There are certain complimentary things that can be said to a Chef- or the CEO (Chief Edibles Officer) of the home that are as good as golden. Us chefs know who our harshest critics can be too, because they are no where near afraid to tell us exactly what they think. They sit down into their chair, and survey the plate on the placemat in front of them. Sometimes they interrogate us about the ingredients, insisting that we are not revealing everything that went into our dinnertime creations. If they decide the arrangement of cuisine looks in any way foreign or unappealing, then you have lost the campaign before you even turned in your nomination. These young, fresh little judges will give you an early verdict if you don't plan ahead, or fail to pay attention to the details. Ah ha, but if they do partake of your innovative cookery and you receive the thumbs up, now you are on to something.
As CEO of my own domain, my new creations are always subject to my family's taste buds first. Lauren and Riley have cultivated quite a vocabulary for describing how they feel about the meal in front to of them even before they take a bite. The surest sign of success actually originates when they yell out to me from their bedroom, "whatcha making Mama! It smells gooooood!" The supreme, the ultimate flattery is born from these four simple words though: "Can I have seconds?" These words are the surest sign of a winning dish and they deliver the purest feeling of success in my kitchen.
A Stellar Life involves learning to accept constructive criticism as encouragement to further refine your practices and come up with even bigger and better creations. It sure is nice when a real winner surfaces easily though!