Afternoon Delights

May 19, 2008

This afternoon I made Tina’s Coconut Date Cookies, although I had to use raisins instead of dates. I’m not sure why, but mine turned out rather different looking than hers, but they are GOOD! They are a lot like samoas because of the coconut pieces. It was hard, but I held off having one until after dinner so as not to spoil my 4:30 appetite :)



Basil, Asiago, Pesto Ravioli

with Maple-Garlic Chard and Turkey


I ate dinner at 4:30! It was strange, but felt more like 6:30! I hardly knew the difference.

I cooked a box of Rising Moon Ravioli and served it over a mixture of sauteed rainbow chard cooked in garlic and maple syrup along with 2 slices of maple deli turkey. I loved the combo of flavors! It was all sprinkled with a bit of Parmesan and drizzled with a little EVOO.


Chem Report

The Bad News

  • We waited for 25 minutes for him to arrive only to find him lecturing to about 1/3 of the class in the wrong room!
  • He took TWO HOURS to go over the syllabus, including multiple tangents to tell us how many different courses he’s taught in the past. Seems to be a rambler.
  • Looks like I have to buy the textbook because there are problem sets to turn in :(
  • Looks like he’s going to keep us until 9 p.m. each night
  • It’s NOT the kind of class you can eat it. I crinkled my LaraBar wrapper and the room was silent. I had to put it away to eat after.
  • It’s chemistry…

The Good News 

  • There’s no final exam!
  • There a slight chance the second half of the course might be online twice a week, which would save my life.
  • I think I will like the professor despite his ramblings.

I ate a LaraBar around 8 p.m. Sorry, no photo. We had a 5 minute break and I took a few bites but it wasn’t a good time for photos. I think if I just have a bar for a snack I’ll mention it without a photo. Hope that’s OK. If I pack one, I’ll take a photo before I leave.

Goodnight all!

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1 working May 19, 2008 at 8:33 pm

When my husband was on night call, he’d work from 5pm – 7am and if I could join him, we’d eat at 4. I felt like we were senior citizens! You get used to it though and I think you’ll be fine! If you can’t eat in the course, maybe you could drink a smoothie.


2 Suzanne May 19, 2008 at 8:42 pm

Of course it’s ok if you can’t take a photo of every single thing – especially if you’re in class! :) And I think as long as you mention the name of the bar – we can all just look it up on our own if we really want to know more about it. But I think most of us know what bars you usually eat anyways. no worries!

I hope your class ends of being online twice a week – that would be so great! When do you find out?


3 Jill May 19, 2008 at 8:43 pm

I looooooove Rising Moon – yay for dairy free ravioli options!

Raisins are brilliant! I don’t have dates, but i do have raisins I could try it with! Or apricots – you have opened my eyes to options!


4 natalie May 19, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Garlic and maple … interesting combo. I’m sure your class will go well, hopefully it won’t be to hard to get used to your new schedule.


5 natalie May 19, 2008 at 8:54 pm

p.s for the cookies did you use 1 cup of raisins?


6 VeggieGirl May 19, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Ahh, those cookies look and sound even MORE scrumptious than they did, when you told me about them earlier – YUM!! Did you save any for me?? ;0)

So glad that there was good news with your evening class – hopefully that’s the end of all that bad news though!

Enjoy the rest of your evening :0)


7 Stephanie May 19, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Ooh! I have a good no bake recipe for coconut-date logs. Very whole-foodsie too! It’s from Whole Foods Production class I took.

Just out of curiosity, being a RD-to-be too, what are your career goals? Are you hoping to work with weight loss patients or private practice? Or do you have a totally different interest in the field? I would love to do private practice, but first I feel like I need experience in the hospital setting. Plus I’ll need a steady income to pay back my loans! We’ll see :)


8 Romina May 19, 2008 at 9:28 pm

Sorry to hear about your professor. I had a similar one last semester who rambled on and on the first class about his intentions and how he teaches, but he ended up being one of the best I’ve ever had!

Mmm, the ravioli looks delicious!


