It's been a busy week in the Test Kitchen, and today is no different. We're just wrapping up another video shoot for KTLA's afternoon news "Eat Beat" segments, taping "how-tos" for recipes on whole wheat pancakes, a Dutch apple walnut loaf, fragrant nectarine jam and braised Romano beans. And we just finished testing some Culinary SOS requests we hope to run in the next few weeks.
While we're happy it's Friday, this is also a bittersweet day. Our intern Joe is leaving to finish his schooling at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Today is his last day.
Over the last few months, I've introduced some of our recent Test Kitchen interns, including Michael Osborne, Leo Rubin, Tara O'Reilly and, just this week, Kat Nitsou.
In addition to our full-time staff, we host interns from culinary schools all over the United States, including international students. These students receive hands-on training as they learn the finer points of recipe testing and development (recipe reading, wording, problem solving, adapting for the home kitchen and testing for consistent results). The students also learn tips for food styling and interact with chefs, writers and food professionals of all kinds.
And as much as they may learn from us, we also learn a lot from them. Hailing from various regions and with diverse ethnic backgrounds, our interns bring unique perspectives and passions to our kitchen, whether it's discussing the secret intricacies of a Texas-style "bowl o' red" or sharing a mother's technique for making Chinese bao. What we all share is a deep love of food.
Both Michael and Leo have since returned to the Culinary Institute of America (or CIA) to resume studies, Tara has gone to gain more experience in the kitchens of New York City, and Kat is here for another week before her own internship is completed.
Here, I introduce Joe Moon.
-- Noelle Carter
When I was about 10 years old, I attempted to make a grilled cheese sandwich for the first time. I put a slice of American cheese between two slices of wheat bread and popped it in the toaster. I was only going to leave the kitchen for a few minutes to watch TV, but when I saw that my favorite cartoon was on, I was glued to the television and completely forgot about the sandwich.
After about half an hour, I ran into the kitchen. It was filled with smoke....