Baking Christmas Pies

  I don’t know about you, but 2015 flew by.  I know, i know, the old adage is that with every year time seems to move by quicker, but it is scary how that statement actually rings true.  I wish I could go back to my days when it seemed nap time would take forever to…

Fall Beginnings

I know it’s been forever, and that’s my fault. Working as chef can zap any energy I once had to write, and a summer mending a broken heart can take away enthusiasm to share my culinary experiences. My summer was spent working hard as an intern, exploring New York City’s food scene, and being inspired…

Recipe: Easy Salmon Tartare

Recently, I came into some possession of salmon belly trim (trim is usually pretty awesome and cheap ya know), and I hate wasted food. I decided to make something real quick, easy, and perfect for the (finally) warming weather. The diced trim was just mixed with whatever I had on hand at home- just simply…

Riesling Poached Pears

Now, I’m no baker, but I love dessert. It seems like a meal isn’t complete without a little something sweet at the end. Eventually I want to learn how to make a chocolate tart, soufflé, or something else that’s sweet and fancy, but that’s a question for my friends in the baking program at school….

Making Cheese

Who doesn’t like cheese? Nobody, that’s who. Luckily, I’ve found out how to make some cheese at home, for those who want to try something new. It’s easy, fast, and definitely a great way to spend some time on a snowy day like most of us Northeasters had today. So I decided on goat cheese,…

End of Semester Round Up

Somehow, the end of my first semester at Culinary School is upon me, and I don’t even know how it happened so quickly. I’ve gone from just understanding consomme to pulling together more composed dishes: My life, similarly, has become more composed as well.  I’ve somehow learned to balance school, three jobs, and a (somewhat…

Seven Days in Sydney

A few weeks ago, I landed from a week long trip in Sydney, Australia.  I’ve been peeling from the intense sun and desperate to go back ever since.  It was a whirlwind trip, one that included all the major sights of the city, plus some underground spots and local watering holes introduced to me by…

Frugal Foodie in the Land Down Unda

It’s about that time again, when people start to go home and bundle up for the holidays. Not me. I hate the cold. Hate it. I can deal with cold weather for a little, after I first step outside, but as soon as that cold wind slaps me in the face, I’m done. There’s little…

Some Favorites for the Holidays

My favorite holiday is tomorrow. Yes, it’s thanksgiving. I don’t think anyone is surprised. I know it has some pretty sketchy roots, but I just love the idea of a holiday that celebrates eating and drinking. I’m also off from school for a few days, giving me time to relax and restore a little. I’m…

Life in the Land of Consommé

The past few weeks have been such a whirlwind. Being back in school, and a technical school at that, is overwhelming and fun and scary and inspiring all at once. Does that even make sense? So I started culinary school at the CIA. What can I even say? It’s awesome. First of all, my lunches…

My New Favorite Birthday Drink

This past weekend was a good one. Not only was it my 25th birthday and I was lucky enough to spend the weekend with friends and family, but I also fell in love. With a drink, that is. I feel like this relationship will definitely work out well for me. This drink recipe was concieved…

Recipe: Simple Roasted Chicken

This weekend marks the end of my 24th year, or as a friend puts it “The end of saying ‘I didn’t know any better.’” I know that adulthood is upon me, Yet I know there is still so much to learn in my life. It is a pretty strange feeling. In honor of my friend’s…