Hi there! Happy Hanukkah!Over the weekend we headed to Tracee and Tony’s house for our second annual Hanukkah feast. So kind of them to invite us over to celebrate. Just like last year, Tracee made an awesome spread of Jewish eats. I’ve been craving those meatballs since December 2014!I was responsible for the noodle kugel and was nervous to make it! There are so many variations and opinions on kugel that can be intimidating to a kugel rookie such as myself.
In stressful culinary scenarios, I always turn to Cook Illustrated or Ina Garten. This time I went with Ina’s recipe — though I admit I “lightened” it up by subbing out the recommended FOUR CUPS of half and half with whole milk instead. Really, Ina? Four cups of half and half? Even to dairy-lovers like me, that seems a bit intense. The kugel turned out well! Tony has been eating kugel his whole life and said my first try was a success. Phew For dessert: homemade donuts! Tracee, you outdid yourself. Other weekend treats: A glass of rose (that’s for you, Lizzie!) at East Nashville’s new Bar Luca. Nashville folk: be sure to try out this new spot! It’s just what our neighborhood needed.
Since I’ve already showed you donuts and wine, why not move right along to steak? Cook Smart’s steak with miso-lime butter is one of their most popular recipes so I wanted to give it a try. That’s a mix of cauliflower “rice” and regular brown rice. Now that I have a food processor, my cauliflower rice was a lot easier (and better) than it was when I attempted it in 2012 during my two-day paleo diet fail. Bok choy on the side. Yum!Believe it or not, we did a few other things outside of eating and drinking all weekend. Outside, indeed! It was in the mid-60s all weekend which meant I went running in SHORTS. I don’t know what is going on with the weather these days.Anthony and I did our usual ten-mile loop on Saturday at a nice easy pace. Stopped to take a photo together and then he found a bug on my face.Take two. Side note: I chopped my hair so short on Friday that it doesn’t fit into a ponytail anymore! 😮Ten miles, done. Perfect long run length “in my opinion” (thanks, Judge Lessner).Other weekend exercise: a mad dash through Opry Mills mall. We had to swing by to return a few items and were hit by the holiday craze. How is Christmas only 11 days away?!
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- Tips for how to style super short hair for running? Right now I’m doing bobby pins.