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Archive for September, 2009

quick and easy waffles

So I’ve been a bit busy lately (new job, new commute, doing a triathlon, starting training for a half marathon…) and instead of making real waffles in the waffle iron (which I love) I’ve been making Kashi frozen waffles in the toaster oven.

waffle

waffle

Not home-made but great after a longer commute with Cubs traffic and before a 3.5 mile run.

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nyc mayor

NY Times has an article on their mayor, his bad food habits, and his food policies. I am not sure I like the idea of banning trans fats and requiring lower salt in restaurant food. I want less trans fats and less sodium in food but I don’t like the idea of the government of telling me what to eat. Given the obesity problems, maybe we need it…Can’t we get people to voluntarily eat better?

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7 things about me

I received this award from Juma (and took way too long to post about it).

7 things

7 things

I am also supposed to post 7 facts about me:

1. I am a runner and I wear my Tiffany’s necklace/medal from the 2008 Nike Half Marathon all the time

2. I read 2 or 3 books a week (I just finished Monica Seles’s book)

3. After years of making fun of mac users, I am considering getting one

4. I absolutely love tv on dvd (Sopranos , Alias, Mad Men, Wonderfalls, Dark Angel…)

5. I was a candystriper when I was in high school

6. I’ve practiced yoga for 12 yrs

7. I wasn’t sure about moving into the city but now I can’t imagine leaving

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apple-y salad

salad

salad

With my bounty of apples, I made a lovely salad. I diced the apples, and tossed them with arugula and crumbled blue cheese. I made a quick dressing of orange oil and white balsamic vinegar and threw it on the salad. Delicious!

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end of summer

Summer’s ending (school’s already started in my neighborhood) but there are are a few ears of corn left to be eaten. Corn on the cob is summer to me. All you need is the corn, a slice (or 3) of watermelon, and the chlorine smell from a pool.

I usually boil the corn or wrap it in saran wrap and microwave for a few min, and throw salt and a pad of butter on it.

Delicious and easy!

corn on the cob

corn on the cob

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apple picking on labor day weekend

This Labor Day Weekend, my family and I went apple picking. We’ve gone every fall since I was a child and I absolutely love it. Nothing better than filling up a bushel while eating an apple or 2.

When we got home, the kitchen work began.

applesauce

applesauce

Apple sauce was started in the crockpot. While apple crostada was made. With some leftover crostada filling, apple crisps were made in cute containers with a quick crumb topping.

apple crisp

apple crisp

To keep up my strength, I ate peanut brittle popcorn from the market at the orchard-it was delicious!

peanut brittle popcorn

peanut brittle popcorn

It didn’t last long.

Applesauce

4 quartered and cored apples
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Place ingredients in crockpot on low for 1.5-2 hrs. Stir occasionally. Pass through food mill first using a coarse sieve and then a finer one to make a puree.

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deep fried butter

Deep fried butter at the Texas State Fair.

I cannot wrap my mind around fat fried in fat…

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