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Happy Holidays To All Friends Of ChefsOpinion, Bella And Hans

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Dear Friends, 

As 2017 draws to a close I would like to thank you all for the
time you have spent with me on ChefsOpinion during this eventful 2017.

I wish everyone the most Happy Holidays,
and a healthy, wonderful and prosperous 2018,
filled with love and blessings.

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The best wishes from Bella and me to all of you,

Hans Susser
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God Bless
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Curried Pasta With Shrimp, Mushrooms, Veggies And Egg

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This  dish is one of my  “go to”  dishes when contemplating endlessly without resolve in my mind what I will cook for the next meal.
Although I am a sucker for real curry, pasta sautéed in curry powder and “stuff” is something I can eat happily any time of the day, as often as twice a week.
Usually the basic ingredients are items I have always stocked in my fridge, freezer or cupboard:
Pasta, beef, shrimp or chicken, any type of vegetables, curry powder, a bit of kecap manis, chili paste, soy sauce or maggi seasoning, onion or scallion, eggs and herbs.
An added bonus to this dish is that it reheat’s wonderfully. (Some say it’s even better when re-heated) 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Curried Pasta With Shrimp, Mushrooms, Veggies And Egg (Sunshine On A Plate)

Curried Pasta With Shrimp, Mushrooms, Veggies And Egg (Sunshine On A Plate)

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Curried Pasta With Shrimp, Mushrooms, Veggies And Egg

Curried Pasta With Shrimp, Mushrooms, Veggies And Egg

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Curried Pasta With Shrimp, Mushrooms, Veggies And Egg

Curried Pasta With Shrimp, Mushrooms, Veggies And Egg

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# 1000 !!! (ChefsOpinion’s Post # One-Thousand)

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Dear Friends,
I would like to thank all my readers for being loyal followers of ChefsOpinion for the past four years.
When I started this blog, I was a very different, happier man. My wife Maria was still alive, I was still active and successful in the profession I had chosen more than four decades earlier, and I was still living the good life 🙂
But alas, in 2013 my life took a turn for the worse and all I had to keep me going was my dear Bella and my love for cooking. (And eating).
From that point of view, Bella and ChefsOpinion was what kept me alive and kicking 🙂
Originally, (before the downward spiral of my life), the idea was to build this blog into a professional website and make a living doing so. But I found out soon enough that I did not have the motivation, nor the drive, to build another business from scratch again.
So, after a bit of adjusting, ChefsOpinion became my  Culinary Diary.
The reward for spending lot’s of $, time and effort to produce my “Diary” is in my knowledge that I am able to entertain and inspire so many people with my food. Between my direct subscribers, the web-search results and mostly by my fellow linkedin hospitality-professionals, ChefsOpinion has now anywhere from 200 to 2000 hits a day. This is even more remarkable when you realize that most of the dishes I publish are down to earth, “real food” items, which are prepared for the purpose of being enjoyed as good-tasting, enjoyable and easy to re-create meals, not some fancy, over-styled concoction which solely exists to look pretty, as do so many (if not most) of the food-pics you’ll find nowadays on the internet, in books and in magazines.
My pictures are taken free-hand (no tripod or special lighting), with a $100 point and shoot camera. As for my writing, I usually do it at around 3.00 am when it’s quiet and Bella is asleep. No fancy proof readers, no quest to write in a never before seen witty style. If professional photography and professional essays are what you are looking for, ChefsOpinion is not it.
If, however, you are interested and maybe even passionate about food that comes from the heart and can be re-created and enjoyed day after day by you and your loved ones – welcome again to my humble publication.
I am also happy to report that my private life has started to normalize and I am enjoying life as much as possible, even without Maria by my side; but Maria is in my daily thoughts and prayers forever and I will never cease to love her 🙂
So, dear friends, I hope that I can entertain you with my blog for years to come and I hope to see you down the road when it is time to celebrate Post # 2000 🙂
Hans.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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P.S.
If you have not subscribed yet, today is a great day to do so – and to tell your friends to do the same 🙂  Thanks !
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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays And A Wonderful New Year

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Dear Friends, 

As 2015 draws to a close I would like to thank you all to have spend
time with me on ChefsOpinion during this eventful 2015.
I wish you all the most happy holidays and a healthy, happy and prosperous 2016,
filled with love and  goodness.

