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Last Vestiges of Thanksgiving

I used up the last of my Thanksgiving turkey today! I brought back a bunch of turkey from home, and have been mostly using it to make sandwiches. However, while perusing the Mushroom Channel today, I found a recipe that seemed perfect, Turkey Fricassee with Mushrooms. According to the recipe, a fricassee is “poultry in a stewed preparation with a creamy sauce”, although this one is thickened with eggs instead of cream or milk (good thing, because I ran our of milk yesterday).

I halved the recipe, and made a few changes – it was so easy to make! I used:

  • a bit of butter
  • ~1 T olive oil
  • the rest of my turkey – probably a little more than a cup or so, chopped up
  • ~1/4 of a large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, one diced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • ~5 oz crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • ~1 t dried rosemary
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 egg yoke
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • S&P
  • ~2 T walnuts, toasted on the stove and then chopped, added right before the egg

And then followed the recipe exactly. Mostly, there was a lot of idle time, the rest of the recipe was just chopping and throwing together. I did, however have to improvise a bit on the covered pan…

It seemed to work fine, though.

The recipe also shows it with rice; I used polenta that I had lying around.

What a delicious recipe! I’m actually not a huge fan of turkey outside of in sandwiches and a little for holidays, but the other ingredients were so flavorful, there wasn’t that overpowering “turkey” taste to the dish. I was a little worried about the egg, but it really did just add a creaminess to the dish, and the lemon added a little zing. The polenta was also perfect, it added an extra layer of flavor and texture that I really liked.

I also had some leftover cranberry sauce, which I admit, I mixed in with bites of the fricassee (I love combining all my food together – it’s a habit I picked up in Germany).

A clementine rounded out my meal.

Currently, I’m watching Elf! Yay for Christmas movies :) Have a nice night!

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December 7, 2009 at 8:18 pm Leave a comment

Redux

For those who were wondering, my quark turned out okay-ish. I put some Green and Black’s Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts and Currants.

I think the chocolate was the best part, actually :/ I don’t know what I did wrong! Maybe not enough sugar? Sad times.

Today was overall uneventful, aside from a viewing of The Baader Meinhof Complex at the Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor. The movie is definitely not for the faint of heart – it’s the story of the Rote Armee (a left wing German group that was active during the 60s and 70s), and it was a lot more graphic than I was expecting. The theater, on the other hand, is definitely worth a visit. Not only is it ornate and beautiful, but it also has a pipe organ!

In other news, I ran today! A little over 4 miles in 38 minutes, about 9 min/mile. Not bad at all. It’s getting colder here (maybe – it got cold about a month ago, and then warmed back up, so who knows what to expect), and I’m getting more nervous about running through the winter. I need to stock up my cold weather gear, that’s for sure.

Breakfast was more pumpkin oats, but topped with Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter 100 cal pack that I got at the Detroit Marathon Expo.

I found a pile of Justin’s nut butter’s that I haven’t yet used! No maple-flavored, though :(

For lunch today, I fell back on a favorite and made my version of Tina’s Brown Rice and Artichoke Stuffed Peppers (basically, my version uses goat cheese instead of parmesan, and no parsley, because I have none).

Make these! So simple, and absolutely delicious.

I also had an apple, and more chocolate for lunch.

I worked all afternoon, slammed down a Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar (which I’ve had so much trouble finding recently! Both in Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, they’re almost never in stock), before going to see the movie.

And as it’s now 10:00 and I haven’t eaten dinner, I’m going to quickly eat the rest of my Pumpkin Bread Pudding with some carrots and TJ’s Chipotle Pepper Hummus.

Probably followed by a (small…ish) scoop of PB&Co’s Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter (this I always have in my pantry – it’s all the other flavors I don’t have).

Now I must go to bed. Possible very long day tomorrow – I’ll be sure to recap :)

November 17, 2009 at 11:52 pm 1 comment

The Best Thing About Regular Running? The Eating!

