Behind The Butter

At Long Last

I’m doooooooooooooooooooooooooone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow. What a ride. Seriously. Only a mere year and a half ago culinary school was the LAST thought in my mind. Crazy how much can change, no? And I’m so glad that I did it….even though there were definite days and nights where I really questioned whether it was the right thing or not. Long hours, hard work, tons of driving. ALL DONE! 🙂

I was actually sad to leave work today! I’ve met some great people that I hope to keep in touch with and I know I’ve been a source of entertainment there since I’ve been the only girl in the kitchen and, well, I can be a blond sometimes (can’t we all??!). Today I accidentally turned off all the lights in the kitchen and someone yelled out “dance party since its Jenna’s last day!!!“. That kind of thing ;). Anyways, I guess its just another chapter in my life that is closing and tomorrow a whole other one will be opened!

This morning I had a big bowl of oatmeal using 1/2 cup multigrain cereal, half cup silk, half cup water, 1 banana, handful of blueberries, hazelnut butter and a sliced dried figgy on top


Midmorning I ate a z-bar


Eric, one of the guys I work with that apparently read my blog for the first time last night, saw me eating the z-bar and instantly goes, “I hope you took a picture of that!!”. Well I did. Obvi.

And for lunch, a delicious salad topped with a big chunk of leftover salmon from last night.


Mmmmm it was so delicious. No need for dressing!

I also had a big ol’ hunk of piping hot sweet potato focaccia. I grabbed it as soon as it came out of the oven and, let me tell you, it was probably the most amazing thing I have ever eaten (I know I say that all the time). It was hot, fluffy and crispy around the edges where it had been baking/basting in olive oil. Ahhhhhhhh


I was STUFFED after all this food (especially the large piece of focaccia, which I really didn’t need but wait…yes I totally did) 😉

When I got home from work I grabbed a pear to take in the car with me, as Christie and I immediately headed out to run some errands:


I was planning on working out but, really, I am just so tired right now that I fear that if I work out I won’t be able to make it to dinner and a movie later. Today at work we deep-cleaned and I scrubbed our whole side of the kitchen, basically on my hands and knees. That, coupled with every other thing I did at work today, was pretty much a workout in itself. I’m pooped.

Mmmm and I just have to share! I baked the most amazing Portuguese sweet bread today! Chef asked me to do it for a special dinner he was having tonight and I took home two loaves myself—one for Christie’s parents and one for Ryan to make his morning toast on. It smelled FABULOUS!


And, yes, I did have a tiny taste. How do people not eat carbs or bread these days??! How I ask??? They are clearly not fully living!

I’m off to dye/trim Christie’s hair (don’t ask) and then we are headed out to dinner at this tiny cajus/New Orleans-style restaurant here called French Quarter. Tonight we rented Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Part 2. Actually I rented it because I’ve been dying to see it. I loved the first one! I know, I know….I’m a total teeny-bob sap.

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  • Jenn
    December 19, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Congrats on being done, hun! The breads look amazing… and if you don’t eat carbs/breads… you are totally missing out people. Anyways, have a good time hair coloring and trimming and enjoy the girls night out!


  • Amy C.
    December 19, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Congratulations!!!! You have worked so hard to get to this moment. You must be so excited! I agree with you about the carbs. I could not live without bread, etc. Have a fun night tonight! I’m snowbound and am considering watching Sisterhood of the traveling pants 2 on demand. 🙂

  • Runeatrepeat
    December 19, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Congratulations! It has been so fun to read along during culinary school 🙂 I really enjoyed it. Is Christie dying her hair back to blonde like the old pics you showed? Because I thought she looked super cute in the new pics too!

  • Lindsey (Mrs. LC)
    December 19, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Hooray you’re done, congratulations!!! 🙂 (And yes we can all be a blond sometimes, haha esp. those of us who actually are blond!).

    By the way, I don’t know if you need any more budget-friendly gift ideas but I recently found a couple of coupon codes that will get you free 8×10-inch photos from Walgreens today and tomorrow! I’m definitely using them for some low-cost gifts from grandparents and such. 🙂 The coupon codes and details are at this post:

  • Ashley H
    December 19, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    The S of the TP II is a great movie. Its fun to watch movies where you dont have to think sometimes!

