“Adventures with Food and Becoming a Chef”

I’ve been giving my tagline a lot of thought recently as I decided to overhaul the blog and begin again. Three years ago I was a research assistant in a biochemistry lab, and today I manage the kitchen at a catering company. The original intent of this blog was to share recipes and document my…

Citrus Lavender Creme Brulee

Spring weather is finally here! We’ve arrived at that sweet spot in the season where I can throw open the windows and let the fresh air flow through, and it’s not so hot that a little baking will heat up the whole apartment. My oven is seeing fewer pots for braising, and more muffin tins and…

Pistachio Falafel and the First Signs of Spring!

It’s good to be back! As I mentioned in my last post I’ve been gone for a while, but it’s given me time to think and brainstorm new ideas. Now that I’m working at Hen of the Wood I’m exposed to a lot of really great food, and the creative processes that work together to…

Quick Update!

It’s been a very long time since I last updated and quite a bit has happened since then! Sometime between Christmas and mid-January, I was starting to feel the strain. Between school, work as a tutor, and the frenzied, stressful search for an internship in the Spring, I sort of shut down. I was so…

A New Way to Salad

Winter produce holds a special place in my heart. It’s true, we may not have juicy, ripe tomatoes, or the sweet, summer berries that warmer weather affords us, but thanks to cool-weather crops like citrus and pomegranate, winter foods don’t always have to weigh you down. Like many after-holidays online-junkies, I spent an evening with…

Gingerbread Caramel Sauce

It took a couple of tries, but I think I’ve got it figured out. Since my baking class, I’ve wanted to try my own caramel sauce. Now that Thanksgiving has passed and I’ve allowed myself to get in the Christmas spirit, I wanted something a more…exciting than plain old caramel. I wanted something to mirror…

A slight delay

Good morning, everyone! I was all set to publish today, I even had most of it written down before I went to bed last night. As I was laying in bed, thinking over my to do list, and reflecting on the post for today, I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the recipe and was weighing my…

Five Reasons to Grill Your Turkey

This year we decided to try something a little different and grill our turkey. It’s an idea I got from a cookbook called The Thanksgiving Table and it solved many of our kitchen problems leading up to turkey day. If we had done Thanksgiving in our kitchen, there is no way the bird would have…

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

As the winter winds creep in and push the warmth of summer into the deepest reaches of our memories, harvest food has one last hurrah in the Thanksgiving holiday. My favorite food season is coming to a close and I plan to go out with a bang. For the past few years, Anden and I…

The Perfect Loaf of Bread

As I mentioned on Saturday, I am currently in a baking class.  Before this class began I had a basic understanding of bread and gluten and knew, at least conceptually, how to make a loaf of bread. Though it’s only been one week, it’s amazing how little I actually knew. Many of the techniques regularly…

Stick a fork in me…

I’m done. You may have noticed that I didn’t post my usual update on Monday. Yesterday capped off my first week of basic baking classes and by the end of the day I was so tired, I swear I could smell colors. Classes begin at 5:45 am and it’s one of the only classes that…

Delicata Curry

Adventures with food and becoming a chef. That’s what the tagline says, but I haven’t talked much about school since the julienne practice session with carrots. Sometimes I’ll start out a post with stories about class, then decide that it’s irrelevant and too long-winded, so I end up cutting the whole thing. Today, I’d like to shine…