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Eat Drink 2013

I normally do this “look back” post in January. It’s been a little nutty in the newsroom.
I’m sorry.

2013: The year of meat. That’s what it feels like since I gave up red meat, chicken and alcohol for Lent this year.

Last year, I had one of the most decadent meals of my life at Restaurant au Pied de Cochon in Montreal.
stuffed au pied de cochon with foie gras @ Restaurant au Pied de Cochon
My entrée: stuffed au pied de cochon with foie gras. It felt like the fatty duck meat left my heart racing.

In wine country, we got messy with a lobster boil at St. Supery.
#kvpinmybelly : #Lobster fan in #Napa. Also, new profile photo?!? What do you think?

In Pacifica, I went crabbing for the first time. We got lucky. I named our crabby friend “Lunch.”
Dungeness Crab @ Daisy City

In Daly City, we hosted our first Thanksgiving Dinner.
#kvpkitchen - Turkey ready for the oven. Celebrating #thanksgiving early because I have to work on Thursday

In Calistoga, we celebrated the New Year with newlyweds, Nancy and Justin, and plenty of hearty pork dishes.

I posted more food and drink photos on Flickr.

In My Tummy | 2013

Sweaty Mess, Eating Lean

T-Minus 2 hours before my next bootcamp workout.

This is the second week of my 6-week fat loss and fitness program with O2 BodyFit. It kicks my butt with high-intensity cardio & strength routines. The trainers push us without breaking us down.

I’m sweaty mess at the end. My muscles and limbs scream from exhaustion.

So far, I love it!

O2 BodyFit Meal Plan - Week 1
I’m also on a new meal plan: more lean meats and more (much more) vegetables.

Here’s what I made for the first week (I tweaked the recipes to cut down on oils and eliminate dairy items):

  • Broiled salmon with a peppercorn-Lime Rub and an Asian slaw with a ginger peanut dressing (no honey)
  • Pan-seared tilapia (no butter) with broccoli slaw and spinach salad
  • Lemon-Thyme chicken with sauteed vegetables (no cheese)
  • Chicken omelette, with kale and cherry tomatoes
  • Ground turkey with Rogan Josh sauce (Saffron Road simmer sauce) over cauliflower rice and spinach salad.

I had plenty of leftovers.

Cook the Book: Albaretto della Torre

I wanted a meaty dish for my Rosemary bread.

My inspiration: Fare la scarpetta. It’s an Italian saying that encourages diners to mop up every last morsel of their meal by using bread like a “little shoe.”

Sugo 'd' Arrosto

That led me back to Jeffery Steingarten’s book: “The Man Who Ate Everything.” I found a pasta dish from Albaretto della Torre that would let me mop up meat sauce with bread.
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Grilling in Daly City

My guilty pleasure: Watching David Rocco’s Dolce Vita on the Cooking Network. I wish I could visit all those beautiful Italian wineries, markets and food spots. He makes life look sweet and easy in Florence.

Sometimes, his cutaway shots show the Duomo. It reminds me of my short weekend trip to Italy. It felt wonderful to take communion inside this epic cathedral.

His weekend in Chianti inspired me to try farro for risotto.
Farro Risotto Al Chianti

We also wanted to do some grilling yesterday. Farro Risotto Al Chianti paired nicely with these yummy rib-eye steaks.

Steak, herb butter and asparagus
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