Not a Brag, a BHAG

The Dump and Pour Chef Dream BIG, don’t Brag, Create your own BHAG!

With gratitude and full credit to the man who said it first, Pastor Dee F. Duke, of Jefferson Baptist Church, Oregon: BHAG means Big Hairy Audacious Goal. In the 16 years since I first heard the expression, a few other people have used it most appropriately in their writings. 

The character of The Dump and Pour Chef is, indeed, bold. (She is bolder, but I am older.)  When creativity is given full reign and not squelched, dreams grow amazingly large and grand. The Chef has become a symbol of possibilities unending, freedom and celebration.

We celebrate the joy of writing and publishing after age 65. We celebrate the freedom to ad lib in our kitchens, changing or omitting ingredients as refrigerator and pantry stores ebb and flow. We celebrate the Spirit that gave us gifts to share with the world. The Chef and I want to live our mission: Rainwater Harvesting for Africa, with 50% of the profit from eBooks committed to jumpstart the project.

BHAG explained:  The Chef wants to become a household name! A brand you can trust to tickle your funny bone! Set your inner chef free! “The Dump and Pour Chef Cooks with Kids” eBook is the first in a series of titles, each of which will focus on an aspect of cooking and eating, digesting or not, allergies, substitutions, flavor preferences and cultural styles (not necessarily in that order). Chef wants to translate the books and reprint in several languages. To reach the broadest audience possible, formats will include eBooks, talking books, soft cover and hardcover and anything new that comes down the pike.

Our character wants to see her logo on everything kitchen and dining…boutique chef hats and aprons (the first order sold out in three days!), hot mitts, trivets, towels; pots, pans and bake ware; table linens, runners, center pieces.

Videos, videos demonstrating the casual “Chef Way” of cooking will be on YouTube. You must know this means KIDS will be in the lead, trusting as they do, that it’s not the recipe that makes the meal, it’s LOVE, cooking and eating shared with family and friends. While watching the videos, kids and adults will be wearing their own Dump and Pour Chef hats, aprons and tee shirts, emblazoned with the motto: “Throw Your Recipes Out the Window!”

As The Chef’s character deepens and develops, she wants her own television cartoon series, much like “The Simpsons,” and a little like “The Magic School Bus,” added to the children’s book series, “Amelia Bedelia.”  A Prep Chef, “Mona”, is joining the line up, reflective of my real-life sister-in-law who is a disabled, minority adult. She’s a woman of many talents who flourishes with encouragement. A third “back of the house” staff member is either a Soup Chef or Sauce Chef.

We will sell everything at our online store, Amazon, eBay and more. Then we’ll take our show on the road to cities I want to visit with my large family, filling auditoriums (auditoria?) for full-on live cooking opportunities with the added sensory stimulation of  sizzle and tastings. Free gifts, door prizes galore,  including fully-cooked meals from stage, large-value coupons or discounts for our brand products will fill shopping bags for all participants to take home.

And wait, there’s more! But we have run out of time, certainly not ideas. You too can let your imagination free to create and become the life you truly want to live. Blessings.

“Throw your recipes out the window!”

…or, if you wish, shred them or throw them into the compost pile. (Yes, paper is biodegradable.)

You saved your dirty dishes from yesterday, right? Good. Now, fill the lower rack of your dishwasher and add the soap. This way you’re committed and can’t back out!

Today, you will find out how to make “Double Dare Dishwasher Spinach Lasagna.” First and most important, find a KID to lead. He or she will understand exactly what to do, even if it doesn’t make sense to grown-ups.

The first dare is the spinach. Once it gets mixed in with everything else, it won’t taste like spinach. Trust me, you’ll love it. The second dare is to put this meal in…the…dishwasher! That’s right, it’s time to cook food using the dishwasher! I know your mom might think you’ve gone crazy, but tell her to trust you on this: it will be delicious. Yes, a grownup can work with you, if they dare!


Remember, with The Chef‘s recommendations, don’t worry how much of which ingredients you put in, even if this puts you off-kilter.

  • Pasta sauce
  • Cooked and drained lasagna noodles
  • Small ball of Mozzarella cheese
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh spinach, or frozen spinach thawed and drained
  • Dried onion flakes
  • Garlic salt
  • Dry Italian seasoning


Place a long piece of aluminum foil, folded over two times, in glass baking pan. Spray with canola oil. Place half slices of cooked lasagna noodles on the bottom. Add a mixture of cheeses, spinach, onion and spices. Spread half the mixture over the noodles.Then pour on half the pasta sauce. Add half of the shredded Mozzarella cheese.Repeat layers, finishing with a good sprinkling of Parmesan cheese on top.

Cover with another double-folded piece of foil. Seal the two foil squares by bringing up the sides to the top piece and double fold tightly. Ask an adult to check your seams! This is a super important step.

Place the foil package on the top rack of the dishwasher—the bottom rack gets too hot. Run the dishwasher cycle all the way through rinse and heat dry. (For the doubters, it’s really okay to skip the dishes and soap.)

(While you’re waiting for the dishwasher to get done, you can feed your pets, do the dishes, or sweep the floor. No wasted time here!)

