Kissimmee, Fla. – May 09, 2017 – Felipe Perez Grajales, cofounder of Puerto Rico’s most celebrated restaurant chain Meson Sandwiches, visited Florida Technical College this week as the headliner of the school’s ‘’Influencer Series”. This is a monthly event that brings business and civic leaders to campus for an honest conversation about success and ethics, as well as personal and professional growth. With 37 stores in the island, Meson Sandwiches is Puerto Rico’s largest and most successful restaurant chain. It was designated as one of the “Best Fast-Food Chains in the World” by Travel + Leisure magazine. The chain began with one single store in the island’s northwestern coast, launched by Pérez Grajales’ father, in which all of his children worked from a very early age. The chain’s success is a story worth sharing with the students, FTC Kissimmee Executive Director Gabriel Garcés said, because it has a good dose of reality. “We want to motivate our students to stay focused on their goals, as well as to instill in them an accurate perception of how success is really attained,” Garcés said. “Meson didn’t become what they are overnight. There were ups and downs, but mostly there was focus, dedication and a determination not to fail. That’s an important life lesson.” Meson began its expansion into the mainland U.S. in 2015 with its first store in Orlando. To date, it has three restaurants in the area and two in the making. “To be an entrepreneur, you must love what you do and love it a lot,” said Perez about the long hours and personal sacrifices his family made while developing the business. “Don’t waste time looking around to see what others are doing. Look ahead and inward. See what you can improve and don’t stop innovating.” Joel Borges, a Baking & Pasteleria student who attended the event, said that he was leaving it inspired to pursue his goal of owning a cake business. “My Amaretto cake is the best,” said Borges, who expects to graduate in the fall. “It just melts in your mouth. What if I can take that and turn it into how I support my family? That would be the dream. I’m confident than with the education I’m getting and hard work I can get there.” FTC’s Culinary Arts and Baking & Pasteleria programs are hands-on. Students learn by practicing dishes and techniques in a commercial grade kitchen. The programs also teach skills to manage food service businesses such as cost control, menu creation and facility operations. FTC’s Culinary Arts and Baking & Pasteleria are offered only at the Kissimmee campus. About Florida Technical College: FTC offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in a range of professions, including healthcare, computer networking, graphic design, criminal justice, culinary arts and cosmetology. FTC campuses are located in Orlando, Lakeland, Deland, Kissimmee, Pembroke Pines and Cutler Bay. Founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields. Program Availability varies by location. Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program is available at www.ftccollege.edu/disclosures.html.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes Easy Turkey Recipe Traditional Turkey Recipe Fastest Turkey Recipe Thanksgiving Side Dishes Stuffing Recipes Mac & Cheese Recipes Sweet Potatoes Recipes Brussel Sprouts Recipes Gravy and Cranberry Sauces Recipes Gravy Recipes Cranberry Sauces Recipes Other Fun Side Dishes Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes Pumpkin Pie Recipes Other Dessert Recipes Thanksgiving Preparation Tips The Holidays are here! And Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away leaving us all searching for ideas of what to prepare for our family, guests or coworkers at the company potluck. However, we all know that preparing a Thanksgiving meal is no easy feat and especially if you’re trying to do it on your own! So, that’s where we come in! We’ve searched for the tastiest Thanksgiving recipes and we also have some tips and instructions on how you should tackle this meal and leave everyone wobbling and gobbling for more! Get it? Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes: At your table, this will be the guest of honor! The question is how will it arrive? Roasted, deep-fried, smoked, spatchcocked and the list goes on! Despite the long and elaborate list of options, we decided to go with the most “traditional” way, roasting, as well as the fastest way. There is one thing we need you to keep in mind before you continue reading. You need 3-4 days for your turkey to thaw in the refrigerator before roasting day arrives. So if you’re reading this on or around November 19th, go get your turkey! We’ll be here when you get back! Easy Turkey Recipe: Easy Roast Turkey by Chowhound Easy. Roast. Turkey. Need they say more? We’ve come to agree that this turkey recipe is by far, sweet, easy and to the point. However, leave it up to our chefs at FTC to add a few tips that will help raise the flavor bar just a few notches. Roast a few garlic cloves the night before or the day and spread of them under the skin. When you roast garlic cloves they turn