The Cooking Runner

Finally some sun!

MILES RUN THIS MONTH: 59.6 MILES

MILES LEFT TO REACH 2013 GOAL: 1865.94 MILES

I did my long run on Friday because I knew I had a busy weekend ahead of me. I am so glad I did. The sun was out, the wind was calm, and I rocked that 10.51 miles. I added an extra .51 miles for shits and giggles. We have a lot of wildlife in my neighborhood… deer, wild turkeys, geese, ducks… I am a city girl so when you see wildlife, I kinda get excited.

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I came across these tom turkeys getting their  strut on for a good lookin female and thought “blog material” . Yeah, so next time I think “oh blog material”, I will make sure I will not be taking pictures of wild turkeys. They were not thrilled to be bothered while they were trying to get it on. They chased me. Ok I admit, I would not want to be bothered when I am getting my strut on either.

I had a fun filled day of shopping and girl time, thrift-ing, a little Lulu, and a lot of Froyo.  We ate lunch at The Real Food Cafe. Oh my, so good!!! We came across Rosa’s Closet , in Gas Light Village. It is an upscale resale boutique. Wow, it is pretty awesome. They have 7 for all mankind, Joe’s jeans, Kate Spade, Dooney and Bourke… the list goes on and on. The sales person working was so so nice. Go check it out!   While I was at the airport, I walked into the bathroom only to be greeted by the most amazing display of awesomeness… totally made my day…

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Who ever you are that did this… YOU ROCK!

After picking the hubs up at the airport, we went for sushi. We ended up at Ju Sushi Lounge.

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The Ju Island… super sweet, but really tropical and much needed! We ordered three different rolls. The most impressive was the Flaming Mountain. Yes, it was flaming… it was on fire and spicy hot. I never had flaming sushi before. I was so enamored with the fire, I forgot to take a picture. Oh my gosh it tasted amazing. We also ordered the Red Dragon Roll (also spicy), and the Dynamite Roll. For dessert we had Mochie Ball ice cream. also so good.

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Sheesh, what a weekend!

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The cooking runner pedicure lover

Miles run this month: 12.3 miles

Miles left to reach 2013 goal: 2000.7 miles

I think I might change my name to the one listed above!!!!!.

Met my SIL’s (yes I have a lot of SIL’s–3 soon to be 4, and yes I have seen them a lot in the past 60 days) for a pedicure this morning. We went to GL Nails in Grand Haven… um I will be returning. $25 and you get a massage chair, a pedicure, a leg rub that lasted FOREVER, and a paint job. Let me tell you how good a calf and foot rub feels after a long run…So the bad part? This is my second pedicure in less than a month… this can NOT become a habit…I will be broke.IMG_0520[1]

Since it was a rest day for me, well I will be riding bike later, so not a true rest day, but, any-who, I decided to cook. Get ready for picture city…

So I am going to call this…

Garlic chicken ravioli in a brown butter sauce

Basic Pasta Dough:

2 cups cake flour

4 large egg yolks

3 tablespoons EVOO

1/2 water

Blend all ingredients in electric mixer with dough hook. IMG_0504[1]You can do this by hand too. Keep blending until dough is smooth and elastic about 10 minutes. Add flour as needed. Once elastic, wrap dough in plastic and let it sit at room temp for an hour.    *** When you are cleaning up, wash everything in cold water to remove the dough, then in warm water as usual. The warm water activates the gluten in the dough and makes clean up a little more difficult.***

Ravioli filling

1 large chicken breast

2 medium shallots

1 clove garlic

1 tsp truffle salt

3 tablespoons truffle parmsean cheese ( you can use regular parmesean and add truffle oil to it)

1/4 c chardonnay

Cook the chicken in a pan with a couple tablespoons of olive oil and 1/4 cup Chardonnay. Once it is cook through chop it up and add it to the other ingredients in a large saute’ pan. Saute’ until the garlic and shallots are tender. (about 5 minutes) Remove from heat. IMG_0509[1]

Assembly

Using a pasta machine, start at 1 and work your way to 5. 5 is the perfect thickness for ravioli dough. Assemble the ravioli with about 1 tablespoon of filling. Using a ravioli cutter, seal the edges. Transfer to a plate and repeat until all the dough is gone. IMG_0510[1]IMG_0511[1]

Bring a pot of water, with a little salt and olive oil, to a boil. Drop ravioli into pot and cook for about 3 minutes or until they float. If you do not properly seal the ravioli, all the ingredients will come out when you boil them.

