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A New Adventure In A Big City- Culinary School Update

Numerous friends and family encouraged me downright pressured me to journal and blog about my experience in culinary school, but as I sat here staring at a blindingly white page and a blinking cursor, I couldn’t think of one thing to say.

My journey through culinary school - week 1

Except maybe…it’s crazy.

It’s somehow different and exactly as I imagined it: A whirlwind of activity, baking and learning.

My journey through culinary school - week 1

[Doesn’t everyone’s cat like to look out the window in taxi cabs?]

After we all have a little chuckle at the ironic twist where I get food poisoning the night before culinary school, we can get to my first day of class, which began something like this…

Chef Jurgen: “You are the baker for today.”

Me (out loud): “Yes, Chef!”

Me (to myself): “Whhhaaaat?! You mean I could possibly burn and ruin EVERYONE’S cookies? On the very first day? Lindsey, breathe.”

My journey through culinary school - week 1

I am relieved to tell you that I did not burn anyone’s cookies that day, nor did I spill anything (much to the shock of everyone who knows me), nor cut myself unless you count when the giant box of plastic wrap bit me, which I absolutely do not.

My journey through culinary school - week 1

This first week we’ve breezed through cookies and the baking science behind their various textures and moved swiftly on to tarts and pies!

My journey through culinary school - week 1

We had our first written test and our first practical exam during which we had 30 minutes to scale, make and bake these vanilla crescent cookies.

My journey through culinary school - week 1

As a non-edible bonus, I’ve met some fantastic people from all over the world! My partner in crime, I mean in baking, is from Mexico City. I speak to her in Spanglish and she speaks to me in a mixture of English and sarcasm. It’s a beautiful thing.

My journey through culinary school - week 1

I can tell you, as my first full week draws to a close, that the hectic schedule, impossibly fast paced environment, lofty expectations and unattainable deadlines feel almost normal. I find myself organizing and obsessively cleaning my teenie tiny countertop workspace in my apartment and working as quickly and as efficiently as possible. Mid-slowcooker-chili-prep I needed to remind myself to chillax; it’s just dinner.

My journey through culinary school - week 1

I’m still not quite sure how I’ll integrate my experience at the International Culinary Center into AHC, but I can tell you that it will be impossible to keep the new techniques, helpful hints and nerdy scientific facts out of my posts and recipes. After this first week, I am even more excited to share my new knowledge and just bring you along for the ride.

If you want to come that is. If not, I definitely intend to continue posting delicious treats, more cupcakes than is totally necessary, and my savory culinary creations. I’m super pumped and I hope you are too! Be sure to follow me on Instagram or Twitter for all my daily updates!

And these next cookies…are my absolute favorite so far. They don’t call them Chocolate Heaven Cookies for nothin’!

My journey through culinary school - week 1

37 Comments

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    January 31, 2015 at 7:45 am

    *claps* yayyyyyy so fun!!!!! I’m so excited for you and all those cookies you’ve made look amazinggg

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    • AmericanCooking22
      February 1, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Haha! Thanks, Kayle!

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  • Kate
    January 31, 2015 at 9:15 am

    this is so exciting! I can’t wait to hear more about your adventures!!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      February 1, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Thanks, Kate!!!

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  • Kathleen @ Yummy Crumble
    January 31, 2015 at 10:37 am

    This is so cool your’e getting to do this! You’re going to learn some amazing things 🙂 also, you mind sharing that chocolate heaven cookie recipe? Don’t leave us hanging! I’m excited to hear about your adventures.

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    • AmericanCooking22
      February 1, 2015 at 10:51 am

      I definitely intend to share the chocolate heaven cookie recipe! I just need to get some better pictures! Any chocolate lover will swoon over them! I know I did!

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  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout
    January 31, 2015 at 10:49 am

    This sounds like a dream! I’m not surprised you handled the pressure! This sounds amazing 🙂

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    • AmericanCooking22
      February 1, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Thanks, Medha! It totally is a dream come true!

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  • Nora (A Clean Bake)
    January 31, 2015 at 11:07 am

    So far, culinary school sounds like the best dream school/summer camp experience I can imagine. PLEASE keep posting about your experience! I for one can’t wait to live vicariously!

    PS: My cat does the exact same thing 🙂

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    • AmericanCooking22
      February 1, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Haha! It’s definitely a bit more intense than any summer camp I went to! But it is fun because I get to bake all day! Yay for curious cats in taxis! Glad to know you are a cat lover too 🙂

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  • Lelia Farr
    January 31, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Such fun! Thank you for sharing the experience! #admittedarmtwister

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    • AmericanCooking22
      February 1, 2015 at 10:47 am

      Haha! You were definitely one such individual! 🙂

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  • Steph
    January 31, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Wow, Lindsey! It seems like you’re learning a lot and having a lot of fun! I can’t wait to hear more about your experience :))

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    • AmericanCooking22
      February 1, 2015 at 10:47 am

      Thanks, Steph!!!

