Tag Archive: The Professional Chef

Challenge: Grilling, Broiling, Roasting, and Baking (Kitchen Bootcamp April)


After another great Kitchen Bootcamp challenge in March, I thought I’d keep things rolling and announce the new challenge for April right away! Warmer weather is on its way, so I thought we’d tackle the grilling chapter (Chapter 20) in The Professional Chef this month.  The chapter actually covers grilling, broiling, roasting, and baking meats. …

Challenge: Potatoes (Kitchen Bootcamp March)


It feels good to be back in the swing of things, doesn’t it? I enjoyed last month’s Kitchen Bootcamp challenge, and I’m ready for the next one! For the March challenge, I thought we’d tackle one of the few remaining chapters of The Professional Chef that we haven’t covered yet – Cooking Potatoes (Chapter 26). …

Challenge: Eggs (Kitchen Bootcamp January/February)


I’ve taken a bit of a break from the Kitchen Bootcamp challenges over the holidays (and a few weeks after the holidays, too!).  I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who had a busy schedule and not too much time to worry about sharpening my kitchen skills and trying new things! But, that’s all…

Challenge: Fillings, Frostings, and Dessert Sauces (Kitchen Bootcamp Holiday)


I loved all of the enthusiasm for the October Kitchen Bootcamp challenge, so I won’t waste any time… Let’s get right to the next challenge! You might hate me for this one, but I decided that this month we will tackle the chapter on Fillings, Frostings, and Dessert Sauces (Chapter 38 in The Professional Chef)….

Ricotta Gnocchi


A few months ago, I introduced my husband to ricotta gnocchi. I ordered it at one of our favorite local restaurants, and he gave me a skeptical look. But, then he took a bite. Ever since, he’s been hooked. The thing is, I’ve never actually made gnocchi before. Not successfully, at least. I’ve attempted to…

Homemade Semolina Pasta


Since this month’s Kitchen Bootcamp theme is pasta and dumplings, I thought I’d try a new recipe for homemade pasta.  I’ve made my share of pasta in the past (and usually it winds up getting used for ravioli), and I’ve always used the same recipe.  After reading the simple recipe in The Professional Chef, though,…

Challenge: Cooking Pasta and Dumplings (Kitchen Bootcamp October)


Kitchen Bootcamp is back by popular demand… Are you excited? I know I am! After taking a much needed (for me, at least!) break over the summer, it’s time to crack open The Professional Chef and get back in the kitchen. For me, this past summer was considerably crazier than most. Fortunately, along with the…

Challenge: Mise en Place for Vegetables and Fresh Herbs (Kitchen Bootcamp June/July)


It’s time to announce the next Kitchen Bootcamp challenge! I appreciate everyone’s patience last month with my extended challenge… Since I’m still not completely back on my feet (especially in the kitchen!), it has been a huge help to me to extend the challenge a bit.  So, I am going to do the same thing…

Kitchen Bootcamp Roundup – Custards, Creams, and Mousses


This month was one of my favorite challenges since I started Kitchen Bootcamp last April (can you believe it’s been over a year now?)…  We all know that I am a big fan of desserts (especially ice cream), so I had great hopes for this challenge. While I didn’t have nearly as much time as…

Challenge: Custards, Creams, and Mousses (Kitchen Bootcamp May)


Warmer weather is on the way… I was doubtful for a while, but the last week or two have proven that it is true! When the weather is warm, I always have one thing on my mind… Ice cream!  So, naturally, that has affected my choice for the May Kitchen Bootcamp challenge.  I knew that…