School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism ManagementPersonal and Professional Tips

Personal and Professional Tips

In lieu of recent circumstances, adjusting to making life in our homes as comfortable and safe as possible is increasingly important. Our faculty and staff would like to contribute to providing helpful resources including food safety fundamentals, some of our favorite recipes, and useful other tips that we utilize to make the most of this time working, learning, and cooking at home.


Food and Food Safety

4 steps to food safety is a great, recently updated, resource on the basics of food safety. Particularly the table labeled "Safe Storage Times chart" provides great information on how long things are expected to keep, and what to freeze, and what will not freeze well. As many have bought in bulk, and utilizing all the available resources and reducing food waste this is a valuable tool.

Having trouble finding bread? This quick bread recipe is easy, and has a simple and short list of ingredients. It utilizes the yeast in beer to raise the bread and is adaptable to add flavorings as you may prefer like herbs or cheese.

For those of you that found buying ramen noodles in bulk the clear choice of how to prepare, or if you are a college student and already had a semester supply, here are some ideas on making those noodles a little more delicious, adding some important nutrition, and how to change it up.

Are you at home with your kids and need a simple recipe that they can assist with? These are tested, used, and recommended by Moms we know, and simple enough that little hands will enjoy being part of the process.
Super Green Banana Spinach Muffins
Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Are you assessing the pantry staples that you had on hand and what to do next? Allrecipes has a great tool called "Ingredient Search" that will help you find recipes that include what you have on hand and even gives the option to exclude ingredients you may not have or don't prefer.
I also found suggestions from one of my favorite celebrity chefs, Ina Garten, aka the Barefoot Contessa that are highlighting some of her suggestions.
Stewed Lentil Tomatoes
Inside Ina Garten's Quarantine Pantry

For those of you who have experienced the hospitality of Doubletree by Hilton chocolate chip cookies, they have revealed their signature recipe for the first time.

And of course, our own NMSU News and Faculty are offering their expertise on stocking up wisely as we go forward.

  • Daren's Roll Recipe
    Many of us are using the time at home to improve our cooking skills and try new recipes. Here is a favorite recipe from one of our faculty, Mr. Daren Bloomquist for a yeast roll.
  • Cinco de Mayo Recipes
    In honor of Cinco de Mayo here are a few of our Director, Dr. Jean Hertzman’s, favorite margarita recipes. Learn more about her and our HRTM Board of Advisors member and “The Great Margarita Book” author, Mr. Al Lucero, here.

And if your celebration is more for the kids and less about the cocktails, try this recipe for ice cream enchiladas from the Food Network.

  • Senior Reception Drink Ideas
    Join us in raising a glass in congratulations to our Spring 2020 Graduates! If you are in need of some inspiration on how to shake up your graduation party festivities check out these recipes. Cheers!
  • Julie's Crazy Cake Recipe
    Many of us are using this time at home to improve our cooking skills and try new recipes. Here is a favorite recipe from one or our faculty, Ms. Julie Correa for Crazy Cake/Depression Cake.
  • Andrea's Smoothie Bowl Recipe
    We had the pleasure of attending the Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference with Arrowhead Center, and contributed this video demo for a smoothie bowl. It is a great way to mix and match your favorite fruit flavors and toppings and start your mornings off with something healthy and enjoyable. It is also quick to prepare, ideal for busy weekdays.

We had the pleasure of attending a live cooking demo featuring College of ACES at NMSU’s own Dr. Kelley Coffeen. Now you can try to make these fun appetizers with recipes for Jalapeño Pineapple Salsa and Green Chile Wontons at home. (see below for recipes) For more delicious recipes you can order her cookbooks through the Chile Pepper Institute’s online shop.

  • Jean's Spinach & Mushroom Frittata Muffin Recipe
    Thank you to everyone who joined us at our HRTM Coffee Talk event to get the semester started. To start each day with a healthy and delicious breakfast we have this quick and delicious recipe for Spinach and Mushroom Frittata Muffins. In case you missed it, here is the recipe and demonstration video by Dr. Jean Hertzman.
  • Bubbles and Bites
    For recipes from our Bubbles and Bites Brunch event, and to learn more about champagne and sparkling wines from our own Dr. Jean Hertzman, try out these delicious cocktails, and some suggested food pairings as we cheers to the upcoming holidays.

Virtual/Digital Meeting or Parties
  • "TAP" NASCAR-Kentucky Derby Food and Drink Recipes
    Start your engines! Or mount your saddles! Or maybe wear your most fabulous hat is more your speed? We are celebrating going to the races for our TAP Happy Hour with a nod to both Nascar and the Kentucky Derby. Find the recipes for the drinks and appetizers that will be demonstrated during the event here.
  • 4th of July Celebration
    Whether you are planning on firing up the grill, looking for the perfect drink pairing to your summer fun menu, or looking for a new dessert inspiration these recipes will leave you wanting s’more.

Don't forget the importance of staying in touch with your co-workers, friends, and family, and more importantly, have some fun! We are all in this together and staying connected is crucial to passing the time in positive spirits and keeping perspective. In the years that I spent working long distance from friends, significant others, and family one of the ways we would spend time together was choosing a show or a movie, and agreeing to a time to begin watching and texting throughout. Being able to react and laugh, and have something in common to discuss was a great way to keep in touch and make time watching tv that much more enjoyable. Luckily, Netflix has created a feature that makes this simple with Netflix Party. But whether you happen to have the same blu-ray, or any other streaming device pick a time, and make it a date or a group chat.

Here are some other ideas on how to have virtual or digital meetings or parties.


If You Love to Read

If you are tired of digital, try book clubs. I have done book clubs through e-mail more than I have in person. Pick a book, a group, and choose one person to help facilitate discussion questions. Many books have discussion questions available to take the work out of it for you. Here is a more in depth resource and a generalized one. Adapt them to your group to encourage discussion.
Example, Little Women

Want to brush up on the classics or check out a new magazine? Explore more than 300,000 e-books and audiobooks available for free at NYPL. This service features children's books, bestselling fiction and non-fiction, magazines, and access to a simple e-reader format.