into butter. If you really like garlic, feel free to rub it everywhere! We all know turkey can taste a bit dry, but it doesn’t have to! If you like your meats to have a bit of a citrusy taste, take the juice of a few oranges and inject the juice into the turkey. If you’re not a huge fan of citrus, buy a nice Italian dressing, yes! Italian dressing has all the desired flavors and when using it for roasting the end result promises to be superb! Traditional Turkey Recipe: Thanksgiving Pioneer-Style Herb Roasted Turkey – By FoodNetwork We don’t think it can get more traditional than “Pioneer-Style”! This delicious creation is by none other than the famous Mr. Bobby Flay! Our FTC chefs give this recipe a five star review! If you have the time and the ingredients, this recipe promises to be flavorful and does not require any altering or figuring out. Can’t get better than that! Fastest Turkey Recipes: Spatchcock Turkey by Ovens.Reviewed Butterfly roast turkey by Seriouseats When we say fastest, we are referring to the cooking time. Depending on the size, a turkey can take hours to cook and making sure it has cooked through properly is always a challenge, especially if you’re a first-timer in the thanksgiving turkey game. So, here is an alternative way for you to still make a delicious turkey, while having it cooked to perfection in HALF the time! Butterfly it! Yes, cut out that backbone and flatten it before roasting! “Spatchcocking Is Still the Fastest, Easiest, Best Way to Roast a Turkey” Thanksgiving Side Dishes: What would the guest of honor be without its entourage? Even though a well-prepared turkey will steal the show, delicious side dishes are necessary additions to its performance. If the different ways of preparing a turkey seemed never-ending, the different sides you can choose from will take the cake! From stuffing to sweet mashed potatoes, to corn and Brussel sprouts, and we can’t forget the cranberry sauce; the list for sides goes on and on, but the plus is that you can go with whatever you like! That’s right, there’s ultimately no right or wrong choice to make on your side dishes. Our FTC chefs decided to choose a few of their favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipes and give you a few different options for each! Stuffing recipes Cornbread stuffing by BudgetSavydiva Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing by Damndelicious Slow Cooker Cranberry pecan Stuffing by Damndelicious Ciabatta stuffing with chestnuts and pancetta recipe by Foodnetwork Mac & Cheese Recipes Macaroni and Cheese Recipe By Foodnetwork The Mac and Cheese recipe by Thatwhichnourishes Macaroni Cheese recipe by Thepioneerwoman Three-Cheese Spaghetti Squash Gratin (non pasta option ) by Chowhound Sweet potatoes Recipes Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Bake by Food.com Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Browned Butter and Toasted Marshmallows by AllRecipes Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes by FoodNetwork Garlic Butter Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Parmesan by Cafedelites Brussel Sprouts Recipes Roasted Brussels sprouts Recipe by Foodnetwork Quick Brussels and Bacon Recipe by AllRecipes Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts by Eat Yourself Skinny Gravy and Cranberry Sauces Recipes Gravy Recipes: Caramelized Onion Gravy Recipe By Ohmyveggies Homemade Turkey Gravy by Whatsgabycooking The Best Turkey Gravy Recipe By Momontimeout Make ahead Turkey Thanksgiving Gravy by Noblepig Want to combine Brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes? Here you go: Sweet Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts recipe by TheFoodCharlatan Cranberry Sauces Recipes: How to make a cranberry sauce: the Basics by Chowhound Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce by The Farmgirlgabs Cranberry Sauce Recipe By Food Network Cranberry Sauce Recipe by Allrecipes.com Other fun (not as traditional) side dishes: Easy Pumpkin Pasties Recipe by Popsugar Sausage and Stuffing Balls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce by I should be mopping the floor Cranberry Brie Crostini By Neighborfood Blog Brie Baked Cheese Appetizer By Growingupbagel Spinach Puffs By Deliciouslydeclassified Sweet and Spicy Sausage stuffed mushrooms By Thesuburbansoapbox Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes: Pumpkin Pie Recipes Classic Pumpkin Pie By Foodnessgracious Apple Pie By Audrey’s Apron… Continue Reading Top Thanksgiving Recipes – 2016 Edition
