Wednesday, August 31, 2011

taking some time...

Hello All,

The other blog that I started not too long ago has been taking down. I have decided to take a break from blogging and may return one day, but who knows. I'm ging to leave this blog up because so that future dietetic interns may read it (I still get the occassional email from an intern, so there's hope that some still find this blog to be relevant). I still plan to read all your blogs, but for now, I will not be blogging.

~Jessica

Thursday, May 19, 2011

new blog

Hello all!

After a rather long absence from the blogging world...I am restarting. You can find my blog by clicking here. I hope that you'll come join me in my new blog world!

~Jessica

Sunday, December 5, 2010

I PASSED!!!!

On Wednesday of this past week, I completed the final step in my quest to become a Registered Dietitian. I took the exam and PASSED!! Let me tell you, passing that test was a huge relief. I spent DAYS studying and was so nervous before the test that I felt sick...but I passed!! I left the testing center, skipped across the parking lot, hopped in my car, gave a squeal of joy, and proceeded to call/text everyone and update my facebook status with the good news.

To future RD test takers - I recommend getting a study guide!! It was a HUGE help!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

thanksgiving food

Thanksgiving is quite possibly one of my favorite holidays. Who doesn't love a holiday where you get to eat some of the best foods?!?! This year, the boy and I celebrated Thanksgiving together...just the two of us. We cooked and ate a delicious meal.



The menu:
new waldorf salad*
ham
turkey
mashed potatoes
sweet potato bake*
peas
cranberry jelly
stuffing
(I'll be sharing the recipe I used for items with a *.)

We have tons of leftovers and I don't mind; Thanksgiving food is delicious!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

turkey talk

With Thanksgiving just days away, I figured now would be a good time to share an article that I wrote with you all. I wrote this article for a newsletter for work; enjoy!

Turkey Talk


Buying your bird:
• Allow about 1 pound of turkey per person. Having 10 people over? You’ll need a 10 pound turkey.
• Want to purchase a fresh turkey? Pick it up 1‐2 days before you plan to cook it.
• If you buy a frozen turkey, keep it frozen until you’re ready to thaw it. Frozen turkeys can be kept frozen indefinitely; it’s recommended to cook within a year for best quality. Do NOT purchase a fresh pre‐stuffed turkey.

Thawing a frozen turkey:
• In the refrigerator: Keep the turkey in its original wrapper and place on a tray to catch any juices. Allow 24 hours in the refrigerator for every 4‐5 pounds of turkey. Once thawed, it may be kept for 1‐2 days before cooking.
• In cold water: Make sure that the turkey is wrapped securely. Submerge the turkey in cold tap water. Allow 30 minutes of submerged time per pound of turkey. Change the tap water every 30 minutes.

Cooking the turkey:
• It is not recommended to cook a turkey at temperatures below 325° F.
• Cook your turkey until it reaches an internal temperature of 165° F; temperature can be checked using a food thermometer. Reminder: Remove the giblets package before cooking.

Storing leftovers:
• Turkey should not be left at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
• Cut into small pieces and refrigerate in shallow, covered containers for quicker cooling time. Use within 3‐4 days.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Broccoli Salad

This was a super yummy side dish and an excellent way to get in some vegetables. I started with a recipe from Kraft Foods but made some adjustments. (Click here for the original recipe.)



Ingredients

-7 cups fresh broccoli florets
-6 slices fully cooked bacon, cut/chopped into bite-sized pieces
-3/4 cup raisins
-1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
-1 cup walnut pieces
-1 1/2 cup coleslaw dressing

Directions

Combine all ingredients, except dressing, in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss salad. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes; toss again before serving.

Monday, October 25, 2010

meet my smoker

My new favorite kitchen gadget!



Stovetop smoker with pork tenderloin...ready to be smoked!



First dinner out of smoker: hickory smoked pork tenderloin with vaunted vinegar sauce, broccoli salad, and baked potato. Recipes for the vinegar sauce and broccoli salad to come soon! The boy loved every bit of it...as did I (even the cat got ahold of some pork and ate it right up)!!