coughing has become my daily form of exercise.   I’ve been using a tea remedy I learned from someone who lives in the Caribbean Islands. It certainly helps sooth my throat. Try it whenever you have a respiratory ailment or sore throat. I make my tea with local honey; which is said to be better for your immune system.

Ginger Tea with Lemon & Honey

1 tea bag of your choice (I like Twinning’s teas.  i.e. English Breakfast or Earl Grey)
1 t. local honey, or to taste
1 thick slice, peeled fresh ginger
1 wedge lemon, squeezed into tea.


Use the back of a spoon to peel the ginger skin.  It works like a dream.

Squeeze the lemon wedge into the tea and discard the rind.  I find that if the rind is left in the tea, it gives it a more bitter taste.

Creating a Blog called Country Kitchen Chaos

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Distracted person’s kitchen

I am so glad to start a blog.  I think that my food blog will be an exciting adventure for you and me.

Country Kitchen Chaos or CKC will help the disorganized cook become an organized and confident in the kitchen.  I know what it is like to have chaos in the kitchen, as I am a person with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). I sometimes – should I say – often, have time management issues and organizational issues that have made it hard for me to enjoy the cooking process.  I used to be an “armchair” cook; I read my way through hundreds of cookbooks and learned so much about technique and methods.  But, when I did cook, I had problems following recipes and creating them.  Now, I have systems that tame the chaos.  I use these systems to work with the recipes, use equipment and ingredients and I have become much more efficient in the kitchen.  The bottom line is that I love to cook and bake and I want to share my experiences and knowledge with you.

I will be publishing not only recipes and photos, but tips and methods for being more empowered in the kitchen.  So, come share my journey. Let me tell you something about my background.  As a child, I didn’t care about food, cooking or eating.  As a teenager, I learned to make eggs, as I felt I could eat them and not have to think about food for a while.  Fortunately, I went to live in Paris when I was 21 years old.  That experience turned me into a passionate foodie.  I can clearly remember the taste sensations from my first meals there.  I started to learn how to cook and I enjoyed everything about the wonderful food, I encountered in the homes and restaurants in France.  I was lucky to cook, side-by-side with Parisian cooks.  However, when I returned to New York City, I found it hard to stay organized as a solo cook. So, my repertoire stayed small.   Some years later, I was came to live in Europe again.  This time, I settled in Florence, Italy and was delighted to discover authentic Tuscan cuisine.  I learned the Italian style of cooking from my Italian friends and brought home a treasure trove of recipes and cooking experiences.  However, once alone in my NYC apartment, my ADD made it hard to be organized and efficient.

Fortunately, I also have had some wonderful professional cooking and baking experiences.  The guidance of culinary professionals helped me shed my “armchair” cooking for real cooking. My blog is called Country Kitchen Chaos.  I was going to call it Chaos in the Kitchen, but the domain name was taken.  Lucky for me my current name was not!  It is very appropriate because I have been living in the country in upstate New York.  I live in a tiny, dairy farm country community.  I do not have a farm, but I am blessed to get so many food products straight from nearby farms.  I think I live a food paradise.  I also have a ow culinary business in which I teach culinary classes, sell baked goods and stage afternoon-style tea events.  I struggle with my ADD issues, but I continually improve and now it is time for me to share with you.

So, let’s get cooking in the kitchen and shed the chaos. I look forward to your feedback.