Hi you! So glad you’ve found your way here. I’m Almut. I am the Chef MomRD – say it like “Chef Boyardee.” I am a chef, mom and a registered dietitian. But that’s what’s most obvious, it’s what people see me do. I am also a recovering perfectionist, procrastinator, yeller, worrier, nose-picker, idolizer and addict of sorts…and I’m finding my way from the ditches of a sin-stained life to new holy, joyfilled ground through a simple practice known as Eucharisteo.
I learned about this Eucharisteo thing from Ann Voskamp, who has taught me more about loving messes than anyone else has ever taught me about being neat and tidy. Being German, that seemed to be the most important lesson in life…the one thing that you would be judged by. But no more, thanks for the miraculous grace I received from Jesus in a dirty bathroom in southern France on a dark morning in November of 1985…I still can’t get over it…holy grace…me?!
It’s been a hard walk with Jesus through the years and travels, drifting, checking out, yes, even denying and mocking, but once again, in 2004 showered with warm, beautiful grace…oh, its’ all amazing grace and I so do not deserve any of it…but even this wretched soul has been made well again.
I’m not good with words, (and I like to use the excuse that English is a foreign language for me), but I’ve heard that God uses us only in our imperfection, so here I am trying to type words about what God has called me to do.
In June of 1998, during a time of utter frustration with my job, God spoke to me, even though I didn’t want to give Him credit at the time. I took the day off, called it a “mental health day” and asked myself this question: “If I could do anything, given the right education, being in the right place, at the right time, what kind of work would get me so excited to jump out of bed every morning, that it didn’t even matter if I got paid?”
The answer came immediately: “You will be a community health and nutrition educator.”
My heart started racing. I jumped in the shower, couldn’t get dressed and out the door fast enough. Walked to the closest college campus, smiled silly at the lady in the Information Office and asked, “what do I need to study to become a health and nutrition educator?”
I learned a new word that day: dietetics. After I told the program director the “I woke up this morning”- story she handed me a curriculum guide for courses to take at the community college that she would accept should I decide to seriously study for a degree…I was 30 years old and had never been to college, much less to any school in America.
I signed up for 18 credit hours that day and wrote my resignation letter for work – jumping in, all in – no discussing it, no thinking about it, certainly not praying about it. God pushed me in…there was no turning back, and I am glad. God was with me from day one, again miraculously providing, sustaining, and blessing this journey all just so He could pull me back to Himself. What grace and what patience: God provided every penny to pay for a bachelor of science, dietetic internship, and a master of science degree, gave me the energy to birth two babies along the way and finally lead me to the sanctuary that looks so much like the church in that small village on the Mosel River I call “meine Heimat.”
These days, hundreds of kids call me Chef Marino, chefs and nurses call me Professor, two lively boys call me Mama and the master artisan baker calls me Honey. I’m a broken mess and love that best in others, too. I’m a gospel girl practicing daily how to live a missional life by blessing the folks around these parts.
I’m a do-er and love to teach others about the things I do: Grow food, cook food, eat food, teach my children, share my faith, manage a household, and so on – and that’s what this blog is mostly about. You won’t find deep-digging spirituality here, only quick and easy things that this Proverbs 31 apprentice has learned, tried out, perfected to suit our family and now share with you so that you too, may live in good health (everything works and nothing hurts) on a budget while caring for God’s creation.
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
Titus 2:4-5 (NIV)
My work is a labor of love – grace – it’s all for Him.
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Colossians 3:23 (NLT)
So, thank you for stopping by and reading this far. Don’t be a stranger and let me know you were here. See you again real soon!
Lord, in my efforts to serve, help me to be true to who I am in you. Make me see and understand the gifts you have given to me, and give me the courage to use them for the building up of your kingdom. Amen. – adapted from Common Prayer