9 Allison K May 19, 2008 at 9:49 pm

Ha! I made them tonight too! Mine look more like yours..and less like Tina’s…although I used Dates..hmm..they were still super amazing!!!


10 Becca May 19, 2008 at 10:14 pm

I hope the chem class goes ok! I don’t like when profs ramble, it makes it so hard to figure out what exactly to take notes on, but I’m sure you’ll have no problem.

Dinner looks great as always as do the cookies.


11 Elle May 19, 2008 at 10:40 pm

Good luck with your new schedule! I can’t wait to see all the genius solutions you come up with for dealing with non-stop class time. I’ll have to take notes for when law school starts up again in the fall.


12 Megan May 19, 2008 at 11:30 pm

Maybe you can unwrap your snack before class starts and rest in on a napkin so it doesn’t make a noise when you open it during class.


13 mollywobbles (bc i feel the need to change my name every time i post) May 19, 2008 at 11:39 pm

Kath, is this organic chem?? What textbook are you using, which edition??


14 Richelle May 20, 2008 at 12:36 am

I keep seeing these cookies everywhere.. I need to make them asap!


15 Liza May 20, 2008 at 2:12 am

I just wanted to say “thanks” to everyone who took my project survey. 92 responses! I’ll definitely let you all in on the results as soon as I type them up. Thanks again!


16 Sidi May 20, 2008 at 5:55 am

It’s very interesting how I always managed to like more these kind of teachers rather than the soft ones. Have a great 2 months in chemistry class!


17 healthyceliac May 20, 2008 at 5:55 am

Like you (and Allison, apparently) I made these cookies tonight, as well. I used the dates, and did not have the restraint you did, as there are only 2 left! Oops…
I hope things go well with your professor. At least you were able to see aspects of the course that you like.


18 Katie May 20, 2008 at 6:17 am

Yum! Looks like an awesome dinner. I am going to have to pick up some of that ravioli. it looks so good!


19 Jessica May 20, 2008 at 7:04 am

Good morning Kath,
Did you alter the cookie recipe at all and did you refrigerate them like Tina had suggested or were yours less “sticky” this morning?


20 Korin May 20, 2008 at 7:44 am

I’m sure this may have been addressed before but, where can you buy Rising Moon products? Are they in Whole Foods/Fresh Market??



21 Kath May 20, 2008 at 7:51 am

working ,
I love the smoothie idea! (I think RhodeyGirl mentioned it yesterday too). Drinking is much more acceptable than chewing. I’ll have to get a to-go smoothie cup or something. And it’s also true that it doesn’t have to be ice cold so I can save it for a few hours.

Suzanne ,
I should have noted it was a Cinnamon Bun LaraBar – one of my new favorites!!! Not sure when we’ll find out about the online part, but since the prof is probably 65-70 I’m not getting my hopes up :(

natalie ,
Yes, about 1 cup of raisins.

Stephanie ,
I’m planning to combine a lot of different things to make 1 full-time job and hopefully have a private practice, eventually. In the short term I’d like to work part time for an employer (I have no idea in what part of the industry – fitness? Clinical? Foodservice?) and part time x 2-3 doing recipe development, writing free-lance articles, blogging, starting private practice, etc. We’ll see where things head 2 years from now.

Megan ,
Brilliant about unwrapping before!! I didn’t think of that 😳

mollywobbles ,
(Cute name!). I WISH it were Organic. I’m still in General Chem II. Nutrition requires at least 4 semesters of chemistry – including 2 semesters of general chem., organic and bio chem. Too bad I didn’t take Chem in college. I’m taking Organic in the fall.

Jessica ,
I didn’t refridge. – just put in tupperware. They don’t seem to be overly sticky, but with the raisins and coconut they are stickier than floury cookies.



22 Allyson May 20, 2008 at 7:54 am

I made the cookies with raisins too and they came out great, def a treat! :)


23 Bev May 20, 2008 at 5:33 pm

How many cookies did you get out of a batch ?


24 Kath May 20, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Bev ,



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