minutes per mile blog

in the zone

Another grey day here in Nashville. Blergh! (<– Which I now say all the time thanks to 30 Rock.)


I slept in a little bit and made it out for four easy miles. Is it too late for Christmas lights? I think so. We’re halfway through January, people!


BUT it’s never too early for Chocolate. Fun fact: There is a fancy chocolate factory only a couple of miles from our house! I ran by and admired the magical churn of butter, sugar, and cocoa.


I really zoned out on this run and it was over before I knew it. Sometimes solo runs seem to drag on forever, and sometimes they fly by! I guess it just depends on where my mind is at in the morning. Anyone else with me?


Speaking of getting in the zone, on Sunday I went into chef mode to make one of my all-time favorite recipes: Cook’s Illustrated’s baked eggplant parmesan! I have the Cook’s Illustrated cook book (which everyone should have!) but you can cheat and use the re-published recipe here


This recipe is NOT for a weeknight because it takes forever to carefully tend to the eggplant. And if you are a blogger, it will take another 5 minutes to try and figure out how to make a messy red and white cheese blob look somewhat attractive for photos. :)


First you dry the eggplant slices in salt for at least 30 minutes first (I did mine overnight), then coat them in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs. Then you toast them for a half hour solo in the oven to really crisp them up before layering them with homemade sauce (I follow my own recipe, not Cook’s Illustrated’s), parmesan, and mozzerella. Then you put the whole shebang back into the oven. It’s a labor of love.


We served ours with simple steamed broccoli on the side. Hit the spot!


Off to do the work thing and then I’m basically saying it’s the weekend. Right?

  • Any other Cook’s Illustrated fans out there? What’s your favorite recipe?
  • Solo runs = boring or not?
  • Chocolate: white, milk, or dark?!

3 thoughts on “in the zone

  1. I saw someone with Christmas lights on their car last night…..

    I don’t mind solo runs – I’m surrounded by people all day, so a solo run = quiet time! BUT, running with a group forces me to run when I sometimes don’t want to, like on cold days

  2. Solo runs where I can just zone out are the best!

    I love eggplant parm! I haven’t tried Cook’s Illustrated but will have to check it out.

    As for chocolate, I like milk, white, dark…in that order. But really, I love it all! I don’t discriminate when it comes to chocolate :)

  3. I got a white chocolate with black pepper from that chocolate factory when you took us a few years ago and it was delicious. So delicious that I actually remember it years later. Maybe we’ll have to make a trip this weekend. I think baby would agree.