Monthly Archives: July 2011

About the lack in posting…

You know how on that 3rd week of being sick you become complacent until you try to go running and then suddenly get super angry? No? Let’s just say, it’s a sinus infection and it’s now owning my life. Fainting during camping, terrible headaches, stomachaches, you name it aches! The barbeque competition was delicious

but again, tainted by the fainting. Cooking has been at a serious standstill due to last week’s excessive heat, and the infection, and you can forget about running. One week of training wasted. Which means I feel like I have very little to write about. I will say that this little guy made my day.

He likes ear scratching as much as Clyde does, and responds with nuzzles and licking. Then a nice nap in the car on the way back, but still…is this over yet?

Positive thoughts right? Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was a very wonderful, very heart wrenching book, I’m going to start Foer’s Eating Animals today and The Corrections is even better the second time.

Also, I made the turkey meatballs from eatliverun and served them over polenta for dinner last night and it was quite yummy. Tonight I think I’m going to make tuna melts and hope that this upswing is due to antibiotics and will only get better!


Adventures in Seafood

Maybe it was the beach day, maybe it’s the warm weather and the short cooking time that seafood requires, but I’m “hooked”. Sorry for that. It was right there!

This salmon only need a dab of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a sprinkling of kosher salt and pepper, that’s how good. 20 minutes at 400 and it was ready for transport into the bedroom for consumption in the air conditioning. Besides a light salad,

a baked sweet potato loaded with butter was the perfect starch. Boy do I need to start TRAINING!

Then tonight, courtesy of this month’s Real Simple…

grilled shrimp panzanella! Great use for day old baguette and pretty much anything with tomato and basil in it is rocking my socks right now.

Speaking of training, this week is the beginning of 12 weeks of half marathon training, again. But I swear to you, if it doesn’t cool off, I WILL run on the TREADMILL! I hate to do it, I really do, but 90s and humid? You can’t be serious. I’m not one of those people who will swear to you that I love every minute of this and that it’s always wonderful and easy, especially at the beginning. I haven’t shaken this cold after what’s quickly approaching 3 weeks and this starting from scratch thing…I hate it. I’m aiming for a jog tomorrow morning followed by the world’s best yoga class tomorrow night. Yippee!!!

And on a book note, The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls was a fantastic book, thanks Linda! And so far, Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is so touching and wonderful, I’m really lucking out that people around me recommend great reads! Thank you to Jacquie for that one!

Beach Day

What is it about salty beach air that makes a simple tuna fish sandwich taste to delectable? Maybe it reminds me of my childhood and my Bubbi making them for us to take to Sand Hill Cove, maybe the ocean’s proximity just makes fish taste better, who knows. All I can say is that yesterday’s beach excursion was the best day I’ve had in awhile and I want to go back, immediately. The patchy sunburn, icy water, and dehydration are all part of the fun of a New England beach and being in the city at these temperatures is just…it’s awful.

A fresh baguette, tomato, basil and mozzarella sandwich made a delicious, cool, summer lunch after a morning of cleaning but we may retreat to the single air conditioned room for an afternoon of movie watching before I turn the oven on to bake salmon. Mmm salmon.

Readers, what do you eat when it’s hot?