So it’s been awhile. For which I apologize; it’s just been a series of unfortunate events, if I may. A bout of homesickness, coupled with wanting to take some time off running, and really, working in a bakery, combined to equal me as a lazy lump on the couch who was eating *way* too many carbs for my own good. Ugh. Not good at all.

Last week, though, I went to a meeting at the local running store, and ended up signing up for Team in Training, with the goal of both running the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon and raising $2,200 to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. You can visit my page where I’ll update about this journey; it’s also where you can find the link to my TNT Site, where you are more than welcome to donate to my cause :)

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Personally, I am terrified. Not so much for the marathon itself, because I am starting training in a pretty good place (although I haven’t been running as much as I would have liked – man I need to get back in shape!), and have 6 months to train. It’s going to be hard, I’m definitely not denying that, but I think I’m pretty ready to do this. However, I have no idea how I’m going to raise the money. I’ve always been bad at doing any kind of fundraising, usually putting things off until the last minute, and not doing everything that I could to succeed. But this is why I’m doing this. Being able to cross the finish line (fingers crossed!), not only having run 26.2 miles, but also knowing that I’d done at least a little to fight against the horror that is cancer.

I’m getting ready as best I can – I have my training plan on my fridge,

my site up, and I’m ready to go to the Kick-Off event this Wednesday! Let’s do this…

But anyway, I need to be in a much better mental place to do this, so I’ve begun getting myself back on track. I ran somewhere around 9 miles on Sunday, and somewhere around 4.5 today, and have been eating normally, and cooking fun food again!

Case in point: today I had pumpkin oats in a jar for breakfast

roasted vegetable soup and red peppers with hummus (the amazing Trader Joe’s Chipotle Pepper) for lunch

and made this awesome looking recipe (Pumpkin Bread Pudding) that I found via Tina’s blog for dinner. It’s really gloomy outside, so I wanted something comforting :)

I didn’t have Nature’s Pride bread, but I did have some Food for Life Ezekiel that I’m trying to get rid of. I dried it out in the oven,

made the pumpkin mixture,

and let that sit in the fridge for a couple of hours.

For the sausage, I just happened to have some Apple Chardonnay Chicken Sausage that I got at TJ’s yesterday.

It probably would have been better with uncooked sausage, as it would have crumbled and incorporated better (and the texture of these was more like a hot dog), but the flavor was still really good.

I think it turned out quite well :)

I paired it with my favorite green bean recipe ever – Kath’s Lemon Dijon Green Beans, using some beans that my brother had abandoned in the fridge :(

For dessert, I’m planning on making something fun – Quark! Quark is a German cheese-like product, similar to ricotta or sour cream (it’s somewhere in the middle).

My host family used to make it with milk, lemon, and this Vanilla Sugar stuff that’s used all over Germany in place of vanilla extract.

We’ll see how it turns out…

November 16, 2009 at 8:16 pm 1 comment

The evening run that almost wasn’t

First things first – Phillies! NLCS Champs! Hooray! (So sad I couldn’t/can’t be there :( )

Why is it so hard to motivate myself to run? I got home from work today at four, with nothing to do the rest of the night, and even so, the thought of going out to run was so daunting. I sat there, thinking about it for about an hour, doing nothing else.

Finally, I decided to make dinner before I went, so I would have something to look forward to when I was finished. I mapped a different route to run for a little change of scenery, and even “let” myself run with music, all so I would actually get out there an run.

Of course, the run was fine; enjoyable even. It’s always fine once I get out there, but man is it difficult to start. I ended up running just about 5 miles in 45 minutes even. Not too bad.

For dinner I made something that is probably my new favorite recipe. All credit goes to Tina, though I did make a few changes to her Artichoke Stuffed Peppers.

I used a bag of Trader Joe’s Frozen Organic Brown Rice

(which is so easy to make – just throw it in the microwave or heat it on the stove – and tastes delicious), half a jar of marinated artichoke hearts and the liquid, and I didn’t use parsley or lemon, because I didn’t have any. I also only used 3 peppers.

