When Clients Become Friends... My Favorite Christmas Present !

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Real Estate Agent with New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County

I have a very good friend named Robert.  Wednesday night I went over to his home (which I sold him) and visited with Robert and his lovely wife Carey.  We were getting together that night so that Robert could "give me" my Christmas Present.

About a week ago I did something I have never done in my life.  I have watched Robert cook for himself and his wife.  Robert is of the Italian persuasion.  Robert is a Great Cook.  He is also a very witty person.  When I am at his home while he is cooking... watching him... he, of course, knows he is being watched.

So with Robert knowing he has an "audience"... his theatrical nature comes out a bit.  Then a bit more.  And then finally... it is totally out... and It's Showtime !  Showtime in The Kitchen... Starring Robert the Incredible Cook !

I have watched Robert perform many times.   About a week or so ago... I gave Robert a call at home.  While we were chatting, I asked him if he would "like some company ?"  He said... sure... where are you?  I answered that I was parked in front of his home... right there at the curb.

Of course he invited me in.  He and Carey seemed delighted that I had called.  They often invite me over, and I usually find some way not to go.  You know... I didn't want to "impose."  But this time... I did it... and there I was !

Robert had just finished grilling two of his specialties... grilled chicken breast... boneless and skinless... nothing else will do.  Second on the menu was the world's best butterfly pork chops... stuffed with some sort of cheesy mixture.  Whatever it was... it looked delicious !

For some reason, Carey only felt like barely eating... so even though I was such a last-minute guest, Robert and Carey insisted that I stay for dinner.  I gladly accepted.  Carey cut her portions in half... kept one half, and insisted I have the other half.  She just "insisted" she wasn't hungry.  So yes... I gladly accepted.  It looked yummy... it smelled... Robert is a great cook... so I knew it was absolutely going to BE yummy.

So... to try and get to the point... I will speed this up a bit.  We had dinner, it was awesome.  We chatted for awhile... chat, chat, chat.  A glass of wine or two... and all of a sudden... it was beddie-by time.  We hugged, they thanked me profusely for calling and coming over, and then I left.  A very nice evening spent with two very nice people.

Finally... here is the point of this story.  The next afternoon I called Robert.  He was glad to hear my voice, as was I his.  After about fifteen seconds of chitting and chatting... I said to Robert:  "Robert, I am calling to let you know "exactly" what I would like for Christmas from you this year !"  Robert, in his impish theatrical way, laughed... and said... "yes, Dahling... and what would that be ?

I told him I enjoyed dinner the previous evening so incredibly much, that I wanted to know if he had it in his heart to teach me how to prepare what we had for dinner.  Marinated and grilled chicken breast and butterfly pork chops.  He laughed... a lot.  He was thrilled I finally let him know something I would like him to do for me.  I usually keep mum on that stuff when he asks me.  You know...  I don't want to "impose."

He accepted, and asked when I would like to do this.  I said whenever you had time.  I then told him what I wanted.  Rather than simply watch him cook the same meal again, I asked Robert if he would "be so kind" as to go to the grocery store and purchase every single item on the recipe... for both the chicken and the pork chops.  Everything !  All of the marinade fixings, the extra virgin olive oil, the kosher salt... everything.

All of it !  I said I would insist on paying for it, which he accepted, but I wanted not only to watch him cook, but I reeeeally wanted to be able to go home with exactly all of the items he used to prepare his masterpiece.  Sweet Robert said he was happy to do this for me.  I kinda sorta think both Robert and Carey like me... they constantly make sure they feel I am "family."  I kinda sorta agree.

So... two nights ago we did it.  Step by step, item by item, ingredient by ingredient.  We made the marinade, we put the chicken and its marinade in one plastic bag, and the pork chop and its marinade in another plastic bag.  The chicken and pork chops marinated for perhaps ninety minutes.  Robert suggested that when I do it... Ilet it marinade either overnight, or prepare it in the morning, and let it marinade all day until dinner time.

I actually kinda sorta really felt I could duplicate this at home.  Then, it was out to his grill.  Three minutes per side, then turning the pieces a quarter-turn, he turned them over again... to give them the criss-cross "grilled" look.

When I left... somewhat teary-eyed... I had the recipe... step by step... and a totally precise and complete list of what he used... brand names and all.  Again... I was thrilled !

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Robert... This Story is Just For You !  I am so very glad to have you and Carey in my life.  I am usually doing my Realtor stuff, or being my typical "loner self" at home in my cave.  You check in on me, you let me know you care... and I just wanted to let you know... how very much I appreciate having both you and Carey in my life.  You really ARE... family !

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Rainmaker
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Alan Kirkpatrick
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Karen:

That is what is hindering me. Jason! I knew there must be a cause of my lack of new friends in TEXAS. It couldn't be me of course so it must be Jason. HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

GO COWBOYS!!!

