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Life is a Bowl of Calm Chaos

I must apologize for some uncommon lack of posts this past week. Things have been quite busy in my little corner of the kitchen with so many exciting opportunities that are back to back. Here's a sneak preview of what's been keeping me busy and away from blogging my culinary adventures...

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First off, thanks to many friends and family, who have encouraged me to give a television reality series a shot yesterday (Sunday, July 12th). I had no intention of pursuing the opportunity, however those close to me refused to let me pass it up. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't have prepared or gone on my own.... so thank you! (you all know who you are!).

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Secondly, today (Monday, July 13th) I'm busy working on a video and photo shoot for a magazine where 4 original recipes of mine will be featured. Stay tuned to find out what global magazine I'm working with, updates on when the video will be available online and when the magazine will hit the newsstands!

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Lastly, Round 2 of the Chicago RedEye's Virtual Kitchen Stadium is just around the corner. Be sure to watch what culinary creativity ensues tomorrow (Tuesday, July 14th) when a secret ingredient is revealed and I go head to head against a fellow Chicago foodie for a spot in the final round!

So as a result of this 3-ring media circus I'm in, there's a lack of updates and recipe posts here on my blog. Once things slowly simmer down later this week, I'll be updating:

- the recent Chef Spotlight dinner I hosted on Saturday, July 11th, where we highlighted Spanish chefs and cuisine...
- a picnic event I'm hosting on Wednesday, July 15th...
- Chicago's Green City Market BBQ event on Thursday, July 16th...
- a huge blow out luau I'm hosting on Saturday, July 18th...
- the neighborhood culinary tour of Chicago's Chinatown I'm hosting on Sunday, July 19th...
- my Tuesdays With Dorie challenge featuring Dorie's Plum Brioche Tart...
- my Bread Baker's Apprentice challenge featuring homemade Ciabatta...
- my Burger Bunday recipe, along with a handful of more burger recipes fellow bloggers shared...
- the Foodie Freebie Friday of the week, which will resume on Monday, July 20th...

...and so much more! I definitely have my work cut out for me both in and out of the kitchen every day this week so stay tuned! Until then, here's a new and recent pic (compliments of Mr.Stacey Photo), and thank you for visiting!

18 comments

  1. You are a busy woman, Joelen. I've seen you metamorphosize from someone who loved to cook and entertain to someone who LIVES to cook and entertain. You rock.

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  2. Joelen, you are such an amazing woman! You've come a long way from your first time making chocolate chip cookies at your friend's house! I can't wait to see these blog updates this week.

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  3. Beautiful picture Joelen, and congrats on all the awesome adventures in your life!

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  4. I am SO GLAD that you tried out! That is exciting! I'm thrilled that you've had so many exciting opportunities lately... you deserve all of the good things that come your way.

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  5. Wow, that's so awesome. I wish you the best of luck in your latest endeavors!

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  6. wow you are busy! with a lot of awesomeness :-) haha. but wow, congrats on all your latest adventures! and beautiful picture!

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  7. What a week and month for you, Joelen! You obviously work your butt off and deserve every good thing that comes your way!

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  8. Congrats on all of these exciting opportunities! Keep us posted on how things go.

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  9. Wow, so busy with such exciting opportunities! So happy to hear you auditioned...fingers crossed!

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  10. That's all so exciting Joelen!!! Best of luck and congrats on all these amazing opportunies!

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  11. congrats and best of luck on everything...

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  12. That is amazing, Joelen, I am so happy for you!

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  13. I am so excited for you, as I mentioned earlier! You're such an inspiration, truly, and I wish you all the best! :)

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  14. Yay, congrats on all your recent opportunities - can't wait to see what the magazine is and see you on tv :)

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  15. Joelen,congratulations and good luck with all of your adventures!! You are awesome!!

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  16. Many best wishes. Can't wait to see the publication when it comes out. I hope the casting agents see the gem that was in front of them and has inspired many (myself included).

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  17. That is amazing!!! So happy for you! :)

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  18. Yeah! I'm so glad you decided to try out!! We're all cheering for you! Hope everything goes great this week!

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