It has been an amazing year. I have learned so much in culinary school, and am very excited to be graduating from the year-long Baking & Pastry program at The Art Institute of Portland -- the commencement is next week! It seems like a miracle, the end of an arduous, fulfilling, fun, and very satisfying year of many accomplishments -- and a few small failures that seemed huge at the time: a tart that was melting while chef was grading it, for example. Yet there were many more successes. Since pictures are often more effective than words, here are a few snapshots from the year.