The Sweetest War in the World

img_7379 img_7378 img_7375 fullsizerender img_7394 img_7393 img_7392 img_7391 img_7389 img_7388 img_7387 img_7386Cupcake? Wars? Yes, Culinary Arts II-III classes climbed the top of that candy mountain. Just in time for Halloween, making cupcakes too scary to eat! To further our culinary skills our task was to, in three days, designs, create and bake beautiful cupcakes to be judged on FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH (not really) I just wanted to add to the atmosphere. Are you feeling it yet Mr. Krabs? We were! Our culinary room turned into the Willy Wonka forest as everything to top our cupcakes was required to be edible.

On our first day around what seemed to be “candy land,” the class was divided to make white-as-a-ghost creamy, smooth, buttercream, and cupcakes in two flavors: vanilla and count chocula. Have you ever used twenty-five pounds of confectioners’ sugar? Yeah, that is how much powdered sugar was needed for this sweet tooth war. Our teams were those of double, double, boil and trouble or a single cauldron bubble. With a pair of people they were able to present two, to four cupcakes, while the lone werewolf was to present one-two cupcakes.

The race had begun and we were sprinting, to construct a cupcake that was most creative, most scary, best Halloween themed, best plating, and best overall. Our Halloween town consisted of everything from witches, pumpkins, ravished bunnies and maggots. Have you seen the scene in The Wizards of Oz where the witch is crushed by Dorothy’s house? Yes, you are correct, the witch was placed gently on top of one cupcake, and under another! The best part of the whole experience was no bad blood (pun intended) between the members of our culinary classes as we cheered each other on in winning the categories.

Did you know Halloween originated in the ninth century being a part of the Celtic mythology to protect the living from roaming ghost? Oh here is another quick trivia fact before I end this paper the fear of Halloween is known as Samhainopobia, (Samhain the pagan holiday for Halloween. Samhain is a festival of the Dead. Meaning “Summer’s End”. )

At last our creatures were ALIVE (Frankenstein no?) and everyone won, well, because we got to eat the cupcakes after!  Those best of the best monsters claimed their trophies and crawled back into the coffins and the masters walked off with a sweet treat. All the “Nightmare Before Christmas” was put to sleep, waiting for the next year of cupcake wars, Halloween edition.

-Mariah Harman




Designer Sandwiches

The “Delicious Mara Invention” features homemade chipotle mayonnaise.
"Always Sunny in Philadelphia" sandwich
“Always Sunny in Philadelphia” sandwich
The “Saucy Sandwich!”
Taking a bite of “the American Dream.”
The “Turkey Delights.”
Ta’kiyha grills her designer sandwich.
“Would you like to try the “Fuego?” asks Alberto M.

Today in culinary II  and culinary III we got the opportunity to create our own sandwiches. we got to choose from a variety of meats, vegetables, cheeses, and spreads. Some of the sandwich names were “Delicious Mara Creation”, “Meat Lover Monster”, and “Sofia’s Delicious Sandwich”. The “Delicious Mara Creation” is ham and salami with bacon bites a hit of zesty banana peppers along with red and green peppers. Topped with butter and home-made chipotle mayo on delicious fresh sour dough bread.

-Mara M.


img_6737 img_6738Students in Culinary II and III at Chap have been compiling “Smashbooks.” Smashbooks are interactive notebooks that give students the chance to create their own text books. They have taped or glued in reference pages with measurements and cooking terms, as well as a table of contents and recipe contents pages. Instead of writing down notes, they can doodle the notes. It’ll help the student be organized and are able to go remake recipes at home. Since it’s called “Smashbooks” everything is all smashed together and that’s the fun of it! Students are able to be creative and it brings out their hidden artistic side.

One student Catherine says, ‘It’s creative and brings out my imagination.” Another student Krizale says “It’s very helpful, it’s like a little cheat sheet.”

— Christina A.


Service to Remember 9/11


Culinary II-III students at Chaparral thanked selected teachers and administrators for serving them by delivering cellophane bags of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. September 11 is “Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.” Students honored the day with this small service project. They included a card with a quote from President Obama “…. With hearts of those we lost held faithfully in our memoires, we reaffirm the unwavering optimism and everlasting strength that brought us together in our darkest hour and we resolve to give of ourselves in service to others in that same spirit.”

–Mrs. Bybee