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Project 5: Spinach, Asian Pear & Grapefruit Salad with Spiced Walnut Oil Dressing

28 Nov

Recipe by Susan Oak

The French Culinary Institute’s Level 5 project is a taste what (F.C.I) students are made of. This project is for students in the classic culinary arts program (1 level away from graduation).

Eat Life’s Project 5 showcases select students so everyone can get a glimpse of the talent behind F.C.I’s kitchen doors. Introducing Susan Oak’s level 5 recipe from her project, Fat.

Spinach Salad with Spiced Walnut Oil Dressing, The French Culinary Institute's Level 5 project - Eat Life FCI

WALNUT OIL: Spinach Salad with Spiced Walnut Oil Dressing, Asian pear, grapefruit, toasted walnuts, red onion

Fat Fact: Walnut oil has a low smoke point and therefore should be used as a garnish or in a dressing. They are a good source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Continue reading

Project 5: Cauliflower Soup with Seared Scallops & Basil-Pine Nut Oil

28 Nov

Recipes by Susan Oak

The French Culinary Institute’s Level 5 project is a taste what (F.C.I) students are made of. This project is for students in the classic culinary arts program (1 level away from graduation).

Eat Life’s Project 5 showcases select students so everyone can get a glimpse of the talent behind F.C.I’s kitchen doors. Introducing Susan Oak’s level 5 recipe from her project, Fat.

 

Cauliflower Soup with Seared Scallops Recipe, The French Culinary Institute's Level 5 project - Eat Life FCI

PINE NUT OIL: Cauliflower Soup with Basil-Pine Nut Oil – seared bay scallops, croutons, toasted pine nuts

Fat Fact: Cauliflower serves as a mild base that is enhanced with the addition of a flavorful oil. Continue reading

Project 5: Butternut Squash & Ricotta Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter

28 Nov

Recipe Susan Oak

The French Culinary Institute’s Level 5 project is a taste what (F.C.I) students are made of. This project is for students in the classic culinary arts program (1 level away from graduation).

Eat Life’s Project 5 showcases select students so everyone can get a glimpse of the talent behind F.C.I’s kitchen doors. Introducing Susan Oak’s level 5 recipe from her project, Fat.

Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Sage Brown Butter Recipe, The French Culinary Institute's Level 5 project - Eat Life FCI

MILKFAT: Butternut Squash and Ricotta Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce crisp sage

Fat Fact: This dish can be paired with a Sauvignon Blanc such as the Chalk Hill 2006 from Sonoma County, whose dry lightness would complement but not overwhelm the pasta, while the acidity would balance the butter.  Brown butter makes for a delicious, nutty sauce on it’s own that goes beautifully with pasta. Continue reading

Project 5: Duck Confit & Duck Fat Rice Cakes with Shiitake Mushrooms

28 Nov

Recipe by Susan Oak

The French Culinary Institute’s Level 5 project is a taste what (F.C.I) students are made of. This project is for students in the classic culinary arts program (1 level away from graduation).

Eat Life’s Project 5 showcases select students so everyone can get a glimpse of the talent behind F.C.I’s kitchen doors. Introducing Susan Oak’s Level 5 recipe from her project, Fat.

Duck Confit and Duck Fat Rice Recipe, The French Culinary Institute's Level 5 project - Eat Life FCI

DUCK FAT: Duck Confit and Duck Fat Rice Cakes shitake mushrooms and scallions

Fat Fact: Duck fat fries are becoming an increasingly common menu offering. Here, a take on the same, with duck fat rice cakes. Pair with a medium-bodied dry red with some acidity to cut the richness of the dish, such as the Ridge, Geyserville 2006 from Alexander Valley. Continue reading

Project 5: Sesame Oil – Pork Belly and Cucumber Salad, Sesame Garlic Confit

28 Nov

Recipe by Susan Oak

The French Culinary Institute’s Level 5 project is a taste what (F.C.I) students are made of. This project is for students in the classic culinary arts program (1 level away from graduation).

Eat Life’s Project 5 showcases select students so everyone can get a glimpse of the talent behind F.C.I’s kitchen doors. Introducing Susan Oak’s Level 5 recipe from her project, Fat.

Pork Belly and cucumber salad recipe,The French Culinary Institute's Level 5 project - Eat Life FCI

SESAME OIL: Pork Belly and Cucumber Salad, sesame garlic confit

Fat Fact: Sesame oil is commonly used in Korean cuisine. This dish is a take on a very common Korean meal of grilled pork belly, often cooked at the table and dipped into a simple sauce of sesame oil, salt and pepper. Try it with a traditional Korean rice wine, like Baekseju. Continue reading

Project 5: Suet and Olive Oil Dessert

28 Nov

Recipe by Susan Oak

The French Culinary Institute’s Level 5 project is a taste what (F.C.I) students are made of. This project is for students in the classic culinary arts program (1 level away from graduation).

Eat Life’s Project 5 showcases select students so you can get a glimpse of the talent behind F.C.I’s kitchen doors. Introducing Susan Oak’s level 5 recipe from her project, Fat.


SUET and OLIVE OIL: Maple Walnut Tart with Suet Crust , olive oil ice cream, caramel sauce

Fat Fact: I thought it would be interesting to use suet and olive oil in a less conventional way. Continue reading

Project 5: A Brunch Menu

28 Nov

 

The French Culinary Institute’s Level 5 project is a taste what (F.C.I) students are made of. This project is for students in the classic culinary arts program (One level away from graduation) and is the most creative assignment of the year. Students write an essay, create a themed 4-course menu with wine pairings, and take pictures of their delicious fare. Continue reading