With finals for culinary school right around the corner, my classmates and I have been scrambling to lock down our externships. When meeting with my advisor, I was told that I had the potential to pursue something big, even bigger than anything in Colorado. It really got me thinking and motivated me to settle for nothing but the best. I booked my flight to NYC and set up stages at a couple Michelin Starred restaurants, Eleven Madison Park and The Modern. Both stages went great; I was stoked! EMP seemed a little too military-like for me. Only Sous Chefs were allowed to plate the food and you weren’t allowed to talk in the kitchen. The Modern, on the other hand, let their cooks do much more and everyone seemed to be having a great time during service. I was offered a paid externship with The Modern and will be starting in April! I am excited to experience something new and take the next step in my career.
I am sure many of you have been wondering where I have been. No, I did not drown or get eaten by a tiger shark. No, I did not move away to a remote village with no internet. No, I did not abandon my blog. I know it is shocking that none of these things happened. Here is what has actually been up.
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Life is good. I was sick when I left Colorado, but for some reason being sick in Hawaii does not feel as bad as being sick in Colorado; I think it’s because of the humidity. My friends greeted me with a lei and champagne at the airport, not too shabby! I have a few interviews at restaurants around the area this week, one of which is Morimoto’s restaurant in Waikiki! Wish me luck! Since I am having so much fun, I figured you all deserve some fun as well, so I am happy to announce a cheese giveaway from Ile de France cheese! This giveaway is extra exciting because there is not one, but FIVE winners!
I feel like I am constantly hearing about new products and health facts. First they say artificial sweeteners are better for you, then they say they will give you diseases. They say don’t eat this, then they realize you should. It is hard to keep up sometimes. One of my main issues is whether to use real butter, margarine, olive oil, or something else. I recently learned about cooking with coconut oil, and am really excited that I did! Coconut oil has saturated fats, BUT they are actually a good kind of saturated fat. Coconut oil contains lots of antioxidants, helps the body absorb important nutrients and minerals, eliminates harmful bacteria, and fights the signs of aging. It can be substituted for fats in recipes, such as butter, olive oil, etc. If you are substituting it for butter, I would suggest using about 3/4 cup coconut oil for every 1 cup butter.
I recently read an article about edamame and all of its amazing health benefits. If you don’t know much about edamame, it is a green soybean that is a great source of protein, contains all 8 essential amino acids and has no cholesterol of trans-fats. It is high in fiber and iron as well. I’ve like edamame for a while now, but this just makes eating it even better! It is a great addition to many meals and is definitely one to try if you haven’t yet. This dish is simple- marinated shrimp and rice with edamame. When sautéing the shrimp, deglazing the pan adds a ton of flavor that regular sautéing wouldn’t.