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Unexpected Joy from Watching a TV Chef

I had a bad day on Tuesday. It seemed everything I touched went straight south. By the end of the day, all I wanted to do was go home and put my feet up. I had work at home that needed done, of course, and I was dreading it something fierce. I decided to give myself a break and not start anything until after I ate something.

I went home and made my supper. I fixed a ham sandwich with bread & butter pickles, fresh tomato, red leaf lettuce, Swiss cheese, and a little red onion. I made myself a garden salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers I grew myself on a bed of spinach and red leaf lettuce that I bought. I topped it with vidalia onion dressing.

I sat down with my supper and flipped on the TV feeling horribly disgruntled. Hoping to find something funny, I came across Chef Nick Stellino’s show, Nick Stellino: Storyteller in the Kitchen. Something about him made me stop flipping channels.

While making lobster sliders, he was telling a story about his parents chasing a runaway lobster around their kitchen when he was a boy. His joy at the memory improved my mood and lightened my heart. When he laughed about it, I found myself laughing with him.

I’d only planned to watch TV while I ate supper, but I watched the entire episode. He told many stories. Holding up his wrist to show off his watch, he explained it had belonged to his father who had taught him a great deal about cooking.

He made white chocolate pudding from scratch. It’s a simple dessert, but he made it look so elegant that you’d expect to pay big money for it in a restaurant. Taking the time to explain why he adds the cornstarch when he does, he cooked that pudding with love. He topped it with crushed dark chocolate and pistachios. Nestled in a fancy dish, it was truly beautiful.

He told stories about his family throughout the show. I’ve never watched his program before that night. I loved how he shared his joy with his viewers. I felt much better after watching him and will seek out his show again. I may even buy one of his cookbooks.

We need to find joy where we may. Sometimes all it takes is an entertaining chef to bring a smile to our faces and happiness to our hearts.

I hope you find some joy in an unexpected place today. Thank you for reading Ozarks Maven! If you’ve enjoyed my little seeds of wisdom and job, please subscribe to Ozarks Maven, Like Ozarks Maven on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @OzarksMaven.

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