October 23rd – Cookies and meringue

Today we made nasty cookies.  They were super dry and flavorless.  I think the problem might be that they called for melted chocolate instead of cocoa powder.  Every recipe I've ever made with melted chocolate has had issues.  We also made meringues.  The thing to remember about meringues is that if you don't get them … Continue reading October 23rd – Cookies and meringue

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October 19th- Catering

So today was pretty cool because my group got to cater for the Sons of Utah Pioneers.  We got to help create the menu, which was exciting.  I spent like three hours picking caterpillars out of brussel sprouts, which was less exciting.  One thing I learned is the prep is such a huge part of … Continue reading October 19th- Catering

October 17th- Biscotti and Brownies

So news flash, biscotti is friggin' delicious!  Especially when you add lots of orange zest and hazelnuts.  One problem I learned to avoid with this crunchy cookie is getting them too dark.  It is important to make sure that your biscotti cooks enough in the first bake or it will get super dark during it's … Continue reading October 17th- Biscotti and Brownies

October 12th- Catering Prep

Today we prepped for the scholarship ball as well as another catering.  I was in charge of salads.  I learned how to make couscous which was fun, it is different than any other grain I have ever cooked.  I had to substitute a lot of veggies because we were out of traditional ones (cucumber for … Continue reading October 12th- Catering Prep

October 11th- The Deep Fat Fry

What is it about deep fat frying that is such a novelty?  Is it the crunchy, fatty, greasy food that it produces?  Could it be that fact that you can deep fry almost any food and it will taste good?  Who knows?  Does anyone? Today we made cordon bleu, chicken legs and drumsticks, onion rings, … Continue reading October 11th- The Deep Fat Fry

October 9th- Pies (Again)

Today was insane!  I went in to class expecting to make two pies and came out making 4, not to mention the caramel sauce, pastry cream, and 6 fruit tarts!  The deal was that if we could get everything done that we needed to today as well as tomorrow, we could cancel class the next … Continue reading October 9th- Pies (Again)

October 5th- Cooking Midterm

Oh cooking midterm how you tease me.  Something I should be getting done in an hour or two is taking me three-four because you make me shaky and nervous.  Today we have to julienne, roast, fabricate, saute, etc.  I started with my pilaf because I knew that would take the longest.  It turned out really … Continue reading October 5th- Cooking Midterm

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sausage

Oh.  My.  Gourd. Fall is here and pumpkin is hot hot hot.  You can't go anywhere without seeing restaurants advertise it as a starring ingredient.  I've seen pumpkin shake, pumpkin mac and cheese, and of course the good ol' pumpkin latte.  But how can you blame them for taking advantage of the earthy, rich flavor? … Continue reading Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sausage