I developed a curious trust for the gardener a la extraordinaire at the Culinary, Andrea Sramek. She has patches of land cultivated with amazingly diverse species of edible plants. I could look up a plant and then make sure that it’s edible before I take a bite, however, the discovery of something completely unexpected is so unique, so irreplicable, so finite, and so irresistible that I go all in to take that first bite more often than not. This is how I met stevia. You know those $6 kale smoothies you get at the juice bar, yea now throw a leaf of stevia in there instead if a quarter cup of sugar. That’s more than you need — also good morning! #stevia #stickittothesugarlobby #smoothie #gardening #proud2bcia #juice (at The Culinary Institute of America) High-res

I developed a curious trust for the gardener a la extraordinaire at the Culinary, Andrea Sramek. She has patches of land cultivated with amazingly diverse species of edible plants. I could look up a plant and then make sure that it’s edible before I take a bite, however, the discovery of something completely unexpected is so unique, so irreplicable, so finite, and so irresistible that I go all in to take that first bite more often than not. This is how I met stevia. You know those $6 kale smoothies you get at the juice bar, yea now throw a leaf of stevia in there instead if a quarter cup of sugar. That’s more than you need — also good morning! #stevia #stickittothesugarlobby #smoothie #gardening #proud2bcia #juice (at The Culinary Institute of America)

I shared with you the different iterations of the burger recipe I was developing for a contest! Well, I won the contest and this is the award winning burger! Slice, roast, smoke, chop, incorporate, grill, rest, eat! Thanks to #themushroomcouncil and the consulting department at the CIA for putting this together. Special thanks to my team at the @ciatestkitchen for the taste tests, the feedback and the moral support! #winner #burger #umami #umamibomb #mushroom #competition #americancuisine #gastropub #pubfare #sliders #grill #proud2bcia (at The Culinary Institute of America)

It isn’t easy to top the flavors of great natural products such as figs, tomatoes fresh off the wine, olives or the product of the craft of cheese-makers. But I felt satisfied with my work tonight as all three paellas for my party turned out fantastic. I had an amazing time. #manchego #mahon #drunkengoat #valdeon #paella #satisfied #olives #mediterranean #spanishcuisine #figs #proud2bcia High-res

It isn’t easy to top the flavors of great natural products such as figs, tomatoes fresh off the wine, olives or the product of the craft of cheese-makers. But I felt satisfied with my work tonight as all three paellas for my party turned out fantastic. I had an amazing time. #manchego #mahon #drunkengoat #valdeon #paella #satisfied #olives #mediterranean #spanishcuisine #figs #proud2bcia

I was playing with flavors very near and dear to my heart and I ended up putting together my first dessert plate. @lauramonroe knows my desire to put together pistachios, cardamom (tr: kakule), rose water and lime zest. The plate is a first draft. 

Orange blossom and lime zest cheese cake, wild pistachio (tr. melengic) milk jam, cardamom and sumac brittle, pistachios, flowers

#dessert #brittle # candy #middleeasternfood #iran #turkishcuisine #istanbul #flowers #proud2bcia #cheesecake #pistachio (at The Culinary Institute of America) High-res

I was playing with flavors very near and dear to my heart and I ended up putting together my first dessert plate. @lauramonroe knows my desire to put together pistachios, cardamom (tr: kakule), rose water and lime zest. The plate is a first draft.

Orange blossom and lime zest cheese cake, wild pistachio (tr. melengic) milk jam, cardamom and sumac brittle, pistachios, flowers

#dessert #brittle # candy #middleeasternfood #iran #turkishcuisine #istanbul #flowers #proud2bcia #cheesecake #pistachio (at The Culinary Institute of America)