Showing posts from March, 2011

Forgotten Photographs

While waiting for my mom during her surgery this afternoon, I started editing photos and sorting them into nice "projects" on Aperture.  I rediscovered some that I'd taken a while ago and thought I would share them with you.


I am

. . . the sum of my career.  At this point.

 . . . the sum of my choices.  I am the person that I am today because of them.

As I work through my day, I follow procedures based on those of chefs I've worked with, the kitchens I've worked in.  My pastry education, post culinary school, is a culmination of the information those people-chefs, both savory and pastry, fellow cooks-have chosen to give to me.  I understand why ingredients work the way they do because someone else learned it and taught it to me.  I remember by effect, the chemical reactions between heat and ingredients, time, air, cold.  When something goes wrong, I can make corrections based on this knowledge.  I choose to pass this information on to the staff I now supervise, and am not afraid of not having an answer-in fact it makes me want to learn so that I can better understand and answer the next time.

I tell my staff where this information comes from.  I'll say that Chef H. taught me this . . . Chef S. sho…