Sunday, March 21, 2010


It is Los Angeles Marathon Eve and I am up baking. My boyfriend is running the 25th Anniversary race from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier. I am now wishing that I stuck with my training all year so I could run as well, but I’ll just have to live vicariously through him.

I don’t know if he told me he was running the LA marathon or if I saw the recipe for these cookies first, but I knew I wanted to make them as soon as I saw the post (surprise, surprise, it is one from 101 Cookbooks). Heidi Swanson calls these Marathon cookies because she baked them for her husband’s 2nd marathon. I was intrigued by the addition of white beans to cookies. Anise is not a favorite flavor of mine, so I subbed that with Cardamon. I thought rolling the cookies in almonds would go better than sesame seeds with the Cardamon flavor.

When I went to get the Marathon Cookies recipe, I saw that Heidi had a link to another “healthy cookie” recipe. I thought I’d try those too, just in case the Marathon ones didn’t turn out as planned and you know…who needs sleep? Nikki’s Healthy Cookies are a must try. SO DELICIOUS and practically guilt free. Although after 26.2, you can eat whatever you want.

If you’re watching the marathon in LA, be sure to cheer for the people in the Homeboy Industries t-shirts. My favorite runner will be among them.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Corned Beef & Cabbage Alts

Since my veg-head status keeps me from celebrating my Irish heritage with corned beef and cabbage (and just cabbage doesn’t sound as appealing) I had to find some green alternatives for yesterday’s holiday.

I’ve been eying 101 Cookbooks broccoli and cheddar cheese soup and I conveniently had a head of broccoli leftover from my CSA delivery (can’t wait for next Tuesday’s installment!). Purchased some Cabot extra sharp cheddar, fingerling potatoes and some fresh bread (for a garlic bread side) and I had the rest of the ingredients at home.
Roman had some red potatoes that he mashed up with some lemon zest, butter, milk, pepper and our green ingredient…pesto!
Made the garlic bread with butter, garlic, Parmesan cheese, dried marjoram and shredded mozzarella cheese.

Everything was delicious and I got my fill of green. Happy St. Patrick’s Day indeed.