Sunday, February 23, 2014

Weekly Finds - 2/23/14


Breakfast:

Caprese Shakshuka Breakfast Casserole This is awesome - kind of a meeting of the worlds for Italy and the Middle East - a Caprese version of eggs in purgatory

Snacks:

Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake The next time you want to make blueberry muffins - make this coffee cake instead!

Pear Cardamom Caramel Oh my, this flavor combination sounds incredible. I once made a pear upside down cake that had a cardamom caramel, and it was divine. It makes several jars that don't last crazy long, so be prepared to eat lots of it (or give it away to some very lucky friends).

Bread:

Sweet and Sour Onion Focaccia This recipe, originally from Martha Stewart, is provided here with some really helpful tips and changes

Pain Brioche This recipe will give you authentic French brioche. It's pretty simple to make, but requires several rises, including one that is overnight in the fridge.

Cinnamon Crumb Breakfast Bread I had this recipe open when Joey was looking at my computer, and he immediately asked "What is that???" I knew I should probably add it to my recipe queue. The bread is sweet and moist, and swirled with cinnamon.

Dinner:

Butternut Squash Lasagna with Spinach Parmesan Sauce This spinach sauce looks so creamy and delicious. This recipe mentions using fresh lasagna noodles, which I haven't seen before. I'll have to look for them the next time I'm at the store (they would be in the refrigerated pasta section, with fresh tortellini and ravioli).

Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Risotto This incredibly creamy risotto has two flavorful additions - butternut squash, which is shredded so it cooks with the rice, and goat cheese, lots of it.

How to Make Fresh Pasta A really nice tutorial on how to make fresh pasta, with specialized instructions based on your pasta purposes

How to Make Homemade Frozen Pizza This is perfect if you want the convenience of frozen pizzas, but don't want all of the preservatives and sodium that come with it.

One Pan Baked Ziti This really is one pan - even the pasta is cooked in the same pan as it is baked. This also looks incredibly creamy and cheesy without using all that much cheese.

Sides:

Roasted Garlic and Shallot Dressing This salad dressing would be great to top any salad. You roast both the garlic AND the shallot. You could even top cooked vegetables with this delicious mix.

Dessert:

Banana Crumb Cake This uses pureed banana in both the cake and the crunchy topping. Make this cake the next time you have leftover bananas! (But warning - it will serve a crowd!)

Soft and Chewy Triple Peanut Butter Cookies Wow - so much peanut butter! These soft peanut butter cookies are topped with peanut butter chips and mini peanut butter cups. The good thing is that the recipe only makes 8 cookies - much less guilt when you eat all of them!

Fitness:

Post-Run Yoga Sequence After a tough run, this yoga sequence is the perfect way to cool down. By targeting the legs, lower back, and hips, these poses stretch all the areas that need special attention after running. Since the muscles are already warmed up, it's the prime time to work on extending flexibility.

2 Week Crunch Challenge This challenge will get you all the way to 100 crunches in 2 weeks. It includes five different crunches, that all target different parts of your core.

Running:

Why Runners Should Strength Train A really good article describing why it's important to cross-train and strength train when you're preparing for a race (besides the fact that it's just tons of fun), with examples of things to do