Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Mango Salsa

Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Mango Salsa

It’s nearly impossible for me to wrap my head around this, but I’m already three days into level 2 (out of 6) of culinary school. I cannot believe how quickly the time is going, but at the same time, I cannot believe that I’m this exhausted after only one month… I am in desperate need… 

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Maple Bacon BLT with Pickled Shallots

Maple Bacon BLT with Pickled Shallots

We had our first practical exam in which we had to prove to Chef Dominique that we can use knives without hurting ourselves and others in class today. Usually our exams just require the ability to memorize definitions and diagrams. But today I didn’t slice anyone open. And every day that I don’t slice someone… 

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Salted Chocolate Espresso Brookies

Salted Chocolate Espresso Brookies

Is there some sort of ‘So You’re an Adult Now: How to Proceed’ book that I can read? Well, skim. Obviously I don’t have time to read a whole book. I’m a busy adult now. I didn’t even read my textbooks in college. (Errrm… Mom, stop reading.) I’m really wishing there was a ‘How to… 

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Grilled Salmon with Peach and Pickled Onion Salad

Grilled Salmon with Peach and Pickled Onion Salad

Rules of the professional kitchen include: no whistling, no singing, no dancing. What is this, the town from Footloose? Also, no chopping the head off of the fish and making it talk like C3PO. Last week we started to work with fish. We played with some sea bass, flounder, and Mr. Trout seen here. Today… 

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Smoked Chicken Salad with Peanuts and Apples

Smoked Chicken Salad with Peanuts and Apples

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I totally rocked it this week in culinary school. Monday, I made a duck leg my bitch. Tuesday, I made some salads my bitches. Wednesday, I made waffle fries my bitch. And so on. We started off with preservation, moved on to salads, and then came… 

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Peach, Bacon, and Smoked Mozzarella Panini

Peach, Bacon, and Smoked Mozzarella Panini

I’m well into my third week of culinary school and it’s been pretty fun so far. I’m finally surrounded by my peeps. My kind of people. The kind of people that also received measuring cups and cast-iron skillets for Christmas and had a Martha Stewart Living subscription at the age of twelve (there’s legit another… 

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Homemade Challah

Homemade Challah

New York City has a lot of quirks. Take the subway. My ride home from culinary school is honestly more enjoyable than peeling myself out of those big bulky chef uniforms and somehow managing to force my body (that at this point is 99% dried sweat) into skinny jeans. Fine, they’re jeggings. Sue me. Anyway,… 

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Hanger Steak Breakfast Tacos with Avocado Mash

Hanger Steak Breakfast Tacos with Avocado Mash

You know when you move into a new place and you kind of feel like a stranger in someone else’s home? You kind of feel like you just took up permanent residence in a hotel? I remember when I moved into my dorm room when I started college. I got there, my family left, and… 

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Pickled Apple, Cheddar, and Bacon Sandwiches

Pickled Apple, Cheddar, and Bacon Sandwiches

Jardiniere, and macédoine, and brunoise, oh my! My first week of culinary school is complete! Someone fainted, someone vomited, and at least seven people sliced open their fingers, and that was just the first day. None of these people were me, believe it or not. So I call this week a total win for Riley!… 

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Blueberry Pancakes with Vanilla-Poached Apricots

Blueberry Pancakes with Vanilla-Poached Apricots

I start my first day of culinary school tomorrow morning and I get the feeling that I am in for a world of hurt. As you may know, I cannot resist of good loaf of bread. My list of favorite foods goes bread, then chocolate, then cheese. If I was deserted on an island and… 

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Black Bean Soup with Spicy Chipotle Crema2

Black Bean Soup with Spicy Chipotle Crema

Today was orientation day at culinary school! I’m super pumped now. As pumped as I can be, because getting there was a little tough. You see, I’m staying with my brother until I can move into my new apartment, and the train in his neighborhood is being serviced. So first I had to take a… 

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