As 2020 draws to a close (THANK GOD!), we are also finishing up Season 5 of Hotline Helplines.

The season definitely had its ups and downs. Sometimes we could get someone to talk to us and sometimes not. Always a challenge but always fun which is the way we like things and frankly, the way we approach life and our cooking school business. Because everyday is a NEW DAY! It keeps our lives interesting, I mean, who wants a boring life?

We will often have people in class who seem like they’re not having a good time. They’re hard to read and are usually quiet and don’t ask questions or interact much. Then, much to our surprise at the end of class, they’ll come up to us and tell us what a great time they had. We’re always so surprised by this. We want to say “WHAATTT?!” But that’s their approach to life and Natalia and I frequently discuss what makes people interesting or not and what those people we would categorize as “boring” experience as a good time. But, God love them, they apparently have a good time. And, we’re so glad that share that with us.

Obviously, our good times are a bit louder and bawdier than most people’s. And, we like entertaining you with that. At least, we like to think you’re enjoying it!!

We close out our season with a a visit from my NYC daughter, a couple of shout outs and reviews from the Hater’s Guide to Williams-Sonoma’s Christmas catalog. We also share our holiday plans and end with a little hope for what’s to come.

Here are the highlights but, of course, please listen to the entire episode. The very end should sound familiar…thanks to Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful LIfe.

10:37 – Our super fan, Brenda and her family

12:26 – The beginning of the Hater’s Guide but we’ll be back

13:06 – NYC daughter, Merrin, arrives (from the kitchen)

21:24 – Details of chicken tetrazzini

23:55 – A shout out for our NY Super Fan, Brian Foley

24:33 – Completing the Hater’s Guide and more

28:19 – Tiffany’s tin can

37:13 – The Christmas Star

We’re making it easier than ever for you to join the conversation. We’re still up in the air about the topic(s) for Season 6. So, give us your thoughts…

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Tell us what’s on your mind because we’re going to start an email segment during the episodes…as soon as we get some emails. So, we hope you like our new podcast website home. It really is

We’re still on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify and all your other favorite listening places.

So as Season 5 comes to an end, have a wonderful holiday. Here’s to the New Year! Come on 2021!!

As always, thanks for listening! We love you guys!!

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