The Cooking Runner

Alternative Fuel Parking Only

What better way to start a very early day by drinking this…., Then going here…, Then buying these  and then finding this post on Pinterest… (ignore the profanity please)…While sitting at the car dealership waiting for my car, I thought Starbucks, Target, shoes, and a man that wines and dines me….DAMN I am one lucky woman!

I had lunch with the lucky man in my life . I went to Marie Catrib’s in Grand Rapids. I ordered out and had to pick it up, WOW what a busy place on a Friday at noon! Who woulda thunk it?!  Best part of that whole experience… being able to drive past everyone waiting in line for a parking spot, only to be able to pull into the spot marked “Alternative Fuel Car Parking Only”…BOOM!!!!! Score 1 point Marie Catribe’s for having such awesome parking. So I waited for what seemed like an eternity until Marie came around with a plate of cookies….Chocolate, oatmeal, peanut butter Gluten Free heaven!!! Score 2 for Marie Catrib’s! So finally my two Shwarma gyros were ready but only when I had to ask the girl… “Um does that say Trina?”  Girl: “Yeah”  “I am Trina” Girl: “Oh right did you pay?”  Thought in my head “UM can’t you see the word that says P-A-I-D?” but actually said “yeah here is my receipt”  So after I left slightly down I remembered I still had a little bit of the cookie left… I held strong and saved it for the Lucky Man I was having lunch with.

The food was so so. There was a little meat and a lot of bread. I was slightly unsatisfied when Adam and I were done having lunch. Opinion? I would not avoid this place by any means. Marie is so sweet. I just would not go out of my way to go here.

I picked up my super awesome military wife friend Sara…and we hit the town like two wild women! We went shopping at Blue Boutique (awesome designer stuff for super cheap!!! , talked, got coffee (at Starbucks, yeah I love Starbucks… Christmas is coming you know…), talked, and walked a little, and talked some more about stuff  “only a military wife would understand”

So the hubs and I decided we are going canoeing tomorrow…high of 50* so I figured I needed to bundle up. I tried on hats and got a lot of laughs from the hubs….

It was pretty funny I laughed at myself. I could not decide which hat so it will be a last minute decision. I do have to say though, I have a sneaky suspicion that the last hat might make an appearance on a ski trip in the near future!!!!

Do you have items, places that make your day great?

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Lamb because of a screaming kid

The thought at the grocery store at 4pm, after work, ad-mist a screaming kid (not mine, my future children would never do that!) “God I need a glass of wine”…and then I saw lamb chops in the butcher case… Broiled herb lamb chops with tarragon smashed potatoes, and roasted maple glazed acorn squash…boom… dinner.

I am that good…

I just randomly think of amazing dinners, with a perplexed look on my face, while staring at raw lamb chops…(the butcher at Meijer better not blow my cover!)

Got home, poured the wine in the decanter, because a red has to breath to be good (or so I have been told)… and I needed a glass Then I put all the groceries away!

Herb Lamb Chops

Parsley, thyme rosemary and sage…Equal parts of all 4

4 lamb chops

Ground Pepper

Olive oil

In a shallow casserole dish, pour enough olive oil to coat the bottom. Sprinkle all the herbs in equal amounts. Using a pepper grinder, grind three turns of pepper on to the herbs. Place the lamp chop in the herbs, then flip to coat both sides with herb mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, place the lamb chops in a parchment paper lines baking dish. Broil on high for 3 minutes each side. This will give you med rare done-ness. If you want them done more add a minute or so to each side. Watch carefully!!!!

Smash Tarragon Potatoes

3 medium size baking potatoes

fresh tarragon

1 shallot

truffle salt

Microwave potatoes until mushy…( I hit the potato button 3 times since I have 3 potatoes…what has this world come to?), cut into pieces. Add a little Brummel and Brown (or butter)  and mash. Chop a tarrgon and shallots, and add to taste. Sprinkle a small amount of truffle salt.

Roasted Maple Glazed Acorn Squash

1 acorn squash cut in half and cleaned.

1 tablespoon of Brummel and Brown or butter

1 tablespoon real maple syrup

Cut a small flat spot on the bottom of each half so the halves don’t roll around. Be careful not to cut into the squash, you want a “bowl”. Place the halves in a parchment lined baking dish.  Put a tablespoon of Brummel and Brown or butter into each half and 1 tablespoon of real maple syrup into each half. Place in a 350* oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, using a spoon, spoon the butter and syrup mixture over the top edges of the squash. cook another 15 minutes. Allow halves to cool a little before eating.

ATS sat down at the table and asked, “what’s the occasion?” My response “Because I love you and I am writing a food and running blog.” ATS, “<a small laugh> I love your Blog”. Me: “hahaha you are so not funny…”

After a rest day to recover from the dunes, I have a hill workout tomorrow…I will let you know how that goes because this Malbec is amazing!


2011 Trivento Reserve Malbec Argentina

Enjoy folks!!!

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