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By now you have heard about the Boston Marathon Bombings. I truly senseless and cowardice act against the best people, supporters and runners alike. I am not sure we will ever get answers, especially why someone would do such a thing. I visited Boston back in September 2005. That was such a fun trip! I took in two games at Fenway (and my team, the A’s won both!), ate at the North End, and helped my friend pick out her wedding dress. Even though I never delved into the historical parts of Boston, I still had an amazing extended weekend visit. That town is magical.
Being a runner and fan of Boston the city in general, this event is heartbreaking. In the half marathons I have run, these people who stand alongside the route for as many if not more hours that I run are truly an inspiration to those of us running. Many people whom I have never met have helped me get by mile after mile. And being part of the running community, there is a feeling of family. I can only dream right now to once day run the Boston Marathon. I need to shave almost 4 minutes a mile off my time. I hope to be there one day. There are several Facebook groups that are dedicating their miles to Boston. I joined Runners United to Remember. RunJunkees created a bib to wear during your runs or even walks. I won’t let this one act scare me away from racing. Runners face many adversities in training and racing but we run on. Even after this, we will run on.
As I mentioned, I took in two games at Fenway. As a baseball fan, this is one park that should not be missed. The history, the Green Monster, and the 8th inning. EVERY home game, in the middle of the 8th, they pipe Sweet Caroline though the speakers and the entire crowd is on their feet singing. (At least they did when I was there. Of course they were the reigning World Series Champs at the time too!) Whenever I hear that song I am reminded of my trip to that wonderful city. It warmed my heart when I saw on the news that Oakland A’s (and Yankees) played Sweet Caroline at their respective games the day after the bombing in support of Boston. So when you are out running or in the kitchen making dinner, turn on Sweet Caroline and say a little prayer for the people of Boston and around the world who were affected.
Now on to a lighter subject….even if it doesn’t make you lighter. ;) I know I said I wasn’t going to bake this week. However, there were berries staring at me in the fridge. Yes, they could be eaten alone, or with yogurt or made into a smoothie. However, I thought I would treat the people at my favorite Starbucks to a delicious treat so I made the Mixed Berry Clafoutis again. Yes it is that good that it can be made three weeks in a row. Don’t judge until you’ve tried it.
Now let’s get a look at what is on the menu for this week:
SMOOTHIE: Pineapple Mango Smoothie
DINNER: We are having friends over for dinner so I will grill a tri-tip and bacon-wrapped potatoes. I also have some spanakopita, arancini bites and feta onion bites from Trader Joe’s that I will probably heat up.
SMOOTHIE: Slammin Sunrise Smoothie
DINNER: This is a newer recipe but my husband loved it immediately! I am making Grilled Chicken Bruschetta. It’s so tasty and I will serve it again with crusty bread and either a roasted garlic butter or flavored dipping oil. So tasty!!
SMOOTHIE: Banana Fudge Smoothie with a hit of peanut butter
DINNER: an oldie that I haven’t made in awhile: Stuffed Taco Shells! I will try to healthify them a bit by using ground turkey and less cheese. They really are quite tasty.
SMOOTHIE: Peach Smoothie
DINNER: new recipe! Pan-grilled Chicken with Chorizo Confetti. Yes, I know I had this on the menu a few weeks ago but some dinners got shuffled and this got left behind. Can’t wait to try it! I will serve it with a salad with a salsa based dressing.
SMOOTHIE: Cheesecake Smoothie
DINNER: a favorite!!! Skinny Texas Cheese Fries!!! I will have these with a salad and make my husband either half a hot link or a burger slider. Yum!!
DINNER: new recipe: Cavatappi Amatriciana from the Carraba’s Italian Grill Cookbook. Carraba’s is a restaurant found back east and I wish we had it in California. Great food. I might serve this with some grilled chicken and a side salad. And definitely some crusty bread. None of the online recipes match what is in the book for this pasta dish so I will give you a list of ingredients. Unfortunately, due to copyright laws, I cannot tell you how to prepare these ingredients.
3 TB unsalted butter, divided
4 oz Pancetta
1 yellow onion
1 can (28 oz) whole tomatoes in juice, crushed
1/2 tsp crushed hot red pepper flakes
1 lb cavatappi or fusilli pasta
1/2 cup freshly grated Romano Cheese
Also on the agenda this week is the infamous Kit Kat Cake for a dessert auction. If you have not had this cake, you are missing out. It is a definite family favorite! Check out some other fun cake ideas from my previous post. I am also making Cake Batter Blondies for a little personal consumption. We have some friends coming over for dinner so if I can share the bulk of the recipe, I will make these delicious morsels. We also just ran out of Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin Bread in our house, so I will baking up a batch of that sometime this week as well. My son LOVES this bread. He gets upset when there aren’t enough raisins in his slice so I might have to add a few more. Looks like my oven will be getting a workout!