The absolute best – 20 dozen energy truffles

Yay for nurses! Those skilled, compassionate, patient, tolerant, and hardworking bedside healers who are the heartbeat of healthcare.

When asked to provide 20 dozen healthy snack during Nurse Appreciation Week for a chunk of the 900+ nurses at San Francisco General Hospital, I jumped at the chance. You see, I love and respect these people, I really do.

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Celery…. Really????

I mean who actually dives towards the crudité platter for sticks of celery? Plain and misunderstood, many people find it….ummm….boring bunny food. [Though celery sticks are useful transport vehicles for big scoops of dip or dressing, I suppose.]

Typically a background player, celery is a delicious flavoring for soups and a definite for stuffing the Thanksgiving bird, but hardly ever does it take center stage. It’s mostly humble and there when you need it, or else quietly going limp in the bottom of the veggie drawer.

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Welcome to The Caregivers Table

The path that deposited me at the stove was a meandering one. I went from being a hospital worker, to being on the other side as a patient, to becoming a nutrition consultant and educator, and ultimately to becoming a cook who teaches others.

For decades I worked as a Respiratory Therapist in urban teaching hospitals. Trauma rooms, intensive care units and nurseries were my office. I loved the job…focus, heart, frustration, adrenaline, joy, sorrow, compassion, camaraderie, and fatigue were constant companions.

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