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August 27th, 2014 - 10:22 am § in Food, Wellness

WIAW: Sur La Table Cooking Class

Last night we had the opportunity to attend a cooking class at Sur la Table. It was the first time I had ever been to a formal cooking class, and I was so excited. I made sure we were front and center…because I wanted to take everything in.

Aaron, Jenna, Josh and I took turns making everything for our dishes. We should have waited for instructions (my bad on over dressing the salad), but overall I think we learned at least three things.

Our menu was surf and turf and included scallops, steak and a banana pudding. Since you wanted the dessert to set, we started off with that first.

Bourban-Banana Pudding with Candied Pecans

 

Pan-Seared Scallops with Oranges in a Ginger Vinaigrette

In addition to learning how to properly cook scallops (something I have always wanted to make at home but was just too darn scared), I also learned the trick to chopping shallots and onions…and using a paring knife on oranges to create a garnish. That last one needs a little more work.

Herb-Crusted New York Steak with a Red Wine-Peppercorn Sauce 

I feel like I am still a newbie to steak. It certainly isn’t something I feel comfortable cooking. Last night I learned that you should let the steak come to room temperature to cook (same apparently goes for fish). Also, and this was a big learning for us…we need to be using vegetable oil instead of olive oil.

I jumped at the chance to learn how to make the sauce. I want to be a better sauce maker…and last night I got my chance.

 

We also made green beans to accompany our steak. They were roasted and were delicious.

Our finished products

Which we actually ate and didn’t die from…

 

I believe this was a success…and of course am now addicted. Private pasta making class anyone?

 


August 25th, 2014 - 9:53 am § in Marathon Training

Marathon Training: Week 8

This is what I like to call the cross over week. It also happens to be half way through my training plan…coincidence? I think not. I call it cross over, because it is the first week where your long run gets you to the point where you are committing to doing more than a half. [...][...]


August 18th, 2014 - 10:13 am § in Exercise, Marathon Training

Marathon Training: Week 7

Week 7 is in the books, and we are under 80 days to the New York City Marathon.  After my long run last week, I decided it was time to cut back on the number of times I was running during the week. I think my body just needs a bit more recovery time as [...][...]


August 13th, 2014 - 9:57 am § in Food

WIAW: Snack Bar Edition

The Landsman-Household is a true believer of bars as snacks. Sometimes they even accompany a yogurt breakfast, mostly though they serve as mid-morning or afternoon snacks, or the emergency food source when we don’t have immediate access to food. See we get a little hangry over here and we try [...]


August 11th, 2014 - 7:15 am § in Marathon Training

Marathon Training: Weeks 5 & 6

I dub these past two weeks “a break from humid running.” I was in NYC for much of the first week. Before my first run in NYC the news said it was a humid one out there — I was prepared. Had my extra water, my body glide and a way to stash my shirt [...][...]


July 28th, 2014 - 9:17 am § in Uncategorized

Marathon Training Week 4

This week was an increase in mileage week. Not only did my long run go above 9 Miles but my mid-week run is now 6 Miles…meaning that I am in desperate need of extra time. It was my first week of running on my new Asics Gel-Kayano 20 and it was honestly like running on air. My [...][...]


July 23rd, 2014 - 12:15 pm § in Exercise, Workout Reviews

Workout Review: Yoga with Live Music at Colony Hotel

Whenever I mention my love for yoga someone tells me I need to check out yoga at the Colony Hotel.  It is led by Keith Fox and has live music with a rotating group of musicians. Know before you go….I went to sign up online, paid for the class, and then got a little confused [...][...]