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Olympic Poutine & February Favorites

I was SO hoping the US was going to pull out another win against Canada when they tied up the game, but no such luck. Sad day. 😦

My game day snacks included a Pete’s Wicked Strawberry Blonde and bunches of Kashi cheese crackers.

Pete's Wicked Strawberry Blonde

Kashi cheese crackers

I’m mature enough to accept that Canada has a great team, so tonight’s dinner was a tribute to Canadians.

Here’s the story: the other morning the husband and I were watching the Today Show where they were talking about the Canadian dish called poutine. To my understanding it’s basically French fries with gravy and cheese curd. Just the description makes me want to gag, but in typical male fashion the husband thought it sounded awesome.

I had a big bag of potatoes I got at the grocery store for sixty cents the other day (no joke) so I decided to make a huge batch of baked fries and save some for later. (I made one batch spicy and one savory). As a joke, I said “hey we could have poutine” since the game ended seconds before I started cooking dinner.

Never make jokes you aren’t prepared to follow through on. The husband got so excited about the prospect of poutine that I couldn’t disappoint him. Oh the things we do to keep our men happy.

Olympic Poutine

Lots ‘o fries (I seasoned mine with chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, s & p- baked at 425 degrees until crispy on the outside, ~30 min)

baked French fries

1 can mushrooms

1 onion, chopped

1 cup broccoli florets

1/2 c vegetable (or chicken) broth

1-2 T flour

black pepper

Saute onions over medium high heat. Add in mushrooms & broccoli. Stir in broth and flour- mix well, scraping onion bits of bottom.

Pour veggie-gravy mixture over fries.

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Toppings: cheddar cheese, salsa, fat free sour cream

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As I was plating this, I was thinking this is by far the grossest thing I’ve ever made. I kept telling myself it was just like a loaded baked potato, just in a different shape.

That’s actually exactly what it tasted like. It was kind of nice to have a crunchy –ish base, instead of just soft potato. It reminded me of the late-night covered, smothered hash browns we used to get in college. (Except definitely lightened up!)

So it wasn’t bad, but I wouldn’t make it again if I had the choice. The husband ate it up within seconds- he was in poutine heaven.

My mouth was on fire when I was done- I guess I made the fries extra spicy this time around!!

I’m totally getting ready to chow down on some leftover 24, 24, 24 dessert 🙂

February Favorites

Some of my favorite things from February:

New ingredient: Coconut Oil

Best recipes this month: Eggplant Parmesan & Black Bean Mango Risotto

My fave DYKT discussion yet: the skinny fat phenomenon

The best breakfast ever: Baked Oatmeal

Sports nutrition series: Hydration 101

Valentine’s Massacre Marathon Relay

Changing my first bike tire!

My first double digit run of half marathon training. And the double digit-er that went much better!

Re-celebrating weddings with 24, 24, 24 !!!

Training

57.52 miles this month!

March has me scheduled for 72, so we’ll see how that goes…

Giveaway Winner

And the winner of the Fitbook:

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Random.org says it’s….

…#17

….who was….

…Lacey!!

Lacey- shoot me an email (rungirlrunn at gmail) with your address so I can send you your Fitbook! Congrats!!

Time for some closing ceremonies/homework time! I’m going to be sad when the Olympics are over. What’s your favorite winter Olympic sport?

February 28, 2010 at 8:03 pm 14 comments

Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Wedded Bliss – Take 2

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Imagine the moment when you hear “And now introducing the bride & groom for the first time as Mr & Mrs SoS!” It should be a moment you remember forever. You’ve been planning for months- down to every detail including the number of petals on each flower on the centerpieces. Not to mention the menu- ahh the wedding menu, one of the most important pieces of that special day. Brides agonize over picking the perfect dishes- their favorite foods, foods the guests will enjoy, what dishes will complement each other, how you will eat them- hors d’oeuvres or full course meal?

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Only you can’t focus on that special moment because you’re starving. After anxiously awaiting the ceremony, then taking a million pictures of every great aunt, uncle, and Grandma, all you want is a glass of wine and big plate of that food you so deliberately chose for this moment.

But one more thing- all those pictures with Aunt Fiona made you miss the cocktail hour, and the first course. The instant you walk into the room, everyone wants to talk to you. Try though you may, you can’t force your way through the adoration to the buffet table. Before you know it, it’s time to cut the cake. Perfect- you’ll finally get to enjoy some of your laborious wedding choices…but they immediately take the cake away to serve the other guests.

The hours you spent specifically picking each dish….gone. You hope everyone else enjoyed it, but you have no idea. You didn’t get any.

The husband and I attended 11 weddings last year. Yup, 11. (And that’s just the ones we could make it to!) When you’ve been to that many weddings, you start to notice things. One of the things we noticed over and over is that bride & groom hardly ever get a chance to eat the food they spent hours selecting for their special day.  (I’m sure we took particular notice of this since we were still hurting over our missed chance at fine cuisine at our own wedding!)