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The Best from me to all of you,
Hans Susser
(Soupi)

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Salad Portuguese

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This  beauty of a salad will conclude Week One of “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan. (There will be an initial 4 week plan)
For everybody not yet interested in a bit of a healthier lifestyle, I suggest you try this salad anyway. Healthier and lighter food in my case does certainly not mean tasteless and boring. 🙂  (As is the case with so many other lifestyle food suggestions out there) 😦
Now, I understand that sardines are not everybody’s favorite seafood, but as usual, feel free to replace them with the seafood of your preference, such as shrimp, lobster, sole, salmon, clams, mussels, scallops, crab meat, etc.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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So far I have lost 12 lbs in two weeks of “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan.
I feel much better, sleep much better and on top of all the benefits of living a bit more on the sensible side of life, I eat as much as I want. (Except on the two days of the week which allow me a dinner of anything I crave, although in much smaller portions).
If you want to read more about my new, very much improved lifestyle, click HERE.
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ChefsOpinion will of course keep its original format, content and attitude 🙂
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Salad Portuguese

Salad Portuguese

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Salad Portuguese

Salad Portuguese

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ChefsOpinion’s Sabbatical



Dear Friend’s,

Due to personal circumstances I have to take a break from ChefsOpinion for the next four to six weeks.
This is mostly because next week I will  move from the home I shared for fifteen years with my beloved wife Maria  into a small (but very nice) apartment. During the move I will for some time be without internet access and it will also take me a while to set up my new kitchen. As you can imagine, there are many things involved with a life changing  move like that, especially when one has to do it all by oneself.

Anyway, I will try to get everything sorted out as soon as possible and hope to be back again during the middle or end of July 🙂

In the meantime, you can go back to earlier post’s to get inspiration for your daily meals or to simply drool over some mouthwatering food pictures –

simply click on this link :


ChefsOpinion Archive

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or simply click on this link :
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ChefsOpinion Pictures

I am hoping to see you all back soon on ChefsOpinion so we can continue our journey through  real food and real opinions 🙂

Ciao !  Life is Good !


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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

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New Look Of ChefsOpinion

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Dear Friend’s

Please let me know if you prefer the new, streamlined and brighter look of ChefsOpinion or the look of the  previous version 🙂

Thank you.
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100.000 Hits ! Thank You All !

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Dear Friend’s,

I am proud and happy to report that today ChefsOpinion has passed the 100.00 hits mark. This despite the fact that I am doing this in my spare time after work and that 99.9 % of all the food featured was cooked and photographed by myself at home. When I started this blog back in april of 2012 I never thought I would be able to find so many like minded folks out there who, like me, enjoy and appreciate ALL good food, but are down to earth and truthful enough to admit that on a daily basis, REAL food ( and real opinions) is what we crave the most.
So once again, thank you all for your loyalty and I hope I will see you hanging around ChefsOpinion for many years to come.

Best Regard’s,
Hans.

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Next goal : 1.000.000 Hits.
You can help me by subscribing and spreading the word 🙂
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To All My Readers

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Dear Friend’s
on LinkedIn, Facebook and other social networks.

I post in 50 different LinkedIn groups and a bunch of different social networks. The reason in the beginning was to expose my blog to fellow professionals and food lovers and gain an audience. To my dismay, I realize now that having spread out so much has helped the popularity of the blog tremendously, but has undermined one of the main goals of mine, which is to keep an ongoing conversation with food lovers about all things culinary. You see, most folks read and comment on  ChefsOpinion  on the linkedIn page or social network page where they receive it, which is of course a separate page for each separate group and network. So, while anywhere from none to a hundred people might comment or critique on a specific article or recipe, that comment or critique in turn will only be seen by members of this particular group or network. This of course drastically limits the scope of the conversation and exchange of ideas and opinion which would be so much more entertaining, educational and interesting if it would all happen on the same place of origin, ”  www.ChefsOpinion.org  ”
So, dear friends, since chefsopinion is a free and extremely secure blog (hosted by wordpress), I would like to ask all of you to please subscribe directly to  Chefsopinion  instead of receiving it through secondary sites. This not only makes it safer for you, it would also bring us closer together as a group of food lovers and cooking enthusiast’s and let us share all comments, ideas, critiques and criticism on the one place it was meant to be shared, “ChefsOpinion

With best regards and many thank’s for your ongoing support,
Hans
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Below find a few of the hundreds of comments I received on the  “Am I Obsolete ?” post.
The comments below are excerpts from the comments I received on  the “American Culinary Federation Group” on “LinkedIn”

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Am I Obsolete ? chefsopinion.org . . I love food.
I love food for the sake of food. Does that make me obsolete? Out of touch? Old fashioned? Removed? Aged? Antiquated? Archaic,? Bygone? A fossil? Moth-eaten? Out-of-date? Outm… 7 days ago Like CommentUnfollow Flag More Charles Huffman-Speech-Ai-Wed-Afternoon, Melinda Brown and 2 others like this 13 comments Giovanni

Giovanni Leopardi • Absolutely NOT…sometime i feel the same way, but then when I look in to the operations I am at the Helm of…I realize the importance of seasoned professionals in the field..you never will find a EXPERT…SEASONED YOUNG CHEF…sure we are able to find interesting and dedicated personnel but they always will need guidance support and direction to the way forward…it is the circle of life…

