Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Update on this post....

The dumb shit resident that I saw never called back with my lab results. I got annoyed after trying to call her back for a week and just looked them up myself. Maybe I wasn't supposed to do that? eh, oh well.

Called 11 times to get an appointment with an attending: hold, transfer, hold, hold, ANSWER, nope transfer, click.......fuck!

Called on the 12th time this past Friday from work in the same hospital where the practice is located:
One ring....
Secretary: Hello? what department are you calling from? What can I do for you?

Me: Hi this is Nurse Miss Kelly from the burn unit, I'm a former patient of Dr. W's, I need to make an appointment with Dr. C?

Secretary: Oh do you work here in the hospital?

Me: Umm, yes?

Secretary: Marvelous. How's this Tuesday at 10:30am?

Me: Seriously? That's great.

Secretary: Would you like us to call you if we can an earlier cancellation?

Me: I'd love that! (thinking am I dreaming?)

Secretary: Okay, I can reach you at this number?

Me: Actually my cell is better xxx-xxx-xxxx. thanks.

Secretary: Oh, okay. Well then I'll note that. Bye bye.

lesson learned: make an internal phone call, work the system!

Monday, March 30, 2009

FFoF #72

#1. Suggest a question for FFOF. Something fun is in store for the one whose question is chosen.
What is your favorite memory associated with the smell of a certain food? As in, you smell it, close your eyes and are instantly drawn back to a magical moment in time....

#2. Share instructions on how to make your favorite smoothee or shake.
Breakfast in a Glass~my banana mango smoothie

2 frozen, ripe bananas (freeze WITHOUT the peel!!)
1 mango, peeled and sliced
1 cup orange juice (any kind will do- I prefer tropicana light plus calcium or fresh squuezed)
1 cup fat free vanilla yogurt
*1 tsp of vaniila extract and a dash of cinamon can be added to enhance the flavors*

Cut banana into chunks. In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
If the smoothie is too thick, thin with a little more orange juice. Pour into 4 glasses.

#3. What’s in your favorite panini?
Eggplant, portabella, zucchini, roasted red pepper, and goat cheese


#4. Share a recipe for potato salad.
For all those of us who aren't big on mayo!
Roasted New Potato Salad
2 pounds new potatoes, cut into chunks
6 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 pound green beans, stemmed and sliced
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup basil
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 cup salad greens
12 pitted Kalamata olives

Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss potatoes with 1 teaspoon of the oil, salt and pepper and transfer to a roasting pan. Cover and roast until tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Set aside to let cool.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add green beans and cook until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Rinse in cold water and set aside.

Put vinegar, remaining 6 tablespoons oil, basil, salt, and garlic into a blender and purée until smooth to make a vinaigrette. Toss potatoes, beans, tomatoes with vinaigrette together in a large bowl, then spoon mixture onto a plate arranged with salad greens. Garnish with olives and serve.

Monday, March 23, 2009

tah dah!

I must make this quick, I'm on my way to work (night 4 of 5), but I just got the final word.....

Grad School Acceptance:
YALE: yes
EMORY: yes

Now onto the million dollar question: Where do I want to go?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Four Foods 69

#1. Olive oil. What kind do you prefer to use?
Extra Virgin. I don't use much oil., so I splurge and buy the expensive aged stuff. You use less, when it's more flavorful!

#2. Meatballs. Do you make them from scratch, buy premade cooked or buy premade frozen?

I make meatballs from scratch for others and use frozen "meat-less ball" for myself

#3. Do you use napkins at home? Paper or cloth?
I use papertowels. I know, please don't send the green police after me.

#4. Share a recipe for a white sauce.
Heat 3 TB milk in a saucepan, add 8 oz of cream cheese. Stir, stir, stir, add seasonings to taste, stir, stir, stir. As soon as smooth, turn heat down to lowest setting.
*add in seasoned and cooked chicken or fish
* toss with pasta

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Little Appetizer

Looking through my refrigerator and cabinets with only thirty minutes until my friends arrived, here's what I came up with!

Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates with Rosemary Balsamic Reduction

50 Large Dried Organic Pitted Dates

4 oz Goat Cheese, room temperature

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons minced shallots
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 large or 2 small rosemary sprigs

Set a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat and add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the shallots to the pan and sweat until translucent, about 1 minute. Add the garlic to the pan and sweat for 30 seconds. Pour the balsamic vinegar into the pan and bring to a boil. Add the rosemary and allow the balsamic to gently boil and reduce until only about 1/4 cup of balsamic remains, about 10 minutes. Season with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper. Remove from the heat. Remove the rosemary sprigs before using.

-Place dates on large platter or cookie sheet.
-Fill a medium size tipped pastry bag with soft goat cheese.
-Place tip of bag into each date and fill until goat cheese starts to peek through the other end of the date.
-Once all dates are filled, lightly drizzle balsamic reduction over the top.
*tip: use a large spoon to easily drizzle the reduction.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

I Dream Of....


I had the strangest dream last night. I found myself running across the junior high school parking lot frantic that I'd be late for the first day of my senior year,, only to reach the sidewalk as the homeroom bell rang. I walked into the school, up to the office window and said, "I'm sorry I'm late, I was picking up my parents at the airport. Can they send in a note later?" I think the office clerk mumbled something about needing it now. Next thing I know I'm wandering the hall of the junior high looking for room 3005. When I finally find it, its filled with kids from my graduating class, and they are starring at me. Matt came up to me and said, "Yeah, you freaked us out in high school and that's why we wanted to ruin your prom." Before I could open my mouth, our elementary school librarian was handing out locks and schedules telling us that our lockers would be located here in the Junior high, but that all of our classes would be at the actual high school. Right because that makes so much sense..... Before I could retort such an insane proposal, I found myself amidst w whirlwind of people in a multilevel maze trying to navigate my way to my classes. I walked into the library and cut through to the gym only to find that I had no gym clothes. Then I was sitting in math class realizing that I hadn't been to a math class in over a semester and I freaked out. I asked to be transferred to another class, but my teacher only spanked my hand with a ruler and said get out and go back to community college. Then I was sitting in the principals office and he told me that he was disappointed in my choice to be fifth in my graduating class, he said I'd never go anywhere in life...

And then I woke up.

I think the anxiety of waiting for schools is killing me.