Free Range Nurse

Cooking therapy from a former travel nurse

Stay Tuned, kids. February 2, 2010

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I am in the process of typing out the Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe along with Salsa, and Spanish Rice. They should be up in the next day or two.


Care To Do The Blog Hop January 29, 2010

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While scanning the blogosphere today, I came across an interesting idea. It reminded me of the 25 questions post on facebook where you list 25 random things about yourself and then tag 25 friends to do the same. Instead, the task at hand is to answer five questions. I found the post on blog I just discovered today called Five Crooked Halos.  Seems easy enough and since I have been feeling lousy with allergies and haven’t baked/cooked anything new or fun and therefor have nothing to write today, I thought this would make a good filler post.  Here goes:

1. Would you ever vacation alone?

2. Do you drive the speed limit?

3. Why did you start blogging/following blogs?

4. Where do you shop for yourself?

5. What was the first song you danced to with your spouse at your wedding…or…what song would you like to dance or have danced to?

And the answers are: (more…)


Addiction January 19, 2010

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Those of you who know me, or at least know my Facebook status updates, know I love dairy, but also know my gallbladder doesn’t.  My love affair with dairy started years ago.  My mother used to call me “rat” as in, the rat got to the cheese again, or we must have a little rat in the kitchen.  I could eat cheese by the pound and went through milk by the gallon (which is probably how most people go through it, because it is sold that way).  Dairy products used to love me back.

About three years ago, while on a travel assignment in California, I was working the night shift and had eaten a salad with ranch dressing.  About an hour later, I began having severe pain in my upper abdomen/lower chest area (epigastric pain, to be precise).  I thought I was going to explode like that guy in the Alien movie, you know when the baby alien comes tearing out of his body.  I ran to the bathroom thinking the explosion might choose a pre-existing exit, but then worried that I might die in the bathroom and no one would find me.  I went back into the unit, doubled over, pale, sweating and shaking, to ask the charge nurse to take me down to the ER because I was sure I was having a heart attack.  I dialed my home number on my cellphone and handed it to one of my coworkers asking her between pants, to tell my husband that I was dying and that I loved him.  My husband answered the phone and thinking I was playing a joke on him, kept telling my coworker, “John who?  This is Billy Bob.  I don’t have a wife.”  I grabbed the phone and screamed, “She’s f**king serious!  Shut up and listen!” (more…)


Coming soon: January 3, 2010

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I will be making Tempura with Ponzu sauce, Beef Teriyaki, Rao’s Meatballs and homemade marinara sauce, Roast chicken and some of the best tasting potatoes, ever this week.  Keep your eyes peeled!!  I will post recipes over the next week or two along with detailed pictures.


What Have I Gotten Myself Into… November 23, 2009

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Do you ever start a project and about midway through, start to think, “What have I gotten myself into?” I do this on a frequent basis. It can be small things, like this blog. I started it, but find that most days I don’t have anything to blog about, which I know is okay, because it doesn’t have to be a daily thing. I feel guilty because I don’t follow through and I can see that people are checking in, looking for a new post only to see that same old entries they saw the last time they visited. No new pictures, no new recipes, no new antics.

Then there’s the big things (which truly are not that big in the grand scheme of things) like volunteering to make several desserts for Thanksgiving. It sounded good, I had five days off of work, I’d make something every day, I’d have something to blog about.

Then I get to that place where I can’t get the things done that are necessary in order to complete the jobs I have volunteered for like cleaning out the refrigerator, grocery shopping, printing or at least book-marking recipes. I am not sure why I hit this wall. I know these things need to be done, but I can’t seem to make myself do them. The days off tick by, pretty soon they’re over and nothing has been done. I don’t like wasting my time off and I really wish it was the thought that counted, because I have a lot of great intentions, I just can’t always seem to put them into action.

I have two days to get it done, wish me energy!


I swear I didn’t fall off the planet just yet… November 18, 2009

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Sorry for the delay in posting recently.  I have been working nightly and lacking in sleep daily, so I’ll be amazed if I can even string these words together correctly.  I will be back with some new recipes soon.  I have a lot of goodies ready to be tackled in preparation for Thanksgiving.  Thanks to those of you who are stopping by occasionally.  I hope you are having a lovely day.


They talked me into it… November 10, 2009

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Okay, so I wasn’t going to do this whole blog thing because anyone who knows me knows I already spend far too much time on the computer facebooking.  Lately though, I have been cooking with ridiculous obsession, so I have had a few requests from friends to start a blog where I could share my recipes or inspirations for the things that are happening in my kitchen.

That brings us here.  You may be asking yourself why the name of the blog is Freerangenurse.  What does that have to do with cooking?  The answer is nothing and everything.  I am a nurse by profession, specifically a neonatal (premature baby) nurse.  I was, until recently, a traveling nurse which meant I traveled the country to work in hospitals that were temporarily understaffed.  I really, really, REALLY enjoyed the travel experience, but as my daughter started entering the tween years, I thought I’d better clip my wings and stay home for a while.

I went “native” at a local hospital and took up cooking and baking to entertain myself.  I have always enjoyed cooking, but realized I had become lazy in my approach to cooking, always making the same old recipes.  I decided to start trying new recipes and new inspirations and I have discovered a new pair of wings in the process.

I hope you’ll enjoy it, but if you don’t, there are a lot of other blogs out there, so I’ll wish you luck in finding one you do.