Remove from water and place in a large saute’ pan. Add 2 tablespoons of butter and saute’ until the edges start to brown. IMG_0516[1]

Top with chopped basil and fresh parmeasan cheese and  pour yourself a glass of that Chardonnay you used earlier.

I used Hawthorn Chardonnay from Traverse City area. K and I visited this winery/tasting room a week after it opened. They were only tasting 3 wines at the time, but they have something good going on!!!

Not my picture :-)

Not my picture 🙂

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A cream puff and cheesecake will help you run awesome!

Miles run this month: 12.3 miles

Miles left to reach 2013 goal: 2000.7 miles

I had to do my long run today because my weekend was filled with military and happenings. Today was all about breaking PR’s and I didn’t even try. I use Nike running app on my iPhone, and it tracks everything.

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These are not my fastest ever, but they are for this training season, so they stand to be broken. As I was finishing my 8 mile long run today, (it was actually 7.39…puppy issues) I was thinking what did I eat yesterday that made me so awesome today. I mean I am awesome everyday, but today I was double awesome.

Croissant, Bagel, Salad, lasagna  ravioli  cheesecake, and a cream puff…. Wow, yeah, I ate wonderful yesterday! It had to have been the cream puff and the cheesecake!

Not sure what it was but no cramping, not short of breath, no joint pain, and I ran an average 9:06 mile for almost 8 miles. I guess it just boils down to an amazing running day!! I am sure the wonderful sunshine helped too!!! I just know I need to bring my SIL and my Mom in Law with me when I run races so they can cook.

IMG_0488[1] I do not think Sasha was thrilled I made her stop to take a picture during our run. She broke her PR too today!!! She ran 6.78 miles…Yay Sasha!!! She is sleeping now  🙂 Sonny on the other hand was way to excited about all the squirrels. We turned around .85 miles into his leg of the run. His little sister has him beat on  mileage! 
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I LOVE LAKE MICHIGAN… anytime of the year!

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Smooth running

I am starting fresh before the first of the year. ATS and I have a busy next couple months, a vacation,training, and a military ball… yep gotta look good in an evening gown!!! So I dressed for the weather and headed out the door. IMG_0455[1] I think we need better lighting in our house, currently not conducive to picture taking!

After my run, I made THE BEST SMOOTHIE EVER. My inspiration? Pinterest of course. I did not use a specific recipe but a mix of recipes.

Strawberry Blueberry Banana Smoothie

IMG_0453[1]1 banana

1 single serving container vanilla yogurt

1/2c strawberries

1/2c blueberries

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup Gluten Free oats

Put all the ingredients in the blender and mix until smooth.

This smoothie is not only healthy, but it keeps you fuller longer. The oatmeal adds some extra yummy stuff!

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On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….

6 geese a-laying….well we are back to the birds again. The geese are prolly not a-laying in my neck of the woods. They are hunkered down in their nests, avoiding the winds. 30-40 mph sustained winds with gust up to 55?! Hello winter!

We are all ready for our Christmas getaway, had to run a couple errands this morning and the checkout girl said, “I hate the weather, it sucks.” My response… “you can’t complain until after Christmas” She said nothing and gave me a death stare. She didn’t even respond back when I told her “Merry Christmas” when the transaction was done…BAhhh humBUG chickie poo. Looks like you are on Santa naughty list this year! …now that is something that sucks!

Getting back to our Christmas getaway…packing for winter weather running…wow, the stuff you have to bring!!!IMG_0427[1]

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This is only half the gifts, (but the amount of glitter everywhere is enough for all the gifts) I took the rest of the gifts when I was in Chicago on Wednesday because we can not fit everything in our car…yeah, and we don’t even have kids!

Icebox Shortbread- Martha Stewart Original Recipe

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*I have to give dibs to Martha on this one…I didn’t change anything about this recipe except the oven temp. These cookies are AMAZING.

