8/22/08

[not] according to plan/giveaway

I had a plan. Really I did. Then all hell broke loose.

See on Saturday I went to Napa and I had a whole weeks posts planned out [in my head]. Sunday was going to be about my road trip and French Laundry [no, I didn't go].Wednesday was going to my post about French Laundry's Potato Gnocchi and today was going to be a contest day.


But then on Saturday night I had to watch this little Wee-One for a couple days...

because this little dude decided he wanted to join our family...early.

So then I couldn't talk about this lovely place [culinary institute of america greystone, st. helena, ca.]

because all this stuff was going to tie in to Napa Week on ECM.

So plans are shifted and rearranged and then MORE crap happens! Then I will not be able to get to White On Rice's party, which makes me very bummed out.

Why is it that families [his side] won't speak to each other or spread lies?

Why is it that in our family [both sides] going to the hospital happens in threes?

And what's funny is how this all ties in to my giveaway. Penguin Group gave me a copy of Kathleen Flinn's book, The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry. I am going to do a review but for now in the spirit of this book I'm going to do things a little backward.

Kathleen Flinn, age 36, had a job in London and a new boyfriend that she goes on vacation with. When she comes back from vacation she finds out that she's been let go from her job. Her boyfriend, Mike, says 'Go enroll at the Le Cordon Bleu.' Kathleen does and learns some lessons along the way that things don't go according to plan but sometimes that's for the best.

Wow, what a blurb!

So here the deal. I'm giving away three books and some extra goodies.

The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn [about love, life, and attending le cordon bleu cooking school and click on the link she also has a blog]

The Making Of A Chef by Michael Ruhlman [about attending cia cooking school]

The Elements of Cooking by Michael Ruhlman [the best way i can describe it is a reference book for cooking]

Also some other little surprises.

Here's the rules leave a comment, any comment but I would really like to know is if you were in Kathleen's place...what would you do? Keep in mind she didn't have kids or a husband. If you could go and do something for yourself, [throw caution to the wind] what would you do?

Contest will end Monday night at 7:00 pm pst. You can enter as many times as you would like and I will pick a winner using the Random Number Generator.

I'm leaving my blog in your hands for the weekend. Be kind and play nicely with each other. Don't let me come back and find you guys fighting. oh, that's right... you aren't my kids!

61 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOw - am I the first? I'd love to take some courses at the CIA! Sometimes things work out best when you least expect it. Thanks! Stefanie

Mrs. L said...

Well, not sure what I'd do. Is staying home an option? I'd love to be able to have a nice dinner for my husband when he came home from work, time to play with recipes, time to do some art, work in the garden, write a bit. I think enrolling in cooking school would scare the crap out of me.

robin_titan said...

i would probably read as much as possibly, well not as much as possible but read very often for sure

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robin_titan said...

ooops i misspelled possible on that last post : )

well anywho i think in my spare time i would join an art class i just love art soo much

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katie said...

wow! no kids and no husband? Hmmmmmm so many options... I'll be back...

robin_titan said...

oooh i think i would also join a book club of course i would

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Clumbsy Cookie said...

I have to tell you, I love your sense of humor! Have a great weekend and yes, we'll play nicely with eachother!

Tanya said...

When I was single, I fantasized about moving to Italy and going to culinary school there. I am in love with the people, food, and culture.

Now, I would love it if my husband and I could just pick up and move to the west coast. Apparently I just really want to move.

Aggie said...

I sometimes dream of going to culinary school. I've played with the idea of going when my kids get older...the thing is I have no desire to work in a restaurant...but I would do catering. So I guess I would do just what Kathleen did. Unless I had a ton of money and could travel the world.

Kristin said...

For . . . myself? What an alien concept . . . I've always wanted to go to a spa for a week or so. Like Canyon Ranch, which is about a mile from my parents' house in Tucson and yet I've never stepped foot in the place. That would be cool. I think. But then maybe I'd get really bored without any chickens to take care of or gardens to weed and hate it. I doubt I'll ever find out.

Rebekah (the_littleminx) said...

Ooh, the Sharper Knife book sounds like something I'd really enjoy.
Please include me in your draw.

If I was in that character's shoes I'd definitely go for the opportunity.

Rebekah
littleminx at cox dot net

Rebekah (the_littleminx) said...

Another thing, if time and money was no object I'd love to go on a trip around the world and just take time to explore. I think that would so incredibly refreshing and invigorating.

