About

Hi everyone!  (Assuming that anyone ever actually reads this.)

Who’s the person writing this blog?

Well, about me….I’m a female, in my 20s.  I live in the NE part of the United States.

I’m currently a physician, in the middle of residency.  I also like to cook decent food, but I’ve had a hard time finding a reasonable number of recipes that aren’t too hard, but promise a decent meal in a fairly small amount of time.

I know, I know…there are a LOT of cooking shows and cookbooks that  talk about quick cooking and even faster meals – Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals, Rocco DiSpirito’s 5 Minute Flavor, Sandra Lee’s SemiHomemade.  But none of these have been particularly helpful to me.

For one thing, they assume that I have decent culinary skills.  (“Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills!”)  I’ve spent over a decade being what we jokingly refer to as a “professional student,” which means more time got spent in the library than in the kitchen.  I’m not inept in the kitchen, and I can bake pretty well, but, well…I mean, when Rachael Ray “runs a knife” through an onion, she gets uniform pieces of onion.  When I run a knife through an onion, I get untidy onion chunks.

Plus, I don’t have a dishwasher, which makes a lot of recipes that involve 5 pots and 3 cutting boards kind of unappealing.

They also rely on a lot of pre-packaged foods, usually in ways that just sound kind of nasty.  I mean, I’ve gotten really, REALLY hungry while on overnight call, but never hungry enough to where lasagna made with Campbell’s tomato soup (as Sandra Lee recommends) actually sounded tasty.

Why bother learning how to cook?  Just buy frozen food or go out to eat!

And a lot of those pre-made foods are really expensive, at least where I live.  That’s ignoring their sodium content, sugar content, preservative content, etc.

Not that I’ve never been tempted to just come home and make a bag full of Sun Chips dinner, but that’s why I have this blog – to motivate myself to NOT do that on a regular basis.

Yeah, but aren’t all doctors rich?

While I agree that you should be willing to spend some money to get good food, about a year and a half ago, I finished 4 years of really expensive schooling.  The average person probably doesn’t know exactly how much med school costs, but to put it in perspective, ONE year of tuition ALONE is enough to buy a brand new Mercedes, C-class.  One year at my school was about $45K, which means that by the time I graduated, I spent enough money to fill a garage with brand new luxury cars.  If there’s a cheaper way to make a recipe taste good, without relying on expensive Krispy Kreme donuts, I’m all for it.

(Actually, I don’t want to eat ANY recipe that relies on Krispy Kreme donuts, expensive or not, but that’s a different story.)

Plus, let me remind you that I’m a RESIDENT.  Which means I get paid about $10 an hour.  And I’m in a primary care field, which translates into “I won’t be driving a Porsche any time soon.”)

So, I guess this blog is really an attempt to log all the recipes that I try.  And to keep me honest in the attempt to do so.   I’ll probably throw in a story about residency while I’m at it, because it does take a lot of my time and mental energy, so it will probably bleed over without me even planning on it.

Happy cooking!

Hey, wait!  What’s with the name of this blog?  Occam who?

There’s a theory called “Occam’s Razor” that gets thrown around in medicine (among other fields).  The concept is that you should try and target the simplest theory that best encompasses all the facts.  In medicine, specifically, it means going for the simplest diagnosis that makes the most sense (i.e. what you do NOT see exhibited on House….but that’s a different rant for a different day).  It’s a good theory for all doctors to keep in mind when seeing patients, and one that I try to follow.  I turned it into Occam’s Spatula for this blog, though, because Occam’s Knife just sounded a little bloodthirsty.

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