29 01, 2016

How to Use Kitchen Prep Time to Communicate with Your Man

By |January 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off

I was talking with my literary coach, John, about differences between men and women during communication.  And through our conversation he enlightened me. He said, “men are task oriented… we like a beginning and an end, so we know we are getting things […]

30 11, 2015

Thanksgiving Memories

By |November 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off

Thanksgiving is always more about making memories than how good the food was. We had the best time with my husband’s son, daughter-in-law and her wonderful family and Paul’s long time childhood friend.  It was a smaller crowd than usual which allowed us t […]

15 08, 2015

My Adventure in Bordeaux

By |August 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off

After checking into my beautiful historic hotel in the city center, I went to the Office de Tourisme to arrange for wine tours Saturday and Sunday. All sold out on the first day, I managed to at least get a seat on a bus that got me to St. Emillion w […]

24 06, 2015

Mushroom Soup for Family Day

By |June 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off

So proud of our Mushroom Soup! My great friend and cooking partner, Emre Asik Hasan, from Istanbul Turkey, and I combined our ideas and together created a perfect mushroom soup….or at least in our opinion. The occasion for which we prepared this beauti […]

6 06, 2015

Rave Reviews on My Dover Sole Lemon Piccata

By |June 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off

At the end of the third week of Buffet and Catering, half of our class was given the opportunity to go the the mystery basket and make lunch for the rest of the class. The other half of the group made terrains that our group made the day before.

Anot […]

31 05, 2015

Buffet and Catering Class: We Are Serving Brunch

By |May 31st, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off

After finishing the end of week two in Buffet and Catering, our class has successfully learned how to take all the cooking skills we have learned over the past year at Le Cordon Bleu, and scaled up our production to create 50 plates and do this within 2 h […]

19 05, 2015

Vietnamese Chicken with Jasmine Rice finished with Lemon Peel

By |May 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off

This was my final menu I created, prepared, and presented to Chef Frankie Ruiz for my final kitchen practical exam in Cuisines Across Cultures at Le Cordon Bleu. Our assignment was to select a country and create a menu with an appetizer, entree, with two […]

12 05, 2015

Cuisines Across Cultures Course Ends …. Another A+

By |May 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off

I cannot believe another class has concluded at Le Cordon Bleu. It seems that every class is my favorite class, but this class has tapped into my passion of fusion cooking. It was called Cuisines Across Cultures and consisted of studying not only […]

2 05, 2015

Awesome Appetizer for Party- Shrimp Couscous

By |May 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off

This appetizer was served at Le Cordon Bleu’s President’s List Student Honorees’ luncheon. I enjoyed it so much, I talked the cooks into giving me the recipe! I didn’t get exact measurements or even the exact ingredients, but it is close enough that I c […]

27 04, 2015

Cooking Southeast Asian Recipes in Class

By |April 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off

At Le Cordon Bleu, we have been studying cuisines across cultures. Learning the history and geography behind foods and wines from different countries has been an eye opener. Ever wonder why Asian foods don’t use dairy products in their foods? It’s beca […]