Almost immediately after I published my last post, I realized I hadn’t mead any mention of what I cooked and concocted while at The Art Institute of Colorado, so I shall do so now.
The first day in the culinary lab consisted of a lot of knife cuts and food prep work. Everyone made some sort of breakfast food that included eggs, be it a simple omelet or a breakfast burrito like I made. We also made salsas as table groups. That afternoon, everyone made different variations of sushi that contained mostly vegetables, but occasionally crab meat as well.
The chili cook-off was the highlight of day two. It was a bit like the show Chopped on the Food Network. We were given a whole bunch of ingredients, some basic instructions and given free rein to make any type of chili we wanted in a given time period. It was so much fun and we got to taste and vote on everyone’s chili afterwards. I was shocked to learn that I placed second in the contest because I had never made chili before in my life. Here’s what I tossed in the pot: garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, green chili, habañeros, pinto beans, chorizo, chicken stock, water, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. We also made chocolate cupcakes and buttercream frosting in the baking lab. We got to color the frosting and decorate some of the cupcakes to take home. They were delicious!
On the third day, my table made quinoa pilaf and some crepes for the next day. The afternoon was filled wilt tex-mex foods. Again, different tables were responsible for different dishes. I made queso blanco by myself after my table helped me prep for it. I also made dough for corn tortillas and helped prep for tortilla chips.
On the fourth and final day, everyone was extremely busy. We were preparing a buffet for our parents. Everyone seemed to be doing a little bit of everything. I made a ton of crepes that someone else filled with ice cream. I was also in charge of concocting punch, which was very interesting to make, but turned out to be very good. It was so much fun and then we got to sample everything we made (after sharing it first, of course).