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May You Put Your Christmas to Bed with a Late Evening Sandwich

I wish you all, all, all, those I know, those I know a little, those I do not know, those I would like to know, those who are unknowable, a Christmas that is a respite from the sturm and drang of life as a human in 2015, from life as a human in the 21st century, a day when wonder overwhelms, awe precedes all else, and your heart feels so big and s0 heavy that your legs must work extra hard to carry it.

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It Certainly Does, Ollie.

"Respected chef-restaurateur Bob Kinkead once told me that dinner should be “a circus on the plate.” Well, that’s not quite my style — and professional food styling has been my meal ticket for 27 years. Restaurant service has lots more helping hands than when you entertain at home, I reckon. But I like to bring composed plates to the table, even for casual meals. It’s a luxury when a host says, “Let me fix you a plate.” I don’t have to worry about how much — or little — to take. A buffet’s not for me."

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My Brilliant Idea

The client asked for a meringue top. Scooping the meringue, rather than spooning or piping or spreading, came to me. A small bolt of lightning for a job that is built on detail. The result gave me a huge kick.

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Tricks AND Treats

Hurricane Sandy was oh-so-much-more than a trick. On beyond mischief, she did exquisite and irreparable damage up and down this massive coast. My best friend's business is under four feet of water and my son's good friend has half a house. Today is Halloween and Sandy has subsided. The wreckage here? One smashed gourd and a pingpong ball-sized hole in the ceiling. I feel as though we walk on water sometimes. Sandy brought into bold, living color how well life treats me more often than not.  The least of my worries was trick-or-treating, but lo and behold, out goes my son tonight in perfect weather. Crystal clear and gorgeous, cold enough for his layers of...what is that costume anyway? Who knows, but he loves it, as it includes a sword.

I am very, very sad for all the loss and destruction wrought by this wet, wild storm and extremely grateful for my good fortunes. Thanksgiving is up next and my heart is ready.

Photo by Renee Comet, Recipe by Ellie Krieger, Styling by Me

Shameless Self Promotion Number 3500

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of industry and to the republic for which it stands that I am a good provider, one person, under pressure to start where I am, use what I have and do what I can, indivisible I swear, with the light at the end of the tunnel being liberty, and justice being attended to as best as possible under the circumstances, for all in my household of two.

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The Baltimore Addys were awarded recently and some of the work which received golds included my foodstyling. I wouldn't mind being credited in the program, so I must remember to speak up next year. It's taken me 25 years to take note of these awards at all, so this is a step in the right direction. I'm on my way. Honored.

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