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Leave the cooking to Kristin

Kristin Mulé of Castle Valley has begun an interesting new personal chef service business based in New Castle.”I’ve always loved to cook and have been told by friends that I need to go into business for myself doing something with food,” said Mulé. “With the hectic lives of people today, we are just not sitting down at the table with our families nor eating healthy food. Being able to provide busy people and families with an affordable solution to ‘What’s For Dinner?’ seemed to be a service that people would really appreciate. It not only gives them back approximately 10 hours per week, but also saves them money.” Mulé has worked in restaurants for 15 years and absorbed new techniques and foods. She attended the Culinary Business Academy specializing in personal chef services and has been cooking for clients consistently since July. “I’m quite the foodie,” she said. “I never get tired of talking food. After recently losing 60 pounds, I now have a strong desire to help people eat nutritiously, as well as providing a delicious meal with a lot of variety.” During the initial call with a potential client, Mulé asks questions to find out their needs, how much the family is spending on food, if they want to change eating habits, and what they are looking for.An appointment is set up to meet at the potential client’s home for a food interview and to get input from each family member. Mulé checks out the kitchen for her “cook day” in the home and analyzes at the refrigerator/freezer for space. If the decision is made to continue, Mulé receives payment and sets up the cook day.Mulé prepares and packages five different entrees providing dinners for ten days for $365/1-2 people. Meals for additional people can be made for $50/extra person. If special food is required for special diets, or organic foods and gourmet selections are desired, the price will be adjusted.”In five years, I would love to be able to expand my business into more of a wellness concept,” Mulé said. “Not only providing organic foods, but teaching people about the importance of natural cleaning products, clean water, and green building materials.”Originally from Milwaukee, she moved to Colorado in 1998 and lives in New Castle with her husband Joe. To schedule an appointment please call (970) 319-9492.•••••Ginny Saliman of Castle Valley Ranch is holding a Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 26-28, to display wonderful holiday stitching supplies.Saliman’s house is located at 725 Storm King Circle in Castle Valley Ranch. Please call 984-9100 for more details.•••••New Castle Family Fitness is participating in LIFT-UP’s annual Angel Tree and Food Drive. If you purchase a three- or a six-month membership gift certificate, New Castle Family Fitness will donate a gift to the Angel Tree and Food Drive. There’s quite a motivation!•••••The Eighth Annual Christmas Bazaar, sponsored by the New Castle Art Guild, will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the New Castle Community Center. Twenty vendors, including new vendors with copper and iron art, will present a good variety of handmade items perfect for gift giving. And for those who want homemade Christmas cookies but don’t have time to bake, the Congregational Church of the Valley ladies will be selling their yummy assortment of favorites. You can even win a door prize if you’re lucky.Boy Scout Troop #221 will be serving refreshments and lunch on Dec. 4 during the Bazaar, so you can shop, eat, and then shop again. •••••Seeing Pete Mattivi trimming his rosebushes and doing yardwork this fall should give everyone inspiration to clean up their yards and rake leaves.Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” runs every other Thursday. For news tips, inspirations and observations, please call 984-2308.Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” runs every other Thursday. For news tips, inspirations and observations, please call 984-2308.

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