A weekend of food…

Since late spring when Ironman training pretty much took over any free time I had, my time to good decreased quite a bit.  But in this recovery week since IMC, I’ve had a bit of time to get my cook on.  It probably didn’t help matters that the new Williams and Sonoma catalog arrived Thursday…loaded with good recipes. Here’s what the weekend entailed:

Thursday night: Fresh Pesto Fuseli sprinkled with Mushrooms and Pancetta

I’m not sure where all my prep photos went too…but, here’s the finished product.  And yup, I made the pasta myself.


Friday night: Caramel Braised Pork

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Lunch: Croque Madame

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Dinner:  Herbes de Provence Rotisserie Chicken & Leek & Pancetta Risotto with Fines Herbes

I did the chicken on the grill, and the Risotto inside.  Both turned out great, but that Risotto recipe is totally awesome.  My new favorite by a mile.  We ended up having dinner out on my little deck, with the tomato and herb plants to the side (and Hootie, the plastic owl).

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Sunday I took off cooking.  But…the girl did not.  She whipped up these very fancy cupcakes.  The topping is a white chocolate thing of awesomeness.

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Monday I was back at it.  For dinner I made Steaks au Poivre with Sweet Potatoes Fries.  And yes, I cut and made the fries myself.  The sauce was a shallot red wine reduction sauce

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The astounding part here is really the fact that over the course of the last week I’ve actually lost weight…consistently…every day.  It was only today that I finally halted the weight loss and stayed steady.  This all despite only working out about 30 minutes each day.  My kinda workout to food ratio!


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  1. RWJ

    Delicious. If you ever want help getting rid of all that food, just let me know and I will eat all of it.

  2. I never, ever get tired of your food and meal pictures.

    And of course the cupcakes are spectactular as well.

  3. Ok, now you have me curious to make waffle fries on my mandolin. I have not done it yet because it seemed too complicated. You know me and machinery, LOL.

  4. Hey Liz – It’s not too bad actually. A little rough the first few fries until ya figure it out. I think regular potatoes would be far easier than sweet (which are longer and harder to work with). The trick to the waffle (vs the ripple) is alternating direction each time.

  5. Wow, all the food looks so good! Thanks for the links to the recipes.

  6. Audrey

    Rainmaker-I’m glad you are enjoying your downtime from training. It’s great you have other hobbies-I was recently bemoaning my interests are one-dimensional!

    Congratulations on a great season of racing.

  7. That all looks great…it looks like you baked the fries? What was the deal with the ice water? I’ve tried baking some sweet potato fries before, but they didn’t turn out to well and didn’t have an ice water step.

  8. Awesome!!! Everything looked great and made my stomach growl at 7:40 in the morning! Or maybe that was the extra black coffee. Either way, being an aspiring home cook myself, what was the significance of putting the sweet potato fries in ice before cooking? Just curious! :)

  9. Kim

    YUMMMOOO!! you guys eat SO well! i think im gonna try out the caramel pork (although it looks wayyyy complicated!)

  10. Oh my there is some serious drooling going on here!!! And your pics look better then the ones from the link! I think you may have missed your calling, although I’m not sure if it is the cooking or the photographing!

  11. Yummm…looks good! But the cupcakes are my favorite.

  12. OMG I must go eat now – that all looked SOOOOOO good!

  13. looks amazingly delicious! you definitely deserve it.

  14. Anonymous

    Mmmmmmmm…. Hungry monster… I’ve been really enjoying your blog for a while now. Any chance you could give us blog followers an article on core training (if you do any, and if so what) so we can work of the calories of these great recipies.

  15. Looks great…but then you’re not throwing food at two <5 y/os in the mix!

  16. I must say that Risotto looks amazing and I will be buying the stuff to make it this weekend! Do the two of you go through all of those cupcakes or do you pawn them off on co-workers and friends? I love me some cupcakes but dang I feel like you guys have a new batch every week.

  17. I love the days when W&S, Cooks, Bon Appetite show up…i know what the menu is for the rest of the week…

  18. According to Wikipedia, Food safety (or food hygiene) is used as a scientific method/discipline describing handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent foodborne illness. NYC catering companies have suffered a lot due to the pandemic. Closing indoor dining, limited staff, cutting of working hours, delivery and carryout, and others