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Back to Reality
First the good news.... I started a great new job today and got my career back on track.  Now the bad news......now that I'm back working full time the endless hours of kitchen time I've been enjoying is ramping down.   Over the past few months my culinary skills have reached levels I've never dreamt of thanks to you all, and I'm looking forward to continuing along the path as time allows. I'll still be around the forums as much as possible but probably won't be able to be as active as I have been.  So this is definitely not god bye, just an I'll be seeing ya when I'm able to.  :-)

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Don't worry Lance, there's always Monday Morning (which is honestly the highest traffic spike of the week). If you need to cure that case of the "Mondays" (or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday...) the Stella forum will be here for you.

Thanks for your contribution thus far, but you can't leave us for long!

Congratulations on the new gig. Good luck!
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Good luck and congratulations on the new job and thanks for all your input and questions at Stella, don't be a stranger. Don't forget that cooking doesn't have to take a lot of your time, only a willingness to do it!
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Congratulations on the new job.  The trade-off between doing fun and meaningful this versus a regular paycheck is sometimes a difficult issue to resolve.  My experience is that a regular paycheck makes doing fun and meaningful things possible... but in smaller doses.

At one time I had a cookbook (now lost) that was written just for people like us who have to work during the week and can only cook on the weekends.  It was called something like "54 hours of baking".  It emphasized the fact that the weekend was 54 hours long and with proper planning one could bake to their hearts delight in that period of time.  Nice theory but didn't always work for me due to other family commitments that often consumes 50 of the 54 hours of a weekend!
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Lance, you've been one of my favourite contributors to the forum; but don't have yourself on, mate: you'll find a way back! All the best in the new job.
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Thanks all!  Yes, it's exiting to be back in the saddle again.  I'll just have to plan some weekend time for some culinary delight and kitchen antics as Brian pointed out.  

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Congrats on the new job Lance.  With some planning you can cook for a few hours during the weekend and eat like a king all week.  I have a feeling that we'll be seeing you here, after all you still need to eat!

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I think one of the major problems our society faces today is a misguided notion that cooking takes a long time. It's evident in the prevalence of quick sodium or sugar laced solutions and fast food restaurants. I waited behind a husband and wife last night at the grocery checkout that had 8 frozen pizzas, 2 packs of pudding, and one pack of mushrooms. I shudder to think what their evenings are like. I cannot for the life of me comprehend not taking 20-60 minutes to provide a healthy, tasteful and filling meal for yourself or  your family. I mean, think about it logically. You go into a restaurant, sit down, order a meal and have a drink. Your meal comes out in what, 10 or 15 minutes at most?

This is one of my biggest peeves, and why I think it's disgraceful that people today can't cook. It's also one of the factors, in my opinion, that keep poor people poor through no fault of their own, they were just never taught how. Instead they rely on cheap dollar menu meals and their so called value while sacrificing their health and the children's health.
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Zalbar, Kathleen Flinn wrote a fun book based on much the same complaint. The Kitchen Counter Cooking School starts with Flinn horrified by a shopping cart, and continues to show how she teaches 9 women to cook using real ingredients and tools like...knives. It's a good book to open the eyes of non-cooks, while people who like to cook will can enjoy watching the newbies fall in love with food.
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Congrats on the new job lance and best of luck 

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Thanks so much everyone!  Now to figure out a good meal for this weekend. wink
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