I knew when Runner’s World announced they’d be hosting an inaugural half marathon event, it was a must-run race. Who better to organize a race than the people that run and write about nearly every other race in the country? This fit perfectly into my NYC Marathon training as a final tune-up race. This was also pretty convenient because the host town of Bethlehem is Matt’s hometown, so we had a place to stay.
A few weeks ago, the lovely Julia Child would have celebrated her 100th birthday. In honor of the occasion, I decided to make a big dinner for Matt and myself, something I don’t do nearly as much as I’d like. The obvious choice would be to go French themed, and use Mastering the Art of French Cooking for the recipes. But to be honest, I feel like I have the french thing down. I’ve made a bunch of the recipes from that book, and even de-boned a duck! Julia was all about challenging yourself. So in that spirit, I chose to make homemade pasta. I tried this once before and had a rough time. The dough was too dry and the finished product was gummy and thick.
I’ve spent my fair share of time browsing blogs from runners and health fanatics, and I have often come across writers swearing by their morning spinach smoothies. In theory, I loved the idea of a nutrient-packed easy breakfast to start my day. But even though every proponent of the smoothies swore they didn’t actually taste like spinach, I was skeptical. Then I talked to my friend Jess, who assured me the shakes were delicious. She pointed me in the direction of a basic recipe, and I decided to take the plunge. After my experience with the juice cleanse, I was pretty certain I’d hate the spinach. But even if I ended up hating it, I’d only be out a few dollars for the ingredients. Continue reading
It’s been a while since I posted a recipe, but this is a good one to keep on file. Trying to plan a summer potlucky gathering was proving a challenge with my busy summer schedule. But I was anxious to have the gang over at the new place, so I decided a brunch event would be a good placeholder until the next potlucky dinner event. Continue reading
I made these beautiful pina colada cupcakes for a Tiki-themed cocktail party hosted by Jen and Jon, of the Hungry Runner and Home Speakeasy. The cupcakes tasted great and were super moist. They had a little bit of booze in them, to fit with the theme. I went with a very light whipped cream cheese frosting, and sprinkled them with some Hibiscus sugar I purchased in St. Martin. The dried pineapple flowers were really the stars of these cupcakes, and were so simple to make. These cupcakes definitely scream warm weather and would be the perfect addition to any Spring or Summer party menu. Continue reading
We’ve been having some amazing early spring weather here in Philly. So to celebrate the first day of Spring, Matt and I decided to have a picnic dinner over in Schuylkill River Park. Unable to keep things simple, I planned an elaborate menu that I was working on almost til the sun went down. Luckily we were able to get over to the park just before sunset and had a lovely dinner. This quinoa salad was definitely one of the standout dishes of the meal. It was simple to make and super healthy. Continue reading
I have a very distinct memory of being in elementary school during our homeroom St. Patrick’s Day party, and someone handing me something they called an “Irish Potato.” Being a fan of potatoes, I happily popped it in my mouth, only to find it was really just a glob of cream cheese and coconut, two ingredients I despised at that point in my life. I made it a point to avoid the candy potato impostors after that. But this year, when it was suggested I make some Irish Potatoes as a St. Patrick’s Day treat, I figured I’d give them another chance. Even though my tastes have matured, the Irish Potatoes didn’t do it for me. I prefer my cream cheese frosting to be on top of a cupcake. But if you are looking to make some for your holiday festivities, here is a super easy recipe. Continue reading