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Boomer’s Ramblings Good Vs. Great

One of the books I am working on (not so diligently at this time however) is titled Versus.  Now I know that I have mentioned before how I have thought of a better title, however, it is not coming to me at this time.

One of the chapters is Good Vs. Great. Now as I state in the book this all started way back when I was married. As I was cooking dinner there were times when I would make a sauce or a soup, or something of that nature. My ex-wife would always ask me why I did not measure anything. Keep in mind, at that time I was a  cook for a living and did some study under some of the better chefs in Reno. My response to her was good cooks measure great cooks don’t have too. Great cooks know you start with a pinch of this and a dash of that. She would basically roll her eyes and leave the cooking to me.  The usual rave reviews after dinner was proof time after time I was right.

Then it carried over to work we would kind of joked about it.  Then one day a friend and co-worker told me I should write a book.

You know what? instead of telling you any more I am just going to post the first page of that chapter. tell me what you think Please!!


Chapter One


I am starting with this particular area of life, because this is what I do for a living. Remember I am in no way trying to degrade or belittle anyone, I am merely pointing out the ways I was taught by the chef’s that taught them to me. Again these are just my opinions about what I believe to be the difference between a good cook and a great cook. I am going to start with the most basic first step of cooking, the measuring of ingredients. This part was inspired one day by my ex-wife when she used to ask me all the time if I was going to measure anything. I used to always tell her good cooks measure, great cooks don’t have to. A good cook gets out the old cookbook and his measuring utensils and measures things out, whether it is a teaspoon of this or a tablespoon of that. He/she is going to get it just right, just the way the book says. I applaud the effort and eventually you too will become a great chef, but remember great cooks don’t need a book the recipe is generally in their head (not to say they never need a cookbook they might decide to explore something new then they will need some guidance, but for the most part they are fine without). A great cook can tell you it is a pinch of this, a dash of that, a splash of this, and a handful of that, and a little taste tells you what, if anything, you need to add.

I am going to admit when I first came up with this concept years ago I was just going to go with the good vs. great bit, and apply it to as many aspects of life as I could think of. Later on as I procrastinated  many different subjects have come up. Example: Perception Vs. Conception…..Thought Vs. Opinion….just to name a couple more. Between poems for my books [two of which are in print by the way (here comes the cheap plug………  “Pathways” through xlibris.com/RayBohdan.html and “Mingling Hues of My Mind” through Publish America].  and the short stories I am trying to put out I definitely have more on my plate than I can devour, in one sitting anyway, but it does keep me out of trouble…er….I think……


About Bigboomer

Hello, first of all I would like to thank you for visiting my blogsite. I am going to tell you a little about me. My name is Ray, I started writing back in high school. Every once in a while I would come up with a few ideas and would write them down. Most of which became poems others became short stories. Some of my inspirations are of the heart, some of them come from the thoughts of the day. You will see, as you browse threw my site my poetry is about as diverse as you can get. I hope that as you read them some will have you thinking of love, while others will make you feel sorrow. I would like some of them to set you off to an adventure. Finally, I have some poems that may make you hungry. I do have some inspirations that just plane turn into ramblings or rants as, if you read in here, you will see. I have managed to get two books published so far, the first one is titled Pathways, it may be found at xlibris.com/RayBohdan.html. there you can view a couple of excerpts form the book. The second book is Mingling Hues of My Mind it is at publish America A little bit more about me. I am fifty-one years old I have three children, Rainney, Elisa, and Anthony and two well, actually, three grandchildren Raeanne Marie, Graycee, and Amaya. I guess I could go on, but then I am afraid this will come out sounding like a dating profile. Part of my site will be dedicated to my poetry, I plan to break it down into different sections and organize it by type/style. Another section of this site will be dedicated to my blog it will be about my rants/thoughts of the day. These will vary from political, to personal, to comical. I will talk about most anything and everything that I feel may be of interest to someone. I also will devote a section to some of my favorite recipes with hints on how to capture his/her heart by winning their stomach. My favorite foods are Italian and Mexican, but this section will not be limited to those two types. I do believe however, that the most important part of my site will be the dedication pages. These will be to memorialize special loved ones and friends, as well as thank those that have made purchases of my afore-mentioned book. This is exactly what you think it is. A way for me to sell my self as a writer. Publicly get my words and thoughts out into the world. Please believe me when I say that this in no way demeans or diminishes my passions for the people and the love of which I have written, and will continue to write. I trust that once you read my poems you will feel the love i have felt, the pains I have been through, and the joys of life itself. Once again I thank you for stopping by please enjoy.


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