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High Altitude Bakers Unite!

Hello all, I have recently created a high altitude baking website, www.highaltitudebakes.com. It was formed with the intention of sharing recipes, photos, and the high altitude lifestyle. I wanted to make a web haven for high altitude bakers to help each other and share our love of baking. Bakers at sea

11Mar2012 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Strawberry Doughnuts for the National Culinary Review

The National Culinary Review will be featuring my strawberry doughnuts from last spring in the their upcoming April issue.

18Feb2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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My Workday

A run-down of my day-to-day duties and responsibilities as a pastry chef.

4Feb2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Please Meet…Baby

“Baby” is the newest pastry addition at the restaurant. She is a CB-350 batch freezer by Emery Thompson.

28Jan2012 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Miniature Blackberry Gateau Bretons

Crumbly, tender, and flaky all at once, these gateau Bretons are the perfect companion to coffee or tea.

28Jan2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Pastry Chef Francois Payard’s Peanut Caramel Tart

Taking a trip down memory lane with a tribute to fellow pastry chef Francois Payard and his peanut caramel tart.

27Jan2012 | | 2 comments | Continued
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High Altitude Cornbread

A high altitude-approved recipe that you’ll probably receive marriage proposals over. It is so good!

27Jan2012 | | 3 comments | Continued
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My Aha Moment for Mutual of Omaha

Watch my “Aha Moment” that I taped last summer, and all the details on my decision to cross over to the culinary field.

26Jan2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Good Morning Vail TV 8 Appearance

Executive Pastry Chef at Restaurant Kelly Liken, Megan Joy Kaminski, Good Morning Vail TV 8 Appearance

26Jan2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Mignardises For Saveur Magazine

My mignardises were featured in Saveur magazine’s January 2012 issue!

24Jan2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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A New Beginning

Lots of changes to come in 2012!

21Jan2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Autumn Palette: The Fall Dessert Menu

I managed to remember my camera tonight at work, and we also had the rare occasion of a slower night, which created a few opportunities to snap photos before the plates left the window. When I was brainstorming the dessert menu for this time of year, I was inspired mostly by the

12Oct2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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High Altitude Rocky Mountain Apple Spice Layer Cake with Caramel Whiskey Frosting

Last week I did a dessert special at the restaurant featuring this moist lightly spiced apple cake. Cubes of warmed cake were served on top of a spiced caramel (star anise, cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, and peppercorns, to be exact) and then covered in a luscious scoop of pumpkin ice cream.  I

12Oct2010 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Chocolate Pistachio Mousse Cakes for a Special Visit

My parents came out to visit for a few days and it was such a joy to see them and spend time together. Since we live so far apart, getting together was a special occasion. For one of the nights, I wanted to treat them to a great meal and I knew

23Sep2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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New Dessert Menu Debuts Today!

The aspens are turning a brilliant yellow right now, which only means one thing: fall is here. This can be reflected in the our new fall menu, which showcases the end of summer produce and early fall flavors. Here is the new dessert menu: –Carrot Cake Doughnuts Raisin Jam, Cream Cheese

16Sep2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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High Altitude Baking

I am often asked by many of our diners how I adapt my baking for the altitude that comes with living up in the high rockies. When I first moved out here, I was terrified of what the elevation can do to baked desserts and pastries that would normally come out perfect

1Sep2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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The Sunday Harvest Menu

There are only a handful of Sundays left this season for our Sunday Harvest Menu at the restaurant! Since early June, the Restaurant Kelly Liken kitchen crew shops at the Vail Farmer’s Market every Sunday and then creates an entirely new menu just for that evening, showcasing all of the beautiful produce

1Sep2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Exciting News!

Hello friends! I am finally back to the blog world. After spending the winter season working out in beautiful Colorado, I decided to stick around. I am about to embark on a new adventure as pastry chef for Restaurant Kelly Liken. I am very excited about this opportunity, as Restaurant Kelly Liken

13Jun2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Pumpkin Butter, Poached Pears, and Preserving Herbs

Shortly before Halloween, I purchased a pumpkin pie pumpkin. Yes, you read that correctly. Pumpkin varieties that work best for baking are the pumpkin pie pumpkin and the sugar pumpkin. Pumpkin pie and sugar pumpkins  have a “smooth, sweet flesh that is much less pulpy and stringy” according to Regan Daley’s In

15Nov2009 | | 0 comments | Continued
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The Newest Pastry Adventures

Hello friends! It’s time for a little update. I’m moving to Colorado, which is an adventure in itself. My life will become significantly busier, but I’m determined to keep posting. Every time I’ve lived in a new place, I discover wonderful inspiration for desserts and pastry. At the moment, this move isn’t

28Oct2009 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Separating The Best From The Rest: The Ultimate Brownie Recipes

For the past month now, we have been dealing with a bit of an oven fiasco. None of the repairmen seem to know what’s wrong with it and how to fix it. As someone who bakes about every day, this has been extremely painful. Last night we had a glimmer of hope.

27Oct2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Apple Season and Apple Spice Cupcakes

One of my favorite things about Autumn is going to apple orchards and picking our own apples. We always come home with more apples than we had expected… Fortunately, apples can last a long time when they are stored in a cool place. I recommend using apples fairly soon after they have

22Oct2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Namaste…Peace & Ice Cream

“God, I hope you’re not turning into one of those reclusive cat freaks”, my older brother, Kyle, recently commented to me after I posted a picture of my cat Benny into an online photo album. This thought came back to me yesterday while vacuuming cat litter off of the floor. Then I remembered my lovestruck

11Jul2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Strawberry Season

Ever since I can remember, my mom would take us strawberry picking as kids. We would get up early to beat the heat, and head to Hilger’s Farm Market. Once there, we piled into a trailer that gets pulled by a tractor out to the strawberry fields. I know, it sounds slightly

9Jul2009 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Salted Peanut Butter Toffee Cookies

When I was younger and naive to the extent of flavors and ingredients in the culinary world, I thought there was only one type of salt- iodized table salt that people needed in their diets to prevent goiters. Then I grew older and wiser, a natural progression. In fact, there are numerous

17May2009 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Saffron and Cardamom Panna Cotta

When I go grocery shopping, there are three things I practically stockpile every time: butter, heavy cream, and eggs. If I could carry Sam’s Club or Costco-sized loads of these products home on each occasion I would. Living in a city where you have to carry your groceries for blocks completely changes

17May2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Lavender-Scented Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies

This cookie was inspired by a number of things- the approaching holiday celebrating all things motherly, springtime in Chicago, and a recent trip to a spice merchant. I wanted to make something that is perfect for giving to moms this time of year; perhaps a bit floral, a bit feminine, fresh, and

5May2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Chocolate Stout Milkshakes

I’m sitting on a lot of ice cream, folks. Nothing makes ice cream disappear faster than making a couple of milkshakes. I love the incredible pairing of Guinness beer and chocolate and it’s a combination that’s been on my mind lately. So, naturally, when I was going through cookbooks (something I do

4May2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Marble Bundt Cake

Earlier this month, we celebrated my younger brother’s birthday. Cam is a simple guy, and he likes his desserts that way too. Nothing too fancy, just classic flavors for classic goodness. When I came across this recipe, I knew it would be perfect for ringing in his birthday. The cake is made

25Jan2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Pear and Berry Crisp

During my first solo weekend in Chicago, I took care of the ususal tasks required from a young twentysomething: grocery shopping, hemming my chef pants, ironing my chef jacket, and studying the properties of butter, cream, eggs, and flour. Exciting right?! I’ve lived in my apartment for over a week now, but I’ve found that

13Jan2009 | | 1 comment | Continued