All I Have To Show For It

Private Chef Chronicles: Summering in the Hamptons (Part 2!)

Well, today is Monday here in the Hamptons. All day. Just wanted to keep you guys in the loop. You know, the super exclusive, utterly fabulous loop of summertime in the Hamptons. I ran into Gwyneth Paltrow the other day at yogalates, and we chatted about the benefits of getting weekly facials and the state of our hydrangeas over nonfat soy lattes.

Nope. That didn’t happen.

What did happen is that I cooked things. I went ahead and cheffed. Privately. I’ve officially been a private chef for 4 weeks now, and this is all I have to show for it:

banana cream tart
butter & jam thumbprint cookies
goat cheese & zucchini tartlettes with green salad
almond & apricot biscotti
hors d’oeuvres – tortilla chicken cups with tomato, corn and edamame
rustic peach cake. Ingredients? Rustic and peaches.
chocolate chip cookies, naturally.
and the ever-present oatmeal raisins. I make a lot of cookies.
toasted coconut cake
strawberry shortcakes

Asian-style (ish) beef salad

chocolate-dipped strawberries

caramel macarons

carrot cupcakes

And rice krispie treats. Because, at this point, why the hell not?

The good news is that I’m still alive, am still getting paid to cook, and have decidedly mastered the art of the grilled vegetable.

Also, I get to spend my days off sleeping late, doing — or, um, trying my really, really hardest to do — crossword puzzles (Thursdays are hard, yo), and drinking chocolate milkshakes with my gorgeous Grandma.

All at my favorite sunny house at the end of the island. The one with the big yellow door, the closets that smell like mothballs and the old raccoon prints in the garage.

There’s no yogalates or soymilk, and I don’t cook anything.

But it’s really pretty wonderful.

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6 Responses to All I Have To Show For It

  1. Anonymous says:

    one of the best yet…….. awesome on every level- the cheffing, the pics, the story.

  2. VirginiaO'Possum says:

    Wow, Molly, never mind the cheffing, where did you learn to photograph food so beautifully? I hope you are also doing an art cookbook! And that all your culinary ambitions are realized. Good luck and best wishes!
    Lauren (formerly from TBG)

  3. Lis says:

    Molls, the story, the photos, your humor… so good! and the special times with Gma… so special. amazing!! love you so. lissie

  4. Anonymous says:

    we want more! we want more!

  5. BRG says:

    Well, the folks that you chef for are very, very lucky. I mean, they're eating five star restaurant meals right at home. How cool is that?!?!?

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