Remaking Christine

42, jobless, standing in the kitchen

Christine who?

Christine resizedMy name is Christine Burns Rudalevige.

I am an excellent eater. I’m a pretty good cook.  And my passable writing improves with alcohol.

Those are three basic elements – plus the $3.99/month I pay to for this spot in the ether – that qualify me as a blogger.

But you might also be interested in knowing that I once dressed as a damsel in distress and was whisked away by a Red Baron-type in a 1920’s bi-plane for a story about stunt pilots; I’ve tortured a whole entryway of hungry Harvard undergraduates with the smell of sautéed onions that were sizzling on a hotplate; I tasted upwards of 100 cheeses in one day at the British Cheese Festival in a castle in Wales (450 were on offer); and, I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones in that Andy, Owen and Eliza have afforded me this time away from my duties as wife and mother to do something I’ve always wanted to do.

19 Responses to “Christine who?”

  1. Cara Garretson says:

    Good luck in culinary school! And hats off to you for doing what you’ve always wanted…you can cook for me any day.

  2. Carolyn Marsan says:

    I’m jealous of your culinary school adventure! I’d like to be remaking myself right now, but I haven’t the guts, and I don’t know what I’ve always wanted to do. I look forward to living vicariously through your blog.

  3. Good for you Christine! Best of luck from someone who knew you
    waaayyyy back when.

  4. John Fontana says:

    I predict you will cook as well as you write – which is great so far here. Bravo to you!. Owen must be overjoyed by your new pursuit. My brother graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. Still the best graduation meal, and meal of any type, that I have ever eaten. Seven courses, each with its own wine. I felt like Mr. Creosote from the old Monty Python skit. Maybe Bill Gates will wander into your little bistro some day. That would be a blast from the past. Hope all is well. John.

  5. Megan McDonald Eagar says:

    Congratulations on your new pursuit! I can’t wait to travel along with you on your culinary adventures through your writing. I wish you the very best!!

  6. Jill says:

    Hi Christine – cooked Andy and several of your Tipsy Tea Buddies my best Chicken Curry Casserole last night – went down well but not good enough to tempt Andy to stay on to sample more of my culinary specialites! He headed straight for the The Fur & Feather today – Once you have successfully completed your course I doubt he will ever leave home again let alone leave the country without you. Enjoy the course – I reckon Chef may learn a thing or two from the Red Headed Mamma ! – enjoy…………and good luck. Keep Blogging – Jill x

  7. ECS says:

    Congratulations! I admire your courage and determination for taking this risk and following your dream. I am excited to have this experience with you (vicariously) — taking the good with the not-so-good — and I look forward to your vignettes. And, thank you for the chuckles and out right belly laughs as I envisage you seriously contemplating the name of your most important knife (though an 8″ as compared to a 10″ rules my house b/c it’s easier to maneuver) and adjusting to life in a house ruled by a cat — be prepared for the time when Zilla decides you qualify as family and tries to sleep on your bed.

  8. Terry Fitzgerald says:

    This is so inspiring and so funny at the same time. I’m hooked and I’ll be back to follow your adventures. More importantly, I’m forwarding this link to a few friends who could use both the inspriation and the laughs.

  9. Pat Pehlman says:

    Go for it Christine – have fun! Good luck.

  10. sue oxenham says:

    Hi Christine

    Greetings from Norfolk, England. Very much enjoying your blog, it reminds me we made hummus BC (before Connie) and as Danny lives on it (from Sainsburys) in the office we will wield the tin (sorry, can) opener and get back into home production. Got Connie to eat chicken tikka masala in Cromer! Bit worried about the deep-fried Oreos – does Cordon Bleu centre know what is going on under its name in Pa? Also worried about what Kraft will do to Cadburys as I grew up on the the Cadbury estate in Birmingham.

    Look forward to checking out the results in April, do you want any Marmite brought over?

    Love Sue, Danny, Connie & Roly Poly

  11. Julie Cooper says:

    Hi Christine,
    Greetings, also from Norfolk, England! This is my 3rd attempt at sending you greetings and to say that your blog imakes great reading, though I don’t envy you the double life and being a student again!

    Next Tipsy Tea Party is scheduled for this sunday at our house so once again we’ll drink to absent friends and look forward to seeing you in the summer, in Naaarwich!

    Julie, Nick, Alex, Hannah and Pippin! xx

  12. Jill Matthews says:

    Christine, Chef Clink sent me the link to your blog, and I am truly delighted with your posts. The humor and honesty make your posts very engaging. Good luck with your endeavors, and I look forward to reading your future comments.

  13. Christine says:

    Thanks for the comments, Mrs. Matthews. I certainly have plenty to write about! I am pleased that you are enticed to keep reading.

  14. Kathi Steeb says:

    Hi Christine,
    I miss having you in class! I am really enjoying your blog you are an incredible writer.
    Looking forward to readig about your seafood class.
    Keep up the great work!
    Your awesome!

  15. Holly says:

    Admittedly I’m doing a little reconnaissance work– I have this thing about meeting brand new people and having no clue who they are or what they look like. :)

    I love your blog and I’m a little embarassed to admit that I’m only looking at it now, one day before our pot luck. You have great writing skills; I, too, feel mine improve the more I drink.

    Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow. Have a safe drive.

  16. Janelle says:

    Hi. Your recipe for Salted Pumpkin Caramels looks fantastic — but what, pray tell, are “pepitos”?? (And have they made their way up to Montreal Quebec, I suppose is the next logical question!)

  17. Christine says:

    Hi Janelle,
    Sorry for the delay in my response. Pepitos are hulled, raw pumpkin seeds. I am not certain about their availability in Canada, but I’ve seen them pick up steam here in the US since about a year ago.

  18. Rachel says:

    Ok- I totally love this blog. My only regret is not to have trolled through before..
    You should totally publish! (I mean the old way, in addition to this!) xo

  19. Christine says:

    Thanks Rachel!!

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