Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Kitchen Day 2: Advanced Cookies

Tuesday in class we broke into our usual pairs and were given two recipes to complete by the end of the day. It was nice to get to do something different so everyone is not looking over each others' shoulders and fighting for the same ingredients. Brooke and I were assigned cheesecake brownies (mmm) and cinnamon cookies. I am a huge sucker for brownies. Probably my favorite dessert in the world would be a hot brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, with magic shell or hot fudge or something on top. I also love making and eating cheesecake, so needless to say I was very excited about this one. The cinnamon cookies were pretty much snicker doodles. Or at least like sugar cookies with some spices in them. I wasn't too excited about these because they didn't have chocolate in them, but they actually turned out quite well.

Here are some photos that I unceremoniously thieved from Brooke's blog. If you're reading Brooke, I hope it's okay I borrowed these, maybe I get some kind of immunity as your baking partner about photos of things we baked together! I promise, I put my digital camera in my toolbox and I'm going to make sure that I use it during our next class!

Our cheesecake brownies

Our cinnamon cookies

Our other classmates cookies:

Pinwheel Icebox Cookies

Ginger Snaps and Shortbread

Sugar Cookies

Raisin Spice Bars

Spritz Cookies

Coconut Macaroons, Russian Tea Cookies, & Mexican Wedding Cakes

Double Chocolate Macadamia Chunk Cookies

Linzer Tarts & Cornmeal Pistacio Lime Cookies

Butter Tea Cookies with Raspberry Jam

After class we lined all of the cookies up and were able to take a few of everyone's home so we had a nice variety for our families. Chef Katie said that our cinnamon cookies were one of her favorites and she at like four of them. That made Brooke and I feel happy and high five. Everyone wants to be the best and Chef's favorite. We're all in this silent competition with each other, but when it really comes down to it. I am not going to be competing with these people for jobs. I am smart and savvy and capable and I will be making my own way in the world. So I like to make the best looking products for sure, but it's really more about the learning experience. I pay attention, take notes, as an obscene amount of questions, because this is something I've always wanted to do. I wasted $25,000 and 6 months of my life to find out that this is what I should be doing. I am going to get every last little bit of knowledge out of this experience and make sure that I leave here the best baker and professional that I can possibly be. I may be annoying the crap out of the people around me as I do it, and I try to be as amiable as possible to everyone around me, but when it comes down to it, I am here for me. I am going to get everything I can out of this for myself, because I want it that badly. It feels really good to be so passionate about what I'm doing. I never thought I would feel this way again, and it is such a refreshing change. I can't wait to get back to work!

Until next time,

Julibean <3


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