Crisco Chef In Training

June 10, 2008

Classes were great today (well, we haven’t gotten to Chem yet…)! I LOVE Sports Nutrition – it’s so cool to be talking about exercise, calories burned, food diaries, fueling workouts, etc. at 8 a.m. with others who are interested. And I love how our class is small and intimate.

For some reason, I was starving at 10:45 today. My stomach was literally growling! I’m not sure why my oatmeal let me down. I didn’t add any whole grains today and chose nuts, nut butter and fruit instead. Perhaps that’s why. I wouldn’t think it was the run because I have exercised in the morning for years. Maybe the rest day followed by the run. Not trying to over analyze, it’s just fun to speculate. Luckily I keep an emergency bag of trail mix on me at all times :mrgreen:

Another 10 minute lunch eaten out in the warmth on a wall:

Leftover pasta salad – yum! Tasted just as good as it did on Sunday.

Plumble jumble. This was a dragon plum and it was SO GOOD!

Cottage Cheese

Quackers :) I didn’t end up eating the Quackers because I ran out of time. Then when I found out we were making cookies in lab, I saved them for another day.

Packed up –

Food Lab

Our experiment today was to determine the effect of pan characteristics on energy (heat) transfer to COOKIES !

But then the bad news : they were made with Crisco + Margarine 😥 We asked the prof why we were using Crisco in a nutrition course and she said the goal wasn’t to make healthy cookies but to test the pans. I guess she just wanted to use the recipe in the lab manual, which must be outdated.

Here’s our tiny kitchen :)

And our completed batch. Turns out our pan won!! The perfect cookie pan for evening browning is dull in shine, medium dark in color, heavy and with very low sides.

Despite the trans-fats, I had taste the cookies :)

And then I had to try another group’s to compare :) They were actually pretty good. Doughy and plain (how I like sugar cookies).

I feel like Jenna reporting on our baking! Tomorrow we’re making strawberry jam and I see on the syllabus we’ve got meats, eggs, quick breads, and more coming up.

I’ve got an hour until dinner and then I’m off to my last 3 hours of class in my 10-hour day. Hope lab isn’t too painful tonight!

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1 VeggieGirl June 10, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Sounds like your classes are going quite well!! Fabulous!!

That plum looks sooo delicious – yum!! Have you ever tried plumcots or pluots?? Those are delicious as well :0)


2 Jenn June 10, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Wow — those classes sound like such fun! I just wish I could handle chemistry…


3 Jessica June 10, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Your doing great Kath! I’m amazed at how you are keeping up with all things important to you in life. Just don’t forget time for yourself!


4 Justy2003 June 10, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Didn’t look like you had a pre-workout snack (unless I missed it somehow). Maybe that’s what caused the early hunger??

Your morning classes sound fun! Much better than evening chem (I hated chem…).


5 jenna June 10, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Hehe I love cookies 😉


6 Romina June 10, 2008 at 3:18 pm

The pasta salad looks gorgeous!


7 Betsy June 10, 2008 at 3:34 pm

seriously-crisco in a nutrition class?? wtf


8 Nick June 10, 2008 at 3:38 pm

Too bad you couldn’t use some healthier recipe. But either way, sugar cookies are pretty tasty. Yet why make sure a boring cookie? You could have made some oatmeal raisin cookies or some lace cookies to really test heat transfer/browning feature!


9 Becca June 10, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Sounds like a fun class!


10 Kiala June 10, 2008 at 3:57 pm

I agree with Nick.

Also, I think you should have made peanut butter cookies and then emailed them to me.


11 Sarah June 10, 2008 at 4:11 pm

I’m so jealous of your classes! I’m a nutrition major as well, but so far I’ve been getting through mostly the science classes (lots of chem and bio!) I can’t WAIT to get into the really interesting stuff…:D

Yummy looking pasta salad by the way! I’m starving right now, and that looks so nice and cold and delicious. :)


12 arielle June 10, 2008 at 4:19 pm

Put a little of that strawberry jam on one of those sugar cookies and you’ll be in business.


13 Emily June 10, 2008 at 4:25 pm

What size is your sigg? Do you think it gets dented easily? Does your water get hot easily? I am thinking of getting one!


14 Christie June 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm


I took Food Science with the lab (same as the cooking class) and we made a majority of non-healthy foods because you have to undersdtand the science behind cooking, we always had to taste everything to do write ups, but it is good to gain the knowledge so when you do work with poeple you are familiar with the food etc. Glad your liking your classes!!


