Monthly Archives: March 2011

Yet another risotto

Yesterday I got extremely lost while trying to run 4.5 miles. Fortunately, I was armed with new shoes and a watch that allowed me to decide about the right point that I should stop. Unfortunately, I was also armed with my sense of direction, (“so if that’s where the sun is setting….”) which means I stopped RUNNING when I got 4.5 miles worth of tired, and then had to walk a mile. Still I maintain that it’s worth it to avoid running the same routes over and over and over (going on 3 years now).

Returning home, the last thing I wanted to do was figure out how to, and subsequently execute stuffed cabbage leaves. Glad I did because they were yummy, although a bit (surprisingly) bland.

I will post the recipe when I get it right. Until then, it’s the smittenkitchen recipe but I would add…something. Maybe because I used green instead of savoy cabbage? (If Whole Foods doesn’t have it, I maintain that it doesn’t exist).

THEN tonight, another not so perfect dinner. What kind of recipes think that butternut squash can cook in a pan in 5 minutes? In the words of chef Gordon Ramsey, “It’s RAW!” You know what’s super fun when you’re starving? Picking cubes of butternut squash out of an otherwise decent risotto (and inwardly cursing yourself because you should’ve, duh, checked them before you dumped them in).

Is this why people don’t cook?

No recipe for the risotto will be inflicted on my reading public.

Sunshine is deceiving

It is absolutely gorgeous in Boston this weekend. Blue skies, sunshine all day, you can almost forget about the snow and ice and rain and general gloom that was this winter. It’s the kind of weather that makes you excited to go out and run 4.5 with your friends or walk to Whole Foods after work, oh, and did I mention it’s still 28 degrees?

Our run yesterday was windy but really nice to be in the sun (and nice to do while you have a focaccia bread rising). And I picked up these babies

That's right. They're purple

at Kathleen’s because she was nice enough to receive them after a disappointing “flats stealing” from my building last week and then a frustrating 2 weeks dealing with Marathon Sports. Thanks for fitting me in my 10.5 2A narrows but unless you’re going to give them to me at some point…

I saw this recipe for “Springtime minestrone” on Jenna’s blog last week that looked too good to pass up. And after 2 bucket sized bowls of my slightly adapted version, I can tell you it hit the spot. Oh so many vegetables, it was just SO GOOD with Flour’s rosemary and olive oil focaccia.

Today I’m going to actually meet Kathleen and Martin AT Flour for a nice lunch before we all dive into an afternoon (albeit short for me) of labwork followed by 7 (ish) miles. It might be a cookie day.

Chicken Parmesan

Yumm, what’s better to prepare yourself for an evening of watching college basketball? Or recover you from that whole 2.6 miles that you ran? Chicken and cheese, that’s what. Slight panic when I realized that I couldn’t buy pasta sauce because of my grocery ban this week, but then, crushed can tomatoes can be turned INTO tomato sauce in about 20 minutes flat.

Too easy

Add a little garlic, salt and pepper? Tada!

Then taking delicious Whole Foods chicken breasts and pounding them into submission,

breading,

browning,

baking…mmmmmm

This might be unnecessary commentary but, there were no leftovers for my lunch today. Thanks mama for the recipe!

It’s nice to have my appreciative eater’s focused attention back on his food instead of silly studying for an exam that determines whether he can move on in his career or not.

Training has been a little rough this week, the hops back and forth between spring and winter leave my head, and my psyche, in pain. I wish it would just decide! I could get over a couple more weeks of winter if Mother Nature just made up her mind. My motivation is seriously waning and I’m still messing with how to jump start it. I really think a little sunshine might help. I guess we’ll find out this weekend since it’s supposed to be gawgeous! Still, I can’t stay on the fully intermediate program, it’s a nice balance between that and the novice though.

Besides taxes and cleaning and a trip to Whole Foods (yay!) I think bread needs to be made this weekend. I’m thinking…focaccia?

But I also want to try something new, I will keep you posted.