Culinary Blog: First Week of Mediterranean Kitchen

This semester has been going by significantly faster than my first semester on campus did last year. It’s like I woke up this morning, and suddenly we’re halfway to Christmas break. The only explanation I have is that this semester involves a lot more “put your head down and work” kind of classes compared to […]

Culinary Blog: Heard, Cookers.

It feels like it’s been quite a while since I’ve written my culinary blog, but it’s been just enough time for me to complete my baking & pastry block. Our school is like Hogwarts in that all the students are here to train with the greatest, but we are split into categories: bakers and cookers. […]

Culinary Blog: Block End

This week marks the end of the first three-week block of this semester at culinary school. I can’t believe it’s been only three weeks because it feels like my peers and I have already fallen into the rigid rhythm of our schedule. This block was Garde Manger, which is technically the art and science of […]

Culinary Blog: First Week Back

It’s been a whirlwind of a first week back on campus at the Culinary Institute of America, and although I’ve been gone for almost five months, it feels like I never left. The biggest difference, though, is that the population on campus has exploded. There are more students here this fall than ever before. Maybe […]

Culinary Blog: September Mise en Place

This time at the end of August and the start of September always has a distinctly transitional feeling. Growing up, I always felt like August 31st should be the start of a new year, but that’s my perspective as a student. But I think all our systems are so intertwined that everyone feels this routine […]

Culinary Blog: Life on the Front Lawn

Being outside is what I’d assume being inside a microwave is like, and I don’t know if it’s just me, but it somehow got even worse this summer. To make matters worse, the AC is still broken in my house, and our basement flooded from a mechanical error, so to say we’re drowning in this […]

Culinary Blog: Sunkissed Dough & Grill Marks

For the past year, coming home unquestionably means showing my family what I’ve learned at school by cooking the meals. While working and learning, I always take mental notes of things I can realistically do at home to impress everyone. I’ve learned that I have to choose carefully because sometimes there are recipes that work […]

Culinary Blog: Back & Forth

Being home has been a strange feeling. It feels like there’s somewhere I’m supposed to be and something to be done, but there’s no chef in sight to answer to, besides my mom, of course. I’m finding myself compulsively cleaning dishes, wiping down surfaces, and wanting to label all the contents of our fridge because […]

Culinary Blog: Goodbye Vermont

Although I am still in denial about it, I had to leave my personal paradise in Vermont this morning. Right away, the lack of mountains that peak out from the tops of trees in every view and the loud influx of noise that contrasts with the quiet of the farm are overwhelmingly apparent. As I […]

Culinary Blog: Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, & Salt

I think I always underestimate the heat waves of July. For the previous four summers, I worked outside at the farm stands, where the humidity felt like swimming through the air. We cracked open watermelons to hydrate and happily cooled off in those brief but raging storms that hit randomly this time of year. But […]