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Culinary Schools and Sugar Cookies

In Chicago, Cookies, Culinary Experiences on July 26, 2011 at 4:39 am

Today I visited The French Pastry school! I can’t really describe the feeling of being there better than this: I was in deep love. I am in deep love. And I will always be in deep love. During the school’s longest pastry program (6 months) students cover over 600 recipes in two different textbooks. Like I said, I’m in love. I made sugar cookies the other day and thought to myself : not a whole lot of things could light up my day more than a flower sugar cookie with sprinkles. These textbooks the exception.

Here’s the recipe I used… The reason I’m not posting it in full is because I followed it directly and just wasn’t impressed with the result. The cookies weren’t super moist and they didn’t make any further appeal by flavor. The cookies ended up serving as less of a treat I wanted to indulge in, and more of a canvas for art. I’ve yet to find my perfect royal icing recipe. I’ll keep trying. But in the mean time I can’t help but wondering; maybe it’s hidden somewhere in those 600 recipes.

Dreaming of Sunflowers and Spring

In Chicago on January 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm

It’s that week. The week of finals. Why we have them after winter break I couldn’t tell you. What I can tell you is that I’ve thought about them everyday and they’ve been a constant source of stress.

Overall, though, it’s been a good break. I’ve visted chicago twice.

First trip with D:
My mom always told me not to argue with adults so when the ticket man walked by my friend and I, thinking we were twelve, we smiled our big twelve-year-old smiles at him and kept our 5 bucks. Smart traveling? I’d say yes.

At the zoo we met a sleepy gorilla and moles! The polar bears wern’t out when we went. Something I find very peculiar since we were…

Second Trip with Mary Beth and Erica: My second trip to Chicago included going to the Museum of Science and Industry. Where there were Christmas trees from around the world.

Does anyone else find it odd that the tree representing the American christmas experience was decorated with almost all flags…. I don’t know about your tree, but that’s never how ours looks!

Where I also saw my veins through this station they’d set up… I’ll never think of my hands the same way again.

This Spring Mary Beth, Erica, and I are going to stay with Mary Beth’s aunt in Chicago, visit bakeries, take pictures, and explore the city. Until then, I’ll be dreaming of Sunflowers and Spring.

Well, I’ve got to go study now. My ultimate goal is to study all week and stay away from blogging and food. We’ll see how it goes. -See you next week!!