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Coming Full Circle: My Experience Raising Chickens

During the summer of 2010, I accidentally killed a chicken in my care at the CIA Student Garden. I carelessly left the roof of the chicken coop propped open with … Continue reading

October 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

What Makes a Great Restaurant Dessert?

In Baking and Pastry class, our chef instructor Stephen Durfee asked us to consider what makes a great restaurant dessert. He should know a thing or two about it- he … Continue reading

September 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Eat Here Now- The Alembic

One place I’m stoked on these days: the Alembic in the Haight in San Francisco. I’ve been several times since the beginning of the summer, and I’m convinced it’s one … Continue reading

September 8, 2011 · Leave a comment

Gardening at Greystone

“What happened to your face?” Rosario suddenly asked me the other day. My friend in the dish room at school was deeply concerned about the sunspots on my cheeks. I … Continue reading

July 22, 2010 · Leave a comment

Did you know…? Nigiri and Sushi

…what nigiri means? or sushi for that matter? Whether I go to Blue Ribbon in New York, Mamasake in Squaw or Fuki Sushi in Palo Alto, I love getting nigiri … Continue reading

July 20, 2010 · 1 Comment

Tip of the Day: Cleaning A Pan with a Burned Bottom

I learned today’s tip from the ladies in the dish room at Greystone. Day after day, they take our scorched, greasy pans and clean up our mistakes without grumbling. I’ve … Continue reading

July 13, 2010 · 2 Comments

The Key to Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everybody loves a good chocolate chip cookie; they’re simple to make AND they’re wonderfully delicious. The recipe I’ve been using for years came off the Toll House chocolate chips bag. … Continue reading

July 8, 2010 · 5 Comments

Tip of the Day: Kitchen Tools

People often ask me “What is one kitchen tool you can’t live without?” While there are a few specialty tools that really make the difference between the professional and the … Continue reading

July 7, 2010 · 1 Comment

Mango Avocado Salsa

Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of big, fresh tastes like mango, avocado, cilantro and lime. Make this salsa with grilled fish for a light and flavorful dinner, … Continue reading

July 6, 2010 · 1 Comment

Tip of the Day: Clean Corn Quickly

The perfect summer vegetable? Corn on the cob. We’re in prime corn season at the moment, and sweet corn on the cob ranks high on my list of things to … Continue reading

July 5, 2010 · Leave a comment