” Nick Rhodes called and wanted to go for dinner. I was seeing Keith and Kenny and Ann Magnuson. Nick and Julie Anne wanted to eat so early, though. They were insisting on 7:30 and we finally made it 8:00 (cab $5). Went to Mr. Chow’s and of course Nick and Julie Anne didn’t get there until 9:00 or 9:15.”Andy Warhol from the Andy Warhol Diaries

Andy Warhol at Mr. Chow with Nick and Julie Anne Rhodes

Andy Warhol at Mr. Chow with Nick and Julie Anne Rhodes

I was married to a man who was terminally late. Nick rarely started getting ready before we were already suppose to be somewhere, and would never dream of showing up less than “fashionably late.” It used to embarrass me and was a major bone of contention in our marriage. I never seemed to be able to impress upon him that when you show up so late, you’re subliminally saying “my time is more valuable than yours.” Or, perhaps that’s precisely why people do it – it’s a power play that makes them feel important. Regardless, it’s just plain rude and unprofessional not to make the effort to meet someone on time.

When we're young we feel we have all the time in the world

When we’re young we feel we have all the time in the world

When we’re young we feel we have all the time in the world, so we don’t necessarily value it dearly enough. I grew up with a father who did instill a respect for time, my own and others, by setting strict curfews and grounding me a week for every minute I came home late. I came home five minutes late once, lesson learned! To this day I’m usually bang on time for any type of business or social engagement.

Dad taught me to respect time

Dad taught me to respect other people’s time

Don’t let the time vampires get you either. Through being self-employed, I’ve learned to value my own time. I quickly realized time is money, one should know their worth, and set boundaries to protect it. It’s amazing how a lawyer who charges $700.00 per hour for their services, can balk at my charging extra for additional meals, until I gently remind him that it takes longer to cook extra dishes, and time is money. Don’t be afraid to stand your ground. As long as you’re politely assertive (not aggressive) most people will respect you for making your position clear, and if not – you probably don’t want to do business with them anyhow. Those are the people who will always be difficult, no matter how many somersaults you do for them.

I'm in the business of selling time - what's your time worth?

I’m in the business of selling time – what’s your time worth?

While food is my passion, it may surprise you to learn it’s not how I define the Personal Chef Approach or The Roving Stove. I’m in the business of selling the one commodity we universally seem to lack – TIME. The Personal Chef Approach is really about your quality of living, food is just one aspect of that. PCA members save 6-7 hours of worrying over the logistics of dinner every week. The fact that you save time and money, plus eat healthier in the comfort of your own home faster than you could go through the drive-thru are all simply fortunate byproducts of the PCA.

Think about it, what is your time worth? Wouldn’t you like more of it to spend with friends and loved ones, or unwind and enjoy some peace and quiet? Check out the video above to learn how the PCA works. Then please do tell me in the comments section below, how you plan to spend those extra hours in your week? I’ll even throw in the recipe for my award-winning burgers to munch on while you think about it!

Jewels Turkey-Jasmine Burgers

Jewels Turkey Jasmine Burgers

This is one of the first recipes I ever wrote, and it won “best poultry burger in America” on Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown! Since it is a little labor intensive, I would recommend doing double portions of at least the turkey burgers to freeze for a later date – why make a mess twice when you can do it all at once? After all it is about affording YOU the luxury of time!

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 12 minutes


Cucumber Salad

  • 1 medium cucumber peeled and thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup rice
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 1/4 cup green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Thai chili or Serrano chile seeded and minced
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 4 sesame hamburger buns

Wasabi Mayonaise

  • 1/2 cup homemade mayonnaise, or store bought
  • 1 teaspoon wasabi powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


Cucumber Salad

  1. Toss cucumbers, onions, rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Let it marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.


  1. Mix ground turkey, rice, panko, green onions, egg, sesame oil, soy sauce, Thai chile, and sugar very well. Make into 4 patties. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute burgers until cooked through, approximately 5 to 6 minutes per side (depending on how thick you make them).

Wasabi Mayonaise

  1. While burgers are cooking, toast buns, and mix mayonnaise, with wasabi powder, ginger, and lemon peel in a small bowl.
  2. Drain cucumber salad well.
  3. Smear 1 tablespoon wasabi mayonnaise on toasted bun halves, spread with a layer of drained cucumber salad, then top with burger and cover with bun top.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with a Asian Graffiti Carrot Salad and Five Spice Sweet Potato Fries with Hoisin Ketchup.

Heat To Eat

Vent lid of container and heat in microwave on 50% power for 3-5 minutes; or Alternatively, heat in a skillet over medium heat until heated through, about 4-5 minutes per side.

 This post was first published on May 27, 2014.

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  • May 27, 2014
    6:02 pm

    Very true. .it is rude to make people wait on you!

  • June 1, 2014
    5:13 am

    My husband and I are bang on time everytime. It irritates me with those that are not.
    A relative of mine is just ridiculous when it comes to time. He and his family are always late by at least an hour.