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I am a student currently attending the California School of Culinary Arts Le Cordon Bleu Program in Pasadena, CA. I love to cook and I love to eat and I love to entertain... Next step is to graduate and open a place I can call my own... to entertain and serve YOU!

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Day 3 of Intro to Culinary

OMG! I am so tired after tonight's class. I almost fell down when I walked in the door of my apartment. Being day 3 I was shocked to see how much we had to do. It tested every ounce of me tonight. We had to make three things tonight and we were timed and we had to wear every hat known in a kitchen. I was the prep cook, the Chef, the dishwasher... All at the same time too! Crazy but fun!

So we started with a braised leek dish. Not my favorite but hey, I will try everything once. It was kind of a fun dish to make because it was different and I would never ever order it. The flavor was kind of bland for me and I love vegetables!

Dish two was amazing and super easy too so I will be doing this one many more times to come! It was glazed carrots and WOW were they yummy! The sweetness with the carrot flavor and texture is just phenomenal.

The third dish tonight was made up mostly of items that I do not generally eat but it was pretty good if you ask me! Ratatouille... and I don't mean the animated mouse!!! The ratatouille we made included eggplant, red and yellow bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, garlic and salt and pepper to taste of course... This was the hardest because of the prep time and the way you cook it. You must caramelize each ingredient by itself - but you have to be careful not to over cook the product - then at the end you mix them all together and throw a cute little paper hat over the dish and let them cook for a few. De-lish!

Over all, it was a fun night. Those of you that know me probably already get that I am not a huge fan of dishwashing... Well that is what screwed all of us up on our grade tonight. Our workmanship grades were hurt because we let some dishes pile up. I am not too cool with that so I have to figure this one out! LOL

So tomorrow I need to work on my knife cuts! These are going to be the death of me I swear. Our first test in on Friday and I have got to be prepared for it. So tomorrow will be practice practice and more practice.

I am sure those of you who are dialed in noticed that I changed the layout. I hope you all like it. I feel like it is more viewer friendly.

Until tomorrow my friends!!! Bon Appetit!



  1. Tony, you crack me up!
    Keep up the good work, you are going to be
    a great chef! Chop Chop
    LOL carolyn

  2. Tony, I know you are learning so much and having fun too, and I do know that you are probably getting tired as well. That's because it is the end of your first week! You are on your way Chef Tony! Tonight I am making a salad, Crepes Fourrees Gratinees (Filled french pancakes) I am filling them with the same filling I put in my manicotti, on the side will be nicely steamed broccoli with of course butter! For desert I am making triple chocolate cookies (they are amazing~its like a brownie) yum-O.
    I have a great kitchen, you will have to come cook & bake with me.

  3. Hi - I just wanted to let you know that I'm starting to follow you, I have just started a culinary blog also. Hope you stop by!

    I am going to Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis



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