Raking it up on Chopped II

I went into the entrée round feeling pretty good. I had accomplished my goal of not being cut in the first round. You know when you have the under promise over deliver mindset, so you don’t disappoint yourself? But this is when my real competitive side came out. I wanted all the marbles, or $10,000, […]

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Raking It Up on Chopped I

I’ve been struggling to write this post because there is just SO MUCH to say about competing on Food Network’s Chopped. I know most of you are curious about filming day, just how real is the show? My next two posts will be tell-all (well as much as I can) on my experiences on Chopped. […]

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The driest of Januaries.

Somewhere in unwritten societal law it is written (ha) once you turn thirty everything changes. You should be approaching mid-level comfortability at your job. (ha) Fridays are a day of rest, not going out. (halfway true) And finally if you are a girl, you are, as one of my friends so eloquently put it, you […]

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Sorry, not sorry. I’m not turning off my light because your eyes hurt.

Our whole lives we are taught to follow the rules, not be too emotional, and blend in. By blending in I mean get good grades, go to college, get a job, get married, have kids, buy a house, retire, all while not making too much trouble. As a society we ridicule anyone who feels too […]

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Thanks-b-to-Giving, a poem

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and that’s saying a lot because I love all holidays. I make Christmas explode in my living room, my Halloween costumes are always extra, and I still exchange Easter baskets with my close friends. But there is something really special about Thanksgiving, maybe because it’s near my birthday and growing […]

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To have everything you must be comfortable with nothing.

When I originally started Alilmixedup.com it was supposed to be about cooking but as I have developed Chefleen.com this is becoming more of a personal journal, the story behind the chef. So where have I been for half of the year considering my last post was November 2016? Busy, but to understand the journey let’s […]

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