Fame and Fortune comes a knockin’

The Terminal Chef has been contacted by the local ABC affiliate KATU and specifically the show AM Northwest. It looks as though I will be on June 8th to talk about Cancer and Cooking as it pertains to my onesie. I’ll be doing a cooking demo on the Mac Daddy, and talking about the Cancer Journey. I’ll add the recipe here just prior to going on and some still shots in hopes that people who want to replicate it will have greater success. Wish me luck and tune in!

Grilling for the Holiday

So I’m seeing all the food info sites are giving everyone cooking advice for the weekend, and I was struggling to find something I could add to the conversation. The first thing I would clarify is the difference between Grilling and BBQ, for whatever reason here on the west coast whenever we cook outside we call it BBQ… this is incorrect, and it doesn’t matter if I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN… My father spoke Ukrainian as his first language so growing up we knew that “Getting a Sandwich” meant lunch and not literally a sandwich, that didn’t make it correct. However what most of us do on weekends is Grilling not low and slow BBQ, so please be a little more accurate in your terminology… and yes I’m aware it’s a lost cause to crusade against language and its use. Back to cooking… Simple grilling advice… If you need to cook something through like chicken or sausage use lower or indirect heat, for a gas grill turn the heat down, on a charcoal grill increase the distance between the meat and the heat either vertically or horizontally. If you like rare stuff  high heat will give you a nice char and rare inside. The other key to grilling is for the “griller” to monitor their drinking until the food done, it sounds simple but observation has shown it is difficult to put into practice.

Now lets talk about flavor & Cooking, there are a myriad of rubs, marinades, sauces, and dressing recipes and techniques available to anyone online. My first rule is to salt any raw protein before anything else…. always season your meat. Second, bring your meat to room temperature if possible, especially if you’re looking to cook it well done. I know this isn’t always possible because of people who may be milling around questioning your food safety, but I’m not talking about leaving meat out for days, just enough time to bring the temp up a tad. When you want to add more flavors like herbs, aromatics, and other spices I recommend you start with a Mayo base, I know cooking Mayo is counter intuitive but stick with me here. Mayo at it’s core is oil suspended in an acid & egg protein emulsion, so if you take some mayo (oil) and add a rub mix to it and marinate your meat with it, once it hits the grill it will actually produce a crust of flavor from whatever you choose to put in your marinade. From here you have a blank slate chiles, spices, vegetables… whatever, a food processor or blender comes in handy for these. If your mayo marinade is too thick, it can always be thinned out with a little vinegar, however the thinner you make it the less crusting you’ll get. If you want a dipping sauce for your Grilling meal use your marinade recipe and add a little sour cream and season to taste. It’s not a good idea to use a marinade that has been used on raw meat as a dipping sauce. I wish you the best of Holidays and remember that the most important ingredient to any meal is the company you keep.

Trent’s First Wake

The date of my first wake is the halfway point or 9 months of my lowest life expectancy number of 18-24 Months. There are cases where Herceptin has increased longevity, but only time will tell and I’m not waiting to find out. I do run the risk of having multiple wakes and I wouldn’t blame people for getting disgruntled and calling bullshit! I hate funerals and wouldn’t ask anyone to attend one, so since I have a tentative expiration date I much rather say goodbye in person every year I’m still kicking. So I hope you will try to attend and RSVP on my facebook page Trent Dolyniuk so we will have enough party supplies.

Trents first wake

Some Before and After Photos

Since November 2016 I’ve lost 70 pounds, great to be at a weight I should be however I cannot recommend the methodology. The weight loss has been so dramatic I’ve been able to go the grocery store in our small town unrecognized, anonymity can be such a blessing when you feel like shit. I’m currently undergoing my 6th Chemo treatment, 3 chemos, 1 Herceptin therapy, and 1 new bone density something or another. I got in at 9am it’s 3:30 now and I’m probably here for at least another 45 minutes to an hour, which gives me an opportunity to blog and do paperwork such as ordering, invoices etc.

How did I get here…

In 2008 I started Blackbird Catering, and in 2013 we opened Columbia County Brewing, since then both have grown and become successful. In February 2017 I was having trouble swallowing and I was diagnosed with stage 4 Esophageal Cancer. The cancer had spread to my Liver, Bones, and Lymph nodes. The prognosis is that I have 18-24 months of life left. I’m halfway through my Chemo regiment, the cancer has shrunk by 10% and it turns out my body produces a rare protein called HER 2, this allows me to receive Herceptin, which is rare in men and normally used in breast cancer patients.

How Herceptin Works

Cancer cells grow in an uncontrolled fashion. Herceptin works on the surface of the cancer cell by blocking the chemical signals that can stimulate this uncontrolled growth.

Genes are like instruction manuals that tell each cell of our body how to grow, what kind of cell to become, and how to behave. Genes do this by ordering the cell to make special proteins that cause a certain activity — like cell growth, rest, or repair.

Some cancer cells have abnormalities in genes that tell the cell how much and how fast to grow. Sometimes the cancer cells have too many copies of these genes with abnormalities. When there are too many copies of these genes, doctors refer to it as “overexpression.” With some forms of gene overexpression, cancer cells will make too many of the proteins that control cell growth and division, causing the cancer to grow and spread.

Some breast cancer cells make (overexpress) too many copies of a particular gene known as HER2. The HER2 gene makes a protein known as a HER2 receptor. HER2 receptors are like ears, or antennae, on the surface of all cells. These HER2 receptors receive signals that stimulate the cell to grow and multiply. But breast cancer cells with too many HER2 receptors can pick up too many growth signals and so start growing and multiplying too much and too fast. Breast cancer cells that overexpress the HER2 gene are said to be HER2-positive.

Herceptin works by attaching itself to the HER2 receptors on the surface of breast cancer cells and blocking them from receiving growth signals. By blocking the signals, Herceptin can slow or stop the growth of the breast cancer. Herceptin is an example of an immune targeted therapy. In addition to blocking HER2 receptors, Herceptin can also help fight breast cancer by alerting the immune system to destroy cancer cells onto which it is attached.