gastronomy, and la cocina

a few weeks ago i did a short write-up about my internship at la cocina for the gastronomy students’ blog: to san francisco: in support of culinary entrepreneurs. it can be found here:

photos were taken at la cocina’s “african feast” cooking class, june 8th

moving east

the start of 2011 has brought me to a new city and into an opportunity i couldn’t have imagined would exist a few years ago. this past weekend, my parents helped me move out to boston to start a graduate program at boston university. since the program i’ll be a part of is one centered around the study of food, i hope to include some of what i’ll be learning into the posts on this blog in the coming months.

since i have a few days yet before the semester begins, i’m taking the time to get settled in, explore new neighborhoods, try to find as many coffee shops, bakeries, grocery stores as possible, and just enjoy being new in a city.

thanks everyone for reading! the remaining pictures were taken at a fantastic restaurant on the north end, mamma maria, where we had dinner on saturday night.

happy new year!

it’s been a while since i’ve been able to write. the past few weeks have been great–lots of time with family, all of the traditional denooyer family holiday meals (christmas cookies included), and new years eve spent with friends. i’m really looking forward to the cooking i’ll be doing in the coming months, but for now just wanted to share a few images from the past couple of days. taken with crossprocess.


a few flights, snow + dinner

yesterday when i flew back from san francisco, i found michigan in full-fledged christmas mode. its as though kalamazoo has been tucked into a big snow globe–giant snowflakes have been drifting out of the sky all day–and its really beautiful.

even though i haven’t quite adjusted to the colder weather or made it out for a walk, i wanted to take a few pictures of the snow outside the window when i woke up this morning. this post is for jon.. i can’t wait for christmas.


kale + lentil soup

4 leeks

2 sweet potatoes, peeled & cut in 1/2 inch dice

1 bunch of kale (i used the curly variety, but would recommend lacinato if you can find it)

1 T. olive oil

28 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 12 oz. can tomato puree

6 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup lentils (brown or red)

1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves

10 fresh basil leaves

1/2 tsp. roasted red pepper flakes

kosher salt & black pepper, to taste

start with the leeks–cut off the dark green portion and the root end, then cut them in half lengthwise, into a half-moon shape. cut into 1/2 inch pieces. rinse and dry to make sure all of the dirt is gone. remove the stems from the kale, and chop into strips. heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, and saute the leeks for 3 minutes. add the diced tomatoes, and cook for 5 more minutes. then add the chicken broth and bring it to a boil. once boiling, add the remaining ingredients, season, and stir together. allow the lentils to cook until tender, at least 30 minutes. serve with parmesan cheese if you like.