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Staples High School!

"All cooking begins with one's passion for and knowledge of a particular cuisine.... If you want to learn the palate archetypes, you have to be on an exploration -- and it has to be a long journey, not a short one."
-- Barbara Tropp, The Modern Art of Chinese Cooking

"The day is coming when a single carrot freshly observed, will set off a revolution"  - Paul Cιzanne

 

Ngotsa manang ne choe - "Eat shamelessly!" - Tibetan saying

 

 

                

 

    Cecily I. Gans  • Click NAME for link to schedule, Curriculum & Rubric

               • Chef Instructor •

                    Office Telephone •  203.341.1342

                    Office Fax • 203.341.5194

                    Email • cecily_gans@westport.k12.ct.us

                                 zenjava@hotmail.com

 

                     Please feel free to email me questions, comments & concerns. I'll do my best to answer promptly!

                     Website • http://shs.westport.k12.ct.us/culinary

 

"There is no love sincerer than the love of food"

- George Bernard Shaw

 

"At its best,  cooking is inextricably meshed with aesthetics, with religion, with tradition and history. It is evocative of seasonal changes, or of one’s childhood, or of a storm at sea ..."

- M.F.K. Fisher

 

• CLASS LINKS •

 

Culinary Arts I

Culinary Arts II

Advanced Culinary Arts

 

• CLUBS •

 

Culinary Arts Club

 

 

 

 

• Westport Continuing Education •

      

THE MAIN COURSE: KITCHEN BASICS AND BEYOND

 

Learn kitchen fundamentals and essentials such as knife skills and cooking methods (sautιing, searing, grilling, roasting, braising, etc.) to complete basic functions throughout the kitchen,

all the while building your repertoire of ingredients and flavors.

Each evening will focus on several components: an introduction to techniques, new and seasonal ingredients, blending of complementary flavors and the preparation of a simple, yet contemporary menu.

Students will be encouraged to put on an apron, take part in all aspects of preparing the meal and learn through hands-on practical application, preceded by thorough demonstration.

Each menu will consist of several courses and generally a dessert.

 

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The Main Course: Kitchen Basics & Beyond

No Experience Required

Asian Delicacies

Menus & Recipes

 

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SUMMERTIME CULINARY CAMP!

Grades 6-9

2007- 2008 -2009 Menus

 

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A Cooking School Member of:

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• ANNOUNCEMENTS •

 

PLEASE READ!

DAN WOOG'S ARTICLE FROM THE WESTPORT NEWS! Thanks Dan!!!

 

 

 

  

chef Alison Milwe-Grace (SHS '88)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE COME BY DURING A FREE PERIOD AND VISIT THE KITCHENS!

WE ARE IN 182, 183 & 184, ACROSS FROM THE FIELD HOUSE

 

 

 

                               

 

 

links to Recommended Websites:

 

 

For Recipes and MORE:

    The Food Network

    Epicurious: Bon Appetit & Gourmet Magazine online   

    All Recipes: User friendly, usually simple

    Epicurean Online Magazine

    www.thefoodsiteoftheday.com

    www.pastryscoop.com

 

 

Connecticut Farmers Markets:

    Connecticut Farmers Market USDA Page

    The Westport Farmers Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Equipment:

Knives:

    Knife Merchant

Commercial:

    J.B. Prince Culinary Equipment

    Warehouse Store Fixture Company

   Globe Equipment

For Books:

    Jessica's Biscuit - Every book you ever wanted on food & cooking!

    Got a voracious appetite for food AND literature? Here are some recommended titles that will satiate

    your hunger for a great read...GREAT FOOD WRITING!

    An A+ list of GREAT FOOD MOVIES!

For Cool Duds:   

    Chefwear!

    Univogue

Truly Excellent Organizations:

    Women Chefs & Restauranteurs

    International Association of Culinary Professionals

    Chefs Collaborative

    AIWF

    Slow Food USA

    The Culinary Trust

    Cooking Schools.com

    Les Dames d'Escoffier

    The American Culinary Federation (ACF)

Anti-Hunger Sites:

    Share Our Strength

    Action Against Hunger

    The Great American Bake Sale

 

 

Cool Comestibles:

 

The Best Darn Coffee on the Planet:

Coffee Exchange ~ All Organic & Fair Trade! ~ I highly recommend the French Roast Sumatra Gayo Mountain

 

Great Teas:

Harney & Sons - Of Connecticut! The Paris Blend is Delightful.

They also carry Marie Belle Hot Chocolates - to die for!!!

 

Dry Spices:

Penzey's - In Norwalk, but just as easy to mail order

 

Best Cheeses in Fairfield County:

Darien Cheese & Fine Foods

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 09 September 2009 03:14 PM

 

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