Larry Dann, C.F.B.E. • Good morning Hans, I could have not said it more eloquently. And absolutely NOT are you obsolete etc. I am 51 and with the exception of one cook and one dishwasher that I have working for me am the oldest person in my kitchens. I have four properties that I am responsible for and have several cooks, sous chefs, and chefs that are all younger than me. Like you I read incessantly and am always looking for great new ideas and trends but Food is Food, and Crap is Crap. When this whole Molecular Gastronomic revolution began I felt that it was a fad (and still feel that way). Although there are certainly a few pretty cool ideas that have come from it I feel a lot of it is just a waste of valuable time and effort. Mini plates are fine too but I don’t get the fascination with them. Thomas Kellar has surely done well with them. But then there is that congress of chefs who are very talented fine culinary artists who perhaps wouldn’t know what to do with a brisket of beef, a head of cabbage, and potatoes. I love all of my guys and gals. I treat them with respect and try to teach everyone at least one or two things every week. It is always great to see that light bulb go off when they realize they are learning something new and have that “Ah Hah” moment. Although you and I may have already been doing it for 30 years. In this field experience can not be underestimated or taken for granted. I also think that an very important thing is to surround yourself with young people and really watch what they are doing and what is important to them. Not only at work but in their private life. A genuine interest is so important. I also try to keep in shape so I can keep up with them…..lol. Okay, I’m out of breath here…LOL Have a great day!

Laura Anderson • As a young professional just starting off in the culinary world I don’t believe any seasoned, professional chef could be considered obsolete. If a chef must rely on molecular science to make food then they are not, in my mind, a chef. As you said on occasion sure I like to go outside the box and try something that looks fancier than it taste but for the most part I enjoy good home cooking. Real food for people with a real appetite for something delicious!! Any chef who doesn’t think they can and have learned from the generations before us are pretentious, it all comes down to learning the basics. I believe you learn from everyone you work with, even if you are learning how not to do things you have still taken away from that experience. I want to absorb every bit of knowledge I can from the “seasoned professionals” and then take that information and make it my own. I want to make food that will take people on journeys and the only way for a young professional to become a chef is to learn from those who have gone before us. Therefore you are never obsolete, your ability to pass on knowledge should always be held in high regards!

Beautifully said Laura 🙂 Wise and smart and surely on the right path. Cheers ! Life is Good !

James Filaroski • I love food as well. The world is moving to robotic food and service and theres a lost art of doing things well, with passion. My deal with the new world of culinary profesional is they dont want to put the time we did into learning the right way. There needs to be more decipline when it comes to the younger generation. You cannot teach passion that has to be in ones sole. We are not fossils, well made quality food will always compete in the market place. I know one one to re-create fads suck as gastronomic, big plates small plates etc. Like theme restaurants they have a 3-5 year shelf life until the next one comes along. Great fresh quality food with value will always come out on top. Keep the dream alive my friends.

Kim Bisk • I also love Food… And Good Food is Good Food… No matter what the concept is… Small Plate, Traditional, Gourmet, Family Style, etc. etc… When you find the right combination of Flavors… It is Good!!! There is nothing Obsolete when the flavors are there!!!

Gerard Campione • We have finally found the true cuisine…and it is in honor of your style of dedication to good food. It is a cuisine of natural ingredients from locally sourced producers. Local farmers, ranchers, artisans using raw ingredients without preservatives, artificial colors and flavorings. To eliminate processed foods with more chemicals than essence. Your many years of using fresh, nutrient rich vegetables and animals with the knowledge of using all the parts without waste. What a unique quality in cooks that only recently has become fashionable…again. Your gifts of knowlege are much appreciated now that we finally know what you were talking about. Never stop teaching. We will eventually learn from your true cuisine.
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50.000 Hits In Just Four Months Of ChefsOpinion. Thank You All !

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Dear Friends, 

Thank you all for your continuous interest and support of ChefsOpinion.
It makes me happy and proud that I can share my dishes and my culinary views with so many  fine folk’s. Even if we are not always of the same opinion about a specific dish, style, recipe, or method, you and I share a never ending love and passion for all things culinary and appreciate an open dialog about it.
I would highly appreciate any suggestions and / or requests to shape ChefsOpinion even more to your liking. If not, I will just continue to do what I love to do and hope that we, as a community of culinary enthusiasts, will grow even larger and that we can enjoy many more dishes, opinions and ideas to come   🙂
Friend’s, if you can find it in your hard and if you think my blog deserves it, please be so kind and help me spread the word amongst your friends, colleagues and family. Thank you.

With best regards,
Hans.
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Life is Good !

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