Rebekah

littleminx at cox dot net

Rebecca (Foodie With Family) said...

If I had been serious before I got married and had children I absolutely would've gone. In a heartbeat.

Now? I'd still entertain the notion, but I'd only do it if we could make it work with the kids and hubby's job.

Amy said...

Yes, at the drop of a hat... I think about doing that even now when my children are grown... Provence or Umbria... find a little farmhouse to rent and shop the open markets every day... get to know the people there and their foods... enrich my outlook... yes... someday... I will do just that.

Magpie said...

I would totally run away to cooking school.

Kristin said...

Where I would REALLY like to go is Rome, specifically the Vatican. Even thought I'm a former Catholic turned agnostic, I would still like to go.

me again said...

I went down a similar road when I decided to pursue a publishing career seriously -- and if I hadn't decided to throw caution to the wind and JUST GO FOR IT, then I truly believe I would have stayed stuck in a terrible rut. Yes, I was married and had a small child at the time -- but it did help that I had my hubby's full and unconditional support. Without that .... well, I might have continued to play it safe.
Here is a quote from Kierkegaard:
To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.

Stephanie said...

I can't even imagine throwing caution to the wind...isn't that like running with scissors or gasp...mixing whites and colors? I couldn't do it, unless the lottery was involved...hmmmm.

deb said...

I think that I would go. It's important to throw caution to the wind to honor our heart's desires. If we do not then we are cheating ourselves & then indefintly the people we love, because we are not living out our purpose. With the exception of my daughter (she's my heart soul) I've cheated myself & have settled for less than I am worth. I'm currently at a crossroads. The not knowing the possiblities of such an adventure as Kathleens are truly intriguing & somehow "romantic" to me.

SaintTigerlily said...

Ouch...at the risk of drawing ire or seeming deeply boring....

I'd do what I'm doing. Every day.

All the time.

I have been and remain, almost stupidly happy with my choices and my life.

There is, however, something to be said (nay, screamed) for making a change happen if you want it.

So I will log my comment, not in contention for the prize, but in respect and support of those who want to make a drastic change.

Do it!

Undomestic Diva said...

I could never throw caution to the wind... I'm waaay too uptight and neurotic.

If "The Elements of Cooking" will tell me how to properly hard boil eggs so I don't ruin Easter again, then I need it. Otherwise, it's way above my level and someone else could make waaaay better use of it than me.

P.S. The big brother? Delicious.

noble pig said...

Well since I already went off and did what I wanted I would say to her go for it!

MrOrph said...

Well, I can understand Kathleen and definitely relate. Empathy?

If I were here, I would do exactly what she did.

In my mind, doing what you love for a living isn't work, per se, it is a blessing, of sorts. I am not a religious man, but I do believe in blessings. Weird huh?

If I could throw caution to the wind...if...IF? R U KIDDING ME?

That's how I got my life jump-started. I became a soldier so that I could find my way ON MY OWN.

"Caution"? That is a silent AK-47.

Cheryl said...

Holy Shit, I would sign up in a minute, hoping my poor back and aching feet could take it at my advanced age!

asthmagirl said...

I would have totally gone to culinary school if I had no kids or other responsibilities.

Kim said...

Kathleen, when I lost my job, my husband told me to go get another one.

Le Cordon Blue, not in my wildest dreams. Unless, I get a new husband.

The little one is mighty cute and looks worth the glitch in plans.

Passionate About Baking said...

Your humour & style of writing is priceless Krysta...why make plans ? Nothing ever goes according to them anyway!! What fun this is; books to give away. I'll cross my gingers for the nth time; the blessed RIG always skips me!! IF I were Kathleen, I'd jump to it & join LCB...never knw what life has in store! I'm a great believer in grabbing opportunities coz they never come twice!!
Hope you had fun looking after the wee one...very very cute indeed! Cheers Deeba

Passionate About Baking said...

Typo...cross my fingers...for heavens sake; did you say as many entries? This wasn't deliberate & I don't suppose one can cross gingers...hmm...

Mental P Mama said...

I would probably join the Peace Corps if I were footloose and fancy free. Have fun;)

katie said...

Ok, I'm back. I think I would do something exotic like study abroad. I would like to go to culinary school but what I'd really love is to study to be a sommelier.

Kristin said...

