60 Days…Day 8

Something fun happened today.  As I mentioned yesterday, I was interviewed by Mark Brown at the Chicago Sun-Times about the new “pet custody” statute that goes into effect in Illinois on the first of the year.  The article was published today on page 2 of the paper  and he selected a photograph of me with…

60 Days…Day 7

My last post (Day 6) was posted on December 7th, and here I am, four days later, getting around to writing Day 7.  I had a big dog show this weekend, with friends in town from Georgia, Wisconsin and Springfield, and I literally had no time to write…or to go to the gym…or to ride…

60 Days…Day 6

We got our first snow last night!  I took that photo at daybreak with the sun rising over the eastern edge of our property.  It was beautiful, but cold.  Drago was so excited to get up this morning and ran with alacrity to the sliding glass door.  When he saw the snow, his whole body…

60 Days…Day 5

Today involved quite a lot of chaos – challenges at work, challenges working out, and then getting ready for a big dog show weekend. I only had time to briefly stop in the gym and tried to fit in a quick run.  I confess that I made it one tiny mile before my right achilles…

Salad: The Holy Grail of the Human Diet

Salad, at its most fundamental level, is that unassuming concoction of produce, tossed together with a dressing, whose prominence is so frequently overshadowed by its richer, fattier or more sugary meal time companions.  Even the venerable William Shakespeare’s Cleopatra lamented, “My salad days, when I was green in judgment,” and thereby coined the term to…

60 Days…Day 4

Today was an unabashedly good day. I exercised.  I did a continuous three mile run, and the first 2.5 miles were effortless with the remaining 1/2 mile slightly more challenging, but definitely manageable.  And I walked 1/4 mile on either side of the run on an incline.  I am super happy about it.  See how…

60 Days…Day 3

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down… Like everyone else, Monday is my least favorite day of the week, and this one had a few extra strikes against it. After getting out of work later than I had hoped, I did make it to the gym for my run.  It was not one of…

60 Days…Day 2

Today I felt extremely tired from yesterday and I did not go to the gym.  I did ride Filigree, but even my ride was less energetic than yesterday’s.  Here it is: So, I did something, but not much.  Tomorrow, the horses get the day off, but I will go running. Andrew came out and took…

60 Days…Day 1

That was me in July 2013.  It’s hard to believe that it was 4 years ago already!  I posted that here for my own inspiration, to remind myself of the days when I was running every day, and could do 3 sets of 30 box jumps onto a 36″ box.  We can always return to…

Tamales in Green Chile Sauce

We are jonesing for New Mexico right now.  Exactly 53 weeks ago, we got married in Taos.  Happily, it is hatch green chile season, so we are self-soothing with green chiles. Tamales originated as early as 8000 to 5000 BC.  Even before the Aztecs and Mayans, the Olmeca and the Totleca before them, made tamales for…

Green Chile Squared (Green Chile Chili)

Green chile lore suggests that cultivated chile peppers were introduced into what is now the United States in 1609 by Santa Fe’s founder, Captain General Juan de Onate. Alternatively,  other sources suggest that they were first introduced to the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico in 1582-1583 by the Antonio Espejo Expedition. Regardless of how they…

Pecan Streusel French Toast Casserole

According to Apicius, Pan Dulcis, a dish of bread soaked in milk, and sometimes eggs, and then fried in oil or butter existed as early as the age of the Roman Empire.   However, the modern dish that we know as French toast, got its name in 1724 from an innkeeper in Albany, New York named…