Hot in Here!

Well I think I made a huge mistake last week when I left—-trying to save some money, I turned my AC completely off for the remainder of the week. When I walked inside this afternoon it was blazing hot and the thermostat read 89 degrees. AhhH!!!!!!! I quickly turned it on and way up to cool the place down but its been 2 hours and its still only gone down 4 degrees. Not cool.

Sweating, I made a quick lunch of all I had in my kitchen: salmon burgers and kiwi. I bought these Wild Alaskan Salmon burgers from Whole Foods a couple weeks ago but had yet to try them. I quickly heated it up in my cast iron and put it on a toasted Rudi’s bun with spicy mustard. It was really really good and quite filling as well! I still feel full after eating two hours ago and that is rare. Could be because I’m not 100% feeling wonderful but the healthy fats in the salmon do work wonders to keep me full and satisfied. I always notice that when I eat salmon salad as well.

img_1464.JPGI raced out of my apartment to escape the heat and went to Whole Foods to do some grocery shopping. It was sort of a major shop since I’ve been out of town and literally had nothing in the kitchen. Lots of yogurt, school snacks, fruit, some veggies and protein components for the week. The new whole foods has this organic rotisserie chicken “bar” area where they have like 5 different types of hot chickens for you to buy. They had lemon thyme flavor, bbq, natural and I bought the Cuban Mojito kind. They are only $5.99 each and I figure I can make it last all week for packed sandwiches and quick dinners. If its good I will definitely be buying more of these in the future!



Starting today, I officially have 12 weeks of school left before my externship! I have three more cooking classes then I switch to the mornings and take wine and cost control (sit down classroom classes) and then on September 26th I’m done!!! I’m so ready….but then I will be in the real world probably wishing I was back in school! Tonight I started “Plated Desserts” class, which is one of the last classes and one of the most advanced ones as well. It’s basically a free for all. We do whatever we want, make whatever we want with any flavor we desire. Apparently, the crazier the better! Think blueberry chocolate pie, avocado chocolate mousse, peanut butter sorbet……..anything! I’ve been looking forward to this (but I hear its a TON of work) and am excited to get started!

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  • VeggieGirl
    July 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Those 12 weeks are going to fly by, and then you get to have fun on your externship!! :0)

  • Becca A
    July 7, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Your newest class sounds like so much fun!

  • Julz
    July 7, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    I’m so excited for your externship! I cannot wait to see all that you will be doing! I don’t know if you read my comment (a little while back) but again I have to thank you for turning me onto yoga. It has really been a spiritual healer for me on days when I feel unmotivated or just “off.” The practice has been so wonderful for me, as it really puts you into the mindset of listening to YOUR BODY, while running/other is more listening to “your head/mind”. I so prefer this practice to the latter right now, and I totally credit you for that, so thanks a million! 🙂

    Also, I don’t know if your WF carries these frozen rolls, but mine does. This company produces some wonderful breads that you just pop into the oven (for 8 minutes!) and they are the perfect size. They come in focaccia, ciabatta, biscuits, french breads, baguettes, etc. Wonderful nutritional profiles too! I thought you may be interested! also sells their Garlic Baguettes for $1.99! 4 servings and 2 pieces per serving, that’s quite the steal! So check it out 🙂 This is a great website for checking the prices on such goods too! They carry foodforlife, rudi’s, cool cereals, etc. It’s just fun for foodies, in general! Anyways, hope you’re feeling well and that you’re cooling off!

  • Lauren
    July 7, 2008 at 7:34 pm


    I just saw your weekend’s post and it looks like you had a great time-I would never know your sick from your pictures 🙂

    I hate it when air conditioning is not working. Hopefully by this evening it will be cool again.

  • Tinsley
    July 7, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    That tamale pie looks SO GOOD!

  • Clara
    July 7, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    avocado chocolate mousse?! this I gotta hear about!

    your trip to Whole Foods looks like it was fun 🙂

    hang in there for the remainder of your school – you’re doing so great. Thanks for sharing with us all!

  • blueberrybabe
    July 7, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    hey everyone. i had a quick lunch question. this is bizarre that i never really realized it, but i have a sandwich for lunch EVERY SINGLE DAY. my variety of sandwiches is very high, which is why i never get bored of them. BUT today i realized i wanted anything but a sandwich. i had an orange, lentil soup, english muffin dipped in oil, and a choc milk to finish it off. it was tasty and nice for a change. so my question is….. what are some lunch suggestions besides sandwiches!? thanks so much. my calorie needs are very high but i’m just looking for any kind of healthy variety suggestions and i can worry about making it work for me! thanks!

  • linds
    July 7, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Great grocery finds! I wish there was a Whole Foods near me, it sounds amazing! Good luck at your class, it sounds intense but I bet it will be fun 🙂

  • sarah
    July 7, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    ooh, peanut butter sorbet. i am sold. i am excited to see your desserts!

  • MLT
    July 7, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Hi Blueberry babe-

    I don’t know what kinds of food you like, but I can tell you what I pack. I am a full time student so during the year I often pack breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner with me.

    I bring a lot of leftovers- rice and pasta dishes in tupperwares. I make salads with bagged lettuce/spinach beans or hardboiled eggs and veggies. I make soups in the winter and bring them all week. Lentil is my usual, but i also make tomato soup, split pea soup, spinach soup and squash soup. I throw everything in a crock pot on Sunday morning, take it out on Sunday night and put it in tupperwares for each day of the week. During the summer I sometimes make a big batch of food and bring it all week. Last week I made couscous with spinach, lentils, raisins, greek olives and feta and brought that in tupperware. The week before I made an easy pasta salad with similar ingrediants and brought that most days. Sometimes when I don’t have time I just throw a can of soup in my bag. A lot of people at work bring frozen dinners or frozen burritos or those thai noodle things and make them at work.

    hope some of those suggestions work for you and good luck!
    If anyone else has great brown-bag dinner/lunch suggestions I’d love to hear them!

  • Natalie
    July 8, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    I love the rotisserie chicken from whole foods too! It’s so easy and makes so many good meals. Have fun baking!