September 8, 2014

What's New at Rook No. 17?

Hello friends!
I've missed you so!

It's been a bit snoozy around here at Rook No. 17, hasn't it?
I thank you for sticking around.


What's new:  At the beginning of August, I started my new career as a high school teacher.  I'm teaching Culinary Arts at the local high school using a curriculum designed by the National Restaurant Association.  I teach two beginning Culinary Arts classes and one Advanced.  Words cannot express how very blessed I feel to wake up each morning excited to go to work.  I love my job!

Here are a few of the projects that my students have been working on:

Savory Breakfast Cupcakes with homemade Hollandaise "frosting" and Chive "sprinkles"

My Advanced students mastered the art of poached eggs for Classic Eggs Benedict.
Rustic French Bread
Chocolate Dipped Macaroons (recipe HERE)
Raspberry Macarons
Soft Pretzels
French Eclairs with pastry cream made from scratch (recipe HERE)
Lemon Yogurt Cake (we substituted coconut oil for the olive oil) recipe HERE

As a first-year teacher, however, not much time has been left to spend online these past few weeks.  The good news is that my hiatus from Rook No. 17 is only temporary.  With the first month of school under my belt, my confidence is increasing, and I'm slowly but surely putting my life back into balance.  

What's in store:  In the coming months, you'll notice some big changes here at Rook No. 17.  Namely (no pun intended), Rook No. 17 is becoming "Maker, Baker, Glitter Shaker (by Rook No. 17)  I have a spiffy new logo designed by Spanish artist Irene Renon, and will be undergoing a page-redesign to help make my website easier to navigate.  I'll be doing less (if any) sponsored posts, and more of what I love most -- sharing my food and crafty creations with you.  I'll continue to do book reviews and give copies away to my readers.  I have a fabulous Halloween craft book that I can't wait to share!  Sound good?

Until next time, I leave you with these two humble words of wisdom:

Be Generous


  1. Recipe by chef !! I have all the ingredients! I will surely do it! Thank you very much.
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  2. Congratulations on your teaching job! I love your recipes - and your pictures of them - so those students of yours sure are lucky to learn from you! Love the new blog name too - can't wait to see the redesign!

  3. Very cool! I do believe you are the one meant for this job. Enjoy and then enjoy some more.

  4. Your students are very lucky to have you as an instructor. Have a wonderful school year!

  5. Congratulations! How very exciting for both you and your students!

  6. Congratulations on your new job! I never had a class like that before - lucky kids!

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