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Glass Half Full

Glass Half Full

We all face challenges in our lives, but it’s how we deal with them that defines us.  Whether our troubles are health-related, financial, or linked to relationships or loss, every one of us encounters difficulties.  I’ve been told that I have a positive attitude towards life and have been asked from where I derive my spirit and how I view my glass as half full.

I believe that some of my attitude is innate, part of it comes from outside influences and still another portion is my choice.  Being blessed with an optimistic outlook is the easy part, choosing to see the good in situations sometimes takes a little practice.

I tend to gravitate… Read More >

Thank You

Thank You

The week of May 6th was national Employee Appreciation Week.  The caring and hard work I see everyday at our cancer center makes me believe that this is one of the most important weeks of the year.  It is a time when we can all take a moment to recognize our staff for their extraordinary efforts. 

As I always say, we could never accomplish what we have done so far without their tireless dedication.  The contributions of each nurse, researcher, laboratory professional, psychosocial expert, nutritionist, pharmacist, patient navigator, medical assistant, and administrative assistant have helped us become one of the nation’s top 50 cancer centers.

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Party Perfect

Party Perfect

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and let’s face it, holidays happen all year long and we’re always looking for something interesting and tasty to serve to the people we care about.  What better time to treat your party guests to some new hors d’oeuvres while showing off your culinary skills.  In addition to selecting items that were uncommon, the real challenge was to make sure the items prepared were healthy, as this is the primary goal in the cooking studio.

Borrowing from Asian food preparation, wonton skins were formed into cups to be used as containers or holders for a variation on chicken salad. Instead of deep fat frying the… Read More >

100 Volunteers in a Day to Finish the Fight

100 Volunteers in a Day to Finish the Fight

An amazing thing happened on Friday April 19th, the final day of enrollment for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) taking place in Bergen County in partnership with Hackensack University Medical Center and Holy Name Medical Center.  We invited employees and community members to be a part of history and change the course of cancer for future generations…and they answered, coming out in record numbers.

On Friday April 19th alone, in honor of the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday this year, Hackensack University Medical Center enrolled 100 volunteers to help finish the fight.  That’s in addition to the 94… Read More >

Swap Out Your Sides!

Swap Out Your Sides!

Serve some new and exciting side dishes to wake up your meals!  Try my Savory Bread Pudding or my Wild Rice Pilaf with Cranberries and Pecan.

The mention of bread pudding often conjures up thoughts of a rich, comfort laced dessert. But this classic, frugal dish can be made savory too, with the same creamy texture and appeal that makes the sweet version so delicious. This hearty bread pudding works equally well for a weeknight or on a buffet table when entertaining.  It is easy to prepare, can be made ahead, and can serve as a side dish or a meat free entree. You can even assemble it a day in advance and bake it the next day. The finished dish will emerge from the oven… Read More >

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