Friday, January 21, 2011
After Eric’s brother passed away and our world got shaken to the core, we really started thinking about our personal happiness. Everything in my life was good and made me happy... everything but my job. I worked a boring 8 to 5er at a financial company. I saw the walls of cubical more than anything else. Not only was 8 hours of my day dedicated to my job (40 hours a week) I spent at least 1 hour a day driving each way to and from work (10 more hours dedicated to work each week). The people I worked for weren't very nice and did not have good business management skills. I was literally sick and tired from my job. After Joe passed away I decided to take life in my own hands. I had been looking for something else for quite sometime, something that I was passionate about (food, writing, photography) and something that used my hard earned degree. Life was to precious to be working so hard at a job that made me miserable.
Through some very fortunate circumstances I was able to meet with the owner/founder of the website Food on the Table. He liked my personality, skills, and go get it attitude. He offered me a job as a freelance chef consultant. I have been working there for the past 3 months and absolutely love it and am totally happy!!
Food on the Table is such a great website and there is nothing else out there like it. You go to the website, register, fill out your address, and a questioner about your food preferences. The website then pools up stores in your area and you choose 3 stores you most frequently shop at (ie: Whole Foods, Kroger, Randall’s). You can then compare each of those 3 stores’ sale ads for the week (side by side) and choose which one you want to shop at (based on the number of things on sale that you like). After you select the store you select which meats, veggies, etc that are on sale that you would like to cook with that week. If you choose chicken then you will be given several chicken recipes to choose from that use other ingredients that are also on sale. After you select your week’s worth of recipes you can then print the recipes and your shopping list.
Food on the Table is such a great tool in menu planning and cooking on a budget. And even better is that Food on the Table is free for it’s basic services (a more advanced membership can be purchased for $69 a year)!
My job is so fun! I do website maintenance for them, test and edit recipes in their recipe collections, develop my own recipes for the site and their blog, and write articles about food, cooking on a budget, and kitchen tips for their blog as well. For me this is such a huge dream come true, I get to work from home, doing what I love: cooking, writing, and taking pictures of the food and recipes I develop! I am so excited and happy to be doing what I am doing!
Here are some links to some of my articles and recipes which have been featured on the Food on the Table blog:
No Whine Wednesday: Read first. Cry once. Zest often.
No Whine Wednesday: Bruschetta is Betta
And here are some links to other articles I have written for them that have been featured on other websites:
New Year's Day Black Eyed Pea Soup
A Little Southern Luck
(both articles are also featured on the Statesman.com and livemom.com)
You all should totally check out the Food on the Table website and stop by and leave a comment for me on their blog! : )