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Food & Wine!

As you know, I’ve been known as the Hotel Room Gourmet for being able to whip up amazing breakfasts, lunches, and dinners while I’m on the road for work.

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, but I’m back on again.

Every year around my birthday, I come up with a new goal for the year. Last year, it was a photo-a-day, which didn’t last too long because there are only so many photos of my husband and dog that I can post without losing interest.

This year, I decided to choose one recipe a week from the current Food and Wine and try to make it at home – or on the road, if the possibility exists.

This week, I’m trying the Bacon and Egg pizza from the October issue.

As soon as John bit into it, he said, “Hmmmmm, it tastes moldy.” (Thank you brie.) I was also not excited with it. I know that part of it was my error of not tossing the crust thin enough, so it ended up like Chicago style pizza, but the flavor was just plain BORING. I added salt and pepper, and that helped things a bit. As we were cleaning up, we discussed what could be done to make it better. John’s suggestion – Extra Sharp Cheddar. I think I might try that, but quite honestly, I probably won’t make it again.



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Too many places….

Why can’t it be simple? I find places on the internet and I want to connect them and/or read them later.

Facebook lets me post links, but trying to find that brown butter peach cake I made two years ago is impossible. Same with Twitter…

Stumbleupon…you know, I used it for awhile, but was never able to really master it. I think the biggest issue was, again, trying to weed through all the articles that I tagged. Back then (what, six months or a year ago), you couldn’t tag things (cooking, health, yoga, etc.) so it made it hard to retrieve.

Pinterest….Sorry! I just don’t get that one at all! And I consider myself a visual person. Way too much overload….and from people I don’t even know. How do I get rid of all of THAT garbology?

Now that I’ve been a smart phone addict for 6 years (really that long!) I’ve had challenges with apps that work on the phone but not on the laptop and vice versa.

So, now I’m testing out Pocket. I can read things on my iPhone, or my laptop, and then delete them or file them when I need to.

Actually, I think the most apropos place might be right here. I can customize my links, my tags, my look, my feel. It’s easy to find stuff….my only concern might be that someone thinks I’m plagiarizing them.

Ok, what gives? What’s your favorite way to store links and what’s the easiest way to retrieve them for you?

Gimme your 411…

But for now, here’s today’s link that caught my eye and that I can’t wait to read!

50 Things to Grill in Foil! (Thank you @FoodNetwork!)

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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


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A week of bikes

It’s really been more than a week, but the time flew and I feel like it needs to be quickly reviewed.

Wednesday, the 15th, John and I jumped on a plane to head to the south and the three H’s (hazy, hot, and humid). We ended up in Rock Hills, SC at their four-month old Velodrome to time the Elite Omnium Nationals. Loved it! It’s been two years since we’ve worked a track event, and I forgot how fun they are. The facility was beautiful, the people were friendly and helpful, and the weather really wasn’t that bad. With the exception of the rain day which killed my favorite keypad.



We returned home on the 19th with just enough time to do laundry, then catch the finish of Stage 1 of the US Pro Challenge finish in Telluride. Even though I’ve seen several pro races from the announcer’s stage, it was completely different to see the finish in my hometown. So proud of the OC – especially Stephanie Jacquet who KILLED it. We were so over-prepared, it was relaxing in a way.

After that, it was time to pack for the Blue Ribbon Alpine Criterium in Aspen. This is an elite women’s road race that has been run as a stage race in the past. This year, the event organizers were not blessed with sponsorship dollars and the race was reduced to a single criterium. We raced right before the USPCC men’s finish in Aspen came roaring into town. It was fun to play with our friends at Phoenix Sports Technologies gear and help them get their race in the books too.











We headed home on Thursday, and to an unscheduled weekend. Can’t even remember when the last weekend at home was. After doing nothing on Friday, I decided to head out to forage for wild mushrooms. Unfortunately, the drought has left us with very few mushrooms. Either that, or there are a lot of people out there that are getting to them before me.

I was able to gather enough to make a grilled wild mushroom pizza with goat cheese.

This morning, I looked at my Endomondo calendar, and noticed that the last time I rode my bike was almost two weeks ago! I am not even getting close to my big birthday goal. I’m not going to give up, but I’m going to change the focus a bit. Now, it’s going to be about fun and how many giggles I can get in one ride.

I started climbing one of my favorite trails. After a bit of that, I’d had enough and was luck would have it, I discovered a new trail. Well, me and three other guys. We all ended up on a road. The gentlemen were looking for Alta Lakes. I, on the other hand knew exactly where I was and decided to continue on the ski area road. This particular road I haven’t been on in the summer, and it is GORGEOUS. I think I’m going to have to make it one of my fun, short loops from now on.

On one of my descents, I got a little too close to a tree and left some skin behind. Ever the skier, the first thing that popped into my head was “Why didn’t they design break-a-way trees???”

Ah well, giggles and fun. And that’s what it should be all about.

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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Bicycle, Uncategorized


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Two in one day

I know, I know, unbelievable, right?

Well, there is a method to the madness…another Wednesday fast approaches which is my CSA day. I still have a bag of Basil and half a bag of Arugula left soooooooo.


A friend of me told me that she freezes hers, so I thought I’d give it a try.

First, I blanched the pesto and arugula and drained them in the colander. I then spun all the water out. (Ancient salad spinner, but well used and used often.)

Added the usual goodies, sans Parmesan cheese, and it is now lovingly resting in the freezer. How easy is that?


Here is Martha Stewart’s version which was the basis for the recipe. However, I don’t usually measure my pesto and used only her instructions. (Which are pretty invaluable, eh?)

Summer Pesto

  • One bunch of Basil
  • One bag of Arugula
  • 3/4 cup of Pine Nuts (toasted or not…)
  • 4 cloves of Garlic (or to taste)
  • Salt/Pepper
  • approx 1/2 cup of Olive Oil

You know the drill…blanch, drain, food process, freeze, enjoy!


Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Uncategorized


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