End of Summer Classes

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It’s so hard to believe my next two weeks of class consist of finals and deep cleaning the school kitchens!

These last 9 weeks have gone so fast and I’ve had so much fun in both of my classes.

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I’ve made all kinds of cakes and mousses in my European Cakes class and in Garde Manger I’ve made everything from soups & salads to sandwiches and cold seafood dishes.

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Speaking of Garde Manger, our final is a fundraiser for a local organization and my class is responsible for all of the food. We’re doing little small dishes — things that can be eaten in one or two bites. We did a run-through of everything last week and its all going to be so good!

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I’m responsible for making peach upside-down cake and vanilla bean ice cream. I wouldn’t consider myself a peach fan, but this cake might have changed that. Delicious. The recipe is from my instructor and I’ll be sure to share it with you all once classes have wrapped up. You’ll love it.

I’ve been up to a lot over that last few weeks. Spending time downtown in my friend’s apartment while she’s been in Europe has made me never want to leave. I might take the leasing agent up on his offer to stay in the broom closet and be the building’s baking slave. Maybe.

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Had a girls night with two of my dearest friends about a week ago. We may or may not have consumed almost and entire bottle of gin. No shame. We laughed, talked, danced, dreamed and ate bread and cheese. It was pretty much the perfect night and I have some of the best friends in the world.

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Also made these Joy the Baker apple pie biscuits on Friday. These squares of yum are the second in her Baking Bootcamp partnership with King Arthur Flour. I don’t think I’ve ever made biscuits this easy before. The filling is an apple, cinnamon, brown sugar dream and it has made me so excited for autumn to come around and all the wonderful thing to be baked during that season. These biscuits were a hit! I’ll have a post up soon about how I made them and the fun Mary and I had doing it. You all should definitely try it.

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I hope the end of your summers are wrapping up nicely. I’m ready to get rid of the 90° days we’re having here in Portland and welcome Autumn with open arms.

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