On the contrary, I was obsessed with becoming a Doctor. I wanted to wear that white coat. I would have been happy becoming a lab technician, Scientist, or any position that required me to put on that crisp, clean, white sign of importance; so that when people saw me, they knew I was here to make a difference. I started trying after High School; enrolling in a nursing assistant program, and doing everything I could to excel in my class. I spent time working in nursing homes and a few of the large hospitals in the area, but still it never felt quite right. A few years later, after leaving the hospital to take a series of clerical jobs, etc., I had forgotten about my dream of wearing the white coat. Life had somehow taken its toll on me, and it was sending me a clear message, “There is something else for you.”
While laid off from my job, I began watching a series of shows on the Food Network. I found it therapeutic and interesting that people could take simple recipes and turn them into extravagant meals. And although I’d follow the recipes they gave, I’d still find that it wasn’t as delicious as I would have liked. I began adding my own blend of spices, ingredients and ideas together, and turned my kitchen into my very own lab. I had found a talent that I never knew was there, and had never explored. After wowing family, guests and strangers alike with a few of my now signature dishes, the word started to spread about me and my lab. I began catering meals for a small circle of family and friends, and went from there.
Still, I had forgotten about the white coat. It’s only after I enrolled in a culinary arts program, was trained by a professional Chef, and graduated with honors, did I see what happened. I was presented with my very own, embroidered Chef coat, white. All these years, and after so much time, I didn’t understand where I was meant to be. There was something I didn’t anticipate, yet something I would feel incomplete without.
Don’t give up on your dreams, even if the world makes you feel as though it will never happen. What you may want may materialize in a different shape/form. Be encouraged today, greater is coming your way!
If you're a busy mom/dad, and are looking for an unexpected, great dish to share with your family and friends, try this quick recipe for "Chicken and Biscuits":
* 1 small onion
* 1 1⁄2 teaspoons butter
* 2 lbs chopped, cooked chicken breasts
* 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
* 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
* 1 cup milk
* 1⁄2 cup chopped pimiento (or red peppers)
* 1 1⁄2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
* refrigerated biscuit
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Grease the bottom and sides of an 11x7 inch baking dish or 10 inch quiche dish.
- Chop the onion.
- Heat butter in a small nonstick skillet and saute until tender.
- Combine cooked onion, soup, chicken, milk, pimiento, and mayo in a bowl and then turn into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 15 minutes and remove from oven.
- Sprinkle 1 cup of the cheese over the baked mixture.
- Arrange biscuits decoratively in a single layer and sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese over them.
- Return casserole to oven and bake until biscuits are golden brown and sauce is bubbly, usually about 20 minutes longer.