Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Full Steam Ahead!

I am officially registered for Steamtown Marathon this weekend! 

***insert happy grin***

I decided to opt for this marathon over Hardford since its on the Sunday, and Hardford is Saturday and I can't register online anymore, and it would be rushed to get there with no entry guarantee.  This last minute marathon will replace my planned 22 miler this weekend (whats 4 more miles..).  

I don't have a race plan yet,  but I will be conservative since this is not my "A" race, so I will likely start out slow and see how it goes.  Weather looks good - partly cloudy low 34F, high 57F so that should help.
This week we have been eating so well.  Its harvest time in Ontario,  and I made a wonderful homemade tomato soup and homemade sphaghetti sauce with fresh tomatoes and basil.  While at the farmers market look what I picked up for $2.50!!

One brussel sprout tree!! I never knew how brussel sprouts grew..   Either way,  I rarely make brussel sprouts,  anyone have any good suggestions for preparing them.  Hubs doesn't like them very much,  so I am determined to make a tasty dish that he will like.

Good luck to all the racers this weekend!  Thanks for reading!


Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Glad you got a race worked out for the weeend.

As for brussel sprouts...ewwwww...that's one veggie that I just don't care for. lol

the gazelle said...

I LOVE LOVE Brussels sprouts - I have three "trees" in my garden.

this is one of my favorite recipes:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Goat Cheese

1 lb. brussels sprouts
2 T olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 t minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
2 oz pancetta cut crosswise into 1/3-inch-wide strips
1 1/2 T Parmesan cheese
1-2 T crumbled goat cheese

Preheat oven to 425 F. Trim brussels sprouts, remove any discolored leaves, and cut into half. Put sprouts in mixing bowl and toss with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and pancetta.

Spray roasting pan with non-stick spray. Arrange sprouts in a single layer on roasting pan, and roast 25 minutes, turning occasionally, or until sprouts are slightly crisp and golden brown on the edges.

Toss with the parmesan cheese. Top brussels sprouts with goat cheese.

the gazelle said...

also - good luck with the last minute marathon!

katerina said...

Look at those beautiful Brussels!! I have never been able to buy them right on the tree like that before.

Good luck on your marathon.

Runner Leana said...

Those things grow on trees? Who knew??

RunningLaur said...

Have a great time at Steamtown!!

Food Network had on a great brussel sprout recipe a while ago, although not the most healthy. It was basically flash fried sprouts (no breading) with crumbled bacon on top!

Melanie Tait (Mel Tries to Run) said...

YOu're such an inspiration - signing up for your marathon the week before and being totally cool about it. I really admire that!

I wish I could say I loved brussel sprouts straight off the tree. I'm afraid they need to be part of a stir fry for me to like them :)

Jenny said...

Good luck at Steamtown!!

As for the Brussel Sprouts, you HAVE to roast them! That's my favorite. Olive oil or butter, salt and pepper, then roast them at 400 or 450 for a while (20 min?) until tender. Yum!

J said...

I have never seen Brussel sprouts before, that is crazy! Glad this race worked out for you this weekend!

Anonymous said...

I have never seen brussel sprouts like that before either...who knew.

Have a great time at the marathon.

Mark said...

I love brussel sprouts! Mom used to put melted cheese over them after they were cooked...yummmm..
Good luck in the race!!!

ShirleyPerly said...

Yes, I wouldn't travel more than an hour to a race, and esp. a marathon, that I might not get into. Steamtown sounds like the better option. Good luck and the only reason I know how brussel sprouts grow is because I used to live in the Monterey Bay area, CA, where a lot of them are grown.

Missy said...

OMG, I thought you posted a huge WEED harvest, hahaha. Yep, I like gazelle's recipe. If I need them fast, I use the same basic idea but put them into a food processor and make smaller pieces and just do all of 'that' in a saute pan. Cooks very fast that way and makes them not so chunky to eat.

Ali said...

Good luck in Steamtown ... say hi to Jim and Michael.

I love this brussels sprout recipe


Saface Macdonald said...

I LOVE BRUSSEL SPROUTS. Who knew they grew like that? I make them with panko bread crumbs. Just use egg white and dio and bake in the oven at 375 for 25 minutes!

And The Steamtown Marathon looks awesome. Once the kids get older, we hope to run races all over and drag them along for the ride!

Marlene said...

I had no idea brussels sprouts grew like that! Too cool!

Make this recipe:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Pancetta. I have used it to convert my entire family to brussels sprouts eaters. :)

Congrats on Steamtown. Exciting!!

Lily on the Road said...

I LOVE BRUSSEL SPROUTS!! Especially as a soup!


Lacey Nicole said...

hehehe have a great race!!!!!!!!!!11 i am reading the gazelle's recipe and omg i am drooling. i LOVE FRESH PRODUCE! when i am at home all we eat is veggies from the farm in my hometown. i miss it!!

Janice {Run Far} said...

I am not a Brussel sprouts fan... but man, those look so cool.

Good luck with the marathon.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

How fun an impromptu Marathon. Will be adding you to High Five Friday!!

OMG that Brussel Sprout tree is the cutest and what a deal..

Julia said...

I never knew how brussels sprouts grew either, and was so shocked when I learned they looked like that! lol

Wow, good luck on your last minute marathon! "whats four more miles..." You are so hard core :)

aron said...

wooooo have a great race this weekend!!!

i never knew BS grew that way either - crazy! i just had them last night ;)

The Happy Runner said...

The recipe from the gazelle sounds great!

Glad you have your race for this weekend! Yay!

Jess said...

I never knew how brussel sprouts grew either. I guess I imagined them popping up like little cabbage from the ground.

lindsay said...

congrats and good luck this weekend! sounds like a better choice considering all the circumstances. i love running a race in place of a long run, much more fun :)

Heather said...

Good luck at Steamtown this weekend!

joyRuN said...

So THAT's how brussel sprouts grow! I'd love to try roasted brussel sprouts once I get a hold of some fresh ones. They sound deeelish.

Good luck & have fun at Steamtown!

Amanda said...

I have never even thought about how brussel sprouts grew, that' so cool!

X-Country2 said...

Good luck this weekend!

MCM Mama said...

Sounds like a cool marathon.

I'm not a big fan of brussel sprouts, but they certainly are cool looking.

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