Monthly Archives: November 2009

I love Ellie Krieger

So good.

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Ellie Krieger’s Aromatic Noodles with Lime Peanut Sauce (from foodnetwork.com)
Serves 6

Ingredients
3/4 pound spinach linguine or whole-wheat spaghetti
2 cups (about 9 ounces) broccoli florets
2 cups (about 6 ounces) snow peas, trimmed
2 cups (about 6 ounces) sugar snap peas, trimmed
1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 scallion, cut into pieces
3/4 inch fresh ginger, finely grated
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup shelled unsalted peanuts
Directions
Cook the pasta in a large pot of water according to the directions on the package. Drain and rinse with cold water. While the pasta is cooking put the broccoli in a steamer basket over a large pot of boiling water and steam it for 3 minutes. Add the snow peas and sugar snap peas and steam for 2 minutes more.

Toast the peanuts in a dry pan over a medium heat until they become fragrant, about 3 minutes. Set them aside to cool. Make the sauce by pureeing the peanut butter, soy sauce, water, vinegar, lime juice, scallion, ginger, sugar and red pepper flakes in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Right before serving, toss the pasta with 3/4 cup of the peanut sauce. Divide into 6 serving bowls and top each serving with the vegetables. Drizzle the remaining sauce over the vegetables. Coarsely chop the peanuts, sprinkle them on top and serve.

Of course, since I can’t follow a recipe to save my life, I omitted a bunch of things. First off, I only cooked enough pasta for two servings, but I cut the sauce in half. I like my veggies saucy. I only used one type of pea, I forget which one. I didn’t use the scallion, ginger or unsalted peanuts. I also mixed the sauce with the veggies and pasta together, not just with the noodles. And guess what? It was fabulous.

End of the weekend

How in the world did my 4-day weekend come to an end? Surprisingly, I don’t really feel that bummed about going back to work tomorrow. I think having so much time off, with no real obligations, was good for me. Of course, it helps to know that I’ll have another long weekend in a month. I am going home to Maryland for that one.

The weather could not have been nicer this weekend. It was probably in the upper 50s the entire time. I took the hyper dog to the park on Saturday morning. He had a great time. I took a few pictures while we were there. The best part of the park outing was that Murphy was exhausted for the rest of the day!

The Midtown Atlanta skyline:

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I like the lines in this:

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After we got back, Jason and I went to our favorite salad bar for lunch.

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We hadn’t been in a while and the cashier told us that she missed us! I guess we’re regulars. I just got the cold bar because they didn’t have the soup that I like, so I figured there was no point getting the hot bar too.

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The rest of the day, I pretty much just farted around the house. I didn’t feel like going to the gym, so I did some random On Demand fitness thing. It was 45 minutes of weight lifting. I thought I was going to stay in because most of my friends were out of town and Jason was working, but one of my friends got back into town early so I met her out for a while.

Today was pretty productive, considering I lazed around until noon. After I finally managed to get up, I met a friend and we went to two malls. I ended up getting a sweater for my mother and some stuff for myself. I also had an epiphany about what to get Jason. I found the perfect one online when I got home and a code for free shipping. Score. After the mall, I took Murphy on a 2.5 mile walk, went to the gym and did the elliptical for a half hour and went grocery shopping. Whew. Busy day.

I had been totally craving enchiladas for like a month now, so I took Errign’s advice and used Jenna’s famous chicken enchilada recipe. I added some peppers and used fat-free sour cream instead of light. It turned out wonderfully. Jason is going to be so excited when he gets home from work and there are enchiladas in the fridge. I would like to try this with refried beans instead of chicken; I think that would be good.

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Okay, I take it back about not having the Sunday night blues. I don’t want to get up and go to work tomorrow. Although I will be glad to get back into my normal routine. I am such a creature of routine. My mother says that I have been like that since I was a baby. Having four days off was fun, but I didn’t exactly know what to do with myself and ended up spending WAY too much money. I’m declaring this work week a non-spending week. I have groceries in the house. There is no reason that I need to spend any money until Friday (might go to a concert). Do you think I can do it?

Loud Dog

My dog is being quite the little primadonna this weekend. We have a small backyard. He likes to be outside, I guess because it’s cool. But then he likes to be with us inside. So, he constantly barks to be either let in or out. He really wants me to just leave the door open so he can go as he pleases, or sit in the door frame, but it’s too cold for that. I need a doggie door.

Anyway.

How great is it that it feels like the whole weekend has already passed but it’s only Saturday morning? I so needed this 4-day weekend. Yesterday, between the two of us, we somehow managed to polish off all the leftovers. Since we only had three people for dinner, there weren’t that many though. I mostly spent yesterday afternoon lounging around the house. At around 5:30, we made it over to the gym. I did 3 miles on the treadmill. I ran the first two miles at 6.2mph and then sort of felt sick. So I slowed down to a 3.5mph walk for a quarter mile. After that, I ran the next quarter mile at 6.5mph and then the last half mile at 6.2 again. Got that?

We didn’t really know what to do after the gym. We thought about going ice skating but eventually nixed that idea. Dinner and drinks didn’t sound appealing either. We ended up changing into our pajamas, playing both Outburst and Trivial Pursuit and watching an episode of True Blood that Jason found online. It ended up being a really fun evening. After going out on Wednesday and cooking on Thursday, a low-key evening is what we both needed.

I’m trying to figure out a meal plan for the week. I know that I want enchiladas in there somewhere! Anyone have a good enchilada recipe?

Stop barking, Murphy! He only looks sweet and innocent.

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I sense a dog park visit in our immediate future. This dog needs to get his energy out.

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