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Finally A Nice Saturday!

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

I got a nice ride in today – best stress buster ever. I made it to the top of Cantelow without walking. I did stop briefly to stretch out a bit, but no walking this time.

I have no idea how many miles total because my Garmin Edge died this past week. What? It was fine, and now it’s not. It did get a little wet on my last ride, but I thought that this was supposed to be OK in rain. Apparently not.

This is my third Garmin in less than 5 years. What is up with that? I think it’s time to find a different product.

Did I mention that I did not walk Cantelow this ride?

Got Leftovers?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Now that you’ve made those fabulous roasted carrots with ginger and turmeric, and yams, and rice …. here’s an idea for “refreshing” the leftovers.

Heat a bit of avocado (or coconut) oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until the oil just starts to shimmer. Add about 1/2 cup rice per serving and cook a a couple of minutes, stirring frequently. Add the leftover roasted vegetables and combine well with the rice – you judge your serving size. Add a handful of fresh or frozen peas and stir to combine well. Cover, reduce the heat to medium, and heat through. If you want a little extra protein, cook an egg or add some tofu. If you’re using tofu, I would probably use a firm tofu and cook that with the rice.

Not quite a stir-fry, not quite a scramble ...

Not quite a stir-fry, not quite a scramble …

This makes an easy and satisfying post-ride or work-night meal.

Aaaah, a quick and chilly ride yesterday.

Aaaah, a quick and chilly ride yesterday.

I need to start gearing up for the 2017 Napa Valley Tour de Cure … will you join me this year? Please help to support a great cause and take the ride of your life!


Training Ride #1 2017 Napa Valley Tour de Cure

Friday, December 30th, 2016

Today was officially Training Ride #1 for my 2017 Napa Valley Tour de Cure. My friend Phil also volunteers for the American Diabetes Association Napa Valley Tour de Cure and will be riding the 50-mile route this year. My friend, and Phil’s lovely fiancee, Desiree, will be riding the 25-mile route. Check out this ride – there are routes for all levels of cyclists. It’s a really well supported ride and is a fundraiser for a great cause.

I am really bad at this selfie thing ...

I am really bad at this selfie thing …

Phil and I did a quick Vacaville loop and then I explored a little more. I decided to see how I would do again on Gates Canyon Road. This is a wonderful training hill – it gets a bit steep in some places, but then it levels out and gives plenty of stretches for recovery time.

Gates Canyon Road

Gates Canyon Road

It feels good to be back in the saddle again!

Here’s hoping you had a great day and got some good cycling in.

Finally – A Ride!

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Today is the first day of my vacation that I’m feeling up to riding. I picked up a cold and have had a bit of a residual cough. Bah humbug!

It was a lovely day for a ride and much warmer than I anticipated. I rode (slowly!) out to Winters and logged just over 53 miles.


Pleasants Valley Road

Lake Solano Park

Lake Solano Park

Lagoon Valley Park

Lagoon Valley Park

I am looking forward to riding again tomorrow!



Mushroom Risotto

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

This mushroom risotto was the main dish for Christmas dinner this year. Based on this recipe, I modified it just a bit. I added a lot more mushrooms (probably double and added oyster mushrooms to the mix), added a little smoked Gouda cheese with the Parmesan cheese, and I forgot to get flat leaf parsley. Otherwise, I followed the recipe pretty closely. I did double the original recipe, which turned out to not be necessary because the serving size was pretty generous. The recipe below is not doubled, so it will make about 6 servings. Be sure to allow about an hour for total prep (25) and cooking time (35) and do remember the parsley!

Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms

Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms

Fresh Oyster Mushrooms

Fresh Oyster Mushrooms

Fresh Crimini Mushrooms

Fresh Crimini Mushrooms

Mushroom Risotto

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 shallot, minced
about 6 ounces each: fresh shiitake, oyster, and crimini mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons butter
1 3/4 cup Arborio rice
1 1/4 cups dry white wine (Pinot Grigio would be a good choice)
3 sprigs fresh thyme
salt & pepper to taste
1 quart hot vegetable stock
3/8 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1/8 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese (or cut into very small chunks)
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

Make sure to assemble all of your ingredients before starting. Once you add the liquid to the rice, you’ll need to stir constantly, so have everything ready to go.

Remember to heat the stock and keep it hot and close by for when it’s time to add it! Make sure you’ve got some hot water available, too, in case you need it to finish cooking the rice.

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and cook for about 30 seconds. Add the crimini mushrooms and cook a few minutes, then add the shiitake, cooking a few minutes more. Add the oyster mushrooms last (they’re the most delicate). Stir frequently and cook until the mushrooms just begin to brown. Stir in 2 tablespoons of butter and the Arborio rice. Stir to coat the rice well. Cook over medium heat until the mushrooms are golden brown.

Add the wine and cook until it’s evaporated, stirring constantly. Season with thyme, salt, and pepper.

Reduce heat to medium low and begin adding the hot stock. Add about 1/3 of the stock, stirring until it’s evaporated. Repeat with the remaining stock. Each addition will take about 7 minutes of stirring.

Continue stirring until the rice is tender and the risotto is creamy. You might need to add a little hot water at this step and continue cooking until the rice is tender.

Stir in the cheeses and flat parsley. Serve immediately.

Mushroom Risotto ... warm, creamy, rich, and satisfying!

Mushroom Risotto … warm, creamy, rich, and satisfying!

I hope your holidays have been merry and bright, filled with family, friends, and a heaping dose of joy. Now, let’s get to some cycling – the weather is beautiful out there today. If you’re out and about today in Northern California, be sure to layer up – it is chilly out there!


