All Posts Tagged With: "pastry chef"

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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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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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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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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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Why Pastry School?

I’ve always loved baking. You can probably tell this by taking one look at my blog. But I wanted to learn more. I wanted to understand why failures in the kitchen happen and how to prevent them. I also wanted to know how to make those fancy, gorgeous plated desserts seen at

25Jul2009 | | 3 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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Pastry School Update: Sugar Candies, Ice Creams and Sorbets, Plated Desserts, & Jam-Making

Again, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted about school. I’ve never experienced such a period in my life where the days, and weeks…and months literally fly by. But I am back, and hoping to stay around a bit. I’ve got a zillion recipe ideas crashing around in my head and I want

4May2009 | | 7 comments | Continued
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Pastry School Update: Gumpaste Flowers & Wedding Cakes

This unit was definitely a break from our regular kitchen routine- we did almost no baking- rather, we sat at our kitchen stations and created the beautiful and realistic creations known as gumpaste flowers. Prior to pastry school, I had no knowledge of gumpaste flowers. It wasn’t until our chef for this unit,

21Mar2009 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Pastry School Update: Breads and Breakfast Pastries

Another week in the kitchen for our breads and breakfast pastries unit has passed, and ohh, the abundance of baked goods. I think I have been following a strict butter diet. On to the food… Photograph (right): Pear danish TUESDAY: We didn’t have class on Monday due to MLK Day. Tuesday arrived

25Jan2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Pastry School Update: The First Two Weeks

This week at pastry school was our first week in the kitchens. Last week was mostly orientation, food safety/sanitation, and lecture classes, which were inspiring. Some of the chefs spoke to us about the different areas of the food industry our talent could take us. The great thing about being a pastry

19Jan2009 | | 1 comment | Continued