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The sights, sounds, and smells of the Austin Kitchen is a pure treat for the senses when I’m in full cooking mode.

It started innocently enough.  Jessica poured out a can of some god-awful, nondescript soup into a bowl.  She placed the nauseating concoction in the microwave and prepared her lunch.  I couldn’t ignore the lunch injustice that was occurring before my eyes.  I had to ask why she would choose to make this her midday meal.

Jessica explained that her basement was being remodeled, resulting in a chain reaction catastrophe of moved furniture and displaced toilets which extended into her kitchen.  Until the renovation was complete, she would have to eat prepackaged food (and I use that word generously).  I was aghast.  I was appalled.  I was nauseated.

Rustic Bread
French Bread, warm from the oven.

I should have stopped there.  I should have kept my mouth shut.  I should have empathized, nodded my head with a look of understand, and walk away.  Instead, I made a bold and thoughtless proclamation, “No one should have to eat like that.  I’ll make you an amazing lunch each and every day for only $5 to help cover the cost of the food.”

She didn’t hesitate.  She didn’t waffle.  She didn’t think twice.  She jumped at the chance…and a new venture was born:  #lunchbyCurt

Figgy Pudding
Oranges and figs combine to make a Christmas special. A Dickens’ classic!

If you follow my Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter accounts, you already know that I’ve been making some amazing meals for my family.  For instance, this past Christmas we enjoyed Roast Goose and Figgy Pudding.  It was wonderful!  My mouth is watering even as I type this!

It only made sense to share this foodie goodness with others.

Jessica enjoyed Boeuf Bourguignon, fresh French Bread, Deer & Pork Sausage Chili, and delectable Chocolate Chip Cookies . Each evening I spent a couple of hours preparing the meal for the following day and it was quite a joy.

Shrimp Fettucini
Fettuccine with Garlic Shrimp: high in calories and off the charts in taste! Not for the feint of heart.

But Jessica blabbed and what began as a simple menu for one soon turned into quite an adventure for many.  She shared her lunch-time secret with others and soon word was out.  What started as a simple lunch has turned into quite a production.  People are asking to be on the mailing list.  Others are placing requests.  Some are insisting that I cater their weddings.  It’s quite an affair.

Now I’m preparing up to five lunch bags with a main dish, side, and desert.  I’ve served everything from Tuna Salad to Chicken Gratin.  I’ve cooked up Fettuccine Garlic Shrimp, Vegetarian Lasagna, and Roasted Turkey on homemade bread. This week we offer Spaghetti and Meatballs, Macaroni and Cheese, Chunky Vegetable and Beef Soup.

An explosion of color and texture. The cherry tomatoes and daikon radishes add depth.

Sides range from a beautiful salad to Brie with Apricot Preserves.  I’ve served Sliced Pears, Garlic Toast, Apples, Coleslaw, and Fruit Salad.

Deserts are a work in progress.  I’ve perfected the Oatmeal-Raisin Cookie and am honing in on the ideal Chocolate Chip Cookie.  An Apple Pie is on the docket this week but I’m still working on finding the ideal apples.  The secret is a little lemon zest mixed into the filling; lovely and bright.

Boeuf Bourguignon. Five hours of prep and cooking for one of most luscious meals on the planet. Pared with a hard cheese, crusty french bread, and Burgundy wine, it is the perfect meal.

Please understand, this isn’t a business.  I’m not making ANY money.  I’m only making friends and wonderful food.  The idea is nothing more than a labor of love, excellent ingredients, and a desire to enjoy great food, one lunch bag at a time.

And no, I do not deliver to distant countries or counties. But I will bring a lunch bag full of goodness and love to my office mates. I provide the food.  You enjoy the results.

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