I will continue to update this page as issues arise, but here are a few preliminaries and a little more about me.

Photography:  All photographs that appear on Tortefeaster, unless otherwise indicated in captioning, are photographs captured by me of recipes that I am testing and/or discussing within this blog. I am hoping to eventually upgrade my camera from a point-and-shoot and to take some photography courses so that I may eventually furnish this blog with higher quality images.


Compensation: I do not receive compensation in any form (dollar, goods, or services) for writing this blog. This is not a sponsored blog, but a personal blog. The opinions expressed in this blog are my uninfluenced opinions, so you can be sure that like Horton the Elephant, I meant what I said and I said what I meant. A Tortefeaster’s faithful 100%. Should I ever in the future receive free goods or services in connection with my work on this site, I will fully disclose this fact in reviewing or discussing said goods or services. I also  reserve the right to not review or discuss said goods or services as I intend to maintain Tortefeaster’s status as a personal blog.

What cooking shows did you watch growing up ?  

Because I grew up in the ’80s and early ’90s, I was lucky enough to catch a lot of the classic PBS cooking shows. The cooking show hosts I watched most regularly were Jacques Pepin, Madeleine Kaman,  Pierre Freney, Julia Child, Justin Wilson, and Jeff Smith.

What are your favorite nuts?

I love the delicate flavor and beautiful hue of  raw pistachios. This past year, I adapted and tested out so many recipes using pistachios that one of my friends joked that I was in my “pistachio period.“ If I had to pick another name for this blog, it very well might have been Pistachios and Coffee. But that is perhaps a story for another time. I have had good luck with Braga Organic Farms raw pistachios.

Pear and Pistachio Tart

Milk, Dark, or White Chocolate?

I started out life as a milk chocolate lover but in recent years have emphatically switched to the dark team.

Are there things that you wish you could eat but can’t for health reasons?

Unfortunately, I am moderately lactose intolerant, so I had to give up ice-cold glasses of milk, ice cream and gelato for the most part (although I can enjoy in small doses), and milk shakes.


2 Responses to “FAQs”

  1. sierra November 6, 2013 at 5:05 am #

    hey! I stumbled across your blog and the most surprising things about culinary school and I love it! I am attending the international culinary school at one of the art institutes of california, currently in my 4th quarter and taking my first baking class. ( I’m savory, going for bachelors in culinary management, bakings not really my “thing” because of the meticulously and exactness that you mentioned lol) it is great though and it was awesome to relate to pretty much everything you had written on that post 🙂 pistachios are also my absolute FAVORITE lol
    anyway, mini rant…have a great time in school!

    • Tortefeaster November 6, 2013 at 8:34 am #

      thanks sierra, glad you enjoyed reading! good luck with your program. i’m now working at a farm stand bakery, and it is a lot of fun.

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