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Monday Funday

Hi guys!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday. I actually love Mondays at work because its so quiet and peaceful. The club is closed for dinner on Monday night and a lot of times, its just Adam and I alone in the kitchen working hard to prep for the rest of the week. It’s laid back though and I love that….and today was a shorter day! I left at around 2:15 rather than 3 because I had finished my list and there was nothing left to do. But more on that in a bit!

First…..I was SOOOOO hungry last night!! Yesterday my metabolism must have been on overdrive or something! It was 9:30, I was about to turn off my lights, but my tummy was growing. What’s a girl to do?! Have a small bowl of Kashi H2H with silk vanilla of course! I also had a few bites of Betty’s pumpkin creme brulee. After that I slept like a baby 🙂


This morning I woke up bright and early and made some cottage cheese oatmeal to give me fuel for the morning to come:


I used 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 cup water, a pinch of salt, 1/2 cup whipped cottage cheese, 1 bananer and a spoonful of almond butter…with a few raspberries on top! It was deeeeelicious!

Lunch was pretty basic today—-a boar’s head turkey and pepperjack cheese sammie on protein bread with an apple, carrots and a yogurt. I had the yogurt mid-morning per usual. 🙂



Since I got home earlier than usual I had time to get more stuff done this afternoon. I snacked on some pb&j kashis around 3:00—


And hit the gym around 4:00 for an upper body workout. It ended up being rather brief because of two reasons: 1) I forgot my ipod! I HATE that! I just cannot get into my gym rhythm without it! 2) It was “that time” when all the quote-un-quote “meatheads” were flooding the gym. Probably senior guys in high school or something….I shouldn’t let that make me feel uncomfortable but I didn’t have my ipod and I was lifting weights right next to a pack of like 5 of them. I swear, some people just seem to use the gym as a social spot to pick up girls! Bleh!

Anyways, here’s what I did (it wasn’t so bad—at least I went!):

a couple minutes on the arc-trainer to warm up

2 sets of seated row—50 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of triceps pulldowns—-50 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of lat pulldowns—60 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of shoulder press—12 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of lat raises—5 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of hammer curls—10 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of chest press—40 lbs, 15 reps

3 sets of reverse crunches—20 reps

total time = about 30 minutes

When I got home from the gym it was about dinnertime. I had a big piece of leftover baked salmon on top of a huge spinach salad with goat cheese (could salmon + goat cheese be the most perfect combo ever?!) and leftover sauteed garlic green beans & red peppers. I also had a cup of tomato soup and a piece of multigrain bread.



For dessert—rice pudding and almondina cookies 🙂


So, I totally forgot that today was my first day of a-la-carte dessert production instead of breads! No more breads—sad!!! Adam has me on a two week rotation of doing every station/production so I get experience in ALL areas of pastry. I wish it could be all bread and cookies (can you tell what my favorite thing is?!) but I must practice everything else! Today I really just prepped for a dessert buffet happening tomorrow at around lunchtime.

First thing when I got in, around 6:45, I started on some chocolate moussse while Adam rolled pumpernickel rolls.


I had to fill 60 tiny glasses for the buffet tomorrow! They turned out pretty well although I have to say, there were a ton of steps involved in making this mousse….it took about an hour to do!


After the mousse, I filled the almond macaroons I baked a couple days ago. 30 with dark chocolate ganache and 30 with white chocolate ganache. Drool!


And then I worked on tempering chocolate to make filigree to top the opera cake petit fours:


(I ate a few chocolate chips in the process. Shhh)

I also baked a pumpkin pie:


A key lime pie with a pistachio crust:


And my personal fav—an apple oat tart:


I LOVE this tart because I have a serious addiction to streusel. I think everyone in the kitchen is aware of it now. I just can’t stop nibblin’ on this stuff! I know its just butter and sugar and oats…..but when it bakes it gets all crunchy and its like heaven on earth. I made the apple filling for this pie last week and topped it with a GENEROUS amount of streusel! 😉

And finally…I rolled 60 truffles for tomorrow’s buffet:


These are mocha truffles that I made a few days ago and today I rolled them in tempered chocolate and chopped, roasted pistachios.

Adam and I switched days off this week. He needs Wednesday off so I’m taking tomorrow off instead and holding down the fort on Wednesday (my usual weekday off) while he’s out of the kitchen. I don’t really have any plans at all tomorrow other than tackling my laundry and chocolate-stained uniforms! The rest of this week is sure to be pretty crazy because this weekend we have another wedding cake to do…….and this one is four tiers and stands about 5 feet tall!!! We got the wood base for it today and its just going to be insane. I can’t wait to see the finished product and, of course, take TONS of pictures but that won’t be until Saturday.

