What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?

By Anna McCoy On Wednesday, May 30 th, 2012 · no Comments · In Chef's Expressions News ,Recipes

On Tuesday, May 22nd, Jerry Edwards CPCE was asked to be the Chef representative at West Towson Elementary School Career Day. 60 of the students in 4th and 5th grade chose to visit Chef Jerry and learn what being a Chef is all about.

The kids might have been bias towards our table – well… the veterinarian wasn’t giving away freshly baked chocolate chip cookies!

Best Questions:

Q: Are you a farmer?

A: No, I don’t even mow the lawn, but I do grow tomatoes and herbs


Q: Do you have homework?

A: [looking at Laura Alima,  his Marketing Director] Yeah, this one send me emails ALL the time.


Q: Do you make meatballs? Like balls of meat?

A: Sure, my grandma had the best recipe for meatballs – she would soak bread in water then grind up veal, pork and beef and mix the bread mixture in – I still use the recipe … [the meatballs] are so moist!


Q: Is your job stressful?

A: Sure, being a business owner has stresses, but you have to love what you do and have a passion for it


We even gave each student a recipe of our Summer Strawberry Shortcake – we hope they share pictures of their creations with us!

Summer Strawberry Shortcake

serves 8

1 quart Strawberries, hulled and quartered
¼ cup Sugar, 3 tablespoons Sugar, 8 teaspoons Sugar
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tablespoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Salt
8 tablespoons Butter, cold and cubed
2/3 cup Half-and-Half, 1/4 cup Half-and-Half
Sweetened Whipped Cream
Fresh Mint sprigs, for garnish

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a medium mixing bowl, toss the strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar together. Set aside until time to serve.

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together flour, baking powder, salt and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Then add the cold butter cubes to the mixture and pulse until a coarse meal is formed. Turn the flour mixture out into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Pour in 2/3 cup of half-and-half and gently mix it in with a rubber spatula or fork, be careful not to over mix the dough or the biscuits will be tough.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and fold it over itself a couple of times until it just holds together. Pat the dough out to 3/4-inch thickness and cut out 8 round 3-inch biscuits.

Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and then transfer the biscuits to the sheet. Brush the tops of each biscuit with the remaining half-and-half and sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon of sugar. Bake in a preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until the biscuits have risen and are a light golden brown.

Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Split each biscuit in half. Spoon some strawberries on the bottom piece, then add whipped cream. Place the other half of the biscuit on top and garnish with fresh mint and more strawberries.

Thanks students of West Towson Elementary School! Go Westies!

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