Wednesday, 19 June 2013 14:44

Dear old dad

Dads get the short end of the stick. We moms are glory hogs. For good reason - I mean, you have the whole miracle of childbirth, some strange and mystical connection with your children and all that. It's beautiful.  

When you first come home with these wiggly balls of new people, most women have some kind of chemical attachment to them brought on by gallons of hormones. You get chemically bonded to your offspring. It's one of the reasons why the human race survives.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Thursday, 14 June 2012 12:14

Happy Fathers' Day

Everyone talks about moms and how awesome we are. It's nice, really. Who doesn't want to hear how hard they work, how underappreciated they are, how radiant they look in that outfit? Dads seem to get the short end of the parenting stick in this regard. When they aren't just being unsung, they're being actively mocked by advertisers. Have you seen a commercial where the husband/father is competent lately? Didn't think so.

The bumbling father trope is so pervasive, people are actually surprised when they see a man parenting.

So let me set the record straight, at least as far as my experience allows. My husband doesn't bumble. He doesn't freeze up like a deer in the headlights when faced with a full diaper or a meltdown. When I'm getting frustrated, he stays cool. When it's O'Dark Thirty and someone begins to fuss, he's up.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Thursday, 14 June 2012 11:24

Happy Father's Day to me

As anyone will tell you, I abhor talking about myself. But this week's article is about The Yankee Chef. I just learned that the cover of my first book, 'The Yankee Chef,' can be viewed (along with the book description) online at Just put 'The Yankee Chef' in the search bar to your left at this site and you will see a miniature picture of my book pop up. Click on the book cover and you will see some info on the book itself along with a larger image of the jacket. Although it says the book won't be available until January of 2013, Schiffer Publishing has a two month buffer, so it will be ready to order at the beginning of November. I am thrilled, and I think my father would be as well. If it wasn't for him, I certainly would not have had the ambition and tenacity it took to "peddle my wares" from publisher to publisher.

Now I would love to thank a very special outfit for their role in me being so handsome in my pink chef's coat. (Hey, Father's Day is coming up - I'm entitled) Unifirst is my first sponsor and I am proud to call Tracy a friend. Everyone at the Bangor office was fantastic to deal with, and Unifirst presented me with two, top-of-the-line chef's coats. One is my trademark pink coat, while the other is a beautiful black color. They did the embroidery as well. I can't say enough about them. That's why I give them a plug every chance I get on my YouTube videos.

Published in The Cooking Edge


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