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If you’ve ever planned a wedding or been along side someone else who’s planning a wedding, you know the work that goes into every little detail. Even the non-foodies spent hours deliberating over food choices and dining styles.

But the moment’s passed; you’ve missed out on the food. What are you going to do about it? Enter Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: 24 meals, 24 hours, 24 blogs. Thanks to 24, 24, 24, we were able to recreate some of those special dishes for our newlywed friends.

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Fresh sushi rolls for Emily- the one gluten-free item on the menu that disappeared before she got to the reception. The special apple-goat cheese-pecan salad my step-sister and her now husband created themselves to share their love of fresh food with their guests. The sweet potato bar Courtney and her now husband missed out on due to a stomach bug that pervaded the wedding party at the most inconvenient of times. And let’s not forget the delicious red velvet cupcakes Elizabeth & Joe missed out on- gluten-free for Joe, regular for Elizabeth!

From signature drinks to delectable desserts, I asked each invitee to share with me their favorite and most missed items on their wedding day. When February 27th rolled around, I got set to work recreating those dishes.

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The Menu

Salad Greens with Maple Vinaigrette: Elizabeth & Joe

Fresh Sushi Rolls: Emily & Mike

Adobo Marinated Chicken Kabobs: Sara & Robby

Southern Shrimp & Grits: David & Ashley

Mashed Sweet Potatoes: Courtney & Justin

Roasted Asparagus & Assorted Cheeses: Heather & Chris

Red Velvet Cupcakes: Elizabeth & Joe

The Recipes

Salad Greens with Maple Vinaigrette

Mixed greens

Sliced granny smith apples

Candied pecans

Fresh goat cheese; crumbled

Maple vinaigrette:

– 1/8c apple cider vinegar

– 1/8c red wine vinegar

– 1/2c extra virgin olive oil

– 3T maple syrup

– 2T Dijon mustard

– Salt & Pepper

maple & goat cheese salad

Adobo Marinated Chicken Kabobs

Chicken breasts, pounded thin & cut in long strips

Marinade:

– 1/2c orange juice

-2T lime juice

-1T white vinegar

-1-2 chipotle chiles

– 2 cloves garlic

-1/2t cumin

-Salt & pepper

Marinate chicken 30-60 minutes. Thread on to bamboo skewers (soak in water to prevent burning). Place on hot grill; cook several minutes on each side until cooked through.

chicken kabobs and asparagus chicken kabobs

chicken and cheese tray

Southern Shrimp & Grits

1 cup stone ground grits

2 cups water

2 cups chicken broth + 1/4c  for shrimp

1 yellow onion, chopped

1T butter

1/2c shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Shrimp

2 T flour

1T lemon juice

Splash hot pepper sauce

Salt & pepper

Stir grits into boiling water & broth. Simmer ~25 minutes, until liquid is absorbed. While grits are simmering, sauté onions. Remove grits from heat; stir in butter, cheese, and onions. Saute shrimp over medium heat with remaining 1/4c chicken broth. Stir in flour, lemon juice, & hot sauce. Cook until shrimp turn pink. Season shrimp & grits with salt & pepper. Top with shredded cheese.

southern shrimp and grits shrimp and grits

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

4 large sweet potatoes

1/2c Milk

1T butter

1/2T brown sugar

Bake sweet potatoes in oven or microwave. Let cool slightly and scrap insides into bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Serve with crushed pecans and shredded cheddar cheese for toppings.

mashed sweet potatoes

sweet potatoes with pecans

sweet potato bar

Roasted Asparagus

1lb asparagus

Olive oil

Salt & pepper

Coat asparagus in olive oil and season with salt & pepper. Roast at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Can be served hot or cold.

roasted asparagus

chicken, veggie, cheese platter

Sushi

Cream cheese rolls

cream cheese sushi rolls

Assorted Cheeses

Buy cheese. Cut in cubes. I used sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack.

assorted cheeses

Red Velvet Cupcakes

I used the recipe from the Babycakes cookbook.

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[To be honest, they didn’t turn out well- at the last minute I transformed them into cream cheese filled & chocolate drizzled volcanoes by crumbling the cupcakes and mixing them with the icing.)

red velvet volcanoes

Drinks

My favorite part: personalized bottles of wine for each of the couples. 🙂

personalized wine bottles

The ten of us enjoyed a great evening, reminiscing about our weddings & talking about upcoming nuptials. The girls were in white; the boys in black. (We’re brides & grooms after all!). The music playing in the background was songs we played at our weddings, and a slide show of wedding photos played on the television. Decorations were themed around each of our bridal party colors- three shades of blue, deep purple, and champagne; candles & flowers throughout.

candles

Wouldn’t you love to attend your own wedding a second time, and have time to soak it all in and enjoy the food this time around?! That’s Wedded Bliss – Take 2. Thank you Foodbuzz for this opportunity!!