Ingredients

  • For The Shortbread

    • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling
  • Flavor Variations (Optional Mix-Ins And Coatings)

    • Mix in grated zest of 2 oranges and 1/2 cup dried cranberries
    • Mix in grated zest of 2 lemons; coat with 1/4 cup poppy seeds
    • Mix in grated zest of 2 limes; coat with 1/4 cup cornmeal
    • Mix in 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots; coat with 1/2 cup finely chopped pistachios
    • Mix in 1/2 cup mini chocolate or peanut-butter chips
    • Mix in 1/4 cup finely chopped candied ginger; coat with 1/4 cup sesame seeds

Directions

  1. With an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt until smooth. With mixer on low speed, add flour, mixing just until a dough forms. Stir in desired mix-ins.
  2. Divide dough in half; place each half on a piece of floured waxed or parchment paper. With floured hands, gently roll each into a 1 1/2-inch-diameter log. Dividing evenly, sprinkle logs with desired coating if using, rolling log (to help coating adhere) and pressing in gently. Wrap logs tightly in the paper, and refrigerate until firm, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. (To store longer, wrap log and paper tightly with plastic wrap.)
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unwrap logs; with a serrated knife, slice dough 3/8 inch thick (if dough crumbles, leave at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes). Arrange slices, about 1 inch apart, on baking sheets.
  4. Bake until lightly golden around the edges, 12-15 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

*You may have to adjust the fllour amounts so the dough is dry enough otherwise your cookies will spread in the oven from the amount of butter in these cookies.

* My mix-ins were pistachios, cranberries, and Lemon zest.

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On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….

FIVE GOLDEN RINGS!!!!  (yes those are shouty caps) Finally, we are done with the birds! On the fifth day of Christmas I went downtown Chi-town,IMG_0409[1]  got a Mimosas and Mani Pedi’s with mom and my sister  M. We went to Mani Pedi on Southport. GO THERE Mon-Wed, buy a pedicure get a mani FREE!!! Ask for Min Jin, SHE.IS.AWESOME.IMG_0410[1]Then M and I went shopping on Michigan Ave. My favorite store yesterday? By far Lululemon, I want everything in that store! We went to Watertower to eat and shop. This awesome Lego creation was between the escalators.

Made out of Legos!

Made out of Legos!

We found Foodease Resturant Market. One word YUM. They had a salad bar, $8.19 per pound. Which, yes, reading that it seems expensive. But I do not power load on the dressing. So my salad was $5.00 and it was HUGE. They also have select restaurants around Chicago come in and make food, pre-made sandwiches, bottles of wine, SUSHI!!!!, fruit, and even gluten free items! They also sell quite a few local ingredients as well… BONUS!!!!  recommend it!

pic from Foodease website

pic from Foodease website

Ok here is your cookie recipe!!!!

IMG_0406[1]Spritz Cookies

1 C softened butter

1 C powedered Sugar

1 Egg

1 1/2 tsp Cpt Morgan spiced rum

2 1/2 C flour

In a blender, m ix butter and sugar. Add egg and run, beat until combined. Add flour. Mix until just combined. If the dough is too sticky, add alittle more flour. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for about 15 minutes. Using a cookie press, press out different shapes. Bake cookies at 375* for 6 minutes. These cookies will burn super fast.

 

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On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree…

Well once again, there are birds again, yep…. although turtle doves are gorgeous birds, I don’t have those either. BUT,  I have the recipe to the good ol’ Puppy Chow. While this is not MY recipe per se, I do tweak it, (would you expect anything else?!) The original recipe came from the Chex website.

Puppy Chow

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9 cups rice Chex

1 bag Dark chocolate Hersey chips

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 stick cold butter

powder sugar

(Since our microwave decided to take a crapt, I had to make this on the stove.)

Measure out 9 cups Chex, (it is just about a large box) Put the Chex in a very large bowl.

Melt chocolate, PB, and butter (chopped into pieces) in a pot over low heat. Stir continuously to avoid burning.

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Once melted, pour over Chex and mix until all are coated with chocolate.

Using a Tupperware-type container with a lid, pour some powdered sugar in the container, then add some chocolate Chex, and shake it up!

Repeat until all Chex are coated!

