Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tasteful Thursday - Angel Hair with Smoked Salmon & Goat Cheese

Angel Hair with Smoked Salmon & Goat Cheese

November 1, 2004
This is a great entrĂ©e for entertaining. The ingredients are elegant, light, and it’s visually appealing, plus the preparation takes just minutes—perfect for a post-group-run lunch, or a pre-marathon dinner with friends.
1 lb. angel hair pasta
1/4 lb. smoked salmon, 1/4-inch diced
1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
3 tbls. capers, rinsed and drained
1 tbls. grated lemon zest
6 oz. soft goat cheese (Chevre or Montrachet), crumbled
1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped (plus 4 sprigs for garnish)
Freshly ground black pepper
  • Cook pasta until tender and firm to the bite. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.
  • Return pasta to pot, add remaining ingredients including pasta water, and toss to combine.
  • Heat over medium heat for two minutes.
  • Season with pepper to taste.
  • Serve hot.
  • Garnish with dill sprigs.
  • Serves 4.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tomoka 1/2 Marathon Race Recap

A couple weeks ago I had raced the Tomoka 1/2 Marathon. I have to say it was one of the most organized races I have ever run. There were officers at every intersection, water stations every 1 1/2 miles to 2 miles and they were always full, it started right on time, and the after race was full of food and beer even for slower runners like me. I was extremely pleased with the event and will run it again.

Enough about the awesome organizers, now onto how I ran :) So much better than I thought I would. I had been really slacking with my training for about a month before the race, so I was only hoping to run it just under 2:45. I ran it with a couple friends that were faster than me, so it helped me start out faster than I'm used to. Then even though I started a few minutes behind the 2:30 pacer, I could see their sign for almost the entire race, which pushed me to stay with them. It excited me to see that I was running around that pace. For the last few miles, I started to really crash, so I know I started out a little to fast for me, but I finished strong and finished in 2:31:13. That was only 2 minutes slower than my PR. I am stoked with that time, and it is pushing me to finish even better during my next 1/2 in October!!!

We went down the night before and stayed overnight, so I wanted to share some of the pictures of our walk on a dock, and then on the beach. Ormond Beach is absolutely beautiful!

I definitely recommend all my local friends put this race on the calendar. If you register early, it's very inexpensive and definitely worth it!!!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tasteful Thursday - Stuffed Strawberries

Stuffed Strawberries Recipe

Makes 1 pound strawberries
1 pound fresh strawberries
1 8-ounce package Neufchatel cheese (next to cream cheese)
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 small package fresh blueberries (optional)
With a paring knife slice off the stem of the strawberry so it can sit up on a plate. Cut a deep cross into the tip of the strawberry being careful not to cut through it. Cream Neufchatel cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a bowl with a fork.
Put cheese mixture into a pastry bag with a star tip and pipe filling into strawberry. Add blueberry to the top for cuteness.
Stuffed strawberries will store in the fridge for one day.
One strawberry is 42 calories, 2.7 g fat, 1.7 g saturated fat, 3.3 g carbohydrates, 2.6 g sugar, 1.3 g protein, 0 g fiber, 46 mg sodium, 1 Points+
Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.

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