SCC Success Stories

Photo of Summer Engel in chef's clothing

Hello! My name is Maisey Auringer, and I am a first-year Culinary Arts student. My favorite part of the program is learning about different foods that I have never seen or used before and learning how to cook them. I also really like being able to taste different things and learn how to pair different flavors together.

My favorite classes have been the two baking courses. I really enjoyed learning how to make bread because I’ve always wanted to make it at home, but I didn’t know if I would be able to do it correctly. I currently work as an Assistant Manager at Starbucks. I am also in the process of doing the Starbucks Coffee Academy to learn all about coffee from how and where it is grown to making coffee drinks in the store.

In the future I would love to work in a coffee shop/bakery. I would love to own my own or at least work in one of the locally owned shops. A chef that really inspires me is Chef Gunnar Karl Gislason. He is a chef in Iceland who uses the natural ingredients that he can forage in the wild. When he finds ingredients, he does what he can to use all of it. My favorite recipe is Black Bean Brownies. I love learning how to make traditional foods with different ingredients and trying to cook for different kinds of diets.

You can learn more about the program on the Culinary Arts webpage.

Photo of cooked brownies with big chunky chocolate chipsBlack Bean Brownie Recipe

Cook time: 18-20 mins
Yield: 9 brownies
Oven Temperature: 350° F


1/2 cup oats
15 oz black beans
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 TBSP cocoa powder
1/2 tsp table sault
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare an 8x8-inch baking pan by greasing all internal edges.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the oats until they form a smooth oat flour. Transfer the oat flour into a mixing bowl.
  3. Into the food processor, blend the black beans, honey, oil, and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Add the black bean mixture into the bowl with the oat flour.
  5. Mix in the cocoa powder, salt, sugar, and baking powder until combined.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  7. Pour the batter into the previously prepared baking pan and bake for 18 to 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and cool before cutting into squares.