Sunday, August 31, 2014

Crostini

When I saw these gorgeous crostinis on Honestly Yum I knew I had to make them. Crostinis are a great way to impress people on your next party. And I love sampling different flavors! Similarly, I love sampling all my medical rotations. And well, folks, after agonizing forever, I made my choice.

I have decided to go into ... *drumroll* Internal Medicine!
Crostini Greek yogurt peach carrot cheese nuts herbs snack appetizer
At the start of medical school (and even before that) I had always assumed I'd go into internal medicine. When you pick a residency after medical school, your major divisions are medicine vs surgery. It's more complicated, of course (ie opthalmology, psychiatry, anesthesia), but that's the overall gist. For fun, here's a silly flowchart joking how we pick our specialties.

Rotations are like buffets - you get to sample a bit of each flavor. And I looooove variety. So when I started clinics, I thought "ok, I'll see what other specialties have to offer." And turns out that sampling each specialty muddied up my perfect plans. I thought I would hate psychiatry. Enjoyed it. Thought I would die on surgery. Loved it. Never heard much about ENT (ear, nose, throat). Seriously considered it as a career.

Ok, I didn't like ophthalmology as much because I have terrible vision, thus I equate it like a a kid with cavities visiting the dentist, and am terrified of eyeballs. But honestly, everything else was great.
Crostini Greek yogurt peach carrot cheese nuts herbs snack appetizer
When people ask "why internal medicine?", it's incredibly tough to articulate. There's so many factors going into my decision. In the more immediate future, the ease and flexibility of matching into a residency with B. And in the long term, marriage and family - will I be able to see and be involved with my them? Take time off for vacations? What if I get injured, and something happens? Would my career be threatened if I get arthritis or carpal tunnel or sprain a wrist (hope not!)?

So basically, after waffling around forever with my decision, I went back to where I was at the beginning regarding my choice of career. Really, my heart (and gut) knew it all along, it just took my brain a while to process.
In picking a specialty it's hard to really imagine, "Ok, can I do this everyday and work with the schedule when I'm 40 years old? 60 years old?" The great thing about internal medicine is that I can put off choosing a speciality a few more years, and continue rotating on a buffet of specialties.

Alas, I'm as undecided with food as with my career plans, so until then, I'll just have to eat every flavor. I can't help it; I just like everything!

Crostini


Ingredients
Baguette, sliced
Greek yogurt (or ricotta cheese)

TOP ROW TOPPINGS (above photo): 
hard boiled egg, green onion, freshly ground black pepper
tomato, pesto, basil
carrot, cilantro, black sesame seeds
raspberries, blueberries, honey

BOTTOM ROW TOPPINGS (above photo):
smoked salmon and dill
apricot jam, almonds
nectarine, mint
cucumbers, paprika, chives

Directions
Toast your baguette slices until golden brown. Spread your Greek yogurt or cheese on top of each piece. Top with desired ingredients. Enjoy!

26 comments:

  1. Congrats on picking a residency! These crostinis look beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Sarah, Hopefully I don't change my mind as it's a relief finally having a "plan". Being general "premed" was so much easier at Stanford lol

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  2. I've been so obsessed with fresh foods this month! This looks AMAZING!

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  3. You made me forget how much I love crostinis, must make for lunch soon!

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  4. What a fun idea! I could never decide between those a would probably serve them all!

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  5. These look so delicious! I would love these for tea time :)

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  6. Every single piece of this looks so yummy! :) I'm definitely pinning to save for later!

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  7. Oh my yummies! Crostinis! :9 We make some every time we have leftovers and there's bread to consume before it gets too hard.

    Goodness, with both parents in nursing, I guess I should love medicine... but it still gives me the shivers, bth for the implications and for the amount of work it requires! O-O I admire you.

    ~ Luana

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    1. Nursing is a lot of work - we certainly rely on them enormously and couldn't do our jobs without them! (they are crucial teachers for clueless interns, hehe)

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  8. crostini sounds lovely for parties....

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  9. Crostinis are excellent. I enjoyed reading about medical school while looking at all your beautiful toppings.

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    1. Thanks :) Medical school is a lot of work but totally worth it!

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  10. those look amazing, thanks for sharing!

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  11. I am a foodie, and I love to cook Thank you so much, I am so happy I discovered our blog.

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  12. Okay well first off crostini are my favorite vehicle for just about anything that is delicious. So easy to make and they provide this great little portable serving platter that looks great and tastes great with [almost] anything. And the toppings you pictures? Magnificent!

    xoxo,
    Dannie
    www.stilefotocibo.com

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    1. Thanks! Bread with fruit and veggies and all sorts of toppings - can't ever fail to be a crowd pleaser :)

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  13. I love these little snacks! It goes well for breakfast and for a party very cool. Keep it up!

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  14. Yum, I love crostini! So simple and easy to put together.

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  15. These look so tasty! I love having crostini with different toppings! Bruschetta is one of my go-to's, but these all look fantastic as well :)

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  16. Crostini's are the easiest and in my humble opinion the best hors d'oeuvres. These combinations look great!

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  17. Yum! I love eating things like this for lunch. Such a yummy way to dress up crostini!

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  18. These look absolutely yummy and great snacks while I am studying. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Great article!
    Thank you for sharing your culinary knowledge with the world.
    Your photo and its’ source have been featured on the World Food Guide website
    http://worldfood.guide/dish/crostini/

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