I want to go somewhere, ANYWHERE, that has no tomatoes. No really--this time I mean it.

katie said...

@kristin, anybody wanna peanut?

Chef's Widow said...

I have absolutely no desire to go to cooking school however if the strings were cut I would definitely hope on a plane to anywhere and travel for 3-? years.

Jill said...

Isn't it funny how the best laid plans never work the best way?? It is good that you were there to watch your nephew and the baby is here safe and sound.

If I was in Kathleen's shoes I'd GO FOR IT!! I was 39 with 4 kids, serving as the PTA president, teaching a class at church, and suddenly decided that going back to school and getting my bachelors was what I should do. It was something that I really needed to do - for me. It was hard and my life needed to be rearranged significantly but I'm SO glad I did! I graduated in May with a Bachelors in English.

If didn't have kids or a husband to worry about (and miss desperately!) I'd totally move and go to school and follow my passion.

But that's just me. *shrug*

Jill

Kristin said...

Thank you for "The Princess Bride" reference, Katie. Another apppropriate one yesterday when I sliced my finger open at the beginning of tomato canning, thereby subjecting myself to the pain of an open wound bathed in tomato juices for an hour: "Life IS pain, Higness, and anybody who says differently is selling something."

Okay, I have another answer (you said as many times as I want . . . apparently I have a lot of unfulfilled dreams). I think it would be way cool to take a trip around the country to meet all these people I've met online. That way I could find out if they're really as awesome as their blogs make them sound, or if those blogs are randomly generated by a freakish super-computer. Or something. AND, you could make me potato gnocchi! Yes, I like this idea.

Kristin said...

Whoopsy--that would be "Highness." I'm not doing so well with my self-editing lately. I do better when someone is paying me for it.

Katie said...

thank goodness you didn't just think I was a crazy person...

Am I still in this thing? I want a new book! I promise to stop commenting, I think I've embarrassed myself enough for one weekend. :)

ntsc said...

I'm not entering your contest as I've two of the books signed by Ruhlman (he ate my dry cured sausage and lived) and the third is on my to buy list.

I've taken course at the CIA, Hyde Park. One boot camp and about 8 day courses. My wife has done two boot camps and week long ones at that. Boot camps come with meals, day courses only come with lunch.

The only problem is cooking requires you to be on your feet and I can't stand for more than about 4 hours anymore, my back will kill me at that point.

If I were young and starting I would probably go into culinary as a profession, I really enjoy some parts of it. Really like Garde Manger.

Katie said...

Ohh decisions, decisions. What to do with no kids, oh wait I have that now and we don’t do much. What to do with no husband and if money were not an issue? I would probably tour the world, go to every country and try all of their amazing food. I would search for a man who could cook delicious food and have an equally delicious accent. But seriously, with my husband if we could do anything we would probably travel all over and I know where we would go – any soccer world cup games or any European soccer games, and then the Tour de France in the summer . . . he would just love that.

Katie said...

If I were in Kathleen's place, I would travel the world, go to cooking school, rennovate a house, start a business, learn a few more languages, etc, etc. Wow I better get to it!

dlyn said...

Yup - given those circumstances I would likely give it a shot. Even now maybe...

katie said...

Man there's a lot of Katies wandering about the internets...

that's it from me this time, for real.

Neen said...

I really enjoyed Ruhlman's Making of a Chef. I actually read it about a year before we started our food blog, so it may have been one of my first stepping stones towards the bloggie world. Really interesting. As for what I would do in Kathleen's place, I've actually thought about it. Especially with flipping out about grad school starting tomorrow (is this what I want to be doing? Maybe some of my hobbies could make good careers..?). And the answer is: no. I think the parts that I enjoy about cooking are really related to home cooking, cooking for loved ones, cooking for intimacy. The stress of professional cooking, the separation of the chef from the dinner table, the cooking the same dishes over and over... no, that's really doesn't sound like fun. I'm a happy amateur, and being professional would take away the "amore" part. For me at least.

What about you?

Snooty Primadona said...

I did some catering for a while when the kids were little, to help make ends meet. Unfortunately, people here treat a caterer worse than they treat their maids. So, it kind of spoiled my outlook on attending cooking school. Besides, the closest cooking school is over 300 miles away.

Now, if I were young and alone and carefree, I would definitely haul my ass over to Italy if I had to beg, borrow, and steal. I'd live there for a year and attend small cooking classes in local regions. I don't think I could stand the humiliation of being chastized for my ridiculous way of doing things in the kitchen.

