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Showing posts from April, 2012

Couch to 5k Progress Over Time

  I started running in June 2010, working the c25k program. I am still working it (never quit!). Below is the visual representation of my progress, with the program week on the vertical axis and the date on the horizontal axis. The first drop in fitness represents the injunction of my program following a new job (hired at CSC) and the stress that comes with such a major life change. The stagnation over early 2011 represents the grief period dealing with my father’s death. The sudden drop at the end of the summer in 2011 represents the tendonitis injury I suffered by running the Chicago half marathon without adequate condition. The November 2011 stagnation represents the grief period dealing with my sister’s unexpected death. The minor blip in progress this spring represents a bout of bronchitis. I WILL ACCOMPLISH THIS PROGRAM. I WILL NEVER GIVE UP. I post this to show that the road to fitness for some can be very bumpy. You are not alone. Don’t give up! I encourage you to keep

Chicken Chasseur

  Chicken Chasseur is a well respected French classic. Shocking then that I’d never tried it in a restaurant nor attempted to make it at home. Until now. I found it to be a much more satisfying “hunters” preparation for bone in poultry (also works well for pheasant or other game poultry) than Chicken Cacciatore. The best part just might be that it is ready in just under an hour, making a great weeknight meal when served alongside a salad and roasted vegetables. The following recipe is what I used in preparing Chicken Chasseur; it is adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Magazine. Serves 2 Ingredients 2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breast halves (10 to 12 ounces each), trimmed of excess fat and skin ground black pepper 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 8 ounces baby portabella mushrooms, sliced 1 medium shallot , minced (about 2 tablespoons) 3 tablespoons port 1/4 cup dry white wine 3 cups low sodium chicken broth 1/3 cup drained canned diced tomatoes with green chiles 3 tablespoons unsalted butter


  This year has been a whirlwind of activity so far. We’ve carved out several weekends for travel- to Los Angeles, New York City (twice), New Orleans, Barcelona via Paris and Amsterdam. Each trip had a very different feel both because of the variety of scenery/activities and  because each time we traveled with different friends. I will write more on the trips in a later post. Have much to write about the good things going on at work also but that too will have to wait. This morning’s post is all about Jolene. This is Jolene (we will call her Lena affectionately). Jolene is a three month old retriever mix (perhaps with Corgi) that we adopted from the same local animal shelter where we found Julia 6 years ago. She has to remain at the shelter while she completes all her pre-adoption tasks this week (shots, medical screening, spaying) and we will be bringing her home to major fanfare on Friday, April 13th. Hubby and I are both so excited to have a new furry ball of joy to love and l