So i said my main goal was get certification with the ACF and the ANFP. I found that the ANFP offered a practice test as well for their certification and (while im waiting on them to ship me the books i ordered from them) decided to take a crack at it. Yep...
You gotta have that one go-to sandwich for your party right? The one that says, 'This sandwich here? THIS is why you came to my party instead of...Ralph's...or whomever...'
This is a sandwich that will take a little bit of doing to get it prepared. The pork can be made in advance and i certainly recommend that you cook it the day before your party. Like most sandwiches, the bread you choose is an essential part of its construction and taste. I chose Ciabatta for its ability to stand up to the moist components of this sandwich and it's rustic, crispy outside when it's toasted. You can choose others,but this is definitely not something you would slap on your normal, run-of-the-mill white bread in your cooler.
Probably the most famous iteration of 'Freckled Lemonade' i'd wager comes from the Red Robin line of restaurants. Pretty good restaurants actually. But as far as your Super Bowl party goes, with everything you're eating, you want to have something to wash it down with. This recipe is a 'virgin' style drink, which means there's no alcohol in it. But you can take what's here and add a little nip of something if that's your cup of tea.
Potato salad a lot of time gets the bad rap of being that 'ho-hum' side at any party that its at. This recipe hopes to liven that up a bit with some hearty ingredients and fresh perspective! From a technical perspective, potatoes for potato salad are typically boiled. The biggest problem with that is all of the nutrients and, more importantly, the flavor is washed away into the discarded water. I prefer to bake them; i lose nothing as far as the nutrients, baking results in a firmer, more flavorful potato cube, and it doesn't get that 'gummy' taste.
Time for something a little bit different. The giant subs and super-human stackers are what you usually associate a 'sandwich' with when you think of this week. Lets go small, simple and tasty. These pinwheels take really no effort to make and really relies on you finding a good grocery store to get you nice, tasty turkey.
A spin on the stadium nachos and cheese most are so familiar with already. This uses nice russet potatoes in place of tortilla chips as you weapon of choice. This recipe calls for them to be fried, but another alternative is to brush them lightly with oil and bake them again at high heat (450 degrees) until they turn brown. And from there, the world is your oyster!
Depends on what side of the couch you fall on for this one. This could be the most anticipated sporting event of your calendar year, or the one evening where you decide to hit that Seinfeild marathon up. But for most of us, it's the climax to the 2014-15 football season. The Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots highlight the game, but what will highlight your spread?
So i took a practice test, right?
Something that i've always tried to do in my culinary career is to keep up with certification. For those that don't know, certification in the food service industry can be pretty helpful in things like a job search, seeking advice from a woman/man, or just to become that much better of a chef. In my case, its been a lot of the latter i think. But i wanted to chronicle and remember the experiences i have so i decided to blog about it. This is the first in probably many more updates to come.