I teach high school seniors who are in the 2nd year of a two year culinary program at a career center. This means they spend half their school day at their traditional high school and half the day with me. About two-thirds of my students will go on to culinary school, while the remaining students will decide that food service is not the career path for them. I consider both outcomes as positive. Sometimes knowing what you don't want to do is as important as knowing what you do.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cookbook Testing

My plan was to go back to the beginning of the school year and post the different labs we completed. I already have to interrupt though.  We're working on a fun project this week, and I just wanted to share. Jaden at Steamy Kitchen had a post looking for volunteers to test recipes for her new book. I emailed offering the services of my 24 students. Today, 20 students completed 22 recipes (four of them were absent today).  All in all, they did a pretty good job. I thought I'd share some pictures. You'll have to wait for Jaden's book to get the recipes.

These dishes aren't perfect, but I was pretty proud of what they put out. Don't get me wrong. I could point out errors in almost every one, but for a group of teenagers, albeit culinary students, they did pretty well.

Big Salmon Salad with Miso Dressing

Blackened Tofu with Ginger Ponzu Sauce

Mapo Tofu

Chilled Soba Noodles

Vietnamese Style Shrimp Cocktail

Hot & Sour Soup

Egg Drop Soup

Eggs with Oyster Sauce

Healing Chicken Ginger Soup

Shrimp & Spinach Dumplings

Steamed Asparagus with Miso Ginger Butter

Carrots with Sesame Ponzu Vinaigrette

Tofu and Mushroom Miso Soup

Roasted Brussels Sprout

Seafood Noodle Soup

Seafood Curry Noodle Soup

Salmon Honey Teriyaki

Korean Beef Bites with Kimchi

Vegetable Tom Yum Soup

Edamame Noodle Salad with Orange Soy Vinaigrette

Seafood Coconut Chowder

Chicken Mango Lettuce Cups


  1. The cookbook sounds up my alley! They did a great job.

  2. It all looks delicious! Nice to "see" you blogging again...I gave up on mine once I became addicted to Facebook!!! :)

  3. I love this post! I found you through the recipe testing site. This seems like such a great, fun idea for your students, everything looks delicious to me. Subscribing to your blog right now!

  4. Facebook sucked me away, too. It's hard getting back into the swing of things, but I'm going to try!

  5. Oh my goodness!!!!! WOW. I'm forever grateful to you and all of the students!!! THANK YOU!!!!

    1. It was our pleasure! The kids had a great time.

  6. Few things make me want to reexperience high school, but . . . wow! If there had been a culinary program at my school, maybe I wouldn't have been so quick to finish up a year early and get the heck out of there.

    1. Like any class, we have our good days and our bad. I'd like to think we have more good though.

  7. BRAVO! these look great, and a lot of my faves are there. Hungry now :).