cooking school — week 1

17 Sep

Just thought I’d take some pictures each day and show you what we’ve been up to! No recipes to post, but if you want to ask any questions, lemme know — these tasks and meals are all about technique! Obviously we had a lot of fun with chicken. I can now break down a chicken (never hitting the bone, ahem) like nobody’s business. Whatever that means.


Roasted chicken stock. Naturally, my first thought was, “why not just buy this shit?”. I learned my lesson after tasting. WORTH IT TO MAKE AND FREEZE.

Butter massage.

She’s clearly playing hard-to-get.

One of the things I wanted to learn, firsthand, was how to make chicken breast as delicious as I know thighs and drums can be. Chicken breast, in my mind, sucks. But now I know. THE PAN-SEARED CHICKEN BUTTER SPLASH. I will post it soon, I promise.

The left, a simple roasted chicken. The slut on the right? Roasted chicken with pastrami butter. Yes. Flavored butters, also known as compound butters. Also known as my NEW FAVORITE THING.

Tuna Nicoise. Tuna “As prepared in Nice”. France. Whatever. It’s healthy and John’s favorite salad and probably my least favorite salad but I am still proud.


34 Responses to “cooking school — week 1”

  1. becs September 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    looking good Teigen! thanks for sharing. so excited to read about your adventures in cooking school, especially since it maybe means daily posts!

  2. adrienneksmith September 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    Love the pictures! I just started a roast chicken “project” too – made my first about a month ago. Been perfecting recipes; I’m trying a beer can roast chicken tonight. Keep posting cooking school updates!

  3. Laura September 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Laughing out loud at the blog & the pictures. Learning can be fun! X

  4. Tam Pham September 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    I am so excited you’re posting about cooking school!!!! Keep it coming! =D

  5. Choffman September 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Awesome pics! Please share the chicken stock recipe when you are able!!

  6. V September 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I fucking LOVE your blog!!!! It’s awesome that you are sharing with us your cooking school experience, and please, please post the pan-seared chicken recipe!!!

  7. Mike Famico (@Fameeks) September 17, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    I LOVE that you’re back to posting! First off, congrats on your first USO tour! Secondly, need to know which school you decided on. And honestly, is it as much fun as you make it seem??
    PS: I know you are working those pork rinds into the fried chicken, and I love you for it. I’ve done the same with Corn Flakes cereal, and it is the tits. Good tits. Not sloppy…ne’er mind. you get the point.

    Love ya,

  8. Cynthia September 17, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    Nice work….love the captions!

  9. GiGi Eats Celebrities September 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That chicken is TOTALLY playing hard to get! Got the chastity belt on and everything… And that tuna nicoise looks AMAZING – by far my favorite salad on the face of the planet! 🙂

  10. claireligioso September 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Everything looks amazing. Compound butters?? I need to try. I always thinks chicken breasts are boring, too, unless you know, they’re wrapped in bacon and stuffed with boursin. Please share your newfound deliciousness! Excited to hear about your cooking school adventures!

  11. Franz David Toro September 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Ms. Teigen!!! Love the first pic, at the very top, and I think it should go viral. Yes, we can all redefine beauty, AND fashion, with that pic. Plus, chickens may, finally, get the recognition they deserve.

    Maybe I am being spoiled by asking this, but, Could you post little cooking secrets as you learn them. I am speculating you are beginning quite an adveture, that I may not be able to afford for a while..

    Other than, You are Awesome and Gorgeous!!!

  12. Choffman September 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    The chicken stock looks amazing- recipe, pretty please!

  13. Jen September 17, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    I love that there is an innocent chicken and a slut chicken. Amazing. Congratulations on cooking school and blogging again! Love your blog and happy to see you are in fact blogging again. Good luck on the move. Moving sucks. But moving in Manhattan sucks balls! Anyways, looking forward to all the new posts!

  14. bunnymysweet September 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    Great first photo lol! Looks yummy can’t wait for recipes!
    (\ /)
    ( . .)

  15. mike kelly September 17, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    That soup looked really good. Can you attend a high end cooking school if you cannot cut a radish into a rose? Seems so much emphasis is on presentation rather than taste. Can a “non-artiste” learn how to do that stuff? Thanks for the post also 🙂

  16. Yvette Poelvoorde September 17, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    I have missed you soooooo very much!!!! I’m glad to see you are back. I just love to see all of your culinary creations. Good luck on your recipe development, but I know it will be a breeze for you.

  17. eMvisionary September 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    I love that you’re taking cooking classes! Way to take your passion further!

    xoxo Myra

  18. kacie September 17, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Teach us the butter spash and pastrami butter!!!! Looks amazing!

  19. Arvelle September 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Thanks for posting. I can’t wait for the butter splash chicken recipe!

  20. Ben September 17, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    Roasted chicken stock recipe pleeeease 🙂

  21. Leah Guerra September 18, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    Yay, you’re back! Love, love, love roasted chicken, and somehow I can always convince myself it’s healthy regardless of the amount of butter/fat/oil I use because it’s “roasted”… Anyway, could you please clarify for me if you have to throw away the chicken used to make chicken stock or do you just use bones? Thank you!

  22. BBB September 18, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    really looking forward to the chicken breast recipe?

    now going to google compound butters X_X
    glad to have you back

  23. rita September 18, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    Can’t wait for some new recipes….happy that you are posting once again!

  24. Dea September 18, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Hungry. Now.

  25. honeebuns September 18, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Teach us how to make chicken stock please!!

    • eskimojo September 18, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

      Roast a pan full of chicken wings until they’re nicely brown – not golden, actually brown. Put in stockpot with onion, celery, carrot, garlic, herbs, cover with water, boil for a few hours. So simple.

  26. Melanie September 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    oh how I love that you’re back and posting regularly. YESSSSS life is complete once again. Can’t wait for that butter pan-seared chicken recipe…yummo

  27. cymi September 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    This is so fucking exciting! I remember when you first posted that you wanted to go to culinary school but were too nervous. And yeah…..chicken breast butter splash recipe soon, please.
    I’m always going to call it that, too. Forever.

  28. tj September 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    I made BACON compound butter for our turkey last year. Try that on a roasted chicken.

  29. Staceyb September 20, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Can’t wait for you to post this recipe: PAN-SEARED CHICKEN BUTTER SPLASH. I find a way to f chicken breast up every time, usually by overcooking it!

  30. Kelly September 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    I know how to do the butter splash…saw a chef do it on the Cooking Channel…so cool…cooks the top too….can’t wait for your post though.

  31. Shana September 24, 2012 at 11:40 am #


  32. Fran September 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Once you finish cooking school, I think you should pursue some sort of collaboration with the one and only Ree Drummond. Think of the deliciousness and hilarity that would ensue! I say that selfishly because I think you’re both great. It’s awesome to see how you’re pursuing your passion. Get it, girl.

  33. HourglassAndBloom January 10, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    But……but where’s this “PAN-SEARED CHICKEN BUTTER SPLASH”??????????


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