Menu Planning

I need organization to function. By nature, I’m scatterbrained and chaotic, so I’ve found that if I organize my life things run much smoother. One of the things that I learned while working in restaurant kitchens was how to plan and prep. Think about it: restaurants have menus, right? So why not make your own…

Browning Butter

Brown butter… I’m obsessed with it. The rich, caramelized flavor that it gives to baked goods has endless possibilities. I like to make portions of browned butter ahead of time and place them in the glass containers in fridge to be ready for my next baking project. Brown the butter in a pan over a…

The Maillard Reaction

Ever enjoyed a perfectly cooked steak from the grill with that beautiful, rich brown crusted edge? Or a smooth cup of coffee that warms your soul? How about a toasted marshmallow on your s’mores? Crispy bacon and toast with your breakfast? Hungry yet? You have a chemical reaction to thank for all of these mouth-watering…

Sushi Fugu

Flower Mound, Texas   Let me start off by saying that this was an over-all good experience. The food was good, presentation was gorgeous, and the atmosphere felt very upscale. However, the service was lacking, which in my years of experience with the restaurant industry, can make or break a dining experience. My husband and…