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About cookinablackhat

I cook. That is what I do. I go to work every day and cook professionally and then on my days off, I cook some more. I love everything about it. I love the chemistry, the alchemy and magic, and I want to know more.

A call from my congressman

I received a call from Congressman Peter Welch’s office today in response to an email that I sent a while back concerning my loan situation.  I appreciated the call and I’m going to remain in touch with the office but … Continue reading

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What to do with all that free time.

Being unemployed sucks. Not having a steady income and living off of government subsidies does not feel good. That being said, it does leave you with a surplus of free time and you can either use that time to finally beat super metroid on your emulator; or you can use that time to learn new skills, reinvest in old hobbies, and fill in the gaps in your interests. Continue reading

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A Quick Word on Time Management

I was reading a post from a fellow debt blogger at and he made an excellent point about time management.  Basically, he says that time budgeting was the wrong approach for him and that keeping a list of priorities … Continue reading

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Bankruptcy – What it means to students

Let me start by saying that bankruptcy is something that should never be rushed into. It has serious repercussions for your credit and the record of it stays with you for a long time. That being said, it can provide … Continue reading

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Dealing with unemployment – federal vs private loans

I have a number of loans that are serviced by various different agencies and, having recently become unemployed, I have needed to put all of my loans into delayed payment.  For some loans, that means deferment, for others that means … Continue reading

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An Email from Senator of Bernie Sanders

I have written to numerous organizations and individuals about my story and what I am trying to accomplish.  This is the page to see the responses that I get. An Email from Bernie Sanders I sent my story to all … Continue reading

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Hello World indeed.

Years ago, a young and clever man decided to get the whole world to help him pay for college.  He accomplished this by getting himself onto a local radio program and requesting all listeners to send him a tiny amount … Continue reading

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