What's Going on at The Mount and Ask Chef Dennis

6 years ago

Someday's I wonder how I ever survived working all year long.  As the year winds to a close the girls and I both know how many more days of school we have left....sigh  

As we wind down through the last few weeks, I look back on another year at the Mount, my sixth.  It seems like only a short time ago, I started at the Mount and how I accepted the challenge to change the face of school food at my account.  No one knew what to think of me when I first started, as I quietly appraised the situation.  Students and teachers would stop talking when I walked in the room, they had never had a chef before, this was something entirely new for them, and since I had never worked at a school before it was new to me too.   I had no idea how to feed them, but I knew what adults like to eat, and they were almost adults, and since it was easier to feed them what I knew, I went with that. 

culinary students

Six years later, I can honestly say what I did was the right choice, not only for the students and staff, but for myself.  Luckily for me, I also chose the right company to work for, one that believes that school lunches shouldn't come out of a can or out of the freezer.  Good wholesome delicious homemade food, that's what were all about, Flik Independent School Dining.

Ok, let's move on before I get on the soapbox again!  Let's talk about my girls, and what a wonderful job they did at the Harvest Club dinner last week.  They set the room, helped prep the meal, set up the dessert station, passed the hors d'oeuvres, served the dinner, and cleaned up the room at the end of the night.  We have made numerous dishes through out the year, they've all had turns at cooking, prepping, and of course sampling what we have made, but nothing is a better teacher than reality, and at the Harvest Dinner they get to see the whole show from beginning to end.

culinary students

culinary students

culinary students

culinary students

Of course the girls did a wonderful job and were the hit of the dinner, which had the largest turnout in years, and everyone was talking about my girls!

 culinary students 

Our dinner menu started with a selection of hand made hors d'oeuvres, and for the main course we had Oven Roasted Filet Mignon, Pistachio Crusted Salmon (follow the link for the recipe), Tortellini and Broccoli in a Rosa sauce, Mixed Vegetables, Tossed Salad and a Sweet Table.  After serving our guests my girls all got to sit down to sample their results of their hard work, enjoying a good meal and the camaraderie of a job well done.  I hope when they think back on their years at the Mount, they remember nights like this....I know I will.

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Blogging

 Today I have a site to share with you, that just boggles the mind, well for me at least it does.  I was on Linkedin and noticed a discussion about this site and being curious I followed the link, and found a incredible resource called FoodPairing.  You type in the ingredient and it tells you all the other foods it goes with.  You need to replace an ingredient, well type it in and it will give you alternatives.   It seems to be an online version of a book called The Flavor Bible which I have to admit I don't know too much about.  But check out this link, I know you'll be glad you did!

After the Friday the 13th Blogger shutdown I'm sure many of you are thinking about making the change to wordpress.  I am happy to say that I have finally found a designer to help me make the move as well as redesigning my blog.  I will happily share all that information with you in the next few weeks after I have finalized the details.

That being said, I wanted to also say, that changing to wordpress is not really the answer for everyone.  Although Friday was a bit traumatic, Blogger has been a very dependable system and I think they will only get better.  I am making the move for other reasons, the ordeal just pushed the date up a bit!

If blogger is working for you, and the only reason you want to change is because of the slick look and feel of wordpress, well I have some good news for you.

If you would like a quick and easy redsign with the bells and whistles that wordpress has, follow this link to Bloggerzbible.  You can also pick up some great free tools on their website to enhance your blogger system yourself!  So check it out and have fun!

Community

All over the country bake sales were held this past weekend to benefit Share Our Strength -no kid hungry.  Its a great program, stop by and join if you don't already support them.

My friends in San Diego Jenny from Vintage Sugar Cube and Kim and Liv from Liv Life were part of this event and were kind to pass along a few images to me, and I wanted to share this one with you of the group of bloggers from San Diego!

San Diego Bloggers

Well my friends that's going to be it for today, time is not on my side right now, and if I don't get some sleep my board dinner tomorrow will not go as well as I would like.

I hope your midweek is going well, only a few more days till the weekend!  Lets hope for good weather, we sure can use it, its been raining here for days, and its not supposed to let up for a few more.   So keep your fingers crossed, I could sure use some sun for the weekend!

Please remember to send your questions, suggestions, and comments to me, or just drop a note to say hi, I always love hearing from you, and I'm here if you need me.   Happy days my friends!

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