When the dishwasher cycle is over and the dishes are hot and dry, move the foil packet onto a plate—but be sure to use oven mitts. Open the foil package carefully to drain off any water collected in the folds. Watch out for the steam! Transfer to a serving dish and cut into squares. Dinner is served!

Pro Chef Tip

A salad with tomatoes and Ranch or Italian dressing goes well with lasagna. Crunchy garlic bread is a bonus. If you have regular sliced bread, toast it and spread on garlic butter.

To gain access to all of The Chef‘s wacky recipes, pre-order for just $10.95 at



So, What’s Your Favorite Brand?

The Dump and Pour Chef

If someone were to ask you, “What’s your favorite brand of toothpaste?” that would be a no-brainer, right? How about your favorite vehicle? Your favorite sports clothes and shoes? No problem, right? Your favorite Chef? Maybe it’s the uberchef on television in “Chopped” or Rachel Ray, or the guy who rides his motorcycle across the country, stopping in little hamlets for special local flavor.

Today we offer a new, wonderful, funny alternative to those oh-so-serious contenders: The Dump and Pour Chef, a cartoon character maybe a little bit like your mother or your grandmother. For all those beloved people in your life who have secret recipes that you crave, but can’t tell you how much of what went into the mix, we offer a kindred soul.

The Dump and Pour Chef is more than happy to share her creations with you. In fact, you’re invited along for the experience, as long as you have a KID to do the cooking! Any kid can do this. Be brave! Trust The Chef when she says, “Throw your recipes out the window!” Don’t panic when you encounter Ants on a Log or Elephant and Monkey Chow. It’s quite safe to eat, and especially good when you have the munchies.

Sound interesting? Beginning tomorrow, The Dump and Pour Chef will reveal one of her favorite dishes from her forthcoming book, “The Dump and Pour Chef Cooks with Kids” Each week The Chef will share a page from the eBook, along with some of her philosophy of cooking and raising kids. Pre-order the book from: Copies are just $10.95.

In the meantime, let the dishes pile up in the sink for today. Tomorrow we’ll cook up something in the Dishwasher!

More Fun With Dirty Dishes

small chefHello, Friends!

However you managed to arrive at this spot, you’re going to have a blast! The Dump and Pour Chef has decided to re-invent dinner…this time it’s going to be KIDS cooking, and grown-ups having more fun than they’ve ever experienced before in the kitchen.

We know that families are stretched and pulled in so many different directions–after school activities, sports, appointments and overtime work. There’s no time to cook! There’s no time together! Let’s fix that with “The Dump and Pour Cookbook Cooks with Kids!” It’s a cartoon cookbook for kids, in eBook form. Pre-order now for $10.95 to:

Our first book in the series introduces The Chef herself, who is quite unconventional and a little off-center. She gives you the freedom to stop measuring anything in the usual way. In fact, she says to “throw your recipes out the window,” and follow her. If you don’t have one or two of the suggested ingredients, no problem. Just substitute what you do have on hand. No worries. Every time you mix and fix with The Chef, your meal will be different and delicious.

On these pages The Chef will reveal how you can have More Fun With Dirty Dishes by cooking your meal in with the dishes–in the dishwasher, that is. If you’re very brave (and what kid isn’t?) you can put the dishes and soap in and push start! Your meal will be ready when the heat/drying cycle is over. For the doubters, you can skip the dirty dishes and soap (but just once)!

For a great snack, who could pass up “Elephant and Monkey Chow” or “Ants on a Log”? Who wouldn’t want a bowl of hearty “Kitchen Sink Soup”? And, who could resist “Chicken Fingers” (even though chickens don’t have fingers–at least not on our ranch)?

The Chef has arrived! Come along and enjoy the ride.


Hello world!

This page is coming to you from Sunny, Dry, Hot, Monsoon, Windy, Sandy (select your choices) Arizona.

Featuring, “The Dump and Pour Chef,” who is just a bit off center.

How would you like to throw your recipes out the window when it comes time to cook, and just ad lib? Are your plastic measuring cups sticky from lingering in the back of the “kitchen tools” drawer? Do your kids prefer fast food to fresh home-made foods? Do they rush out the door just as you remove a roast from the oven? Have you lost the time in “quality family time”?

Suffer no more! The Chef’s first cookbook is going to bring the kids into the kitchen and tickle your funnybone. You’ll have a whopping good time putting some strange-sounding concoctions together that actually taste very good. No more boxed noodle casseroles, with preservatives and artificial flavors and colors. Everything The Chef uses promotes healthy eating habits, with less sugar, salt and fat, and more fresh foods–even spinach!

Are yesterday’s dishes still in the sink? Load them up in the dishwasher, add soap and a casserole, “Double Dare Dishwasher Spinach Lasagna” to be exact. Yes. The Chef said that’s okay. For the brave kid who wants to gross out the family. And the family that really wants to have more fun, quality family time together.

Pre-order our first book in the series, “The Dump and Pour Chef Cooks With Kids,” for just $10.95 at:

You will be laughing until dessert. Promise. small chef