|Beef Strips Stir Fry|
|Bracciole for Four|
My drive to Wheeling, West Virginia yesterday morning proved to be worthwhile; passing the national Registered Dietitian exam was definitely the highlight of my day!
So how did I celebrate my success? Well I hung out with my super awesome friend Jen Murphy, who is also an RD. We played iron chef using some must-go ingredients from my garden and from her refrigerator.
Black cherry tomatoes, garden peach heirloom tomatoes and little yellow ones too, needed to be eaten desperately.
|Garden Tomato Salad with Rougue River Blue on Garlic toast|
|An amazing salad with cucumbers, black beans, cilantro and red peppers-Jen's creation!|
We used an Oregon Rouge River Blue cheese too-this brings back wonderful memories of visiting the Rouge River Creamery near Medford in Oregon.
I also finally learned how to can! Turns out I learned something valuable relating to canning during my RD studies, and got to see it live at Jens place! So, fruits and vegetables with a low pH can be canned in a water bath (more room for error), and those with a high pH must be canned using a pressure cooker. And it makes sense now! I can't wait to make my own canned salsa to eat all winter long!
|Jen's famous simmering Mixed Berry Jam|
|Dishwasher sterilized jars, yes they got up to 170F!|
|My super talented amiga Jen, who is going to teach me how to be a photographer on Monday!|
|Bringing them up to a boil...212F|
|"And now, you listen " said Jen.." For what I answered?".."the popping of the lids...its like a chorus of frogs" she replied..|
So that is how I celebrated RD-ism...It was perfect!