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We Call Them Cooks

Posted on 12/16/2008

Later this week, Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating is having a holiday party for all our employees.  It’s one of my favorite days of the year.  Sure, as often as possible, I am in our kitchens, glad to give a few words of thanks and encouragement.  That’s nice.  I’m so grateful for the quality of their work.  Also, I see many during the course of carrying out my duties at headquarters.

I also very much enjoy our summer employee picnic.  That’s a sunny get-together. But the December party is special.   Both gatherings are chances for me to interact with our people while we are all off-duty, so to speak.  Both are relaxing.  Yet the spirit of Christmas—and all the winter solstice festivities—adds an extra sparkle of happiness to our holiday assembly. 
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On a far less cheerful note, a new study presented to the American Heart Association demonstrates a link between childhood obesity and heart disease.  According to the new research (which confirms what anyone with common sense already suspected), children who are obese have increased risk of heart disease. 

Another study shows that a family’s lifestyle has a major impact on the chances of a teenager winding up overweight.  This study says that “weight runs in families.”  Among other things, it’s what we do together, how we spend our time, what we eat…

Come on parents.  Children need healthy eating.  If you—as a parent—need help providing it, I respectfully suggest Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.
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On a fairly regular basis, we receive comments from a few people seeking changes in our menu.  We’re glad to receive them and each is food for thought.  (Is that a pun?  Goodness!)

Some say we have too much chicken.  Others say we don’t have enough.  Some want less meat.  Some ask for more.  Some customers who have been on our meals for several years request menu changes.

Every comment is important, but we can’t address every suggestion.  We do keep a running file of possibilities of changes and I’m always thinking of what we should consider changing.  Is there a way to make our meals healthier?  Do our recipes need tweaking?  Sometimes the answer is yes.  That’s when we change.  Yesterday I had an idea about a meal change.  I’m not going to mention it yet, because the research isn’t complete, and I’m not about to submit a half-baked idea.  Ha!
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One aspect of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating will never change.  We purchase the very best foods with which to make our meals.  And we always have to be alert.  For example, the current drought in California is affecting our fruit options.  Our people pay close attention to conditions like this.  
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I received a comment asking if we change chefs from time to time.  Would this, the reader asked, mean that the meals would change according to the whims of the chef?

No.  We call them cooks.  They follow recipes.  Exactly and precisely.  

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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