But, if this had happened when I was young, then it would have been BEFORE I CARED or before I knew how to boil water, so I guess I'd definitely go to Le Cordon Bleu and try to learn the right way of cooking. Then, I'd come back to the states and open a small bistro somewhere. Then I'd basque in the daily praise of my adoring customers, lol. Wait, this is just a dream, huh?

Nuts.

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

Kathleen Finn is a funny, introspective woman. She has a blog too, http://kathleenfinn.blogspot.com. I went to Le Cordon Bleu, at the cost of my marriage, I think. But it's been worth it. Every red (well, blue) cent. I would do it over again in a heartbeat. Every step of the way.

Speaking of which, I went to Napa back in March and had great food out there. Check it out, if you like...
http://niksnacks.blogspot.com/2008/04/dinner-not-spectators-sport.html

melissa said...

I can't imagine being alone. I can't even go pee by myself.

Psychgrad said...

What would I do? Do I have an unlimited amount of money? I'd probably take a year off and live in another country. Maybe Australia...

me again said...

Just had to comment about cooking school. I think it would be a blast but based on a recent experience where I "helped out" a local gourmet foodstore owner, I'd have to say it might be an experience for the young. Or at least those with a young back. After being on my feet for hours straight, dicing tomatoes for salsa and chopping frozen peaches for chutney, my back was about to give out. I was proud of the work I did and liked the opportunity to show that I had great knife skills blah blah blah but ... honestly ... I don't think I'd make it through hands-on classes in a culinary school unless I got a stool to sit on! LOL

jack's utter lack of surprise said...

i read the sharper your knife! it was great!

melissa said...

If I were her, I would go for it. You only have this life, as far as you know. Make it count and all.

Would I personally go to culinary school? Probably not. But it's only because there are things I actually want to do that take precedence. I think I told you before that I would travel the world and do humanitarian work.

But now that some years of having that dream in my head have gone by I think I would have to amend it: I would travel to a certain few places to learn from spiritual masters. That would be a fulfillment for me above all else.

Meg said...

I'd love to learn to cook. But, the kitchen scares the crap out of me, so it's not really a dream of mine. Baby steps. I'm making corn on the cob and grilled cheese sandwiches with tomatoes for dinner tonight. That has to count for something. I'm not opening a can, right?

But really, if I could do anything, anything in the world, I'd go back to school, get a bachelor's degree in science then go to medical school and become a doctor specializing in geriatrics.

The elderly are too often forgotten and abused and hidden away I wish I could help all the old, lonely souls.

It's just a crapload of school and I'm not quite as young as I used to be...

Brye said...

Are you kidding? I would definitely go. Nothing to tie me down!! Oh that would be nice.

Rebecca (Foodie With Family) said...

...And right now my dream is to have my column picked up by more newspapers. I like dreams. They give you something toward which to work.

@Kristin- "Life IS pain, Higness, and anybody who says differently is selling something." That is far and away my favorite quote from 'The Princess Bride' and that's saying something. I think that's one of the most quotable movies Of All Time!

robin_titan said...

i would work on writing a book and hope that people actually like it : )

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robin_titan said...

i would go to culinary school and learn how to be a professional chef then work at a very fancy restaurant in venice, italy hehehe at silly as it sounds


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robin_titan said...

i would also probably go move to paris, france for a while that would be really great : )


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deb said...

i'm dreaming of an"under the tuscan sun" life. where all my dreams come true in the most unexpected of ways. my second entry. I'd go in a heartbeat, without a thought. the risk, the journey of the unknown, how fantastic.

Christie @ fig & cherry said...

I'd go to a dayspa for a week and have all the treatments I could possibly fit in - while having private pilates lessons everyday and a personal chef cook for me exactly what I requested. Heaven!

Shame you couldn't make it to the WORC party - me neither! The plane trip would have been a teeny bit long ;)

melly~ said...

oh i hate that i missed your deadline but want to answer anyway.
i'd die to throw caution to the wind and throw myself into a different life - cooking school, food, wine, travels. -sigh-
i can dream, right?

can't wait to check these books out!

Kirstin said...

I'd have trouble deciding between art classes, cooking classes and writing the great american novel so I guess I'd have to split my time between the three and start a food blog where I write, cook and draw pictures of food!

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