Dessert/ Travel


Whew…..finally home and it’s a lovely 75 degrees outside!! I did eat my airport dinner and it held me over very well. Once I got home I ate 2 small christmas cookies that I brought back from wisconsin that my grandma made (nothing like homemade cookies made by your grandma!) and a small cup of hot peppermint chocolate vitasoy. My calories are still low for the day (about 1700) but since I didnt exercise it’s fine. And I’m exhausted with still a bunch of recipes to write for tomorrow’s class…and I have my first quiz on beef!

I’m really trying to make this blog unique because I do realize there are tons of health food/exercise blogs out there right now. I’ve been wanting to do this project for awhile now because my final goal IS to write cookbooks! I also thought it might be fun though to include some real-life culinary school tales…..seriously, a lot of interesting things happen behind the scenes!!!! Oh, I have more than a few stories…. 😉 Its very hard work above all…and some days I want to quit. But, then I remind myself this is what I was born to do. I take a deep breath, relax, do some yoga and all is well.

On tap tomorrow is:

Herb Stuffed Pork Chops

Sauce Robert

Sauce Charcuterie

(right now I am in MEAT class for 3 weeks. All we do everyday is prepare different cuts of meat. Funny because I’m not even a big meat eater! I rarely sit down and eat everything I have made for the day like most of the guys in class that load up their plates everyday at noon with more meat than a human should consume in a week, but I do taste every single thing I prepare. I have to!)

More tomorrow….

Yes, my grandparent’s really do have this hanging on their wall.

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  • Ryan
    December 10, 2007 at 2:46 am

    Congrats on your blog, it looks great and is very interesting, you may even be able to get me to start eating healthy! I hope you brought the Beef picture home with you to hang on the wall!

  • jenna
    December 10, 2007 at 2:54 am

    If I can get the taco, rum and pizza loving boyfriend to start eating healthy that’s something 😉 hahaha…we’ll see!

  • Danielle
    December 10, 2007 at 3:04 am

    Hi Jenna,

    I got this from KathEats and since I’m into this new blog kick I figured I’d check it out. Thanks for posting it! I really like that you’re writing from the perspective of a culinary guru in training :). Keep up the great site!

  • ryan
    December 10, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    I like how you have been trying to get me to eat healthier by improving one or two things every time I eat and gradually weaning me off eating the bad stuff all the time and understand a diet just wont work for certain people. Can you post a healthy improvement idea each day? Maybe like eat a regular size Quiznos sub instead of a large? Cant wait to get healthy with you and not be such a tubalard!

  • Cathy
    December 10, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    Hello! I found your blog through another that I read. Your perspective is very interesting and i will definitely continue to visit your site! Good luck with school and thanks for posting! I am currently into healthy eat as I am going back to school to become a registered dietician with a masters. Also, i LOVE to cook and I love to cook gourmet meals. I am still learning and my husband gets to eat my experiments (we are only married a year, so he is still so good about it!). Next year we plan on going to Paris for a week and I am so excited!!! Is there a particlar area/hotel you would recommend for us to stay in? We like to be in all the action and want to be by all the cafes and restaurants. Sorry for the long comment and thanks again! -Cathy

  • jenna
    December 10, 2007 at 1:12 pm


    I could go on for DAYS about Paris and where to eat/stay!! I actually lived in a small apartment on Rue Monge when I was there but my boyfriend flew over for a week and we stayed at a small, quaint hotel called “Hotel Observatoire-Luxembourg” that I would HIGHLY recommend. Its a great price (for the location and for paris!) and its sooo cute!!!! Its right next to the Luxembourg gardens and looks out over all of paris. You could def. walk anywhere from it (which we did) and there are tons and tons of cute cafes/restaurants in the area. the website is: I stayed in the left bank, which I really enjoyed-its more artsy and historical. the right bank is more “trendy” i guess and has all the shopping but its so easy and fast to just take the metro over there. The left bank is great for walking and seeing historical sites and going to cute boutique shops. I have loads and loads of great restaurants too so if you want recommendations on that as well let me know!!!

    ps- can I come with you? just kidding 🙂 haha

    Thanks for reading!

  • Jenna
    December 10, 2007 at 1:32 pm


    Thanks! I’m glad you get a kick out of my crazy culinary adventures…there will be more to come, I promise you that! Good thing I have exercise to keep me sane 😉 Thanks for reading!