Cake Off Number One

A little while back Abby and I had the idea to have cake competitions between ourselves. Not really to see who is better (she absolutely is) but to challenge each other and improve. This is something that I should definitely be doing more of in every aspect of life. I have always been a firm…

Back in Buffalo

It’s been a few weeks since the last post, and one very long week of travel but we made it safely across country back to Buffalo. Even though we gave ourselves time to pack and get things done, it still seemed like everything flew by and next thing you know we’re closing our apartment door…

Five More Days

Five final days in Portland. Abby is working on some new cookie recipes, got to hang out with some good friends one last time, and my sister flies in tomorrow morning to join us on the drive back. We got a little bit of snow today but nothing really sticking. I keep checking the weather…

Thank You

Today was my final day at work before the move back east, and I’ll admit it hit me harder than I thought. You can get so caught up being comfortable in your routine that it doesn’t fully hit you until things finally come to an end. Realizing that in a week I won’t just be…

Plating Mindsets

I have often said that my favorite aspect of cooking is plating. I love the creativity that you can infuse, the color palettes, the ability to take your dish from a good plate to a piece of art. It is a blank canvas to explore and mess around with. And trust me, you’ll mess around…

Meyer Lemon Tea Cake

It seems I couldn’t make it one more week without blowing my tire on the way to work. People think Portland is just full of hipsters, kale, and deep fear of half an inch of snow. WRONG! It’s also full of broken glass and other random trash in the road. It was just on my…

Final Days in the Kitchen

Well, we are coming to a close on my time cooking in restaurants. I only have 6 more shifts working back of the house before I start the journey full time with photography. It is a little bittersweet because I have spent almost my entire career cooking in restaurants, it is a very large part…