The biggest change I made was using Trader Joe’s Crumbled Goat Cheese instead of parmesan. I’m on a quest to like goat cheese – until now, I haven’t been such a big fan. But this recipe could change my mind for good – it is delicious.

I ate my pepper with half a honeycrisp that I had left over from “lunch” (more bread, ugh. I can’t wait until I’ve lost the taste for everything we have, but honestly, would you turn down “Asiago Pesto” bread?? It’s so soft and delicious!).

I also had apple cider because I can’t not drink it during fall.

Now I’m off to watch the Angels hopefully beat the Yankees – I have a bet going with my brother, and I don’t want to lose! C’mon Angels!!

October 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm Leave a comment

What’s the Occasion?

Well, my (not so) triumphant return, of course!

Just kidding…

I do apologize for the absence – I had one of those weeks where the thought of doing anything outside of what was absolutely necessary was too much to handle. And then this weekend, I was home :)

But now, I’m back. With a truly decadent dinner to share. I’ve been eating really poorly recently, so yesterday I sat down and found recipes for the week. I went to Trader Joe’s today and got the ingredients (all the meals have overlapping ingredients, so I actually didn’t spend that much) so that I can be ready to make dinner. I’m so tired of having all these wonderful recipes and not having the ingredients or the will to make them – I’m hoping that planning at the beginning of the week will not only get me eating better, but make me actually cook more as well. (And I realized while typing this that basically I’m participating in the Real Meal Challenge – hooray!).

For dinner, I made something I’ve been eying for awhile – Jenna’s Polenta with Wild Mushroom Gravy. I don’t actually think I’ve ever had polenta before, so I was excited to try that. I’ve also been on an odd mushroom kick lately, which is odd, because until now, I haven’t even liked mushrooms that much! Oh well – I’m glad when my tastes change towards liking a new food :)

I stuck to the recipe almost exactly, except I used a bit less of all the liquids (a bad idea – I thought I had less mushrooms than I did), I used regular milk instead of half-and-half, and I used rosemary instead of the thyme and red pepper flakes.

Oh my gosh, it was amazing. So warm and comforting (necessary, because it’s definitely feeling like Fall out there – we hit freezing temperatures last night!) and delicious. The gravy would be really good on pasta or chicken as well, I think.

I also had a honeycrisp apple on the side, which is also something new – I don’t think I had ever (knowingly) had one before I tried it this season.

And now? I’ve been craving them. So crisp and just slightly tart.

Dessert was ridiculously decadent. I bought some Mixed Berries at Trader Joe’s the other day, and I still have some TJs FroYo, so I wanted to do something with both of those. So I made a Berry Sauce to top my froyo with. I combined (all measurements are subjective – I definitely didn’t measure when I was making it):

  • 1 cup mixed berries (I had raspberries, blueberries, strawberries), slightly thawed if frozen
  • 1/2 TB honey
  • dash pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup water
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

over medium heat until it boiled. To that, I added a couple of teaspoons of flour (! I know – I don’t have any cornstarch!) and let it cook until it thickened, whisking it ‘til smooth.

I topped my froyo with the sauce, and then added some shaved dark chocolate on top (man I know how to indulge).

What was almost even better than the food itself was the accomplishment in making it all. I really do love to cook, and I have to remember that when I try to be lazy and just heat stuff up for dinner…

Tomorrow, I have fun dinner plans – hopefully everything turns out well :)

October 13, 2009 at 8:19 pm Leave a comment

Waxing Poetic

A few days ago, I made these muffins:

I used Megan’s Healthy Banana Walnut Bread recipe, but I figured my lazy brother would eat them if they weren’t in bread form (spoilers: I’ve eaten most of them myself). They’ve been a big part of my food life recently – they’re delicious. For instance, I had them alongside a glass of my favorite:

I think my favorite part of the muffins is the fact that I didn’t mash my banana that well, so I get nice big chunks of banana throughout:

I also had one for an afternoon snack today, and I might have snuck one into my dessert tonight as well:

So what’s in it? Allow me to explain. After finishing Cooking for Mr. Latte today (which made me want to go out to a specialty grocery store and buy it out…), I wanted something decadent for dessert. Ideally, I would bake something chocolately, but I’m lacking cocoa powder and everything I searched for came back to it. So then I went to my other (current) favorite flavor profile – maple syrup/cinnamon. I debated making Maypole Maple Raw Ice Cream, but I’m also feeling the need for some protein, so I turned to my bff, Greek yogurt. Specifically, Trader Joe’s Organic Greek Style Yogurt (vanilla because that’s all I had). 

