Love and Passion… and BBQ Ribs

Photos of today’s meal will be the visual entertainment as I write about something even more fabulous than tender BBQ ribs. Or fresh berries. Our focus in class this week is regional American cuisine. New Orleans stole the spotlight yesterday through well-executed blackened catfish, shrimp étouffée, grits with sweet corn and chili purée, collard greens and pecan pie with bourbon caramel sauce… would have made any true Cajun proud.

And today explored regional barbecue variations- along with spicy aioli and onion sliders, classic grandma’s meatloaf, and corn with poblanos. It was wonderful. But the truly incredible moment of the day wasn’t a bite of anything.

It was simply getting to read a small string of emails. Emails that I would never normally even know existed. The content was simple- someone has decided to make a complete career change and join our school… because he was inspired by this blog to do what he loves.

Is there anything in life more fulfilling than inspiring a positive change? Even just one change in one other human being? It’s hard for me to imagine anything better.

I loved food before I began Culinary Training. Really loved it. I wrote this in my entrance essay and meant every word of it:

“…I absolutely love food! Everything about it. I want to grow it, prepare it, plate it, stage and photograph it, serve it, eat it, write about it, market it… I am finally exactly where I want to be…” 

And it is true today one million fold. I had absolutely no idea it could be possible to know- genuinely know– that I am doing exactly what I’m supped to do. And as the tomorrows pass, details will inevitably change. Opportunities will arise, and doors will close. Challenges will come and go. As overused as the words love and passion can be, I can’t seem to find a better substitute. There’s nothing greater in life than having love and passion for your everyday. You simply can’t resist sharing it with the world.

I hope this can help inspire. Maybe it only inspired you to barbecue some ribs. That’s a start. But while the grill’s heating, pause to realize what brings you passion. Commit to acknowledge that in some way. Every day.

Cheers… to love and passion~


16 thoughts on “Love and Passion… and BBQ Ribs

  1. Wow Deb, you’ve helped someone to change their life! Kudos to them for following their dreams too. Again you’ve made some incredible food and I love creole cooking (though I’ve never been to New Orleans) I’ve always loved the flavours! Mmm, BBQ ribs, mmm Bourbon anything!

    • Yes, giaff!! Bourbon anything, BBQ ribs… and New Orleans sure knows how to create some incredible flavor profiles 🙂 I haven’t been in probably ten years. Yesterday was as close as I’ll get for a while 🙂 I can tell from your comments I’m not the only one who wants to see more of your costume designs!! I love it 🙂

    • I’m not really much of a rib fan myself. Something about eating meat off of a bone kind of gets to me… not in a good way. Eating meat in general isn’t easy for me actually 😉

  2. You inspire a lot of people, you just haven’t realized it yet! : ) Oh ribs, man I wish I was there. I am going to plan a trip, soon, to come and see you so you can cook your heart out for me! I am so happy you are finally doing what you love and have found your true passion. You deserve every bit of it! : ) Have a good week.

    • Taya-rific 🙂 You’re so CUTE! Please, please come visit me. Anytime! You are my biggest cheerleader ever, and I truly love you for that. Thank you! I hope the rest of your week is fantastic. Enjoy some good runs, some garden time, and your wonderful fam 🙂

  3. It’s wonderful to know when you’re on the right path. It is always inspiring to me to hear that. Thanks. I hope you share the Cajun food. I would love a good recipe for grits 🙂

    • I’m so glad 🙂 I can definitely share the grits recipe with you. Savory cheese in the grits themselves and a little sweet corn chili puree folded in… I’ll get it together if it sounds good to you 🙂

  4. How wonderful to get that kind of feedback that you’ve inspired someone. And you’ve inspired more than just one—I know that because I’m another, and from your comments on this post, there’s several more, too. Keep posting, because we’ll keep reading and getting inspired by your journey. 🙂

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