Pics from Class + Blog Updates

by admin on October 24, 2014

good morning!

TGIF!! This week has felt long even though it was only a 4 day week. With traveling back from Delaware late Monday night (actually technically we didn’t get back until Tuesday at 2am) I have been especially tired. Thursday night I couldn’t even stay up past 10 to watch Top Chef.

But with lots of sleep I’m feeling rejuvenated but still ready for a nice, low key weekend. I’m thinking a trip to Trader Joes might be in order, except I’m slightly terrified for my wallet because I know I’ll want to buy ALL THE PUMPKIN.

This week was my first week of A la Carte class. So far, so good! here are some pictures from the past couple of days..

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tortilla espanola! My team was in charge of the “vegetarian entree” Wednesday which was Spanish tortilla with red pepper coulis, garlic aoli, and roasted pepper and artichoke heart salad. This was my masterpiece. Spanish tortillas are basically just an oversized omelet with sliced potatoes, onions, and eggs. They are fairly simply to make, but definitely require some technique. The chef said mine turned out better than the one he demo’d, which I’ll take as a compliment!

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our presentation plate. The spanish tortilla paired so well with all the components. When I studied abroad in Spain I ate a LOT of spanish tortilla so it was sentimental to be making it again! It was also the first time I’ve ever worked with a whole artichoke just to get the artichoke heart. Talk about a lot of waste! But fresh artichoke hearts taste so much better than the canned variety.

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this was my blurry sit down to dinner plate. I had some salad, some of the artichoke salad, a small piece of poached salmon, and a small piece of bread. By the time we sit down to dinner I’m never too hungry from all the taste testing I do during production.

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yesterday our entree was roast chicken with whipped potatoes, glazed beets (gross haha), and broccoli. I forgot to snap a picture of the complete plate but it turned out pretty good! I was actually in charge of making the soup component which was chicken consomme. I have slight nightmares from making consomme in my fundamentals course, but yesterday’s consomme turned out way better than any consomme I ever made in Fundamentals.

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yesterday’s vegetarian entree was chili with mexican rice. It was deLISH.

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and the salad course yesterday was mixed greens with poppyseed viniagrette. My team added orange slices (actually, the culinary term is orange supremes, which I learned yesterday), candied walnuts, soaked raisins, and romano cheese. yum yum yum

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now onto a recent blog update! I updated my recipe page after my friends over the weekend told me that they didn’t think it was updated. I love that they still love to make my recipes :) I wish I could still share more recipes right now, but frankly, the last thing I want to do on the weekends is cook when that’s what I do all week (not complaining AT ALL, I love school, just stating a fact) So I hope you all enjoy hearing about my culinary school adventures.

On the recipe page I added a section “Recipes from around the web that I’ve tried (and loved)” I love trying other recipes and I’ve tried a lot that are definite winners I think you’ll love so I hope you check it out! But ps..you can totally still make my recipes too ;)

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I hope everyone has a great weekend!

<3Chelcie

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First Day of A La Carte Class

by admin on October 22, 2014

hola!

(Side note, I had this spanish couple sitting next to me on the flight home and the women kept trying to speak to me in Spanish, which ahem, I no longer speak a word of. Anyways, it was weird and then she gave me her business card. Ya, idk either. )

I don’t have a WIAW post pulled together because i had no idea it was Tuesday yesterday until I went to sleep. When my Mom was here she told me she wanted to see more pictures from class so I’m hoping you all won’t mind reading that as well!

Yesterday was our first day of A La Carte class. Each group is assigned a different meal to make, and then we have a half hour service window to make plates “to order” before we place the remainder of the food out on the buffet table.

My groups assignment was beef stew. Sorry if I’m offending any beef stew lovers out there, but YUCK. I hate beef stew.

I started out my day by slicing onions for the french onion soup, and wa bam, sliced my thumb.

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it wasn’t that bad, but it was the first time since starting school that I cut myself to the point where i definitely needed a bandaid. It was a result of me being careless and exhausted.

