It was 2008, and I stood in a kitchen lab at culinary school while the professor (who would turn out to be the single most influential figure of my college career) taught a basic lesson on making a gravy from the juices of roasted poultry. Pouring in chicken stock to supplement what already existed in the roasting dish, she advised that we “scrape up any fond” which had developed on the bottom of the pan as the liquid bubbled away. “Fond,” she went on to define this new term, “or the yummy bits at the bottom of the pan.”
In the same way that “the yummy bits,” or fond, are critical to producing a savory gravy, The Yummy Bits blog aims to provide home cooks with the basic knowledge needed to produce delicious meals from scratch.
At the moment, I am a professional caterer and cooking demonstrator in Binghamton, NY. I work for the region’s premier catering company in the kitchen as a chef, as well as in the business administration office developing sales and marketing concepts. The hours are long, but I truly enjoy it for the people I work with and the great variety of catered events (including weddings, corporate functions, and even meeting celebrities catering concerts backstage).
On the side, I teach home cooks in person how to produce meals from scratch through culinary demonstrations. The topics of these classes are limited only by your imagination and desire to learn, with previous sessions including lessons on entertaining, healthy holiday cooking, and tapas.
In my free time I enjoy a few hobbies, including blogging (obviously), photography, cooking, music, and my three dogs.
Some bloggers post photos of their small children enjoying their blog’s recipes. Thankfully, at 22 years old I don’t have any children… but in their place exist three equally noisy dachshunds, lingering underfoot as a chop away on the counters above. On occasion they even drool, which I take as a personal compliment to the appeal of my cooking.
I don’t think my body will allow me to cater forever, so I’m looking into the future at alternatives. My real aspirations include one day obtaining a career with a major culinary magazine, utilizing my partialise for food, cooking, writing, and photography. Perhaps I even have a cookbook in me, or my own magazine empire.
For now, I invite you to settle into this small corner of the internet I call The Yummy Bits. It isn’t quite an empire, but it is mine… and I would love to share it with you.