Should I Go To Culinary School?

This might be one of the most honest posts I’ve ever written and also the most difficult. Many people ask me what culinary school was like and I always hesitate because I hate sounding negative. I don’t want to burst any bubbles. Food is IN right now and culinary school sounds mysterious and exciting. I’m

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Blueberry Buttermilk Cookies

If Julia Child were alive today she’d be 100 years old. It’s quite weird to think that someone I never met had such a dramatic impact on my life. Five years ago I was in a very different place. I was struggling to find meaning in my life and joy in my career. I spent

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Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Galette

We had many requirements at culinary school, one of which was to assist 3 recreational cooking classes.  I loved doing this and volunteered often.  One particular evening I assisted a pastry class where the students were making an assortment of tarts.  The chef described a galette as a “rustic tart” and then smirked, stating: “I

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Culinary School Graduation Holiday Giveaway

Tomorrow I graduate from culinary school!  What a year it has been.  I knew it would be difficult and it certainly was.  But I learned a lot about myself and am happier for it.  I’m moving forward on a career path that excites me.   This is the beginning! My dear friend and fellow blogger S.j.

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Phase III… And a Peach Crisp

Phase III has been quite a mixed bag.  I know I haven’t been writing about culinary school or my externship.  It’s easier to come up with a new recipe post than to attempt to articulate my experiences at the moment.  At work I do a lot of prep and I work on cold side.  There’s

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Phase II Ends

I cannot believe it’s been six long weeks since my last update.  Phase II just flew by and today was the first day of my new externship!  For the next six months I’m working at a wonderful restaurant with a friendly atmosphere and delicious, interesting food. Culinary school has been an emotional roller coaster filled

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Vegetable and Lamb Samosas

Last week was incredibly hectic!  I turned in a report on créme fraiche and gave an oral presentation (we had a decadent cheese tasting, as well). I had my first written and practical exams of Phase II.  On top of all that, I assisted a sushi class!  This weekend provided a much needed rest. I

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Phase II Begins

Hello world!  It feels as though I haven’t written a proper update in forever.  Phase II has been a whirlwind of activity and excitement, with several changes to our routine.  First, and probably best, is that school begins an hour later.  While I did enjoy getting home earlier, it is so wonderful to be able

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