Learning to be a master baker and pastry chef is fun, rewarding, and challenging. If you have always enjoyed baking and making sweets, a career in a pastelería may be a great option. It’s fun to play around in your own kitchen, but there are some skills and baking and pastry techniques that you just can’t teach yourself. You need to learn from the expertise of real pastry chefs. That’s exactly what you get at Florida Technical College when you enroll in the baking and pastelería diploma program. New courses start every month and you can finish your diploma in baking and pastry and be a master pastry artist in as little as 13 months. In these courses, taught in real kitchens, you’ll learn hands-on baking skills and decorating techniques. There is both an art and a skill to pastry, sugar, and chocolate work. Read on to get a better idea of just a few of the fun and practical skills you can learn in our pastry and baking courses. Sugar Cookies: Baking and Pastry Techniques 101 You have to start somewhere in your pastry education and learn to master the basic culinary techniques in baking and pastry before moving on to more advanced skills. One of the simplest, yet tastiest and useful recipes you’ll learn at FTC is for sugar cookies. These cookies make a great canvas for decorating for any occasion. You can roll the dough out and cut the cookies into shapes for the holidays, for birthdays, graduation parties, or any other special occasion. The simple but delicious cookies can then be decorated with icing and other add-ons. The Sugar Cookies Recipe A basic sugar cookie recipe is one of many important baking and pastry techniques and it begins with sugar and butter. You need 6 ounces of room temperature, unsalted butter and 2 ounces of powdered sugar. Cream them together by mixing, either by hand or with a stand mixer, which is easier and faster. When you have a smooth, consistent mixture, add in one egg, a half teaspoon of salt, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix until they are well incorporated. The next step is to add in the flower and baking powder. A great technique that you won’t necessarily learn from a cookbook or recipe, but which you will get from your expert culinary instructors is to sift the flour before adding it to the wet mixture. Sifting is simple an easy, but makes a world of difference. It breaks up lumps, aerates the flour, and allows you to measure the amount more accurately. Mix a half teaspoon of baking powder into 8 ounces of flower and then sift. Add the sifted mixture to your mixing bowl and mix until evenly incorporated. Chilling, Cutting, Baking Another of the many baking and pastry techniques you won’t learn just anywhere is that you get better cookies when you chill the dough before baking it. Wrap your dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour or for 20 minutes in the freezer if your time is limited. Once you have chilled it well you can remove the dough, roll it thinly with a rolling pin and cut out shapes with cookies cutters. Bake the cookies on a cookie sheet in a 325 °F oven for about 12 minutes or until the edges turn a golden brown. When they are finished, remove the cookies and place them on a cooling rack using a spatula. Let them cool thoroughly before decorating with icing, sprinkles, and more. When it comes to baking and pastry techniques, sugar cookies belong in the entry-level course. All bakers and pastry chefs have mastered this simple and versatile recipe. When you find your new job in pastries and baking, you’ll be glad to have this one under your belt so you can impress your new employer with your solid foundation in baking. The Art of Pulled Sugar Among the top baking school techniques is pulled sugar candy and decorations. This is a more advanced example of the many baking and pastry techniques you will learn as a culinary student. It takes practice and the guidance of an instructor experienced in sugar work to master this craft. Once you have it mastered, you will be able to impress prospective employers and clients with beautiful, ribbon-like candy. Pulling sugar is a technique that is used to create ribbons of candy, but also other shapes. The secret is to get the recipe right, but also to consider effects of temperature, how long the sugar is boiled, and how you manipulate it. Once you master this skill you can make ribbons, candy flowers, and many other kinds of sugar sculptures. A History of Pulled Sugar Using sugar to create shapes and sculptures dates back to the Middle East in Medieval times. People used sugar art in celebrations, but also as medicine. The practice moved from there into Europe where royalty and aristocrats displayed their wealth with elaborate sculptures made from pulled sugar. Today, the practice of art from sugar is an important one of many baking and pastry techniques that all pastry chefs need to know. The Pulled Sugar Recipe Recipes for pulled sugar vary and you will learn to get it just right during your baking and pastry classes. An example of a recipe for sugar ribbons is to heat five cups, or one kilogram of sugar, three tablespoons of white vinegar, and a cup plus two tablespoons of water in a saucepan. Temperature is crucial in working with sugar, so you will need a candy thermometer to get it just right. You need to heat the ingredients together until they reach a temperature of 320 °F. Mastering the Baking and Pastry Techniques for Pulling Sugar into Ribbons Once the mixture has reached this temperature, pour it onto a large silicone baking mat or several if the sugar won’t all fit on one.… Continue Reading Learn to Master These Baking and Pastry Techniques in Culinary School