Reflections on Culinary School: Part II

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Culinary School Reflections |

The mini series continues! After you all so graciously allowed me to ramble on and on last week, I’m back to ramble on a little bit more.  Since I already explained how I came to the decision to go to culinary school, today I’m going to share a little bit more about my actual experience in school.

Did I enjoy it? What was it like? All of those nitty gritty details.

To give you a little bit of background, I came to the final decision to go to culinary school back in early fall of 2011 and enrolled in January 2012. After researching schools all over the country (California, New York City, you name it), I visited a smaller, top-ranked culinary school named L’Academie de Cuisine (LADC), which is located in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

I was instantly attracted to its small class sizes, intimate learning environment, and ‘no frills/real world’ attitude. They didn’t sugar-coat or glamorize the restaurant industry (as many of the other schools I visited appeared to do), and their curriculum was menu-oriented, as opposed to a standard block format. They said it like it was.

Bain-Marie Scrambled Eggs with Roasted Tomatoes + Goat Cheese

Bain-Marie Scrambled Eggs with Roasted Tomatoes + Goat Cheese |

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Ginger Ice Cream with Chocolate Bits

Ginger Ice Cream with Chocolate Bits |

It’s that time of year! And by that I mean that I’ve already complained about it being too hot. Feel free to hate me. I think my body is struggling to recover from the winter that we just had. I need time to adjust! Temperatures over 80 degrees feel...

Reflections on Culinary School: Part Uno

Reflections on Culinary School |

Eep. Thank you for all of the positive feedback yesterday! You made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. As promised, I’m back with the first post of this mini series. Today I’m going to give you a little bit of a background on how I came to the...

Reflections on Culinary School

Reflections on Culinary School |

Oy! I can already tell that this is going to be a long one. Brace yourself. I have been avoiding this post for a very (emphasis on very) long time. More than a year to be exact. As contradictory as it sounds, it is actually a topic that I’ve wanted...

Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Pancakes

Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Pancakes |

I am so glad that society has welcomed chocolate pancakes with open arms, and deemed them socially acceptable breakfast food. The brave soul who grabbed that first bag of chocolate chips and went to town deserves a huge round of applause.

Bucatini with Porcini Mushroom Ragu

Bucatini with Porcini Mushroom Ragu |

You know that Sex and the City episode where the girls all talk about their secret single behavior? Well..this is mine (minus the secret and single part): Sometimes I make pasta and eat the leftovers for breakfast the next day. Not at 6 am before a normal work day...

Coconut Cardamom Lime Tea Cake

Coconut Cardamom Lime Tea Cake |

Ahhhh, so many of you thought I was sharing a real recipe yesterday! I was shocked, but literally laughing out loud at each and every comment. I think this is the first time I’ve ever pulled off a real April Fool’s joke. Usually, I forget what day of the week it...