Behind The Butter

Rollin’ Towards The Finish

Hello bloggies!

Sorry I have kept my posting to once daily in the past couple days. Since Christie is here, we have been spending tons of time together when I’m not working and its been impossible to get in front of the laptop! Things should resume back to normal on Saturday though—don’t you fret. 🙂

This morning I was craving yogurt but didn’t have any so whipped cottage cheese was the next best thing. I had half a cup with 1/4th cup Udi’s Granola and a sliced banana:


With a slice of toasted Ezekiel cinnamon raisin toast with butter and “gingerbread spice” (ground cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, star anise):


It was sooo yummy. I really loved this breakfast. Udi’s granola is pretty darn amazing.

Midmorning I snacked on a small handful of nuts that I packed:


And for lunch I had my favorite Amy’s soup:


With half a whole wheat pita—


And a red pear


Filling and full of protein! I also had a few chocolate chips.…but you didn’t see ’em 😉

When I got home from work I rushed to snack on a messy banana with cinnamon raisin peanut butter before our bike ride


Needless to say, we didn’t end up going the original route of not 11, but 22 miles!! Um no. After being on my feet and racing around all day 22 miles did not seem like fun. Instead, we probably went about 6 miles….I really have no idea actually but we were gone for an hour and it was a pretty good workout because I had the gear cranked up on my bike and Christie and I “raced” home. The weather was phenomenal and we rode all around the little shops on the beach again and then past where I work. It was like an outdoor spinning class!


For dinner tonight, Betty made us a fabulous feast!! She made my favorite Mediterranean salmon (brush salmon with pre-made pesto and top with kalamata olives, red onions, sundried tomatoes and feta and bake at 350 for 25 minutes) with creamy parmesan risotto and sauteed veggies


I cleaned my plate except for a tiny segment of the salmon. It was sooo yummy! 🙂

Today at work I was flyin’ solo since Adam was off. I had a pretty busy day considering there were a bunch of functions going on and I had to plate up a few different desserts. Here are 80 plated pumpkin pies with caramel sauce and whipped cream:


I had to spread the plates ALL over the kitchen since there were so many!


And then I plated up creme brulees with raspberries and mint sprigs:


And some unpictured cookies and chocolate cake. I also made the usual 400 rolls (this is actually quite the arm workout and I broke a sweat and had to stand in the walk-in to cool down!), baked more sweet potato focaccia, chocolate chip cookies and reverse chocolate chip cookies. I absolutely can not believe that tomorrow is my last day of work and my last day of culinary school! WHERE HAS LAST YEAR GONE?!

Christie and I rented The Holiday to watch tonight so we are about to start that. I will see yall tomorrow when I am officially a culinary school grad! Note that I do officially graduate tomorrow but the ceremony where I get my diploma is not until next month because they only have the ceremony twice a year.

Have a great night!! =)

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  • Victoria
    December 18, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Dinner looks great! Those type of meals are even better when someone else makes them! Good luck with your last day!!

  • Becca A
    December 18, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Yay! Congratulations! I can only imagine how great officially finishing must feel!

  • Caitlin
    December 18, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    The Holiday is such a great movie! Enjoy!

  • polly
    December 18, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Yay Jenna! congrats to you. You worked very hard and you earned that amazing Pastry Chef title! What is your official title? I am excited to see what’s next on your “plate!” 😉

    Yummy looking banana by the way. I must cut mine long ways like that sometime. Looks like a sandwich!

  • VeggieGirl
    December 18, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    No worries!! Keep enjoying your time with Christie 🙂

    Hell yes for graduating tomorrow!!

  • Shelby
    December 18, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Mmm, I want some of that ezekiel bread! It looks amazing!

  • Mara
    December 18, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Enjoy every moment!

  • caroline
    December 18, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Wow, CONGRATS Jenna! I’m about to send in my applications :O EEK! Very daunting, but very exciting, you have been such a motivator! Thanks!

  • K
    December 18, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    The Holiday – LOVE IT! Jude Law 🙂

    Congrats on all you’ve accomplished!! You’re such an inspiration 🙂 Enjoy it!!