Foodie + Cycling Today!

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

This morning started out with a trip to the Meyer Factory Outlet Sale with a girlfriend – a foodie equipment adventure. I only bought a couple of things (so, so proud of myself!) because right now I don’t really have room for more stuff. Once I get my garage squared away and suitable for storing pots, pans, baking sheets, and so on … then I can consider buying a big set of sparkly new pots and pans … and perhaps a few other things.

My goal for the trip was to find a great deal on a fully automatic espresso maker, but it turns out that they stopped carrying any electronics at the outlets some years ago. Sigh …

Later in the day I headed out for a short ride (30 or so miles). It was glorious. Not too hot. Not too cold. It was just right.

Soon I’ll be leading training rides for the 2017 Napa Valley Tour de Cure. Now is a great time to check this ride out! And, of course, make a donation to my ride. Remember that your donation is tax deductible.

2016 Napa Valley Tour de Cure starting line. Won't you join me in 2017?

2016 Napa Valley Tour de Cure starting line. Won’t you join me in 2017?

Wrapping Up the Holiday Weekend

Monday, November 28th, 2016
Getting decorated for the holidays!

Getting decorated for the holidays!

The weather cooperated pretty well this holiday weekend. I was able to ride a total of 160+ miles

  • Wednesday = 57
  • Thursday = 40
  • Friday = 20
  • Saturday = 0 [rain]
  • Sunday = 54

I think I have successfully worked off the Thanksgiving Holiday meal, even that leftover piece of sweet potato pie I brought home. By the way, the pie was fabulous. This recipe will become a regular at my Thanksgiving table!

I was going to cook dinner for a girlfriend to night, but … I am so craving pizza right now. Looks like it’s a girls’ night dinner out.

Here’s a peaceful moment from today’s ride to enjoy…


Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

WOW! It is glorious outside this morning. The weather forecast for today is cool, sunny, with light winds. It’s time to bundle up, slather with sunscreen, and get out on the bike. I’ve just got to figure out how to get to where I want to go without going through the park – it’s “Run to Feed the Hungry” day and they’re starting at 8:15 am and the park will be filled with runners and other participants.


From yesterday’s ride – along Pleasants Valley Road.

Here’s hoping for polite traffic on the surface roads.

Happy Thanksgiving! May your day be filled with family, friends, and festivities! And … here’s hoping you get a great ride in, too!!

Let The Holidays Begin

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Tonight was a baking night for Thanksgiving. This is the first Thanksgiving without Mom, so I am especially thankful to have been invited to join friends tomorrow. I’m bringing appetizers, desserts, and the makings for Tangerine Mimosas.

I’ll be putting together a cheese plate tomorrow, with the star being baked brie with fig jam.

Brie with fig jam in pastry, ready to bake.

Brie with fig jam in pastry, ready to bake.

It’s Thanksgiving, so it’s time for a classic dessert, right? However, pumpkin does not agree with me, so I made a Sweet Potato Pie, based on this recipe. If it tastes as good as it smells (and looks!), it will be divine.


Sweet Potato Pie

I’m missing Mom, so I also wanted to bake one of her specialties. Mom made these every year during the holiday season, so when I came upon this recipe card, I knew that was the one to try tonight.


Russian Tea Cakes … so tender and delicate … a childhood favorite!

Tomorrow’s weather is supposed to be glorious, so I’m looking forward to a nice ride in the morning. Today I got about 57 miles in, a little rain shower, a lot of sunshine, a little breeze, and lots of smiling. Let’s just say that it was one of those days that I was glad I a little overdressed.



Here’s wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Three Day Weekends

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Don’t you just love three-day weekends? Especially when the weather is amazing? Until you catch that dreaded cold …

I got two days of good cycling in: 50+ miles on Friday and 50+ miles on Saturday. Both days I rode out to Winters from Vacaville and back. The routes were slightly different, so I feel like I can justify that. Saturday’s ride was a late start and I probably should have cut the ride a little short, but it was just too beautiful out. I guess I thought I could sweat the cold out, or something like that. Yeah, no, not this time. My ride back to Vacaville was pretty mellow on Saturday.

By Sunday morning I still felt a bit funky, but I mustered the energy to do a very mellow ride with some lovely scenery. These pictures don’t really capture the beauty of the day; they’re taken with my phone.

Just off Pleasants Valley Road in Vacaville.

Just off Pleasants Valley Road in Vacaville.

A nice, quiet country road recommended by some local cyclists.

A nice, quiet country road recommended by some local cyclists.

So peaceful ...

So peaceful …

Gates Canyon Road

Gates Canyon Road

Gates Canyon Road is a nice, mellow climb for about 2 miles. The cyclists I spoke with said it gets a bit steep after that and the pavement turns to gravel. I didn’t get to the gravel because a couple of vehicles needed to pass, so I got off my bike and got out of their way. Had I felt better, I might have restarted and gone further, but it was just right for that day.

The weather this coming weekend is supposed to be a bit stormy, so we’ll see how much cycling happens. It might be more of a hiking weekend. Perhaps it will even be a homemade bread weekend. I haven’t make homemade bread yet in my new home, so perhaps it’s time.

Oh, my … Thanksgiving is one week from tomorrow. Perhaps this weekend will be a good time to work on some recipes?! I’ll need some good, healthy food therapy to get through this holiday season. It’s the first one without Mom. She loved this time of year. Thanksgiving is supposed to be mostly sunny with about a 20% chance of rain and light wind (as of now, anyway).

Well, it’s time for Nyquil and sleep. I’ve got to kick this darn cold to the curb and soon!