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Old 09-08-2012, 09:58 AM   #1
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How are your classes going? I am so envious! Are you having fun?
I thought I'd start a new thread for this.

CWS, my classes in culinary school are going great and I'm having a great time! It's definitely a lot of work - we're in class about 20 hours a week (12:20-4:50 M-Th - M-W classroom and T-Th kitchen lab) and then there's outside reading, homework and projects - but it's a blast.

This is the primary book we're using (books and kitchen uniforms are included in the fees): ACF Culinary Fundamentals It's over 1,000 pages! But it has tons of recipes and beautiful pictures.



At about 4 p.m. every day, we get a break to go to the dining room and taste the food the class ahead of us is preparing that day. They're in the International Cooking class, so last week, we had Mediterranean both days and this week, Scandinavian. So that's an unexpected perk.
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:14 AM   #2
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Here's a plate of the first "afternoon snack" we got to taste. And we have to - it's part of the class

Spaghetti with clam sauce, osso bucco with risotto, gnocchi, calamari with aioli, a perfectly medium-rare steak, and rolled fresh mozzarella with basil and olive oil.
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:25 AM   #3
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Oooh. Keep 'em coming, GG!

So glad you're enjoying and learning so much!
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:31 AM   #4
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GG, I am really happy for you. I know the workload can be heavy, but believe me it is all worth it in the end.

You are lucky that you get to eat the food of the class ahead of you - when we were in the training kitchen we had to eat what we made!

As with DL, I look forward to more reports and pictures!
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Thanks, Laurie! I forgot to mention that - on classroom days, we eat from the International Cooking class, and on kitchen lab days, we eat our own food. Tuesday, we made chicken soup and Thursday, we practiced making tourned potatoes and minced and mashed garlic, so we had sauteed potatoes with garlic butter and garlic mashed potatoes for the snack. It turned out quite good, but we'll see as time goes on
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Wow! I want to follow your course virtually--what was on the menu re: Scandinavian food? Lucky you!
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Sounds like a blast.
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Your tourned potatoes look really well done!
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Wow! I want to follow your course virtually--what was on the menu re: Scandinavian food? Lucky you!
Let's see: sauteed snapper with butter sauce, roasted duck breast with gravy, baked and fried peppery dough balls, fondue with Gruyere, braised carrots with honey (I think), and chopped purple cabbage with a crispy breadcrumb topping (not sure how they cooked that - I need to start asking questions!)
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Your tourned potatoes look really well done!
Thank you, Laurie I mentioned this a couple months ago when I decided to do this, but I want to make sure you know that your experience was an inspiration to me. I have severe medical problems, too, and it's been hard in the kitchen lab, but I'm determined to do it. So thanks very much for that
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