I joined the blogging community to share my love for food, humor and life, from planting the seeds in the ground to landing food on the plate. With a degree in nutrition and a professional background in the kitchen, I revel in all food styles. I’ve tried just about every regime and like my religion, extract the parts that work for me and enjoy balance. I’ve faced challenges in my life that resulted in prioritizing love and humor and the knowledge that everything will at some point be a distant story…
A little profile:
I’m Wendy Ellen Thomas, no relation to Dave Thomas or his square beef patty empire. And Wendy was actually only a nickname for his daughter.
Q. Where do you come from?
A. Originally, Winter Park FL. I stayed in Florida long enough to have an almost normal childhood and my own first child. I left permanently when I was 23 to move to the west coast.
Q. And you currently reside where and with whom?
A. I live on Orcas Island, WA with my husband, Ollie. I’ve spent chapters in Saratoga Springs, NY, Virginia Beach, VA, Seattle, WA, Paris, France and Hamburg, Germany.
Q. How would you describe yourself?
A. I’m a mostly moral, ethical person with a good heart and a positive outlook on life. I don’t set a lot of boundaries and usually push hard to achieve what I want or need….sometimes for better or worse. I can be compulsive. I like people but not too many at one time.
Q. You mentioned you procreated?
A. Twice. An amazing
24 25, 26, 27, 28 year old son who lives in NYC. As cool as NYC is, I wish he lived closer to Orcas Island. And an inspiring daughter, 14 15, 16, 17 who unwillingly must still reside at home and not in her own apartment with a cat (this still has not changed) who is 18, very happily living on her own and I have the privilege to see almost daily.
Q. Did you receive any further education past HS?
A. Yes! I did earn a BS in nutrition at Bastyr University in Seattle. This was a wonderful, eye-opening experience into the world of natural foods and living. I attended Ecole Superior de Cuisine Française in Paris and passed the CAP in cuisine (a little bit about that in English)
Q. How have you kept yourself busy the last 25 years?
A. Parented. Long, solitary road trips of self discovery. Moved to a fifteen acre organic farm on an island. Did Market gardening. Managed said fifteen acres of property. Worked in restaurants. Weaving. Moved to Paris to go to cooking school. Learned French. Catered. Owned a cafe. Owned a kitchen store. Moved to Northern Germany. Learned German. Started a blog. Moved back to Orcas Island. Reopened my retail store, Chez Chloe. Closed Chez Chloe again. Sold Real Estate. Help run a family business – Jazz Everyone online jazz curriculum. Currently sparking new ideas and living happily ever after with the best husband ever. Literally. I know from experience.
Q. Was there a reason for starting this blog on the auspicious day of 11/11/11?
A. One day many years ago on the farm on Orcas, I handed my 85 year dad (who still lives on the property) 3 eggs to take home . He said give me 2 or 4 but not 3. I stared at him blankly realizing where I inherited my freakish penchant for numbers. I prefer even ones like my birthdate – 4-8-68. Or cool symmetrical feeling ones like say 111111.