Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Family Pics on Saturday...and I'm PMSing. Awesome!

Do I even need to post any more than that? LOL.

I'll write a recap when the weekend is over.   Did I say WEEKEND!?!? woohoo!  Just three more days!!

Off to do laundry.  Hope everyone has a marvelous day!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Linguine With Clam Sauce

This is how my Dad made it, and how we make it today in the McDonald household:

1 package Barilla linguine
3/4 c. white wine of your choice (I use Beringer Chenin Blanc)
2 small cans chopped or minced clams, with juice
1-2 cloves of minced garlic
1-2 T. parsley, chopped fresh (dried is okay, too)
1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil
1 stick of unsalted butter
salt, to taste, and finishing salt at the end if you have it (the big flake kind)
fresh grated parmesan

In a saute pan, melt the butter and add olive oil.

butter melting bliss :-)

Bring a large stockpot (3-5 quarts) full of water to a boil.  Add 1-2 T of salt to the water.  Yes, 1-2 TABLESPOONS.  Do not be afraid of the salted water!  Your pasta will barely pick up even a teaspoon of it when all is said and done.  It is only to season the pasta and believe me, it needs it.

Now, for the fun part:

Add the wine. I typed 3/4 c because, frankly, I have no idea what I put in.  I know it's more than a half a cup, though.  Probably closer to a full cup...but you decide what you want.  The alcohol burns off quickly so you can determine if you wish to add more.  Slug back the rest.

When your water in your stockpot is at a rolling boil, add pasta and cook according to directions.

While the pasta is cooking, keep the butter, olive oil, and wine at a simmer.  Add minced garlic.  Add clam JUICE ONLY.  Best way to do that is open the cans slightly and use the lid as a strainer.

Drain pasta.  Do not rinse.

Add clams and chopped parsley.  Cook about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Stir well.  Spoon over individual servings of cooked linguine.  Sprinkle with finishing salt and fresh grated parmesan.  Serve with garlic bread.

Don't plan on going on any first dates for about a week.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Little Post About....Transgressions... *blush*

Well, I had a great time in Florida.  No, scratch that.  A fabulous time.  Unfortunately, so did my appetite for sweets.  Needless to say, I was up two pounds at the gym when I got back on Tuesday--though I suspect it was mostly water as I have since lost it.  But, let's take a look back at what I ate, and how MUCH I ate.  I chowed down probably too much fast food on the way down there, then too much fried shrimp, then too many desserts (Orange Crunch Cake at the Bubble Room, anyone?). Clearly I am eating more than I should be able to, so...I think it is time for a fill.  I am working off of willpower currently, and that's great, but at some point I've got to make sure my tool is working for me, so I've made the decision to do this.  Matt says I'm probably not eating what I think I am, but I know that isn't true.  My hunger is definitely catching up in between meals and I need to do something.  My doctor said I should be eating meals the size of a Happy Meal--that's the equivalent of 4 Chicken McNuggets, and a small fry.  Well, I'm able to eat more along the lines of 6 McNuggets and a small fry.  And a cookie.  Or two.  *groan*

Anyway, I will keep you all updated as to when I get my fill.  I am calling Dr. C tomorrow. In the meantime, since I've been home, I've been staying away from sweets, drinking only water (no Crystal Light), and trying to avoid "trigger foods".  I have also gone back to my regular workout routine with my trainer, though today was far from "regular" LOL--we've upped my exercise for sure!  I love being able to reach a heartrate of 140 without feeling like I am totally dying.  It's great!