Tuesday, January 8, 2013

I'm Back!

I know, it's been a while. So let's catch up.

Since Thanksgiving break, I've been in lab classes at Johnson and Wales, which means that I'm finally actually cooking! I started out with Stocks, Soups, and Sauces class, where I learned those things exactly!

Every day we made stock out of 50+ pounds of bones, then froze it to supply to other classes that use stocks, then continued making various soups and sauces from the stocks. We made lots of carrot soup, since everyone would be practicing their knife skills on carrots during downtime. My favorite sauce to make was Hollandaise, which my friends and family enjoyed several times over winter break!

My next class was Dining Room, where I was basically a server for two weeks. We served students from other classes for lunch every day, with food coming from the International and Classical French kitchens. The best part by far was eating all the leftovers after service! I enjoyed things like lobster, oysters, escargot, sushi, fresh naan, stir fries, and dven plated desserts like red wine poached pears and strawberry cheesecake. It's really a good thing I'm running so I don't gain that dreaded Freshman 50 at JWU...

Speaking of running, I'm running the Walt DisneyWorld Half Marathon this Saturday! I'm super excited about everything, with the exception of the 5:30 am start...My training's been going great, and I can't wait to cross the finish line for my dad (read more about my dad here). There's still time to donate to my Team in Training fundraising efforts, just click here and spread the word!

Right now I'm in the Intro to Baking and Pastry lab, which I love. It's only the second day, but we've made delicious baguettes, muffins and biscuits in state-of-the-art equipment that's probably worth a couple hundred thousand dollars. Pretty cool stuff!

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and is off to a fantastic and healthy start to 2013, thanks for bearing with me while I continue my busy college life!

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