Archive for March, 2016

Greens, Mushrooms, Andouille … mmm

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Finally … time to cook a healthy hearty but light dinner …

Organic Dino Kale, Shiitake Mushrooms, Chicken Andouille Sausage, and Whole Grain Rice Medley .

Organic Dino Kale, Shiitake Mushrooms, Chicken Andouille Sausage, and Whole Grain Rice Medley … a little drizzle of your favorite hot sauce … oh, yeah.

Now that’s a good way to reset after a busy busy day! Hello Spring Quarter 2016.

Need. To. Ride. SOON!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Life has been very, very hectic lately. Hopefully things will calm down at some point in April.

I’m not getting nearly enough cycling in. This, too, shall pass. Right?

Soon I’ll have my very own kitchen. My very own. I am excited to get all of my kitchen stuff out of storage!

It’s Been Too Long Since …

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

I just got on my bike and rode … and rode … and rode. It’s about time!

The Napa Valley Tour de Cure is just 6 weeks away?! How did this happen? If you would like to donate to support my Tour de Cure ride, please click here. Interested in riding? Find your Tour here.

Pleasants Valley Road, a few miles outside of Winters, CA

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Pleasants Valley Road, in Vacaville

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Pleasants Valley Road, in Vacaville

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Pleasants Valley Road, in Vacaville

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Putah Creek Road, between Winters and Davis

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Selfie Time!

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Road 29, headed back towards Davis

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Back in Davis … photobombed by my own shadow!

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Can you see Sacramento in the background?!

de:terminence

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Feeling hopeless? Watch this video.

“Everybody you know has a challenge. Something in life that just weighs on them. Things that rob us of hope. de:terminence is here to cure hopelessness. To inspire in our world reasons to live. Reasons to move forward. The philosophy behind de:terminence is to cure that hopelessness.”

Sean Baumstark

I had the pleasure of meeting Sean Baumstark yesterday at the UC Davis Advising Conference. He was our closing speaker. All I can say is wow.

Check out tour de:terminence. Race. Volunteer. Find that way to cure hopelessness.

 

Classic 100% Whole Wheat Bread

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Another rainy, windy, and chilly day called for some homemade bread. I tried a different recipe today. I just wanted a simple recipe that yielded one loaf because I didn’t have any of the extras that I typically put in my recipe. I tried this King Arthur Classic 100% Whole Wheat Bread recipe.

Fresh out of the mixer and ready to rise.

Fresh out of the mixer and ready to rise.

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Shaped, proofed, and ready to bake.

Almost there!

Almost there!

Smells so good.

Smells so good.

I hope you had a great weekend. I’ve got quite the busy week ahead at work, it is time to get some sleep!

Rain, Rain, & More Rain!

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Well, we did ask for it. We did pray for it. And now it’s here.

El niño está aquí!

I am so looking forward to some beautiful, clean, fresh air. I’ve been enjoying seeing the greening of the hills – something we haven’t seen so much of in a few years.

California has been in a serious drought for years now. We’re having a delightfully wet March, but that’s still not enough rain to “end” the drought – check out this article and map to see how we’re doing.

So please remember, my fellow Californians, please continue to conserve water.

… and remember … cycling in the rain can be fun if you have the appropriate gear and pay extra attention to safe cycling. Alternatively, you could always put your bike on an indoor trainer.

Rainy Night … Curry Night.

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

We are having quite the storm in Davis right now with lots and lots of rain (very welcome) and wind (not so welcome). It’s the perfect night for some super healthy comfort food.

In the oven roasting right now – fresh cauliflower, broccolette, and cipollini onions … a splash of olive oil, sprinkling of salt, a dash of cayenne pepper, and a healthy dose of curry powder. I’ll roast these on 325 degree Fahrenheit for about an hour or so.

I’ve got a simple curry sauce simmering on the stove just waiting for some additional ingredients. I’ve got frozen peas and corn thawing and draining right now and a girlfriend is bringing over some either chicken, pork, or lamb to cook up and add to the mix. I’m not sure what she’s bringing, so it will be a surprise.

To make the curry sauce, just heat a bit of either butter and/or olive oil in a saucier pan. Make a roux by sprinkling in a bit of flour and curry powder, then whisking together to form a paste. Gradually add some milk and/or stock and whisk until smooth. Simmer to thicken, whisking occasionally. Usually I would use chicken stock, but for some reason tonight I used vegetable stock. I don’t like that as much – next time I’ll stick with chicken stock.

We’ll be serving this with rice.

Mmmm … my house smells soo good right now.