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Top Five and a Farewell

Top Five and a Farewell

Woah! I can’t believe this is already my last post, and I’ve been at The Stanford Inn for eight weeks now. Time has absolutely flown. I’ll definitely miss the inn, and even more all of the people here that have made me feel at home. Of course, once I start feeling settled it’s time to…

Catch a Canoe

Catch a Canoe

Yesterday afternoon, Nathalie and I had plans to try out Catch a Canoe before I leave on Saturday! I can’t believe I’ve been here for over seven weeks already and have never actually gone out on the river. Nathalie is a culinary intern visiting for a few weeks before heading home (to Brazil!), and it’s…

Garden Tour

Garden Tour

After dinner this evening, I decided to tag along with Hannah, who works in the gardens here at the inn, to get a more in depth tour of what they’re growing! I walk through the gardens a couple times a day, so I was really excited to learn some of the details. FYI, The Stanford…

Twelve Pit Bulls and The Stanford Inn

Twelve Pit Bulls and The Stanford Inn

Yesterday I had the chance to sit down with Monica Mankinen of Daisy Davis Pit Bull Rescue, a truly inspiring woman, and hear the story of how she rescued 11 Pit Bull puppies and one mama along with the help of The Stanford Inn and the entire community. It all started when Monica, who runs Daisy…

Cauliflower Napoleon Round Two

Cauliflower Napoleon Round Two

Earlier this summer, I wrote a post recapping a cooking class that featured a take on Cauliflower Napoleon, an entree served at The Ravens’ Restaurant. That version utilized cauliflower steaks with polenta, eggplant, butternut squash, zucchini, cashew cream, and a jalapeno-kale sauce. Yesterday I assisted Chef Sadhana with a different cooking class, and we took…

How-to: Vegan Cashew Cheese

How-to: Vegan Cashew Cheese

This past Friday, a couple came in for a private cooking class led by Chef Sadhana. Though I haven’t chronicled every class on the blog, there’s a monthly group cooking class held at the inn, and usually a few private classes with guests each week. I’ve been lucky enough to assist many of these classes…

Being Mindful

Being Mindful

During the past spring semester at Yale, I took a class (not through the university) about meditation and mindfulness, and how to incorporate both into one’s life. We met each Friday night for two hours in a small, carpeted room, with a single drafty window looking out to the concrete parking garage of the hospital…

The Garden on the Mountain

The Garden on the Mountain

On Monday, Jeff, Sid, Cody (Jeff’s assistant) and I ventured out to Willits to visit the headquarters of Ecology Action, the nonprofit that runs the biointensive garden here at the inn. We set out on the hour-and-a-half drive around 12:30, and boy was I glad I took Cody’s advice to have Dramamine before I left….

Recipe Development: Fourth of July Edition

Recipe Development: Fourth of July Edition

To celebrate the Fourth of July, Chef Sadhana and I set out to work on developing a burger special for the weekend! The kitchen already had a recipe that they had used in the past for a mushroom pesto burger, so we started with that in mind and set off to build a dish.  …

Flow

Flow

Happy Fourth of July! Today at the inn we’re working on a burger special to celebrate at dinner tonight. A recap of developing that is coming soon, hope you enjoy your holiday! – During this past year in school, I was part of a book club called The Happiness Project at Yale. Led by a…

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