I then copied the model of my favorite dessert ever, but with a twist. Enter Peanut Butter & Co’s Mighty Maple.

I think I might have mentioned it before, but Peanut Butter & Co’s peanut butters are my favorite things ever. Namely, the Dark Chocolate Dreams variety. I have taken down many a jars of it – my favorite way to eat it is straight out of the jar (terrible, I know, but I really can’t help it).

This was my first time trying Mighty Maple, though, and it does not disappoint. The maple flavor is prominent and delicious – I can’t wait to use this in oatmeal!

Anyway, I microwaved about a tablespoon for 30 seconds, added the yogurt, stirred it to make a mousse, and then crumbled a muffin on top. Decadent? Definitely. A little too rich? Maybe. I think next time, I’ll use regular Greek yogurt instead – I think I’m about to go into a crazy sugar coma :)

(And yes, this certainly doesn’t look much like getting back on track, but to me, eating regular meals that are relatively healthy and not crazily snacking in between is most important, and this I’m sticking to. Also, dessert is important in my life.)

September 24, 2009 at 7:35 pm Leave a comment

Getting back on track

So the past couple of days, I’ve been eating pretty poorly (and that goes even beyond Sauerkraut Balls and the likes), mostly due to job and life related stress. Yesterday, I felt pretty awful all day, which caused me to stress out even more – I don’t want to be sick (or even not feeling my best!) for my Half-Marathon on Saturday!

My biggest vices are definitely carbs and sweets – I’m a true believer that life without dessert is really just no fun at all – but usually I’m satisfied with one Super-Charge Me Cookie, a piece of dark chocolate or a bowl of yogurt and peanut butter. However, more recently it’s been two (or more!) cookies, too many M&Ms (a road trip “gift” from my aunt), and leftover pizza my brother got. *Sigh*. Yeah, pretty ridiculous.

Last night, though, I finally decided enough was enough. I felt gross, had a headache, and knew that all the months of running I’ve done to prepare for Saturday would probably be for naught if things continued on.

So, I made myself a super simple dinner, that actually turned out to be pretty delicious, and much more satisfying than all the junk I’ve been subsiding on recently. I started out baking a sweet potato (one of my absolute favorite go-to foods) in the oven on 375 for an hour. Usually, I just microwave it, but I had time, so I wanted to try the oven method – next time I think I’m going to bump up the heat a little, as I ended up having to finish it in the microwave anyway (after an hour, I was getting impatient!).

While that was cooking, I caramelized some onions on the stove in olive oil and water. When they were nice and brown, I added some garlic, kale, and baby spinach. I let it sauté a bit, and then finished it with some salt and pepper. The result? Delicious greens!

And altogether now:

I think I over-salted the greens a bit, but they were still good! I ended up eating it all together, and I think in the future I might actually just cut up the sweet potato and put it in the pan with everything else. I can imagine this being a huge go-to meal for me during the winter!

I then did something unthinkable – I watched the end of the Phillies game and then went to bed without dessert! I debated it for a few minutes, but I knew that my body needed a break from sugar in general. It turned out to be the right decision – I feel much better today.

Today is already off to a much better start. I got up to run with my new running buddy, which was pretty good – we went about 4 miles in 35 minutes (I’m trying to just do short runs this week) – although I felt pretty wrecked by the end. I showered and made myself a nice bowl of yogurt, fruit and muesli, and then did laundry.

I hope to do a little strength training, stretch, and then figure out the rest of my day – perhaps a trip to the Farmers Market is in order :)

September 23, 2009 at 10:40 am Leave a comment

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