Monday, July 23, 2012

My Favorite Biscuits


Growing up, I was always in the middle of reading multiple books at once. I would start one and  then maybe four more, only to leave most of them unfinished.  I've applied this habit to things throughout my life from books to art projects, college majors, and now blogging. Over the past couple of months I started multiple blog posts only to decide they weren't good enough. Before I knew it, months had passed I and I thought I had better post something amazing. I tried out fancy new recipes and looked over old favorites, but out of all of those recipes it was these biscuits that excited me most. 

Monday, April 30, 2012

Homemade Pasta


My time in pastry school is almost over. Oh, how I have been counting the ways. Seventy-two hours of class. Twelve days. Three weeks. One and a half courses. One more ironing session (if I’m lucky). No more shining shoes. The end is so close. In June I will start an internship, and it feels like a fresh start is coming. I cannot wait.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Gem and Pearl Muffins


Viennoiserie is a very delicious class. This week I have eaten a shameful number of croissants, which normally I do not eat at all. The problem is that they have been fresh out of the oven, stuffed with delicious things, and probably the best I have ever had. The whole wheat version stuffed with spinach, leeks, mushrooms, and goat cheese was especially tasty.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Brief Pastry School Update


I've been gone an inexcusably long time. I know. But it was not because I wanted to! I started this blog to chronicle pastry school, but between pastry school and a bakery job I started recently, I have had very little opportunity for free time. Despite this, I have every intention of keeping my blog going, despite the recent hiatus and posts that may be less frequent over the next few months. I will finish my coursework in May, completing my program with an internship over the summer. I am hoping that May will bring a less hectic schedule. I might be very wrong, but right now I need that hope for my peace of mind.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spiced Butternut Poblano Soup



This week included the final day of my class that focused on cookies and petits fours and never in my life have I felt such a lack of enthusiasm for cookies as I do right now. I want nothing to do with chocolate chips. The thought of linzer dough makes me angry. If I have to mix cream fondant again, pour it over a tiny, layered frangipane cake, and top it off with a marzipan rose crafted out of pure frustration, I will fall apart. Cookies and I need a little time away from each other. Fortunately for me, perhaps less so for you, the rest of this post has nothing to do with cookies. It's about soup, fall, and how they can go together so wonderfully. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Double Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake


My birthday was last weekend and I ate an entire cake -- an entire, tiny cake.  Last year, I ate half of a large version of the same cake. I thought it would be best not to give myself that opportunity this year. It took a lot of energy to get to 25 years and this cake has the calories to get me to 26.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Long Time Coming: Travels, Pastry School, and Tarts

 
Somehow, it is fall. Somehow the past few months have come and gone and somehow, inconceivably, I am sitting in our new apartment in Denver after a morning spent in class at pastry school. I have a hard time remembering where the past couple of months went but they involved going to the Dominican Republic, packing up and moving out of our apartment, traveling for six weeks in Thailand, moving to Denver within 36 hours of our return to the U.S., and starting pastry school within hours of arrival to our new home.