Careers and Aquavit: The Staple Diet

Careers and Aquavit: The Staple Diet

So once again it's been a bit since I've been here. And, once again, I bear an excuse in hand. Valid. Vigilant. And asking for your acceptance. 

I quit my job.

And I started a new one. 

And, yes, I do have a day job. I have since always. While I have worked as a freelance writer and cookbook author for fourteen years it's ebb and flow. High and low. Flood or famine. Freelancing can be a dubious career where you can have so much work you finally have the golden opportunity to say no and actually turn down work, or are crawling through the darkest annals of your contact list for anyone who can toss you a spot of ad copy work.

This being the case I've always had a backup job working in nonprofit development, which I have for the most part enjoyed. However, after many years of it and working, frankly, like a dog it was time for a change. I found myself craving stability, reliability, a job that I didn't take home with me. A job with benefits. Benefits. Something few nonprofits can offer.

And, FYI, this is why you should support nonprofits. They do the work the government and the private sector won't and the people who work at them work tirelessly and for very little compensation. I worked for 15 years buying my own healthcare. When the new President (why, yes, what you hear from your computer speakers is me sighing) announced he would dismantle Obamacare, that program that made healthcare for me and so many others actually achievable, a thing of the past that was when I was forced to bail. 

In fact, it cause a huge number of people I know in nonprofit to finally jump ship. It was our lifeboat. Now many nonprofits are hurting for talented staff. Many of you may say that the nonprofits should offer benefits. Guess who pays for those?

You. Donors.

They need you to function.

Still, there were many other reasons. It was also just time for a general change for myself. I was happy to find a fantastic working for the California Department of Food and Agriculture working in the Office of Grants Administration. Instead of writing grants asking for money I am now the one who gets to give it away! How novel it is for me and how much I love it. I get to help numerous nonprofits do the work they love.

Food and charitable work in one career. Neat!

Oh, and I also am still writing. No worries there. Most recently I did a sort of Aquavit 101 article for the Sacramento Bee and beautifully photographed by Andrew Seng. If you don't know much about this lovely spirit then you should jaunt on over to learn more. If you already love it, then here's a wonderful cocktail to further enlighten yourself with.



Photo by Andrew Seng

The Staple Diet, by Baron Stelling

Baron Stelling loves the simplicity and flavorplay of pairing aquavit with rye whiskey.

What You'll Need...

  • 1 ounce aquavit
  • 1/2 ounce rye whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup

What You'll Do...

Place the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.

Training: Brown Sugar Irish coffee

Training: Brown Sugar Irish coffee

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