Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Saturday, December 26, 2009

View from the Pont Neuf

Francois and his Paella truck


Friday, December 25, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lazy Sunday

Today we had a lazy Sunday. We went to a Christmas party last night which made us (unfortunately!) oversleep for church, and left me feeling rather stale. The best way I've found to endure a post-party day is to drink lots of water, eat a carb-heavy meal with some protein and fat, and then watch all 3 Lord of the Rings movies in a row, while trying to stray from the couch as little as possible, except when going into the kitchen.

Today I decided to try making Carbonara, because we're going out of town for a few weeks and have got practically nothing in our fridge.

1 lb pasta- I used fusilli, because I think it's fun to eat the spirals)
Olive oil- to coat pan
2-3 T Minced Garlic
1-2 T crushed red pepper flakes
6 slices of Canadian bacon (or whatever bacon is around)
2 eggs, beaten
Chicken broth
grated parmesan

Directions: boil water for pasta. As pasta is cooking, begin sauce
Coat a big giant pan with olive oil. Add garlic and crushed red pepper, and heat until fragrant and pretty. Slice up bacon into slivers and add to oil mixture. Add some chicken broth (maybe 1/2 cup)

When the pasta is done cooking, drain it, reserving some liquid. Put drained pasta into big pan with oil mixture and stir up.

Use reserved liquid to temper eggs; stir about 1/4 cup of hot liquid into beaten eggs and stir. Pour egg mixture over pasta and stir.

Dump on about 1/4-1/2 cup parmesan. Stir pasta until sauce begins to thicken and stick to the noodles. Add salt/pepper as desired.

Eat immediately. Feel better.

Note: I think if you're using bacon that's not Canadian (uncooked bacon) then you should add that before the garlic and red pepper, as that type of bacon will take longer to cook than the Canadian.

I didn't take a picture of the food because I was too busy eating it. Here's a picture of Reagan instead:

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Colorado and back again

Ethan and I just got back from an interview trip/ mini family reunion in Colorado. We drove up last Wednesday and intended to come back Monday; however, snow storms prevented us from driving back until yesterday. I I liked both programs and Denver was BEAUTIFUL so they are definitely on my short list. Also a plus was the fact that at the applicant welcome dinner there were local microbrews instead of the typical Michelob Ultra and Coors light. Since beginning Med school (and having more male than female friends) I began to understand the subtleties of different types of beers; Ethan is a beer afficionado and has taught me even more about beer and how to enjoy it and describe it. (I can never get tired of hops, but too much malt makes me feel like I'm drinking soy sauce).

We were well taken care of by my cousin Debbie and her mom Nancy, and it was great to know that we had a third city ( besides Dallas and Austin) where we have some supportive family.

Driving to Colorado from Dallas is not for the faint of heart, but we got to see a lot of the country; on the way there I discovered that northern Oklahoma looks much like southern Kansas, and Western Kansas looks similar to Eastern Colorado (in other words, there are a lot of fields and abandoned gas stations)
The highlight of Kansas- A wind farm.

Eastern Colorado
Driving through the Rocky Mountains along I-70:

At the Falling Rock Tap House--They had almost 100 beers on tap, plus more in bottles

During the snow storm in Denver:

Driving back from Colorado

Moose Crossing!

Driving across the country takes a while (especially if the weather is bad), but you have much more flexibility with travel plans, you don't have to plan your packing very well, you don't have to worry about renting a car, and it's also kind of awesome because we were able to see beautiful parts of the country that I've never seen before. Plus, My darling husband fortunately likes to drive so he does it ALL and I just get to sit back and relax! We got back at 1:30 this morning and fell straight into bed. It was good to be home.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Soup Kitchen

Butternut Squash Soup
1 Medium onion, diced
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
4 Tablespoons butter (more if feeling indulgent)
2 Butternut squash, cut in half longitudinally and de-seeded.
5-6 cups chicken broth (or water with boullion)
1 Tablespoon curry powder
Salt and pepper

Roast squash: place, cut side down, on cookie sheet in 400 degree oven for 45 mins to an hour. Squash should be soft enough to scoop out of peel easily with a spoon.

While squash is roasting:
sautee onions and garlic in butter in large soup pot until onions are tender and garlic is fragrant.
Add Chicken broth and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add Squash to broth mixture and let simmer a couple of minutes; add curry powder.
Use an immersion blender (if you want to make this really easy) or transfer in batches to a blender/food processor to puree soup to right consistency.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

I served it with a dollop of yogurt and Turkish paprika. We also froze some and it tasted good when thawed.

Unexpected fact: Reagan loves butternut squash. He went crazy when he smelled it roasting in the kitchen and kept on coming in and whining for some squash! He was acting like the butternut squash was a T-bone steak or something. We gave him some of the leftover roasted squash, and of course I took a picture because I thought it was funny.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Stuff going on

For the last week I've been gone on interviews/ doing a grand tour of Texas. I was shocked when I checked my own blog and realized that I hadn't even put up Halloween pictures yet!
Ethan and I went as Eurotrash. He spoke with an accent all night but I wasn't able to because I couldn't stop laughing long enough to form words.

