Friday, April 13, 2012

Best Excuse to make a Brownie!

Wow. It has been a very long time since I have posted anything at all. :) I am trying to get back into the hang of taking pictures of my food and sharing it with all of you! When I was still a student working towards my culinary degree I had to take a speech class as a general credit. Let's just say speech isn't my idea of a great time, although I do admire those who are gifted in this area! Anyway, for one of my assignments I could choose to do a demonstration speech. Immediately I knew I was going to do some
sort of fantastic dessert and share some with my audience. Of course I did this in hopes of winning over my professor by way of stomach than by way of words. I sure hope that this one wins you all over as well!

For your enjoyment, here is a start to finish progression of a very decadent brownie tart. Of course I felt obligated to add some freshly whipped cream and raspberry sauce to the equation. I didn't think it would hurt :).

Only the best chocolate for my precious tart.
Look its a Bain Marie! (Double Boiler)
Lovely melting action.
Yes I licked the spoon if that's what you're wondering.
Oh how I love KitchenAid.
Coats the back of a spoon. (Nappe)

There's the chocolate!

So close.

Almost there...
Thank you Lord!!
Now, I could just eat the whole thing as is
but a more formal presentation seemed
appropriate for my classroom setting.
And there you have it. I believe I got a 95% on this speech.
Although I'm sure it was the food that did the actual talking!
Come visit me again :) I hope to be more frequent in my blog postings in the near future now!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Fantastique French & Wunderbar German

My food this week was inspired by fantastic and wonderful food from the French and German!

This is Pork au Poivre which means Pork with Pepper in French!
I was introduced to this dish in my culinary prep class and fell in love with it.
It is made from Pork tenderloin medallions coated in peppercorns..
I also paired the pork with roasted carrots and broccoli which have a Romano cheese and garlic flare to them! Delicieux!

For my next dish I went with a classic: Beef Ribs and Sauerkraut..
or in my case Pork ribs and Sauerkraut because my cheap-o grocery store was out of beef ribs :)
AND what better way to start the day than getting out the crock pot!
Hello easy dinner.

It's nearly impossible for me to eat this meal without
homemade Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes.
Is there really any other side dish fitting?

So you may be thinking.. "wow Steph, that looks like slop on a plate."
And if you are.. well that's rude. However!
I say comfort food from a crock pot is allowed to look this way. And let me tell you..
Plates were cleaned and Tummies were happily full.

These two dishes shout comfort to me and give me a rich, warm fuzzy feeling after I finish stuffing my face. Thank you to my Oma for introducing me to wonderful German cooking! This unique and delicious food is one of the reasons I have such a passion for what I do.

Thanks for reading about my "adventures of being a Chef"

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lunch Please :)

This evening my family and I sat down to eat a delicious light meal and as I was devouring it I thought to myself: "Self, this would be a really great lunch item for a crowd." Not only are these Chicken Napoleon's really easy to throw together but everything can be prepared in advanced! Scrumptious can be simple yet delicious and these Napoleon's are definitely that.

Here's The Layout:

Avocado, Chicken, Tomato, Spinach, "Kick" Mayo and..

Puff Pastry! What could be better?

The Cayenne Pepper gives the Mayo a little kick without overwhelming it.

Here's the first bit of the assembly. The three layers of pastry make it a napoleon.

The finished stack...
I kept the puff pastry from 'puffing' by keeping
a second sheet pan on top during baking.

Watermelon is a great side with this dish
because it refreshes the pallet and balances out the cayenne in the mayo.

Hungry yet?

How bout now?

Isaac Was!
(Like the nice bruise between his eyes? Little boys are always scratched up)

This recipe is one of my favorites! It looks fancy but is super easy and a quick meal. It's light and flaky but fulfilling enough to get you through the day!

Thanks for reading my adventures of becoming a chef!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Spa Party Anyone?

Last night my mom and I hosted a BeautiControl Spa Party where we were pampered with relaxing techniques and wonderful lotions. By the time the party actually started I needed some relaxation time because of my whole day cooking experience! Actually I enjoyed the cooking but I enjoyed the eating even more :) I was looking to make "spa type food" and think I accomplished just that. Almost everything was gobbled
up very quickly and sharing my menu before hand was my hook, line, and sinker for my guests! Here's what we had:

Garlic, Italian, and Plain Crostini for dipping into Spinach Artichoke Dip
and Feta Basil Tomato Dip
Chocolate Covered Orange Peels

Chocolate Eclairs filled with Vanilla Custard

Raspberry Iced Tea

And here's what the table looked like. Sorry no close ups of the finished dips!

Of course when you host a spa party you get free gifts!
(this is one of the only times you will see me without make up on by the way)

Overall we were very happy with the outcome of the event and would recommend the BeautiControl products to anyone. It's really great stuff!

If you want any of the recipes shown above just email me and I'll get them sent out right away. Everything is super simple but packed full of flavor!

Thanks for reading my experiences of 'becoming a Chef!'