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  • marcie
    February 1, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I’m really glad you decided to (were pressured to) chronicle your journey, Lindsey! In the end, you’ll be glad you did! You bet I will be following along to see what pastry school is all about, and I’m feeling that old anxiety creeping up to hurry, hurry, hurry! and don’t ruin everyone’s lunch! haha You made some beautiful treats, and your PIC sounds fun! 🙂

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    • AmericanCooking22
      February 1, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      I know you are absolutely right! I just don’t want to bore the world with every detail so I’m going to have to edit my journals because they are, um, long winded! My PIC is great! We make a great team or at least until they switch us around! 🙂

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  • Renee @ Two in the Kitchen
    February 1, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I am drooling all over this screen right now!! I am glad you posted this update Lindsay! Pastry school looks like a lot of fun!! 🙂

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  • Wendy
    February 1, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Culinary school sounds scary and wonderfully amazing at the same time! I am so excited that you will be sharing your journey and some of your new baking know-how! Next, PLEASE include some recipes for all of these delicious looking creations! 🙂 Good luck in week 2!

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  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
    February 1, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Aaw yay!!! So happy you are sharing your culinary school adventures with us! I loved hearing about your first week 🙂 I am totally drooling over everything you made here and so glad that you are learning so much and having a great time 🙂

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  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
    February 1, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    SO exciting!! Baking the first week, I’d be in heaven!

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  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen
    February 2, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    What fun! Can’t wait for your next update! And boy do those chocolate cookies look good.
    I can’t believe your cat will ride that well in a taxi cab.

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  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
    February 2, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Oh Boy! Those pictures are just too much! Looks like an amazing adventure!

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  • Sophie
    February 4, 2015 at 11:42 am

    I see that you are settling in nicely & are learning a lot, my friend! yay for you!

    The recipes you made & skills you learned, that is a great surplus!

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  • Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar
    February 4, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    So exciting! I’ve been thinking about you and hoping it’s going well! Can’t wait to hear all about it at some point!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      February 12, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Oh you definitely will!!!

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  • Shashi at RunninSrilankan
    February 5, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Hahaha – cannot beat communication that involves a bit of English and sarcasm! 🙂 Sounds like you had a GREAT first week – and girl, that food poisoning must have done a number on your brain for you to entertain the thought that you might burn the cookies – Miss master cupcake maker!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      February 12, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Oh I have burned my fair share of baked goods…including myself!

      Reply
  • Thao @ In Good Flavor
    February 6, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    What an exciting journey you have undertaken! It will be exhilarating, a little scary, and full of sweet fun. All the best to you!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      February 12, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      Thanks, Thao! It has certainly been a journey so far and it’s only been 2.5 weeks!

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  • Julianne @ Beyond Frosting
    February 24, 2015 at 2:08 am

    I am super excited and also super jealous. Have a wonderful time and I will be following along on IG!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      February 25, 2015 at 7:56 am

      Thanks Julianne! So far it has been one of the best experiences of my life. I am bummed I won’t get to meet u in Atlanta though!

      Reply
  • Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog
    February 24, 2015 at 7:19 am

    That’s so awesome you’re going to culinary school! I almost went to J&W straight out of high school but went to a regular 4 yr college instead. Now, I’m slightly kicking myself for not going, since food is really what I love. Maybe in my next life 🙂

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    • AmericanCooking22
      February 25, 2015 at 7:55 am

      Thanks!! Maybe you’ll still get the chance in this life!!! It’s seriously so amazing

      Reply
  • Chris @ Shared Appetite
    February 27, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    ” I speak to her in Spanglish and she speaks to me in a mixture of English and sarcasm. It’s a beautiful thing”… this actually made me laugh out loud. SO cool that you are in culinary school in the city… it’s something I’ve always thought about doing. But the teacher thing is pretty sweet also. I’ll be living vicariously through your updates, so keep ’em coming!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      February 28, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Don’t you get a sabbatical as a teacher at some point? Maybe you could do it then! ICC is amazing and you live sooooo close!

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  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen
    March 3, 2015 at 7:47 am

    How in the world did I miss this first culinary school post? Just saw your second post, so hopped on over to check it all out! Fabulous cookies, Linds. I need a dozen or two of the Chocolate Heaven cookies! YUM. Thanks for sharing, girl! xo

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    • AmericanCooking22
      March 10, 2015 at 6:58 am

      Oh man I still dream about those chocolate heaven cookies!!! Thanks for stopping by my first update!

      Reply

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