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Thursday, July 10, 2008

That's Really Super, Superman: Eating three ways

My schedule at work has changed again. Starting this past Tuesday, I have been working from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. or so. I am being transitioned to being the 'Receiver' or 'Steward' of the restaurant as well as the Pitmaster. In the morning, I check in deliveries and inspect the product while getting the meat for the day into the smokers and oversee the prep workers in production of ingredients and recipes. In the afternoon I review inventory and prepare the day's orders, except for Thursdays when I have to do the orders through the weekend and into Monday.

On Monday, all of the physical inventory has to be manually counted-- every piece of shredded cheese weighed, all of the cases of garbage bags in the basement counted, every packet of ketchup accounted for. Inventory gets reconciled with sales and purchasing to make sure there are no discrepancies between what was purchased and what has been used or entered into inventory (a.k.a. making sure no one is stealing or wasting excessively).

There's a fine line to be discerned between having enough inventory and being too well stocked-- cost, waste and efficiency all must align. So there's that stress when ordering for three days at a time, and, of course, the physical aspects of moving in and organizing 1,200 pounds of raw meat, a few hundred pounds of produce and a few hundred pounds of dry ingredients and paper products. Not to mention managing a staff.

So, I get tired and, yes, sometimes discouraged, but I always find time to eat.

Brisket


Ancho and Smoked Paprika Rubbed Chicken Breasts that I butterflied and then seasoned and grilled. These went into burritos that included asiago and cheddar cheese, sour cream, bibb lettuce, and a fresh salsa with roasted sweet corn.


Ice Cream Sandwiches that we made with chocolate fudge cookies, coffee ice cream and a hazelnut-chocolate cream filled pirouette cookie.




5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like you'll be able to cuddle up at night with your better half!!!!

What more could a man want.

Way to go.

George dubya Bush

11:22 PM  
Anonymous baerly cooking said...

All of that, and your passion for food and using it to express yourself is still going strong.. as was evident in the pics. I haven't cooked anything in well over a week that wasn't done at work. You know what they say.. when life gives you lemons.. make a shaved fennel salad drizzled with lemon juice and white truffle oil.

1:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet baby Jeebus!
there's drool all over my keyboard and clothes.
I'm gonna use next weekend to grill me some juicy dead animals.

That's what I get for snooping in other ppls food blogs :(

Prolly gonna try out this a BBQ Ribs recipe, it's about time.

Think I'm gonna heat me some leftover pizza, Those pics got my juices flowing, and I can't stop!

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...
Sweet baby Jeebus!
there's drool all over my keyboard and clothes.
I'm gonna use next weekend to grill me some juicy dead animals.

That's what I get for snooping in other ppls food blogs :(

Prolly gonna try out this a BBQ Ribs recipe, it's about time.

Think I'm gonna heat me some leftover pizza, Those pics got my juices flowing, and I can't stop!"


DANG,

I clicked on that link and at 12 seconds into the video she says she's gonna steam them ribs.

I screamed "Oh my God your killing me" and the sleavetalkers done busted thru the oval office doors with their guns out. They dang near plugged me.

In Texas, iffin you steam a rib you just commited a felony, and I won't parden you on my last day in office either. Ya know, I might just make steaming ribs a capital crime as the 28th ammendment(didn't think I could spell that did ya) to the consternation. Hehehe.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Chef JP said...

First time visitor to your site--- very enjoyable!

10:57 PM  

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