Ready, Set, GO!

I have quite a busy morning in the kitchen! Today is the day I am bringing the food to my client at work and I need to make the Tarte Tatin and fill and steam the potstickers first. I’ll be taking pictures, don’t worry. I was at Publix looking for a quick pie dough to use for the tarte and the only ones they sold (Pillsbury) contained LARD….so I just couldn’t do it. I know I’m not eating it but I couldn’t bear to even support that by buying it. So, I’m making my own. I didn’t attempt to create a vegan one because that would take more experimenting than time allows, so I just used a basic butter/flour/cold water recipe. I borrowed a skillet from school to make and bake it in (don’t have an oven safe one and shouldn’t use cast iron for this), so I’m all set. Now I just gotta strap on my apron and get in the kitchen to start peeling 3 lbs of apples!! 🙂

For breakfast I made hot multigrain cereal with 1 tbsp of ground flax, a banana, some pb and maple syrup. Energizing for my morning in the kitchen!


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  • caitlin (in FL)
    March 21, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    good luck with the baking jenna! i cant wait to see your pictures!

  • erica
    March 21, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    thats possibly the best looking bowl of hot cereal i’ve ever seen.. YUM! i’m having french toast for breakfast today, but you’re making me want oats… haha!

    i’ll be looking forward to seeing the pictures of your potstickers and tarte tatin (which is my only pastry weekness!) can’t wait!

  • erica
    March 21, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    weakness,* oops!

  • arimcg
    March 21, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Good luck! I’m sure it’ll be better with your homemade dough anyway!

  • Meghan
    March 21, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Homemade dough is always better than store-bought, so I’m sure it will be wonderful. Can’t wait to see the final results!

  • Cara
    March 21, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    I bet the dough will be amazing. 🙂 Can’t wait to see the photo’s!

  • Danielle
    March 21, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Good luck with everything! Roy’s it is! Thanks 🙂

  • Susan
    March 21, 2008 at 2:19 pm


    I just read your response. Thanks so much! I think like both Jenna and you said…I pushed too hard. Plus I did it at home, not in a heated room.

    I have one question, hopefully you can help me with. I have poor posture (hunch over) and studying most of the day on a computer doesn’t help. I am trying to improve it, that’s why I was doing the cobra and upward dog. Are those the right postures to improve the upper back is that mostly lower back? Any upper back moves you recommend? Thanks again.

  • Susan
    March 21, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    p.s. Jenna I tried your pb on waffles this morning- yum!

    Don’t know why I never thought of that combo considering I slather pb literally on anything!

  • Liz
    March 21, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Jenna! Where did your tip of the week go???

  • Romina
    March 21, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Yuck! I hate pillsbury for putting junk like lard and trans fats in their foods. And it’s amazing how many people depend on their products. It really frightens me!

    I can’t wait to see the pics of your tarte tatin!! Good luck. =)

  • Kelly T.
    March 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    susan- im a personal trainer and strength training will help your posture more than yoga. If you want some exercises, email me. my address is on my blog.

    I do that too. sometimes i dont care, but sometimes i simply cannot buy things, even for my boyfriend, based on the ingredient list. it ruins meal plans sometimes but atleast im not ruining my health. Good luck with the baking!

  • Amy
    March 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Jenna (or anyone else),
    Do you have suggestions for how best to package baked goods(mainly cookies) to send in the mail? I am planning to bake cookies and send them to family and friends, and I don’t want them to arrive as a jumbled mess. Also, I want the package to look pretty when it arrives, but my idea for packaging involves filling a ziploc bag, putting it in a box, and stuffing it with paper towels. And, I imagine there are better ways to do it! Any thoughts??

  • Eliza
    March 21, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    for the baked cookies…STICK A COUPLE PIECES OF WHITE BREAD IN WITH IT! the cookies will be just as moist as they were the first day you made trhem! i mean it wont look so pretty but it definitely makes the cookies taste deliciously moist

  • Leah
    March 21, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Nicole, Veggiegirl, or anyone who has made hummus.

    I would like to try mine own (Nicole I am impressed you are using dried beans- I’m not quite there yet!). Is there a way to buy a smaller jar than 16 oz. of tahini? I doubt I will go through that! How long does tahini last- am I supposed to refrigerate it? I am thinking a co-op, but how do you know which co-ops are safe? I already checked and whole foods doesn’t sell tahini in bulk. Thanks 🙂

  • AW
    March 21, 2008 at 3:49 pm


    when i’ve sent cookies in the past, i wrap them in foil, then place in a ziplock and stack the bags in a smaller box so that there’s less room for “jumbling.”

    it’s not glamorous, but it’s always done the trick!

  • Lisa
    March 21, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    I totally understand about the pillsbury dough! I bought some last week for a recipe and I read the ingredients after the fact and I was so disappointed! I HATE wasting food though and I still have another one left….not sure if I should give it to my mom or just throw it out. hmmmm…

  • Nadia
    March 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm


    Tahini is similar to peanut butter but made from sesame seeds. Leaving it out might affect the taste because of the nut oils. It doesn’t hurt to leave it out but if you haven’t used tahini before and don’t think you will be using it up any time soon, keeping it in the fridge will help it last longer. Just follow the expiration date. I buy tahini that’s all natural with no preservates and refrigeration keeps it fresh.

  • erica
    March 21, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    jenna, i forgot to ask, how much dry multigrain cereal did you use this morning?

  • Christine
    March 21, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Hi Jenna, i was just wondering, when you eat 1/2 of a clif bar, what do you do with the other half? do you eat it the same day or do you store it? If so how do you store it so it won’t go bad? Thankyou so much and good luck on your baking, i just made some banana bread myself!

  • Beth
    March 21, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Good luck with your catering event!

  • jenna
    March 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm


    Be sure to make reservations!!! 🙂 The number is: 407-352-4844


    I always eat the serving size, which is 1/2 cup dry.


    i stick the other half in a plastic bag and eat it another time…they last weeks like that! 🙂 Banana bread sounds delish!!!!!

  • erica
    March 21, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    oh okay, thanks jenna! it just looks like the oatmeal is all the way to the top, i can never get mine to be that voluminous!