Last Tuesday we drove to Houston

where on Wednesday I interviewed at Methodist/St. Joseph. The program was nice but the interview day was extremely and extensively way too long (like 6:30-3:00) That night we drove to Austin and got this:

which bummed me out so we went to Santa Rita and drank some yummy margaritas and spent the night with my mom.
Thursday afternoon we drove up to Temple with enough time to make the pre-interview applicant welcome dinner. Our instructions were to meet the residents in the lobby of the hotel, at which point they would give us directions to dinner. We did that and drove 25 minutes from Temple to a restaurant on the lake in Belton. Once there, I noticed something odd; the menus on the table read "welcome Scott and White Emergency Medicine Applicants". I calmly pulled a resident aside and asked whether the menu was correct, which they indeed were. Turns out there were two groups meeting in the lobby at the same exact time, and we had chosen the wrong one. As it was going to be an entire hour after dinner was to have started by the time we got back to the hotel, we decided to just go get some tacos and beer and have a picnic in the hotel room with the company of the history channel. We also perused a Temple real estate guide, which had a house whose selling statement was actually "Kids and Horses welcome!" It was a bit like being in an alternate universe. The residents there were super nice though.
On Friday after the interview we drove back to Austin, napped, and then went to go see La Boheme with my mom, her boyfriend, my sister Erin, and my sister's friend from Spain Irene.

It was an awesome performance in the new Long Arts center. The set design and the voices were both fantastic.

Over the weekend we cooked and baked and relaxed and basked in the glory of my mom's extensive subscription to cable television (HBO on demand is the bomb). My Austin interview was Monday and it was fantastic. Ethan and I spent the afternoon trying to find fixer-uppers in town and we didn't want to come back to Dallas! I still have a few more interviews to go but I'm pretty excited about that possibility.

Things I've learned on the interview trail:
1. Cocktail party situations in which there are no cocktails are pretty awkward; I am therefore automatically biased towards places that will give me some kind of mild social lubricant during the interviewee welcome dinner
2. If an interview day is well-run, I assume the program will be fairly well organized. There was one place that skipped my interview and had me waiting in a room for three hours before I was called to speak with anyone.
3. I am also biased towards programs whose interviews begin at 8:00 or 8:30 rather than 7:00.
4. I don't really care what the hospitals look like unless I'm thinking about giving birth there myself. It just adds another hour or two onto the day to have to go on a tour.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

BBQ chicken pizza

sorry, no pictures. If you have to imagine, imagine delicious
1 packet of just-add-water pizza dough
1 cooked and shredded chicken breast (if you have raw chicken, just broil the breast for 12-17 minutes on a broiling pan)
1 slice of red onion, diced
1 green onion, cut up
3-4 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1 (or so) cup mozarella
1/2 cup barbecue , divided

Prepare pizza crust as instructed on package; bake crust for 5 mins at 475. I use a rolling pin to get the crust thin enough.
Top with 1/4 cup barbecue sauce; cover sauce with cheese
mix shredded chicken with other 1/4 cup barbecue sauce and put on pizza
Add herbs and onion, and top with a light sprinkling of more cheese.
Bake pizza for 10 mins more.

We had this for dinner tonight and it was so. freaking. good. And the whole thing was probably like $2-$3 for both of us. And it's really easy. you're welcome.

Friday, October 23, 2009


Finally the weather in Dallas is dropping into the 60's and (gasp!) 50's and it's starting to feel like fall! Fall is becoming my favorite season for several reasons:
1. I like using gourds as decoration for my doorstep.

2. Oktoberfest! And the delicious Oktoberfest beers and pumpkin ales that go along with Oktoberfest.

3. Pumpkin Carving parties: These fine specimens are from the FUMC/Urbanlife party we went to on Wednesday. My pumpkin is carved as a fat kid.

4. Excuse to make harvesty foods including squash and pumpkin pie.

5. I met and fell in love with Ethan at this time last year :)

6. Halloween Costumes. I did NOT get to dress up last year because I had to work! I am going to make up for it this year, trust me.

7. I can go walking and possibly running without suffering heat exhaustion. And I am going to go do that right now.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pizza Party!

On Saturday Ethan and I had a dinner date with our friends Brittany and Ray. Brittany and Ray go to our Sunday school class and they have a 7-month-old daughter who is cute as a button!

Brittany has a blog of her own
and designed my new fancy blog header for me!

Since we all like to cook and they have an infant, we decided it would be easier and more fun to make our own pizza. We made one with chicken and pesto (which Brittany, Mrs. Crafty Lady, made herself using basil that she grew on her back porch!) And one with peppers, pepperoni, and cheese.

Of course almost as soon as I took out my camera, it died on me, so I didn't get any pictures of either myself or Brittany holding our delicious pizzas. Here's a picture of me and Ethan instead:

And my new kitchen improvement: matching ceramic spice jars from IKEA; we filled them with spices bought by weight at Central Market (which jar and spice ends up being about the same cost as buying a glass jar full of spices). I labeled them with a grease pencil so we can easily change the labels if our spice collection rotates.

Other news: I have eleven interviews (listed in order):
UTSW in Dallas
Scott and White in Temple
UTMB in Austin
Baylor in Dallas
Methodist in Dallas
Kaiser Santa Clara in Santa Clara, CA
Exempla Saint Joseph in Denver, Colorado
University of Colorado Denver
Methodist in Houston
LBJ in Houston
Baylor in Houston

I am going to be one busy lady in November and December!