I normally do this “look back” post in January. It’s been a little nutty in the newsroom.
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.
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.
In Pacifica, I went crabbing for the first time. We got lucky. I named our crabby friend “Lunch.”
In Daly City, we hosted our first Thanksgiving Dinner.
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.
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!
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.
Soft, fat noodles inspired me to dig out our pasta machine.
I adored the handmade handkerchief noodles at Farina. The dish is called Mandilli di seta al Pesto. Each luscious bite of pasta had a punch of flavor from the basil and almond pesto.
This weekend, we made pasta with garlic sausage and Rachel Ray’s bolognese sauce.
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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.”
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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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.
We also wanted to do some grilling yesterday. Farro Risotto Al Chianti paired nicely with these yummy rib-eye steaks.
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