Week in Review

The holidays are fast approaching once again and everyone is looking for fun and festive recipes to serve. I had a great presentation at the Franklin Library is Des Moines this past week. I demonstrated making easy holiday recipes and everyone enjoyed the samples!  This recipe below was a huge hit. If you are not a huge fan of ginger, sprinkle them with a little sea salt. 

Chocolate-Dipped Clementines

Chocolate-Dipped Clementines
From EatingWell: January/February 2013
Yield: about 30 pieces
Active Time: 15 min
Total Time: 45 min


  1. 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  2. 4 clementines at room temperature, peeled and sectioned
  3. 1 tablespoon finely chopped crystallized ginger


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  2. Place chocolate chips in a small glass bowl. Microwave on Medium for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving on in 20-second intervals until melted, stirring after each interval. (Alternatively, melt in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water.)
  3. Dip half to two-thirds of each clementine section into the melted chocolate. Let the excess drip back into the bowl. Place the dipped fruit on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle crystallized ginger over the chocolate. Refrigerate until the chocolate is set, about 30 minutes.


  • Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 day.


Nutrition Per Serving: 18 calories; 1 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 3 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 0 mg sodium; 17 mg potassium.

Each year, our dietitian group gets together to celebrate another successful year and just let loose!  Adorning our ugly sweaters, we got a chance to catch up, laugh and work on our cheerleading skills. I am lucky to work with such a strong, smart and gracious group of women. We will support each other through anything (even human pyramids).
Somehow, I became co-president with Tracy for the Des Moines Creighton Alumni Association and we hosted our first event of our presidency. It was a fun event and we were happy with our turn out as well as the Creighton Men's BB team defeating Nebraska. I was surprised to see old friends from college and it was great catching up with them. Such good memories!  Thanks to everyone who came out in the snow and the cold!