Posts by Chef Alicia P.

Stuffed Mushrooms – (whole wheat)

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Appetizers, Food Journal | 0 comments

Stuffed Mushrooms – (whole wheat)

Stuffed Mushrooms – If you ever need a really easy appetizer that everyone will love, this is it! I learned how to make a version of these in Culinary School. This really came in handy, because the owner of the wine bar where I got my first Chef position wanted them on the menu. It was one of the foods on our menu that we almost always sold out of towards the end of the night. From the first time I made stuffed mushrooms, they became one of my “go-to” recipes. Just the other day we went over to a friend’s house for dinner. They never ask us to bring anything, but I...

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French Onion Soup Gratinée

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Food Journal, Soups | 0 comments

French Onion Soup Gratinée

French Onion Soup – I had never had French Onion Soup until I went to culinary school. It was one of the dishes we learned how to make in Basics – the first class you take. This is because it is a great example of how to caramelize onions, and of the effects of caramelizing. In Basics, I had to make enough to feed two people.  About half way through school, we got to work in the restaurant that is located on campus. In the restaurant, each student works a different station everyday. The day I had the French Onions Soup station was a tearful day to say the least.  It...

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How to Caramelize an Onion

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Culinary 101, Food Journal | 0 comments

How to Caramelize an Onion

How to Caramelize an Onion Caramelizing an onion is a great way to add flavor to a dish. It is also a basic culinary skill. One which we had to master in Basics class, the first class at Le Cordon Bleu. There are just a few steps, patience is required. 1. The first thing you need to do is peel and chop your onions. If you slice them with the grain (from top to bottom) they will hold their shape a little after you cook them and you will end up with pretty curls of onions in say, your French Onion Soup. If you chop them against the grain, or dice them, they will not hold their shape. This is...

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Almond Biscotti – (whole wheat)

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Cookies, Food Journal | 0 comments

Almond Biscotti – (whole wheat)

Almond Biscotti – OK, I might as well admit it, I’m a coffee addict. Hello, my name is Alicia, and I’m addicted to coffee :D! I have it every morning and some afternoons too! I don’t usually get to have it with biscotti though. I bake a lot, but the kids usually want something else – what can I say, my little ones aren’t big on the coffee yet :) LOL! So, when I do get to have it with biscotti, it makes me feel like I’m getting a little reward along with my normal morning coffee. I got to make some the other night though because it just happens that my...

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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in Dinner, Food Journal | 0 comments

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce- Anytime someone makes spaghetti, the whole neighborhood knows. That’s one of my favorite things about spaghetti, how it fills the whole house (and neighborhood) with it’s delicious scent! It seems like every time I make spaghetti, the whole family is constantly in and out of the kitchen wanting to smell the sauce and to sneak a taste. Maybe that’s why spaghetti always tastes like it has so much love in it – because it feels loved as it is cooked :D! Whenever I cook it, I have this wonderful vision in my head. It’s of a very old and...

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