In store for today is a hike in a nearby preserve and relaxing -- reading my book, knitting, and not doing anything crazy! It has been a very full weekend here so far. I ran a 15K yesterday (9.3 miles) and rocked it! It felt great! I finished in 1:20:18 -- a 8:37 average mile. What a great race! It started in central park in Schenectedy and went through beautiful historic neighborhoods and the graveyard before circling back to the park. Very fun!
I also passed the last two days in the kitchen engaged in a cooking and baking frenzy! Here is a look at what I made... the damage was severe... the hours long... the calorie intake impressive...
Triple chocolate chip, oat and fresh cranberry cookies:
YUM. Look at the batter:
I want to live in that bowl...
Art my friends, art.
And my first attempt at homemade Challah bread was a success! DELICIOUS. nothing. like. it. period. so good. so good. heaven.
Homemade spaghetti and meatballs was on the menu Saturday night (pre-race carbs! great excuse!)
Then for guests on Sunday night I made... a lot:
Jim Lahey's no knead bread... delicious as always... crusty outside and moist inside... MMMMM...
Moroccan lamb stew. OK. This dish is to die for. Really. I would like it to be my last meal before I die. My stepdad made it last time I was home and I had to have the recipe (from epicurious). It changed my world. My husband and our guests all loved it. It is now part of the permanent file. I served it with Jasmine rice, the bread, and a green salad. Perfect meal.
And to put us all into food coma and over the edge of full, a flourless chocolate cake, which I served with whipped cream.
Yeah... I know... I went a LITTLE over the top this weekend. I cooked a lot. My dad says he would never survive in my house... he would be so fat... sigh... well, what can I say. I had fun. I ate well. I have many recipes to post. I am happy!
And so are the animals.... time for a little animal slideshow... and then I am off to read, and knit, and relax!
Awww!!! So cute.