July 30, 2009

New Shoes! (For Him)

New Balance 1123

Yes, it is that time of year I guess. I got my new shoes for the season, so my significant other got his new shoes as well. Because he tends to pronate, I couldn't convince him to stay with the Asics Kayanos (my shoe of choice). So, after much searching (and I emphasize MUCH) he decided on the New Balance 1123 because of rollbar -- a special stability feature that helps with motion control, and enhances rear foot stability. It is supposed to help with the pronation, and so far there have been no complaints. So we will see! So far so good!

Cavatelli with Fresh Vegetables and Shrimp

This is my first attempt at homemade pasta, and I have to admit, it was pretty darn fabulous. Perfect for the fresh produce available right now, and perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon with a nice glass of white wine. Need I say more.

Cavatelli with Fresh Vegetables
This recipe is adapted from the Food Network Magazine, June/July 2009 Issue

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 cup ricotta
1 large egg
Fresh Vegetables - whatever looks best at the market that day
2 tbls olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 teas. salt
1/2 teas. red pepper
1 teas. oregano
1/2 lb. shrimp
2 tbls. butter

1. Combine the flour and salt in a bowl and make a well in the center. Add the ricotta and lightly beaten egg to the well and gradually mix into the flour mixture. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead into a ball. Wrap in a towel and let rest for 30 minutes.

2. Divide the dough into four pieces, roll into 4 1/2 inch thick ropes, and then cut off into 1/2 inch pieces.

3. Cook in a large pot of salted, boiling water, about 4 minutes (actually depends on how large you cut the cavatelli pieces)

4. Blanch the veggies in a large pot of boiling water, and then plunge into the ice bath to stop the cooking.

5. In a saute pan bring heat olive oil, add garlic, red pepper and oregano and saute until fragrant. Add shrimp and saute until almost done. Add cooked pasta and veggies and toss with shrimp. Add 1/4 pasta cooking water and butter, mix, and serve.

LESSON LEARNED: After cutting and forming the cavatelli, do not place in a bowl together as they will all end up sticking together and forming one large ball again. Instead, place each individual cavatelli on a towel or board until ready for cooking.

New Shoes! (For Her)

Asics Gel Kayano 15

It's new shoe time! I have to admit, even though I am now on what I believe is my fourth or fifth pair of Asics Kayanos, it is still just as exciting going on that first run with your new pair of shoes.

While I would have to admit that I am no shoe expert, these shoes are great. I believe that I have a normal pronation, and these shoes just have the best combination of support and cushion. These are actually the shoes that I trained for and ran my first half marathon in. And no complaints by me. And, being the girl that I am, I also love the colors that they come in. These shoes get 5 starts by me!

July 29, 2009

July 7, 2009

The Brentwood Run

Staying active in Brentwood really isn't that much of a challenge. One of my favorite weekly workouts is a simple run down San Vicente. The Brentwood Run is a yearly race which takes advantage of the gorgeous coral tree lined route down San Vicente. On June 7th, I departed from my solo run down San Vicente and joined the throngs of people making the loops down San Vicente. Just another great way to stay active in LA!!