15 lara June 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Hi Kath,

I saw your post about the google calender the other day. I am amazed at how you plan your crazy schedule.

Do you also keep a regular planner you carry around. Do you also record your assignments in this planner? What brand/type/size planner do you think is the best?


16 KatieTX June 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm

Emily, I have an 18 oz Sigg, costs like 21 bucks. I wish I would have gotten a bigger one. I like it and it hasn’t dented in the 3 months I have owned it, and the design hasn’t flaked off either. If you put like 5 ice cubes(they will even fit in the small opening, but it might take a few seconds to shimmy in there) the bottle and water stay cold soooo long! The outside will be freezing. But if you leave it in your car, it will get very hot. I think you should get one! I handwash mine with hot water every so often and it is treating me well.


17 JessieP June 10, 2008 at 5:40 pm

Hey Kath, what was the class this lab was for? can you post a run down of what classes you are taking right now?


18 Kat's Veggie Life June 10, 2008 at 5:45 pm

I wonder if the difference this morning was the 1/3 cup versus 1/2 cup oats – since you didn’t have wheat berries or granola – i realize that you had extra nuts, but prehaps you needed more grains.

Just a thought and from personal experience with 1/3 versus 1/2 – it seems like a minimal difference – but I think it makes a big difference.

It is nice to see your organization with school and food! Good luck in all of your classes!


19 JessieP June 10, 2008 at 5:47 pm

my bad Kath, you already did, ignore my comment! :)


20 oatmeal June 10, 2008 at 6:17 pm

Glad you’re enjoying your classes! Makes it easy to work hard and do well 😀

How awesome that you get to bake in class! I bet it’s like chemistry labs, but more exciting, and tasty! :mrgreen:


21 haya June 10, 2008 at 6:18 pm

the emergency trail mix is a fantastic idea! today at 10:30, my tummy started complaining also, so i went in search of a snack. luckily the drug store was having a sale on interesting bags of trail mix so i stocked up on a couple!

i thought the last time i was grocery shopping in the baking aisle, that i saw that crisco is trans fat free now. <a href=”″ title =”nutritional info is on their website”
personally i would still rather use butter…


22 haya June 10, 2008 at 6:19 pm

i suck at html!
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23 Sarah June 10, 2008 at 6:27 pm

for me if I workout without eating something before, even if its really small, my breakfast NEVER lasts me as long. Even if I don’t feel hungry during my workout and breakfast fills me up initially I always get hungry earlier. Especially since you’re so used to a little fuel as soon as you get up before you exercise I bet that’s what the problem was!


24 Kelly T June 10, 2008 at 7:30 pm

i think i will officially stop complaining about how busy I am, or i will soon be met with, “You think you’re busy? Well, you’re no Kath.”

My emergency food is always eaten immeidately. Everything is an emergency to me.


25 Kath June 10, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Justy2003 and Kat’s Veggie Life,
I think either of those could be very likely the cause of my hunger. I wanted to add granola but I didn’t have any homemade and wanted to skip a day of planks. Guess I’ll have to go back to 1/2 a cup or just make more oat granola soon.

Emily ,
.5 L Sigg. Love it, no complaints. Mine is dented though, no idea how. It does get a little mildewy but I don’t clean it as often as I should. Keeps things very cold.

lara ,
I don’t carry a planner because what you saw are printouts of my Google calendar, which I update as needed. You can print by the day, week, 3 weeks, month, etc. I love planners but I’m OCD about color coding and HATE having to cross things out when dates change! So digital calendars make me much happier and organized. You should try it!

I’m just holding my breath until August when I have nothing to do and then I’ll feel guilty when you guys are all so busy!



26 Richelle June 11, 2008 at 2:08 am

that sounds like SUCH a fun class!


27 dc_rd June 11, 2008 at 6:45 am

I took a lab exactly like this when I was in college…mine was right around lunchtime and I would never eat because the food was so good! I think my favorite was the ice cream day where we had to blind taste test all different kind of ice cream with different fat contents to “understand” the difference on taste/texture…amazing. Have fun!


28 dc_rd June 11, 2008 at 6:47 am

p.s. What book are you using for your sports nutrition class? I have to teach a class to a group training for a marathon and I have my old standbys but I always look to what schools are using for new books.


29 JavaChick June 11, 2008 at 11:15 am

Okay…now I am craving home-baked sugar cookies…

First comment on your blog, but I’ve been reading for a while. :)


30 Kath June 11, 2008 at 8:25 pm

It’s Nutrition for Health, Fitness & Sport. Honestly I haven’t picked it up yet, but it looked good in a quick flip through.



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