  • ErinE
    December 18, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Congrats on graduating!!!

  • molls
    December 18, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    I wish I could be wearing a tank top outside today! Too bad I live in the Midwest where it is snowing and sleeting like crazy this week. Your culinary desserts look phenomenal.

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    December 18, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Congrats – you made it. How exciting. Enjoy your last day at work and thanks for sharing that salmon recipe. Looked so good and sounds easy.

  • Courtney (Eat The Whole Thing)
    December 18, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Congratulations on culinary school. That is amazing! I’m sure the future is full of wonderful things for you!

  • Sarah
    December 18, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    So funny- I just finished watching The Holiday. Love it!

  • Lisa
    December 18, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Congrats on being done with school! How exciting! I tell ya, if I was doing what you did I’d gain 15lbs! Everything you make looks so delicious and I have such a sweet tooth! It’s hard enough buying ice cream and only having one helping….I’m actually on my second (shhh 😉 ) Way to go for having self control on the job! lol

  • Bev
    December 18, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Congratulation on your graduation 🙂 I’m jealous of that warm weather.

  • emily
    December 18, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    congrats! and your “first” job sounds pretty amazing too!

  • Jaimejoy
    December 18, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Love The Holiday! Congrats, Jenna, and I hope tommorow is tons of fun for you! Also, I wanted to thank you for turning me on to Annie’s Woodstock dressing. After seeing it on your blog the other day, I picked it up at the store, and it is amazing! I am enjoying it right now on field greens with sliced mushrooms, actually! Good night!

  • Jenna
    December 18, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Congrats Jenna!!!! thats soo cool!! I’ve been following your blog for over a year and it just seems like you’ve worked really hard!! I can’t wait to see how things go at Greenwise!!

  • Sharon
    December 18, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Great eats! And wow, cinnamon raisin bread = yum!

  • Pumpkin (Chef Erin)
    December 18, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Congrats, Jenna! It’s hard to believe that you’re done (and I’m almost done!) Hooray!

  • Anne P
    December 19, 2008 at 3:12 am

    awww i love that movie, the holiday 🙂

  • MizFit
    December 19, 2008 at 5:30 am


  • Mariposa
    December 19, 2008 at 7:36 am

    congrats on graduation!!! you must feel SOOOO excited! its an amazing feeling of accomplishment isnt it?? : )

  • Oh She Glows
    December 19, 2008 at 7:44 am

    I love your workout top, where is it from?? 🙂

    Congrats on graduating!! You’ve worked so hard!!!


  • Littleblackdress
    December 19, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Hey girl- first of all- LOVE your cute little biker’s outfit.

    Second, CONGRATULATIONS! I have been reading your blog from the beginning and almost feel like I have grown with you over the past year. I admire you so much- your blog is so inspiring and has been a wonderful asset to my life.

    I can’t wait to hear all about the next phase of your life, Madame Chef!

  • Sammie
    December 19, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Congrats Jenna!!
    I am really looking forward to following you to your new job. What a great time of year to be moving toward the next chapter in your life.
    I loved The Holiday – it was such a cute & funny flick.

  • Erin
    December 19, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Hey, congrats on graduation!
    I was wondering, after seeing Kath’s post, if you could update us on the secret Quaker Oats recipe you submitted a few weeks ago? I bet it’s yummy 🙂

  • runjess
    December 19, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Congrats on graduating. Can I move in with Betty?

  • Runeatrepeat
    December 19, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Congratulations! It has been great to read along with your journey 🙂 I love The Holiday!

  • Julie
    December 19, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Congrats! all the food looks soo good.. esp the salmon dish!

  • LAE
    December 19, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Enjoy the movie, it is soo good. I may have to watch it again now!!

  • OrangePop
    December 19, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    YIPPEEE! How things change! Enjoy your girl’s night watching the moooovie. Stock up on cheese & wine like Cameron Diaz does in England for party of 1, but for 2! CONGRATS on a great journey 🙂 mmmm, s.p.foc. (ha?)