Dec 10, 2007 12:53 PM #21
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate
Hi again Alan:  Things will be fine.  You will make friends.  You will sell houses.  But what you really need... is more cowbell      !We need more cowbell !
Dec 10, 2007 04:21 PM #22
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Elaine Hanson
Snyder Sutton Real Estate - Topanga, CA
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Why did I read this post when I'm hungry!  It sounds so good!  What a great evening that must have been.  Food, knowledge and good company -- what a gift!
Dec 10, 2007 04:49 PM #23
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate
Hi Elaine:  I tried the recipe at home last night.  I shopped for all the items on the recipe Saturday afternoon, and I did the marinade Saturday night.  Yesterday I cooked it while watching the Cowboys, and then had a nice dinner watching the Cowboys come from behind in the fourth quarter.  The dinner was great.  Marinated chicken breasts.  Yummy.  Oh, I forgot... you're hungry.  My Bad.  But... it was so very yummy.  LOL.  Next time I will save you some if you like?
Dec 10, 2007 05:36 PM #24
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Sal Poliandro - Bergen County Realtor
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Karen - What a beautiful story...thanks for sharing it with us.
Dec 10, 2007 06:53 PM #25
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Karen Anne Stone
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Hi Sal:  You are very welcome.  These two really cool people have become such good friends.  Thanks for commenting.
Dec 10, 2007 09:05 PM #26
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Jackie Peraza
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Karen - This is the sweetest post!   Robert and Carey sound like pretty special friends and it sounds like you are as valued to them as they to you :o) 

Those pork chops and chicken breasts must have been pretty good to have asked for the entire cooking process for a Christmas gift!  You may just have to consider making that a blog post in itself...unless it's top secret of course, in which case we'll all be heading over to your house for dinner :o)

Jackie

Dec 11, 2007 08:54 PM #27
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Ginger Sala
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Karen Anne, BTW do you go by Karen Anne or Karen?? I see by your comments you tried the recipe with good results..good for you! So will you be posting it on the recipe group?

Ginger

Dec 12, 2007 12:00 AM #28
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Karen Anne Stone
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Hi Jackie:  Robert and Carey have proven to be great friends.  Ahhh... I see... you want the recipe.  Yeah, I might do that.  Want to trade recipes ?
Dec 12, 2007 09:35 AM #29
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Karen Anne Stone
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Hi Ginger:  I had not thought of the recipe group.  Are you in that group ?  Perhaps I need to get over there and join ?  And... usually it's Karen Anne.  I wrote a post on that... When I first met Karen Anne.  You will love it. 
Dec 12, 2007 09:37 AM #30
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Rebecca Chambliss
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That's a wonderful gift that will last forever...
Dec 12, 2007 01:24 PM #31
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Karen Anne Stone
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Hi Rebecca:  Yes, I will either last forever, or every time I use that recipe... whichever one takes longer.  Thanks for commenting.
Dec 12, 2007 04:08 PM #32
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Sarah Cooper
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Karen Anne, I loved reading this.  What special friends you have, and what a wonderful gift!  (And how special of you to write this for them!  I like that.)  :o)
Dec 12, 2007 04:15 PM #33
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Karen Anne Stone
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Hi Sarah:  Yes, these two are just really sweet people.  I met them when I sold them a new home, and have since handled leasing their rental home twice.  It isso nice when clients become friends.  Robert and Carey are great.  I am glad you liked it... but not quite good enough for a MWA, huh ?  :(  Take care, stay warm... thanks for commenting.
Dec 12, 2007 04:23 PM #34
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Todd Clark
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That is an awesome story Karen and I'm glad you have made such friends with such wonderful people. Robert, keep this one she is great person!

Dec 13, 2007 12:45 AM #35
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Karen Anne Stone
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Hi Todd:  What a very nice thing to say.  Thanks so much.  Yes, Robert and Carey are great friends.  I am glad to have them in my life.  Thanks so much for your kind comments.  Take care...
Dec 13, 2007 01:39 AM #36
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Sarah Cooper
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Karen Anne -- MWA!!!!
Dec 13, 2007 04:09 AM #37
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Karen Anne Stone
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Sarah:  Thanks so much.  I feel better now !  <sigh>
Dec 13, 2007 05:34 AM #38
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You must be pretty special (I know you are) to have such great friends!

 

Take care,

 

Adele

Dec 15, 2007 09:19 AM #39
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Karen Anne Stone
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Hi Adele:  Nice to see you !  Yes, when I was originally helping Robert and his kids to find a home, I did my utmost to make sure I found him the absolute best home for him and his family.  I guess it is true that what goes around, comes around.  Hope things are well with you, Adele.  Take care...
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