If you ever want to be humbled take a few good friends out to lunch and head to the Culinary Institute of America. DeVere, Susan and I did just that and we had an experience any foodie would trade her best ever recipe over. We are fortunate that it is less then ninety minutes away from us and that we could go on a weekday. Weekends are supposed to be unbearably crowded.
|entry to CIA|
|busy CIA students|
Upon arrival, friendly students meandering the courtyard or hurrying to class greeted us. There are 2000 future chefs here and all share the thrill of great food. In fact the logo of the school is “Food is Life / Create and Savor Yours”. We were ready and headed towards the center of the large campus that housed five unique restaurants and a bakery café that showcased the cuisine prepared by the students.
|Food is Life/Create and Savor Yours|
|Demo Kitchen or what I now call my dream kitchen|
I hesitated, however, before entering because I knew my weaknesses and bread and pastry headed the list. One deep inhale of fresh baked goodies, though, and I left all my hesitation at the doorway. I reverted to my five your old self and wanted one of everything. Fortunately, DeVere and Susan remained in their grown up bodies and snapped me back to reality.
|Can you guess what this is? I ate the whole thing.|
|I had to be restrained here|
|I now aspire for my mac and cheese to look and taste like this|
|WOW! Unsinkable eggs. I have to strive for this too!|
So find the time and head out to the CIA or at least check it out online and dream.
|They sprinkle edible gold dust on the topping|