When I started this blog, I was in a very different place.
- I didn’t have a full time job
- I was trying to figure out what was next
- I was spending a lot of time helping my elderly parents
So I started the blog.
- Then, I found a temp job, which turned into a full time job.
- Then, my mother passed away on April 23, 2016.
- Then, my father passed away on January 16th, 2017.
I went from working and taking care of my parents to taking care of their estate. The last six months have been spent cleaning out the house, moving some of their belongings to my house and having 3 garage sales.
Now, the house will soon go on the market. My sister, Marie, who was living with me for the past 6 months, has returned back to Oklahoma.
So now, what do I do with all of this time?
- Create new recipes
- Adapt old ones
- Take eye catching photos
- Try not to gain more weight
That last bullet is important. About a month after Pops died, I decided to join Weight Watchers. I’ve lost 15 pounds. It’s been a challenge. With my father’s trips to hospitals, rehab and hospice, and clearing out the house, there was a lot of eating out..and missing meals. But this also gave me more photos and reviews to share on the KC Food Guys blog and the Kansas City Eats Facebook page.
Which has led to a whole new endeavor. Back in March, I got an email from Jen Chen, a producer for KCUR’s Central Standard radio show. She wanted to know if I would be interested in joining the food critics panel on alternating Friday mornings. Back in late 90’s, Debi George and I would listen to the critics while preparing food at Longview Mansion. Never did I imagine then I would be someday be on the panel myself.
One of my favorite shows so far was on grilling. Each show, the critics present about 5 dishes to talk about. And in preparing my list, I was trying to find a couple of restaurants with grilled vegetables. At Third Street Social in Lee’s Summit, I found grilled Moroccan carrots.
But then I discovered the Mexican street corn at Blind Box BBQ. This is also known as elotes. Ears of corn are grilled and then slathered with mayo, Parmesan cheese, oregano and spices (I use Tajin). Once you taste it, you’ll never eat corn again with just salt and butter. So far, I’ve grilled elotes twice this summer.
I hope to be posting new recipes and pics in the next couple of weeks. I’m excited about it.