Tuesday, December 23, 2014


I have so blessed this year in many MANY ways. My first new home, new vehicle, a super popular blog and website(that is far surpassed 1 million viewers now) and a multitude of possibilities that have opened up for me.
Although it has taken a long time, with many of these openings taking longer than I originally expected, I am nothing if not patient.
Sure, there are still naysayers out there as well as others that either have nothing in their lives to be thankful for or have such low self esteem that they need to bring everyone they can down to their level, but it is with fortitude and a higher level of living that I overlook these people.
I am proud to be able to wear my pink chefs coat in honor and to be able to proceed with my life and life's work knowing that my priorities are well placed and my attention is focused on family and friends. (As much as I am able to anyway)

I am a consummate work-a-holic and have been ever since I was 14 years old. TRULY starting from the ground up and not afraid to reenter that ground floor if the need ever arose.
I don't put myself above anyone else and if I don't have something good to say, I don't say it at all. In that respect, I know when my days are numbered, it won't be because I let something eat at me or let other people's lives completely overwhelm MY life.

It takes growth, stamina, intelligence and priorities to live a life of happiness in the short amount of time we have on this earth. My goodness, if there is anything I have learned with age is to focus on what makes you happy, calm and loving in that short amount of time we have.

I used to be a jealous young adult, hold grudges, get upset at the drop of a hat, drink, carouse, not care about my next meal or abode......and I wish I knew then what I know now. (How many times I have heard my parents say that).
My Dad never let things bother him(at least as I remember) and always smiled regardless of any circumstance. My Aunt Marion is the same way, and so wasn't my Uncle Stan.
There are still times that I let things bother me but not nearly as much as years past. So this year, I am going to slowly let those feelings subside even more, and more next year, and so on, and so on.
I am grateful for what I have, not what I don't have. I am happy with my life, not jealous of someone else's life. I love the underdog, and always will. And by that, I mean those that aren't as fortunate or struggling. I have a HUGE weakness for children's well-being and that is what I try to focus on as well.

Sooooo, I have rambled on quite enough. I am just truly thankful that my glass is half full and it is from MY glass, I will drink. Salute and Merry Christmas all my friends and thank you for bringing 100 years of The Yankee Chef into the 101st year.

It's Just That Simple! ™


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful way of living James. Am really proud that you are able to drink from a half full glass. And you are right, some people need to pay attention to their own lives. When those that CHOOSE to bother themselves with others, truly are either lacking confidence in themselves or they are just plain weird and need psychological help.

Sherry, Queen of the Nile said...

Merry Christmas Chef

topdog(got a problem with that BJ, haha?) said...

merry Christmas Chef and what a wonderful site.

Gourmetgal said...

Hope you and the family have a great Christmas Yankee chef.

the NUMBER 1 New England Restaurant Chain, can you guess?(don't spill the beans Jim) said...

Going against the grain here chef, Happy Holidays to you and all your loved ones. Thank you for a great year of recipes and your talent and an even better one next.

Russ said...

You are a great father and chef Jim and don't let any holier than thou bozo tell you otherwise. You and I have been cooking side by side for almost 30 years and you truly are the best and fastest I have EVER seen. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Love all of ya.

The Yankee Chef said...

Merry Christmas to all of you as well. And Russ, it's all good. You are one of the best as well. thank you for everyone taking the time to say Merry Christmas, it means a great deal to me and my family.

A friend said...

Merry Christmas Chef.

yourfriendinmaine said...

Merry Christmas Chef. Hope you and your family have a great weekend. If you want, give bJ my number and I would LOVE to have a little chat with him.

ladyinwaiting said...

Merry Christmas Chef, what are you having today?

Sage of the South-the Worlds Best Chef said...

Hope you all had a great Holiday Chef. Not the same here in the South, especially when you are used to snow in December. Cheers my friend.