Thursday, November 12, 2015

two shows I'd like to pitch to the food network

As I was creating a soup of leftover pork chops, veggies, potatoes and some herbs and spices the other day, I was thinking to myself that I didn't really know what I was doing. I was wishing there was someone there who could tell me what spice to use and why. I wanted someone to show me how to properly cut an onion and tell me why I should or shouldn't add broccoli to this soup (I didn't add it). I was thinking that if I could go to culinary school that would be awesome but I don't really have the time or the money for that right now in this stage of life. Then I thought that it would be awesome if I could go on the Food Network and be on one of their shows...but I couldn't figure out which show I would be qualified to be on. I obviously couldn't go on Chopped or any of those serious competition shows (those people actually know how to cook and make up their own recipes). I couldn't go on "worst cooks in America" because those people can't even boil water and well, I can at least follow a recipe.

SO, I thought up a show that I am proposing here and now to Food Network. It's called "The Mediocre Chef" and it's a show for those of us who don't use the fancy terms or the super expensive cuts of meat but we want to know how to cook food that tastes amazing with little effort and not a TON of money. I want the show to include how and what to grow in your garden for optimal eating and how to use and store it. I want the show to include people who love to cook but don't have the time or resources to read articles and try many different techniques. I want the show to have a part where the mediocre chefs learn how to create their own recipes...whether baked goods or dinner. I want the show to have real non-chefs like myself in there with the Bobby Flay's of the world teaching them what spices to add, how to work a grill, how to make dinner with just a few ingredients, etc... which got me thinking about my second show idea.
I don't know if this show would be better on the Food Network or the Game Show Network but it's called, "Mom's Pantry" and on the show the contestants have to create dinner for five-seven people with whatever happens to be in the pantry. Each show would have the pantries stocked differently but they definitely would not be FULLY stocked like all the Food Network shows pantries are. There would be a pre-determined amount and type of food. And sometimes there would be a little bit of spices left sometimes none, sometimes full bottles. Sometimes there's two onions and sometimes more. Get my drift? Also, while the contestants are coming up with a dinner their kids will actually eat they have to answer homework questions, switch the laundry and peel the crazy toddler off their legs! I think this would make good TV!! Who wants to help me pitch this? ;) And who wants to come teach me how to cook...and make up my own recipes? Cuz I'm already pretty good at following the ones I find online and in books!
Some day I'd love to go to culinary school. But for now I will continue to cook meals for my family from recipes and some from scratch from things I make up but forget to write down so I can't ever recreate them!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

temporamandibular disease

I went back to the Oral and Maxillofacial Specialist today so he could tell me the results of my MRI that I had last week. I cannot remember all the technical terms he told me but here's the gist of it. The temporomadibular joint connects the lower jaw (the mandible) to the bone at the side of your head (the temporal bone) and between those two pieces of bone is a little disc that cushions the joint. (seen in fig. 1)

In my jaw the little cushiony disc is moved forward, which was only detected on the MRI (like in fig. 4). Thus it is not providing a cushion for my jaw joint. Thus causing me pain. I have lived with this pain on and off for many many years. The weird thing about it is the left side is worse "medically" speaking but the right side is causing me more pain. So, the specialist told me that a night guard (that I have been wearing for the past 6 years) will not fix the problem. He told me that a pill will not fix the problem. He told me that I could just live with the pain and then when I get older it will probably be a mute point anyway. He told me that I could have surgery but it's not a guaranteed fix. He said it could relieve some of my pain but there's no way to know if it will be a long term fix or if it will even work. Kind of like when a surgeon replaces someone's knee or hip they will more than likely be living with less pain but there may be some collateral damage or it may fail years down the road. He told me that if I decide to go ahead with the surgery I will need to be on modified bed rest for a week and have my jaw wired shut for six weeks.

So, we've got some praying to do.  We've got some research to do. People to talk to. Possibly a second opinion. If you know of anyone who has had this or a similar surgery please put me in touch with them. I really want to hear from people who've had this surgery and see how they felt about it. The surgeon told me that in all the surgeries he's done (too many to count) he's only had one person say it didn't help.

Images from THIS website

Monday, November 02, 2015

observations from an MRI tunnel

I remember as a teenager there were times I would yawn and my jaw would get stuck open. It would take some wiggling of my jaw in order to get it to close. This didn't happen often but enough that I remember it. I have had issues with my jaw for a long time and realized it was TMJ finally when I was in college. My dentists never did much about it when I was younger because it wasn't a huge issue. Once we moved to San Antonio it started to act up and I had an awesome dentist so I got a night guard and it really seemed to help. But in the last month the right side of my jaw has really been hurting. I'm not able to open my mouth very far and I'm just in pain. So I started at the dentist office...who sent me to an Oral & Maxillofacial specialist...and the specialist sent me in to get an MRI. I went in this morning for my MRI...and I made a few observations....
1) Why with our technology are we not able to make MRI machines quieter?
2) when you have small children going to the dentist or for an MRI is kind of like a vacation. A really loud vacation. But where else do they give you ear plugs and basically tell you to take a nap for 30 minutes? 
3) As I was lying still in the machine trying not to move with my eyes closed I wondered if maybe it was all a scam so they could go through my purse. Ha! I know, I have weird thoughts right?

My ears were ringing for a good part of the day...but hopefully I'll get some answers next week when I go back to the specialist for him to read my scan.