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Soup...so simple, comforting, and evocative of the things we all love about food. No other food form so easily and completely encompasses the most rewarding emotions of "the meal". It can nourish, energize, warm or cool you. It can serve as a lead-in to bigger things, or take the main stage itself. Most importantly, it can be reminiscent of home - instantly making you feel that all is well and safe and strong.

Chaia Cucina Newsletter 2014-01 Jan

I would like to begin today’s food-sloshed rant by wishing you all a very happy New Year and welcoming you to January. I hope that everyone was able to have a beautiful holiday season and a lovely December. And I also sincerely hope that you were able to create brilliant food experiences for you, your family, your friends, and maybe even someone less fortunate and unable to create those experiences for themself.
I, presumably like you, find it hard to believe that we are already into another new year. Gladly I can easily chart the months by the number of vacant, formerly-tooth-filled spaces that populate my daughter’s maw. If I didn’t possess this primitive method of dating, I might be forced to draw hash marks on my walls to keep the days and weeks straight. It just seems like the time is always speeding up.
With that in mind, I’d like to jump onto my soapbox for a moment, and stress the importance of this month’s food theme — slowing down. It’s probably the plain truth that almost everyone slowly recovers for the first few days of the year from the previous holiday blast, then realizes that they have been warped back into occupational, educational, and familial reality, and decides they need to take off like a bat out of hell. Consider the following suggestion then as the whispered wisdom of a Hebraically-afroed fairy on your shoulder…..INSTEAD OF SPEEDING UP, MAKE ONE OF YOUR RESOLUTIONS TO SLOOOOOWWWWW DOOOOOWWWWNNNN.
Now, I am abundantly conscious of the everpresent need to refocus after the holidays and really start off the new year on a good foot. But I’m not suggesting that you slack off at work, or plop down and watch TV when you should be working on a paper that’s due. What I’m offering is the thought that you can fulfill your responsibilities and still put the brakes on after the work day is done. I think the tendancy is to deny oneself the ability to unwind at some point in the day, in service of peak efficiency or nose-to-the-grindstone mode. Don’t do it. Don’t give in to the illusion. Remind yourself (or teach yourself…) that giving yourself that time at some point every day actually makes you MORE PRODUCTIVE the next day. Batteries always need to be recharged, whether you like it or not. Pick one meal in your day and dedicate it to that thought and you will not regret the decision. I promise. Pinky swear. This approach is especially important as we cruise into the middle of winter. The wind and snow eat through you. It sometimes seems like everyone is getting sick. The daylight hours are short and it may just feel harder to really push. So….take advantage of your meals. The one thing you have to do every day as a human being to sustain your life is eat. If you can find any way, no matter how small, to make a meal just a bit more beautiful, then you’ve taken advantage of the best opportunity to enhance your entire day. Taking a moment not just to fuel, but to savor, not just to devour, but to relish will enhance your emotion, your mind, your body, your sense of self. Don’t give yourself an excuse not to do it. Make it a priority TO DO IT. You may find that you become more productive than you’ve ever been…….
…With that as my segway, I’m going to offer you one of what will surely be many opportunities for your enhancement — a bit of soupy goodness….
This Month’s Selection:
Plum Tomato and Basil Bisque
Soup Pickup Date: Saturday, February 1st
Soup Order Deadline: Midnight on Tuesday, January 28th
Pickup Location and Time: Tony Caputo’s Market and Deli, 314 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pickup Note: Please either make alternate-pickup arrangements with me before the scheduled pickup day (or simply pay to have home delivery) if you feel scheduling will be an issue. Thanks much for your understanding and enjoy your soup!
P.S. Thanks to everyone who has introduced a new friend to the cult of S.L.U.R.P. Keep it up as we start the New Year!
Go to the website and order soup here! =>> www.chaiacucina.com
Learning to Forgive Me, Even if You’re a Soup-a-holic
I want to thank all of the dedicated Slurpies out there for your patience, once again, with my yearly January hiatus from the soup world. As much as I love to soup it up, I usually need some serious rest after making it through the crucible of the holidays. It is by far my busiest time of the year and it is impossible to understate the need for non-food-focused recovery as I come into the New Year. Unfortunately, that alternately means that all of you must go through soup withdrawal until February’s soup is announced. It is with humility that I express my appreciation to you for not attacking me like zombies searching for brains to munch. And I sincerely hope that this year’s forthcoming soup offerings bring you many joyous and nurturing meals. Many cheers……
Help your Friends, Co-Workers, or Employees Slow It Down Too
With all of the talk above about slowing it down, don’t forget that sometimes you can perform a real mitzvah by helping someone else understand what that means. You may even be able to really boost the morale in your workplace by embracing that idea. Consider using the prospect of a good meal or some great food learning experience as the basis for real workplace bonding. Remember that I now have the capacity not only to do cooking classes in your home or office (which I’ve been doing for quite some time…), but in my commercial kitchen as well. If you are interested in putting together a cooking class for you and some friends, or organizing one as a team-building activity for your office/workplace, get in touch and we’ll create something unique and fun. 801-598-3986 on my direct line, 385-21-CHAIA on Google Voice, or deepurp@gmail.com by email.

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