I finished The Glass Castle last night and tonight am starting Under The Banner of Heaven-— another book from the library of Betty that she said was fabulous. I LOVED The Glass Castle but it just made me so mad!!!!!!! That mom!!!! I couldn’t get over it all. I wanted to throw the book at the wall but I still loved it anyway.

Have a wonderful night! 🙂

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  • emily
    October 13, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Haha, that’s exactly how I felt! I got the book while I was at my grandma’s house and she kept laughing/gasping at me cursing at the mother while I read!

  • Megan
    October 13, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    OMG….I hate going to the gym in the afternoon for the same reason. I can’t stand to be around “meatheads.” Most of them are there to pretend they are working out. Half the time they are on their cellphones, grunting loudly, or trying to one up eachother while doing some exercise totally incorrectly. It is so annoying, especially when all you want to do is get a good workout in. I am so sorry you had to endure that. Not having an ipod makes it worse. You can’t drown them out with good tunes. 🙁

  • Runeatrepeat
    October 13, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    All those desserts look so good! You are doing a great job 🙂

  • VeggieGirl
    October 13, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Gorgeous meals and BAKED GOODS!!!! 😀

    Hehe, glad you still liked the book.

  • Alicia
    October 13, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    What a productive day for you, Jenna. That pumpkin pie had me drooling all over the screen. Have a great day ahead! 🙂

  • BethT
    October 13, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Just curious – do you produce all of this from recipes? I know you’ve gotten to play a bit, but I wonder if the club has recipes for most of these things.

  • Amy
    October 13, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Yay for raspberries, I had some too for breakfast, and yay for protein bread…I also had that for lunch as well! Isn’t it delicious? Wow all of those dessert look delicious–pure perfection. Especially the pumpkin pie…my favorite! Have an awesome night.

  • jenna
    October 13, 2008 at 11:38 pm


    Yes–I have a PACKED 3-ring binder full of recipes that are club exclusive. That’s why I can only post recipes that are my own! Theirs are “secret” hehe

  • steph
    October 14, 2008 at 12:01 am

    ugh! i hate that time at the gym.
    your bowl of oatmeal looks extra good today!

  • Megan
    October 14, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Looks like an extremely busy day!
    I don’t like to be at the gym when the “meathead” are there either! A 5 foot tall wedding cake?! That is as tall as me!

  • bobbi
    October 14, 2008 at 12:07 am

    yummy truffles! Man if I had to bake at work I would be ten pounds heavier, how do you do it!!! Enjoy your day off:) Oh and I love me some goat cheese and salmon!

  • Katie
    October 14, 2008 at 12:17 am

    Hi Jenna! I’m in high school and love reading your blog. Right now I’m applying to college and wondered how and why you decided to become a pastry chef? What did you study in college? How many years does it take?

  • Cara
    October 14, 2008 at 12:50 am

    I forgot my ipod today at the gym as well!! Your stuff looks awesome!

  • jenna
    October 14, 2008 at 12:55 am


    I went to College of Charleston in South Carolina and got my bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing. After I graduated, I moved to Paris and did a semester there studying travel, memoir, poetry and food writing. When I got back from that, I enrolled in culinary school and am about to graduate a year later. Its been a looooooong road of lots of different types of education but from the time I was very very VERY little, I’ve always wanted to be a food writer of some sort. When I was in Paris, one of my mentors, a very successful travel writer named Rolf Potts, told me that if I wanted to write about food I had to KNOW food and had to become credible to write about it (basically, I had to know my stuff). So, I went to culinary school and now plan to work a few years in the field before, God willing, I can make a living off of writing! I consider myself a writer first and foremost and somewhat of a chef second. Advice to you is to go to college, get a bachelors degree, and figure out what you really want to do because you change a lot over the years and you need to be SURE of something before you sign your life away! 🙂

  • coco
    October 14, 2008 at 1:21 am

    the pink color oatmeal looks fabulous!

  • Amy C.
    October 14, 2008 at 1:32 am

    Mmmm everything looks so good!

    I can’t wait to hear how the book is. I was hooked on “Into thin air” by the same author. I’m sure the one you’re reading is just as good.