February 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm 18 comments

Technology Fail

Remember this scene from Office Space?

That’s pretty much what I feel like doing to my computer right now. Everything keeps crashing and freezing and driving me crazy. Ahhhh technology.

You didn’t miss much yesterday- I pretty much ran around cooking like a crazed Gordon Ramsey wannabe, minus the yelling and cussing. So I guess I wasn’t really being Gordon Ramsey –ish, I was just cooking a lot. 🙂 Why all the cooking? I was getting ready for a dinner party for Foodbuzz’s 24, 24, 24. I’ll give you a full recap later today!!

Breakfast

Pumpkin cottage cheese oats with wheat berries & peanut butter. Now that I finally have my pumpkin I”m scared to go a day without it 😉

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Off to work so I can be home in time for some USA v. Canada hockey action!!! 🙂

February 28, 2010 at 9:28 am 3 comments

Back in Action Soon

Hey guys! I didn’t forget about you- something’s wrong with my Live Writer and it keeps eating my posts up. I’ll get it figured out asap and be back with a recap. Hope you’re having a great Saturday!

February 28, 2010 at 1:19 am Leave a comment

Just Another Day of Oats

Baked oatmeal strikes again.

Oat combo, cottage cheese, banana, and pumpkin. Topped off with pecans, coconut, and wheat berries. Baked at 375 for 20 minutes while I enjoyed some coffee.

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Delicioso! Although I’d have to say the wheat berries didn’t really work here. They didn’t not work, but they didn’t add anything special. I’ll probably still them into the mix next time so they don’t get over toasted.

 

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Enter my giveaway!

 

Anybody have any fun weekend plans?!

February 27, 2010 at 8:49 am 13 comments

365 Days Together

One year ago this weekend one of my best friends married the man of her dreams, and tonight we’re celebrating all over again!

Emily's Wedding

They’re having an anniversary party to celebrate their first year together with friends & family at a club downtown. So that’s what I’ll be doing tonight!

 

But first, dinner. No wait. First a snack: English muffin with almond butter & honey, and a tall skinny cinnamon dolce latte.

english muffin

 cinnamon dolce latte 

 

Ok, now dinner.

Barbeque pizza!

 barbeque pizza

Plus another slice. This was SO good, I wish I could give you a piece. 😉

barbeque pizza

And a Rising Moon. Because Friday + Pizza = Beer (What, you didn’t learn that in math class? You must’ve skipped that day ;))

 Rising moon

Off to the party! Have a fun Friday night!

cheers

February 26, 2010 at 8:24 pm 12 comments

Redemption 10

Happy Friday!!! I’m glad the sun is shining again, but wowza is it windy out there!!! Yikes!!

I have a super packed weekend ahead of me and instead of worrying about when I was going to squeeze in a 2 hour run, I decided it was best to do it today.

Although I have a 12 miler scheduled, I figured after last week’s crummy run, it’d be better to get a good 10 miler under my belt first. Ok, honestly, I didn’t decide that until I was already running, but I felt really comfortable with the idea of repeating the 10. I have plenty of time to get to 12 before March 21st.

I’m happy to report today’s 10 went much better than last week’s!! I made it to mile 7.5ish before my legs were super exhausted. But exhausted in the “you just ran 7.5 miles” way, not the “what the heck is going on” way. I took a few quick walk breaks the last few miles, but I’m pleased with how it went.

I ended up doing 10.18 miles in 1:43:10, which is a 10:08 pace. Works for me. I mean obviously I wish I was able to handle a faster pace, but I also have the ability to be realistic— 10 is good.

It was SO windy too. It finally died down for the last 20 minutes or so, and it was amazing how much warmer it felt for that part. Whew!

 

Lunch

Hidden risotto!! I had saved two servings of the black bean risotto, one for me, and one for the hubby. I had mine the next day, but I found the rest hidden in the back of the fridge this morning. Snooze you loose hubby! It’s all mine!!

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I think the risotto managed to get even creamier as it sat in the fridge. 🙂

 

Some risotto plus a banana.

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Naner naner boo boo

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Plus some unpictured tortilla chips…don’t know how that happened! 😉

Oh and a glass of juice!

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This is V8 Splash Light Acai Berry something or other. I usually like V8 Splash since it actually tastes like fruit (a must for me to drink juice- it has to be 100% fruit!) but this flavor definitely disappointed. It was way too sweet and didn’t taste like any fruit I know. Bahh. Oh well.

 

Now back to work!!! 🙂

Enter to win a Fitbook!!

February 26, 2010 at 1:49 pm 5 comments

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