Friday, July 03, 2009

New Beginnings

I have officially written my first order (and many more) and signed it with an M.D. behind it...that means my order is official, no one has to sign behind me. My first day on the job was Wednesday and I had the privilege of being the intern on call that night...meaning that I got to work at 7:30 and left at 1:30 the next day, all with 1.5 hours of non-consecutive sleep and dinner at 1:30 am! It sounds horrible but I guess it's not that bad. I'm doing what I love (really!) and I guess your adrenaline gets going and you're able to do it. By 1:30 I wasn't even really hungry but I had already ALMOST made a mistake in an order and knew my brain and body needed fuel. After that 30 hours on you just come home take a nap, wake up do about one thing productive, eat, and go back to sleep! Today I took another nap and feel great...I do it all again on Sunday!

Just as I did when a medical student, I will be trying to take on-call be on the look out. AND if you have any ideas for a good treat for young docs up all night, let me know...I'll pick some to try and then post about them here! In honor of my new step in life, I decided to let you in on a new peanut butter cookie recipe that I came up with. It ended up having a kind of sandy (as in pecan sandy) texture...which I like. The cinnamon chips add a different dimension and the peanut butter chips heighten the peanut butter flavor. I don't really think that chocolate chips taste quite right in these (it's just not the same) but if you can't find cinnamon chips (Hersey's makes them) then either increase the peanut butter chips or add you choice of chips. Cinnamon Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
1 stick butter/margarine
1 cup PB
½ cup turbinado sugar (this gives it a little crunch and texture...SO good!)
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour (I used the King Arthur white whole wheat...a little less grainy in cookies OR use whole wheat pastry flour)
½ cup AP flour (or cake flour…I used White Lily)
1 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup cinnamon chips
½ cup peanut butter chips

Preheat over to 350. Cream butter and peanut butter together. When light, add sugars. Mix. When well incorporated, add egg. When this is well mixed add the dry ingredients. Mix. Stir in chips. Place on baking stones or sheet in tablespoon sized scoops. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until done. After removing from oven, "tap" slightly with the back of a spoon or cookie scoop to SLIGHTLY flatten.


Peabody said...

I have to find these cinnamon chips, you are the second person to use them as of late.

Unknown said...

Peabody - You sure do! I'm sure you could come up with something FABULOUS to do with them. :-)

sarah (SHU) said...

congrats on making it through your first call night! it sounds like you did awesome. unfortunately, the adrenaline kind of cools off after awhile, making it somewhat more painful to stay awake. but good snacks definitely help!

Pearl said...

yaay on the first call night! does eating snacks help you stay awake more?

Lisa said...

I never thought of combining cinnamon with peanut butter! Those cookies look fabulous, Doc, and they're now firmly ensconced in my bookmarks :) I just hope I can find those cinnamon chips. Yummy and lovely as always, Claire!

Abby said...

I don't know how you do it!

I've never used cinnamon chips before, either. I'll have to be on the lookout! These cookies look great.

The JR said...

Never thought about cinnamon and peanut butter before. Sounds interesting.

Bet you were tired when it caught up with you. Good luck on this step of the journey!

Cate O'Malley said...

The cookies sound like a great little pick-me-up. Congrats on the new signature - how exciting!

Kristen said...

It has been so much fun to see you progress over the years. I don't know how you find time to blog and bake. You are inspiring!

Maryanna said...

I've never heard of cinnamon chips, but they sound delish!

Crystal said...

Granola bars are my go-to fuel when I'm on the floor o/n!