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I was on potato chip frying duty. To garnish the beef stew we made gaufrette potatoes which is just a fancy name for a thin waffle cut potato.

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I had to sample one (or ten) to make sure they were palatable ;)

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our final dish. Whipped roasted garlic potatoes with beef stew. If there is any way to make a plate of beef stew look appetizing I think we did it. A lot of people cook the root vegetables directly in the beef stew, but we blanched ours and then reheated them in some butter and parsley before service to make the plate look more colorful and aesthetically pleasing.

The first day of class went really well. Our chef instructor is the nicest man. On the agenda for today is the vegetarian entree. I’ll share pictures tomorrow!

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on an unrelated note, after class I did some cookbook reading in bed

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seriously drooling over every recipe in this book. I doggy-eared about 75% of the recipes which I probably won’t get to making until i’m home and not in culinary school anymore hah

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I caved and bought some pumpkin spice english muffins while food shopping yesterday.

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They were alright but not as pumpkin-y as I had hoped. I’ll probably keep them in the freezer so they don’t go bad before I get the chance to eat them all because I missed my bowl of oatmeal this morning.

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I’m off to do some homework then head to the gym

I hope everyone has a great day!

<3Chelcie

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SURPRISE! Homecoming 2014

October 21, 2014

good morning (afternoon?) Sorry I have been extremely MIA recently. I promise that will change starting now. Or at least I hope. Part of the reason I was MIA this weekend is because I made a trip back to the best place on earth DELAWARE!! I also didn’t mention anything about it on the blog […]

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IPhone Lately

October 17, 2014

good morning! Sorry for the MIA week. I have been busy with class and visiting with my Mom! I have a random collection of pictures from lately (all taken on zee lovely Iphone) so I thought I would pop in real quick before I have to go study and share them! Everyone loves a good […]

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Weekend Snapshots 10/13

October 13, 2014

good morning aka afternoon sorry for the delay. I have LOTS to show you but not a lot of time since I’m busy unplugging (well, to an extent anyway hah) and visiting with my family. ¬†Instead of doing a whole weekend recap I’m just going to show you snapshots with some descriptions from the weekend. […]

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Five Things Friday 10/10

October 10, 2014

good morning! TGIF!! ps. how is it already October 10th? 5 Things I Ate an amazing lunch (i plan to have the same one today) at the dorm before class. A piece of avocado toast and 2 egg om with mushrooms, spinach, and cheddar cheese. While it’s not ideal to eat a large meal and […]

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Pictures from Meat Fab Class + Random Tidbits

October 9, 2014

This post is some random thoughts I feel obligated to share + pictures from Meat Fabrication class yesterday!! We butchered a whole hog. It was pretty legit. 1. I NEED to go to Trader Joes soon and buy ALL THE PUMPKIN THINGS. Truth. Yesterday I googled “pumpkin products at Trader Joes” and it led me […]

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WIAW-Noosa Overnight Oats

October 8, 2014

good morning! happy hump day! Breakfast I’m not going to show you my breakfast from yesterday morning because it was a sad fail of microwave pumpkin oats. I don’t think I like actual canned pumpkin in my oatmeal..idk..something about it tasted funky to me. But what I DO like. Pumpkin noosa! And pumpkin butter..duhz Half […]

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Wine Harvesting Party

October 6, 2014

Good Morning! How was everyone’s weekend? I didn’t do anything Friday night because I had to work at 5:30am Saturday morning. A group of us went to Sonoma to work at an event William Sonoma was hosting to promote the opening of a new store. About 12 of us went from my school and made […]

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Friday Favorites-Target Addition

October 3, 2014

I have a confession to make… my friends wanted to go to Target last night and the only reason I wanted to go was because of this.. could I be more basic?nope. I’m just as pumpkin crazy as the rest, and when I saw this pumpkin noosa circling around the blog0sphere I KNEW I had […]

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