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Speaking of puppies and all… If you are looking for a charity to support this holiday season, please think of AUCADO rescue in Michigan. An amazing rescue, for amazing dogs, run by amazing people!!! Check it out!

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On the first day of Christmas, My true love gave to me…

A partridge in a pear tree…

Ummm………….Well,

I don’t have a partridge, (birds are really messy in the house) or a pear tree…(I live in Michigan=too cold). BUT, I do have the recipe to the yummy cookies I made with my neighbor!!!  Here you go mom  🙂

Best Ever Christmas CookiesIMG_0380[1]

Dough:

4C Flour

1lb Large curd Cottage Cheese

1lb Butter

*Drain Cottage Cheese. Mix all ingredients together and store overnight in Refrigerator.

Nut mixture:

1 1/2 c brown sugar

1c crushed pecans and walnuts

2TBS cinnamon

Divide gough into 8 pieces. Roll one piece out at a time to mimic a pie crust in shape. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle nut mixture over the butter. Leave about 1/2 inch edge clean around entire circle. Using a pizza cutter, cut into 16 pieces. Roll each triangle into a crescent shape cookies. Place on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. Watch the cookies the last two minutes, they burn fast.

Coffee Drizzle:

1c powdered sugar

1TBS butter

Enough coffee to make a liquid glaze.

Dash of cinnamon.

Mix all the ingredients together. Once the cookies are cool, drizzle coffee glaze over the cookies. Allow glaze to set up. Store cookies in an air tight container. Cookies will only last about two days (well in my house anyways) They will last about 2 weeks.

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Let’s get this party started!

Hello weekend…so happy to see you!!!

What a fabulous day!!!!    dogs walked…check!        laundry…check!    Christmas deco organized…check!   pantry…a half check!   Manicure for the busy weekend…check!   Workout…check!

Whew… What a day!!!

So while Sasha and I were on a walk, we came across these joyous carolers, they are made out of wood and don’t move or make sounds…I thought Sasha was going to have a heart attack. She went into attack mode!!! I laughed…really hard…IMG_0333[1]

I had to take Sonny to the vet for his vaccines. I have never seen a dog so excited to ride in the truck…IMG_0335[1] IMG_0337[1] Because I had faith that he would be a good boy, we stopped at our favorite place for a peanut butter shake, chocolate milk, egg nog, and cheese…yes it is a dairy…IMG_0339[1]

They make the BEST peanut butter shake on earth. So I drank the first half and Sonny got the second halfIMG_0340[1] IMG_0344[1]

So I am thinking about a juice detox… This awesome girl just finished it. Downfall is I have to make the juice myself since I don’t live in Chicago and juice rx only delivers local…Do I want to go through all that work? Is it going to be worth it? Is this a good way to kick start my official half marathon training that starts Monday? (18 weeks until Gazelle Girl Half) I want to run a sub 2… hmmm I will take the weekend to decide…

HAPPY WEEKEND ALL!!!!

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Date Night with Brie

Ran 5 miles with Sasha…

YAY for date night! We went to Hearthstone in Muskegon. It is one of those places that no matter when you go and what you have, it is guaranteed to be delicious. The dress is a Ralph Lauren, found it on super sale…It is awesome. IMG_0326[1]Predate started with a bottle of sparkling Traminette. It is called   “Sweet Nancie.” It is a sparkling Traminette, with flavors of peach, pineapple and lemon zest. It is a new wine this year introduced by St. Julian Winery. Pretty good.IMG_0327[1]When we arrived at the Hearthstone, there was a 45 minute wait. We decided to sit in the lounge and have appetizers with some wine. We had baked brie with salted caramel glaze and candied pecans. We got a bottle of french red. IMG_0323[1]For dinner I had steak and shrimp with a lobster cream sauce. It was so good. For dessert we have proliferates filled with peppermint ice cream,IMG_0324[1]IMG_0322[1]

Here is my recipe for Baked Brie

One round of Brie

Damson Plum jelly

Preheat the oven to 350*. Place the round of Brie on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Do not pierce or crack the mold on the brie. This hold the melted cheese together. Smear the plum jam on top of the Brie. Bake in the over for about 10 minutes.

Serve warm with plain water crackers.

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