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 living the dream, right?  Before you envy me, I have some opinions about school that I think you should know. I’m going to tell it

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Blueberry Buttermilk Cookies

These blueberry buttermilk cookies are light, moist and cake-like.   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 most of my 20s agonizing over my job. I earned a good living but was

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Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Galette

This butternut squash and goat cheese galette is a perfect fall appetizer. It’s easier to make than most tarts because of it’s rustic shape. 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 love

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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. over at Cooking School Confidential and Forme of Cury wrote a great blog entry a few months ago called Should I go to culinary school

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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 a lot of repetition and not much rest.  There’s a lot of standing and a lot of opportunities to practice my knife skills.  I’ve pretty

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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 with wonderful highs and intense lows.  But I made it, and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.  I’m looking forward to fine-tuning the skills

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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 think I did well across the board!  I was worried about the practical with my new chefs, but I’m very proud of myself.  I stayed

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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 to sleep in a bit and stay up past 10pm.  Previously I would arrive at school around 6:15 am.  Now I arrive at the luxurious

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Phase I is almost over.  I’m sad, nervous and excited all at once. I have so much love and respect for the chefs I’ve learned from these past three months… it’s a bittersweet transition.  This weekend I’m studying for my midterm written and practical exams, which will take place next week.  We’re also taking a field trip to a dairy farm.  I know Phase II is going to be much more intense.  Will there still be the same level of laughter

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