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Sunday, April 29, 2012

mangia mondays 60: culinary school

hey there, friends!
welcome to
a blog hop i co-host each week with
one of my favorite bloggers
lisa from shine your light!

this week, i thought i'd share a few pictures
from this past semester... since it just ended!
i'm happy to say that i got a 96% in this lab
& all i have left to get my degree is 2 semesters
of baking labs
{which i'm ecstatic for!}.

culinary school
{sorry for the quality - they're all cellphone pictures!}

one of the first things we made - fondue!

that's me with my made-from-scratch mozzarella!
so much fun - & really hot on your hands.. but delicious!

this is 2 plates worth of midterm food.
on one plate, i had pork stuffed with spinach & mushrooms with a pan gravy, a sweet potato & apple hash, & sauteed broccoli with roasted julienne bell peppers.
on the second plate, i had grilled steak with an onion sauce & crispy onion strings, duchesse potatoes {a really fun, easy & different way to serve mashed potatoes!}, & grilled asparagus.

this was my favorite appetizer that i made.
a crostini topped with an avocado & pineapple chutney & grilled shrimp.
oh man, it was delicious.

we decided that cornish game hens look a lot like frogs...
& that it's fun to make them dance.

grilled cornish game hen with lemon risotto & squash with sauteed onions, mornay sauce & breadcrumbs.

sometimes, i kiss red snappers.

grilled oyster with a lemon butter sauce.

pan seared red snapper with an orange hollandaise & candied orange slices, orzo pasta & broccoli.

i had such a great time in that class...
met a lot of great people & learned a bunch of new techniques.
buuuutttt... i'm glad the semester is over & i can focus on
little baby charlotte.
i've gotta tell you, it got a bit tough to maneuver around the
kitchen toward the end.
& my chef pants were really tight. ;)

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until next time,
dowlings out!


  1. Congratulations on your grades! Everything looks yummy!

  2. Congratulations on being so close to graduation, your food looks yum. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Congrats on doing so well at school! Looks like you've been making lots of yummy food. I love the shrimp crostini. Beautiful!

    I'm sharing Huevos Rancheros with Adobo Chili Salsa and a video on Oil Pulling - The Secret To Getting Rid of Bad Breath Naturally.

    Have an amazing day!

  4. OMG! You are making me hungrier:) So happy for you:)

    Thank you for hosting the hop. Yours is listed here:

    Already your follower.

    The Quiet Mom @

  5. Congrats on finishing with such an excellent score!! Ummm, good to see that even as adults, students still play in class :) Thanks for hosting!

  6. Your dishes are gorgeous. Congrats looks like a lot of hard work. Thanks for the party.

  7. Thank you for hosting and congrats!

    I appreciate it,

  8. Looks like a fairly solid plan. I really hope it goes well and takes off.San Diego Culinary School

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