  • Elina
    October 14, 2008 at 1:33 am

    I don’t know how you can stay so slim with all those baked goods around you! I am seriously drooling just looking at your pictures… I really don’t think I could control myself if those pies and truffles were actually in front of me! 😀

  • cupcakes
    October 14, 2008 at 1:34 am

    Hi Jenna, just wanted to say that I totally understand what you mean about streusel. Confession: I sometimes make a “crumble” (without fruit) for dessert, served with vanilla custard- it’s delicious!! I love fruit crumbles, but sometimes all you want is the crunchy bits.

    Just wanted to ask you a quick question about Rachel’s yogurts since you’ve been eating it q. a bit lately- somehow they’re really expensive in my store, but the flavours look SO tempting (vanilla chai?!) and I’m a sucker for gimmicks (i.e. “Relax…” heehee). Sorry if I’ve somehow missed a review, but please let me know what you think! Thanks 🙂

  • BridgetP
    October 14, 2008 at 1:47 am

    That is exactly the way I felt about that book!! It was so well-written and I couldn’t put it down, but the parents just made me SO MAD!

  • Lisa
    October 14, 2008 at 1:49 am

    I love looking at all the yummy desserts you make! Question: I was wondering if someone could work in your field, like what you’re doing right now, and not have any background education and learn on the job? I’m curious as I’m trying to figure out what I want to do in life! ha!

  • Runjen
    October 14, 2008 at 1:53 am

    I can not get over that you are able to produce all of this baked goodness in just one day! That would take me weeks and it wouldn’t even look remotely like it was supposed to. 🙂

    I hate the gym in the afternoon for the exact same reason. I swear there are people practically “dry humping” at my gym around 5:30. ha ha. It’s disgusting.

  • Katie
    October 14, 2008 at 2:18 am

    thanks Jenna that’s great advice! Did you study in Paris for a semester with the College of Charleston or independently? And how did you get involved with Rolf Potts?

  • Katie
    October 14, 2008 at 2:24 am

    Is the recipe for the apple oat tart your own? If it is, can you post it? It looks so delicious!

  • MizFit
    October 14, 2008 at 10:45 am

    youre baking is amazing—cant wait to meet you in chicago!

  • megan
    October 14, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Hi Jenna – you seem to read so many wonderful books. I was wondering if you could post a list of your all-time and recent favorites. Thanks for all the great work on the blog – I look forward to your updates every day!

  • jenna
    October 14, 2008 at 12:39 pm


    I LOVE the vanilla chai flavor. They aren’t any more expensive than any other yogurt at my store so that’s why I’ve been buying them. They are pretty sweet though and I still prefer greek yogurt because of the texture but Rachel’s is a fun treat! 🙂


    Honestly, I don’t think so. I mean I’m sure there are ways to get around the system and take shortcuts but you won’t be able to get a high paying job at an exclusive place. Everyone that works in the club’s kitchen has graduated from culinary school and they wouldn’t even consider someone that didn’t have the training. Studies show that people that have been to culinary school get paid way more than people that don’t have the training and beat other people out for the good jobs. I’m a firm believer that if you want to do it, you need to go through all the training first! Most jobs doing what I do insist that you have the training and won’t hirer someone without it.


    It was an independent program and Rolf Potts was my instructor.


    Sorry–the apple tart isn’t mine! I can’t post any recipes from the club! Its basically just an apple pie with streusel on top though!


    I spend all my money on books! I read about 2-3 books a week and I read for about 2 hours everyday. A list of my favorites….hmm…’s what I can think of:

    Redeeming Love
    Atonement Child
    Prince of TIdes
    Beach Music
    Lords of Discipline
    Sarah’s Key
    Trail of Crumbs

    …its hard because I read so much! I’ll always tell you guys what I’m reading at the moment though!

  • lauren
    October 14, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    yum – the apple oat tart looks amazing. Can I have your job?! seriously – love reading about all the things you make!

  • Catherine
    October 14, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Jenna, I looved Under the Banner of Heaven! It’s very disturbing in many ways, but I also found it pretty educational since I originally knew nothing about mormon fundamentalists.

  • Kelly
    October 15, 2008 at 3:52 am

    You will really “enjoy” Under the Banner of Heaven. It is very well written, but a little hard to wade through…but keep at it…
    BTW…LOVE your blog…been having a hard time finding the Morning Star Black Bean Burgers…where did you purchase them? I have found everything but… (I live out west, so it may be a long shot….)