Arroz Con Pollo by Barb Poole

There are many things I love about networking. Oxford says networking is “the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.” In my former coaching days in the careers business, networking meant connecting with colleagues and organizations to learn, promote, and share clients.

Today, even in my role as a food and travel blogger, I’m in touch with many of my career industry colleagues. Barb Poole is one of those colleagues I admire for her work in the careers industry and enjoy interacting with when food, recipes, and cooking are involved. That’ why she’s my next guest blogger!

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A little bit about Barb: (believe me, this is just a “little” background for this highly accomplished lady)

Barb Poole is the founder, president, and content writer for Hire Imaging. Barb has been helping executive and professional clients globally with their job searches and career management for 30 years. Her job-topic writing has appeared in over 15 career publications, syndicated columns, and Resumes for Dummies and Job Search Letters for Dummies.

In Barb’s personal life, she has experienced Martin Luther King’s march in Montgomery, hospital assistance in the Philippines during the Vietnam conflict, friendships that landed her in the homes of General William Westmoreland, Governor George Wallace, and record-setting pilot, Chuck Yaeger and more.

Currently, Barb lives with her husband, Don, and their two-year-old English Cocker, Beau. They winter in Erie, Colorado (USA) and summer in Fifty Lakes, Minnesota (USA). She enjoys yoga, Zumba, walking, cooking, sipping wine while Zoom visiting with family and friends, movies that make her laugh or cry, and curling up with a good book.

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Barb’s story and recipe:

This recipe was given to me on a handwritten scrap of paper back in the early 1980s by my husband Don’s, maternal aunt, Emma Corneliussen Romero (a Minnesota farm girl married to an immigrant New Yorker). Emma got the recipe word-of-mouth from her mother-in-law, who was from Cuba. Emma met her mother-in-law’s son and her future husband, Emerson Romero, in New York City back in the 1930s. Both Emma and her husband were deaf. Emerson was a silent movie star known as “Tommy Albert” until the talkies came in. Being deaf, he didn’t have a career in talking pictures. However, Emerson went on to invent captioned films. Of note, his first cousin was the movie actor, Caesar Romero. [If interested in a little more backstory about Emerson click this link: Emerson Romero.]

Here is the recipe, as printed in the family cookbook I compiled in 2008 for Christmas gifts. It is in Emma’s own words, just as she gave me. Please check notes in the recipe for updated modifications from over the years.

Oh my gosh this looks soooo good!!

For more information about Barb, and her coaching talents, check out these links: Hire Image, LinkedIn, Career Directors Article. For Barb’s full bio click here: Barb Poole

Thanks, Barb!

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