Erica's Cocina

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Restaurant Reviews August 26, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,Cooking Stories,Restaurant Reviews — ericascocina @ 9:14 PM
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Look out food lovers…

I will soon be adding a Restaurant Review section to my blog ;O) It will include everything from the ambiance of the restaurant, decor, service, presentation, and of course how tasty the food was. You are going to get nothing short of good honest material, nothing sugar coated, my friends.

I will set it up as a Jalapeño rating, the more Jalapeños, the better! One of course, is not good at all. Three right smack in the middle, average. Five, AWESOME, meaning you definitely need to give this place a try!


Update! ;O) August 13, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,Cooking Stories — ericascocina @ 1:28 AM
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It has been over a month since I have posted and I apologize for the lapse…

Sooooo much has happened since my last post, but you better believe I’m going to UPDATE you on every detail!

Two weeks ago, I finished a six-week Condensed Culinary School series at EatzLa in West Hollywood. This course was amazing! It went through the whole shebang. Started with basic knife skills, flavorings/ aromatics, and mother sauces. Working with mother sauces opened my eyes to an array of inspirations for recipe tasting. I will be sure to give you the recipes when I perfect them ;O) Then we moved on to making pizza and pasta from scratch. Let me tell you, after making my own pasta and finding it was not that difficult at all, I do not think I will ever buy packaged pasta again. It was simply amazing! We then moved on to chicken, seafood, beef entrees and sides. I learned about sauces that go well with these proteins and again, I came out with sooo many inspirations for me to work with. One of the coolest things I did was ignite some Cognac to make one of the sauces. Wow, that gave it such wonderful flavor. Although I learned a lot in this series of classes, I was also pleasantly surprised to find that many of the technical skills taught I already used on a regular basis with my cooking. When I first heard the word “searing”, I was not sure what the heck that was. However, when it was demonstrated, I was like, Oh I sear all the time (hahahaha). It also made me realize cooking is one of those things that either you have a niche for it or you do not. Some things just can’t be taught; like properly seasoning. I was amazed on how many people under seasoned their dishes. All in all the class gave me the confidence that I am going in the right direction with my cooking ;O)

Along the way, I also purchased some amazing hardware, a WÜSTHOF Classic Icon Knife! I had tried about three other knives and none of them seemed to “feel right”. Then, she handed me the Classic Icon, it was as if it was custom built for my hand. The curve on the handle was perfect, the weight was exact, and the style was ALL me. The search was over; the decision made in less than 30 seconds. It was destiny ;O)


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