It is any surprise that I love Thanksgiving?  How could I NOT love a holiday that is essentially about food?   At my house I carry on the tradition of both my mother…

OK, drum roll please….I AM DOING THE PROCHEF PROGRAM AT THE CIA!!  Now is my 2nd life.  Starting at Level 1, in this program you are expected to have fairly good…

Ok, so here we are all cocky and full of piss and vinegar…Take THAT chef…on plate, on time, hot, and gorgeous.  All 25 dishes.  We have absorbed the maxim: “Don’t…

Oh God, I AM back in school.  On my butt in a classroom for 8 hours taking notes.  Really.  Today, I am trying to absorb the material in my Sanitation Lecture.  FATTOM-food,…

Every night it seems I have 3 hours of math homework.  Here’s an example: You purchase a 50 LB bag of pastry flour for $19.50.  If 1 cup of pastry flour weighs 3.5…

Amazingly, we have to sit through 2 hours of math before we are released into the kitchen to do our MIS EN PLACE, which means everything in its place.   I am pretty…

Doing doubles means back to back morning and afternoon classes-7AM-8:30PM.  45 minutes for lunch and two 15 minute breaks.  Lecture first, then kitchen time, then demo…

OK, so eggs are defeating me at this point.  Who can’t make a fried egg, over easy?…well apparently…me.  First of all, the “quality of excellence standard”-a…

I hate breakfast-both eating it, which this week is my dinner every night, and making it.  Aside from eggs, which will encompass an entire test day, along with stocks,…