  • Joy
    December 19, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    I’m jealous of you going out tonight, I’m snowbound! haha

  • Mel
    December 19, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Congrats on being done! That must be an amazing feeling!

    Have fun tonight with Christie, sounds like it totally will be!

  • Sarah
    December 19, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Congratulations on being done! Too cool. Have a wonderful evening 🙂

  • Oh She Glows
    December 19, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    I am so proud of you!
    You have put so much work into this and now you can be so proud of yourself for achieving your goal. 🙂 Have a GREAT night!


  • Meghan
    December 19, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Sometimes a fun movie at the end of a long day is just what the doctor ordered!

    And I, too, have NO idea how people live without carbs. I try to imagine living the low carb lifestyle and it seems INSANE. Maybe if the only carbs I knew were white sandwich bread and store-bought cookies, but those are basically the only carbs that I have even in inkling dislike for.

  • Becca A
    December 19, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Congratulations! I know I’ll look back on your culinary school days when I’m having tough times in my program (its coming fast!) for inspiration.

  • Meghan
    December 19, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    CONGRATS!! It has been so fun watching you go through your culinary adventures! All your work has been amazing and it certainly has paid off 🙂 I am totally with you- fresh, warm bread would be sooo ridiculous to pass up!

  • VeggieGirl
    December 19, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    HELL YES!!!!! YOU MADE IT!!!!! 😀

    Oatmeal + dried figs + hazelnut-butter = I ate all those today too 🙂

  • Kristina
    December 19, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Congratulations! It has been fun to read about all of your culinary adventures. 🙂

    Have fun tonight!

  • Justy2003
    December 19, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Congrats on being done with school! Now you can relax & enjoy the holiday season! 🙂
    I can’t wait to see your journey during your new job!

  • Oh She Glows
    December 19, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Jenna, I am just curious how you got your Eat Live Run title copyrighted?


  • Shelby
    December 19, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Oh man I have got to try that oatmeal combo, it sounds delish!
    And that sweet bread you baked looks phenomenal! It’s so perfectly shaped and just beautiful to look at.

  • Leila
    December 19, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Jenna – congrats, it’s going to be cool to see you transition home. Wondering do you have a recipe for sweet potato focaccia that you can post. It sounds and looks amazing! P.s. I loved the first Sister of the Traveling Pants and am so tempted to rent it every time I visit the store…definitely let us know if it’s worth the watch.

    • jenna
      December 19, 2008 at 7:41 pm


      Actually I don’t have the recipe! I’m not allowed to give out any recipes from work just for privacy reasons. I’m sorry!

  • Kath
    December 19, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Congrats Jenna!!!

  • Danielle
    December 19, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Wow… you did it 🙂 congratulations! You’re amazing!

  • ErinE
    December 19, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    that bread looks sooo good!

  • Kelly Turner
    December 19, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    congrats!! Thats so exciting! All your hard work paid off- make sure you relax a bit 🙂

    Kelly Turner

  • Marissa
    December 19, 2008 at 6:17 pm


  • K
    December 19, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    As a carboholic – I wonder the same thing!

    CONGRATS!!!! Enjoy your Friday – hope there’s some celebrating going on!

  • Bree
    December 19, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Congratulations & enjoy this moment. Such a huge accomplishment!

  • Kim
    December 19, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Congrats on finishing your program!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    December 19, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Congrats on your last day! I bet that sweet bread would be soooo good warm with a dollop of almond butter 🙂

  • Leslie
    December 19, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Congratulations on being done!!! That’s awesome!

  • Alyssa
    December 19, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Congrats! It must feel so good! It’ll be exciting to have a “job job” doing what you love! 🙂

  • Bridget
    December 19, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Congrats!!! It’s been really fun reading about your adventures in culinary school because I had no idea what that would be like- can’t wait to read about what’s next.

    Oh, and I totally love teeny-bopper movies 🙂

  • ashley (sweet & natural)
    December 19, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    CONGRATS Jenna!! What an accomplishment!

  • Cassidy
    December 20, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    haha. Im catching up on reading my blogs and my best friend and I rented Sisterhood 2 last night also 🙂

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