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August 10, 2009

When Chocolate Met Raspberry

Filed under: baking,educational — chef tamara @ 3:15 AM
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Name the movie I took my post title from and I’ll make you cupcakes.***

Classic flavor combination: chocolate & raspberry. Who doesn’t love that? Um, if you don’t, then just go away. JUST KIDDING! I know, it ain’t for everybody. But for peeps like my friend Glenda, those flavors rock her world. So guess what cute little Glenda got for her birthday? YOU GOT IT! A 24 karat diamond ring. NOT!IMG_1766

She got something even better: Chocolate cupcakes filled with Raspberry preserves and topped with a Raspberry American Buttercream. FROM ME! Simple as pie. And just as delicious. Delicious like Buttermilk pie. I love Buttermilk pie. Maybe I should make some. And why am I talking about Buttermilk pie in a Chocolate & Raspberry cupcakes post? (more…)


August 7, 2009

“How Meryl Streep Nailed Her” by Sarah Moulton

Filed under: cooking,educational,movies,reading — chef tamara @ 7:24 PM

Sarah Moulton had what I believe was one of the best jobs ever – to be Julia Child’s assistant. Read Sarah’s thoughts on “Julie & Julia.”

How Meryl Streep Nailed Her – Page 1 – The Daily Beast

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August 5, 2009

♫ Look at me, I’m Sandra Lee ♫

Filed under: educational,funny,trivia,video — chef tamara @ 12:16 PM

There are two awesome ladies over at SALAD & CANDY who I enjoy reading very much. They recently posted a video which caused me to have to pause the video midway to RUN to the bathroom and pee. (I know, I know. TMI. But true story.)

In related pee-inducing-laughter-news, Anthony Bourdain posted a hilarious account of what he titled  “A drive by shooting” telling us about his recent encounter with Sandra Lee, someone he has, let’s just say, spoken “about” in the past.

Without further ado it is now officially Cocktail time!

Extra & totally off-topic: What inspired this posts’ subject/title header? It’s from a movie. I love movies! An oldie, but classic. Who doesn’t love an oldie? Yet it’s not so old it was in color. Any ideas? Guesses?

Okay… here it is… AFTER the jump…


August 2, 2009

The Origins of the Cooking Show

Filed under: cooking,educational — chef tamara @ 3:58 AM

From the NY Times Magazine – and in spirit of the revival of all things Julia Child (she’s always been alive with me…not just now with Julie & Julia) – is a fun and informative:

Timeline – The Origins of the Cooking Show – Interactive Feature –

¡Buen provecho!

August 1, 2009

Michael Pollan Inspires Me

Filed under: cooking,educational,reading — chef tamara @ 11:33 PM

I may not agree with every single point of his. I even tend to believe things aren’t as bad with the state of how we eat. Regardless, I can read Michael Pollan’s FOREVER.

First time I read him was when my old employer, Chipotle, gave us Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.” Nice gift, I know. Here is what I just read in the NY Times that motivated me to share it with whoever reads me. Yes, the 5 of you who read me, I thank thee. 🙂 I recommend his books.

Click here to read: “Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch” by Michael Pollen as posted in the NY Times. Enjoy!

July 25, 2009

Food, Inc.

Filed under: educational,movies — chef tamara @ 2:17 PM

Can’t wait until this movie comes to Puerto Rico so I can FINALLY watch it.

More on my thoughts on it after I watch it. Meanwhile, do yourself a favor and go read:

  1. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
  2. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

June 15, 2009

Class @ J&W Univ…

Filed under: baking,cooking,educational — chef tamara @ 4:58 PM

Unfortunately, we are not exactly gonna be doing the classes we thought we would. But I did learn something today: How to do REVERSE PUFF PASTRY. This is where you lock-in your dough INTO the butter instead of the traditional way where the butter goes into the dough. It seems weird and impossible, but Chef made it happen and it looks nice! Still foggy on the why’s of it, but will see the results tomorrow when we bake off all our doughs.
We’re making plain croissants, ham & cheese croissants, chocolate croissants, danishes with cheese and almond cream fillings, puff pastry items with the same and possibly fruit. And we’re also making a Rosemary Asiago Bread, so I am SOOOOO looking forward to that. I love making breads. I don’t care to eat them much, but they’re my favorite baked item.

June 10, 2009

Baking and Traveling

Filed under: baking,educational,travel — chef tamara @ 12:42 PM

On my way to the first of two trips this weekend. The 1st one is TOTALLY educational and professional in nature. Right? Right?

Going to take a 1 week “Updating My Skills Program” at Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami, Florida campus. Looks like fun. Tweak some skills and educational techniques. Rock on! And best of all I’m going with Nannette Mendez, my co-baking instructor @ UNE, the university we work at as Chef Instructors. I love her so it should be fun!

It will also be interesting to see how their Florida branch has evolved in the 11 years since I first visited on my “Which culinary school do I want to go to trips of 1998.” Those were some FUN trips.

First J&W paid for my friend Ana and me to visit the school for a weekend, tour the grounds, etc. It was cute, and the sunshine and beaches nearby made it a top contender given it’s similar to Puerto Rico and the tropics we love. But they were still too young in their development; facilities and program were still too new and lacked OOMPH.

Eventually I took a 2nd trip, a Road Trip of sorts to visit the CIA & NECI with my friend Mayte. That was a hilarious trip as well. I really liked NECI. Vermont is simply BEAUTIFUL and BREATHTAKING and all those nice adjectives. I seriously considered going to NECI. But after careful thought and internal debate, I chose the CIA for many, many reasons. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Okay, gotta go finish errands before the trips.

Oh. What? What 2nd trip? Oh.

The 2nd trip is the MADRE of all trips. At least for me.

More info. later on with regards to that trip. I’m SOOOOOO excited!! ;o)

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