Tag Archives: eat life fci

How Coffee Was Discovered from a Bean

28 Nov

Written by Andrea Scalici

I don’t know if it’s my inquisitive nature or my obvious love of food but I often find myself pondering the origins of some of my favorite, can’t live without, treats. Like coffee for example; who would have thought that simply roasting some beans would turn into this amazing black elixir I couldn’t start my day without? And so began my quest to finally uncover such answers… Continue reading

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Changing Careers to Culinary

28 Nov

Written by Chad Fraley, Brandon Maya and Andrea Scalici


FCI has proved over the last nine months to have not only a diverse curriculum (despite the “French” designation) but also a diverse group of individuals with which I have made this journey. One thinks upon enrolling in culinary school that he or she will be surrounded by prospective cooks and sous chefs to fill all of the restaurants in New York City. But the truth is, at least in my class, that those with aims toward the line are in the minority.  Continue reading

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: 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