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    A recent graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, I found myself with no money, no kitchen equipment, and an exceptionally huge appetite. Ideas, improvisations, and yummy meal solutions were discovered in the kitchen of my very first apartment.
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Pasta with Leeks, Peas, Parmesan, and an Egg

This dish almost tasted like carbonara, because of the egg on top. I love dishes like this because they are simple, delicious, and cooked all in one pot. Pasta is also great, of course, for just cooking for one person.

You may have noticed that I usually use whole wheat pasta or pasta made from farro or quinoa (that’s why it always looks sort of darker than your average pasta in my photographs). That’s a personal preference, but of course any and all of these dishes would be just as delicious (if not more so) with regular or flavored pastas.

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Leek, Prosciutto, and Egg Tart

People learn all sorts of things on their journey to higher education. The psychological workings of the human mind, mathematic equations, and all forms of scientific babble. These are the important things – lessons that guide people through the rest of their life journeys. So when I was asked recently about the most important thing I learned in college, the answer was tantalizingly clear – how to make an excellent pastry crust.


It’s so simple and versatile. It can be used for a number of different kinds of tarts – sweet or savory. The key to a good crust is in the mixing – keeping large pieces of butter in the dough makes for an incredibly flaky crust. Then the crust can be finished with any number of toppings for a delicious meal.