Posts Tagged ‘Snow’

Something to warm the heart

February 4, 2011

Yes it’s cold out and I’m sure the last thing on your mind is running outdoors, but if cabin fever is getting the best of you, there’s an upcoming race in NYC that might interest you.

It’s the Brooklyn Valentine 5K which takes place on Sunday February 13th at 10am at Bartel Pritchard Square (that’s right near Prospect Park).  Registration is 20 bucks and instead of the usual race T-shirt, the first 200 people who register get a free slingback backpack.  And if you’re a lady who’s fast on her feet, they’re giving out roses to the first 100 female finishers.

The race is sponsored by Jack Rabbit…you can sign up here.

Just take care not to slip on any ice and be sure to bundle up!

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Snow Day!

December 28, 2010

Now that the worst of the snow is over, today’s the day to go outside and play!  Don’t forget to bundle up (layers are key) and wear those sunglasses.  You don’t want the brightness of the sun hitting the snow burning your corneas!  I kid not, check this out.

Soup for the Snowed in Soul

February 25, 2010

Today is the perfect day for soup.  It’s snowing (again!) and nothing warms the body and soul like a big bowl of piping hot soup.  For most of us, that means popping the top on a can, pouring it into a pot and letting it heat up.  Sure it’s easy, but it also means ingesting tons of sodium.  Have you ever actually looked at the sodium content on a soup label?  One common brand contains 690 milligrams per serving with 2.5 servings in a can or 29% of your daily intake.  Now do the math if you plan on eating a whole can for dinner!  I should point out, however, that the amount of salt found in canned soup has dropped about 17% since 2007.  That’s good, but making your own is even better and not nearly as time consuming as you think it  is.

One of my favorite kinds of soup is lime soup.  Sounds weird, but I guarantee it’ll warm you warm the inside out!  I first tasted it while on vacation in Mexico and ever since then, I’ve been trying to recreate it at home.  Here’s the recipe I’ve come up with.

Ingredients:

2 large chicken breasts

2 quarts water

1/2 medium onion, peeled and diced

3-4 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons oil (whichever you like)

4 quarts chicken broth (if you don’t make your own, buy the low/no sodium kind!)

2 tomatoes, diced and seeded

2 jalapenos, seeded and diced (depends on how hot you like it)

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1/2 tablespoon cinnamon or 1 Mexican cinnamon stick

5 whole cloves

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 lime, quartered

Preparation:

Bring water to a boil and place chicken in the water.  Continue to boil until the chicken is done and no longer pink inside.  Remove the chicken from the water, let it cool to the touch and then shred it, removing meat from the bones and skin.  Put meat aside.  Discard skin, water and bones.  (If you’re really adventurous, use the water and bones to make your own chicken stock.)

Toast cinnamon, cloves and oregano on a baking sheet.  Be careful not to burn.

In a large pot, heat oil and saute the onions and garlic until soft. 

In a separate pot, heat chicken stock and spices and simmer for about 10 minutes.  Strain and then add it to pot containing the onions and garlic.

Add the chicken, tomatoes, jalapeno.  Squeeze lime juice into pot and then throw in rinds.  Simmer for about 30 minutes.  Remove lime rinds, season with salt to taste and serve with extra lime wedges and flour tortillas.

Snow Day!

February 10, 2010

A large part of the country is already buried under tons of snow or is getting pounded by the white stuff right now.  Looks like the inside of a snow globe here in New York City.  If you’re one of the lucky ones who don’t have to report to work, take the day to relax or catch up on what you need to do around the house since you probably won’t be able to go anywhere.  (I’m kinda bummed the gym is closed.)  If you end up getting cabin fever, check out these suggestions.

Monday Music Mayhem — The Snow Edition

December 21, 2009

So by now, the snow from this weekend’s snowstorm in NYC is no longer pristine white…more dirty gray and of course there’s the yellow stuff.  It’s actually really depressing.  To make the fun last a little longer, today’s song picks are winter weather themed.

Cold as Ice — Foreigner

Chasing Cars — Snow Patrol

Ice Ice Baby — Vanilla Ice

Fire and Ice — Pat Benetar

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm — Sthur Remix (I know this was on the last list, but I like it that much!)

Snowy Haiku

December 20, 2009

So if you live in the the Northeast…you’re probably snowed in.  If you’re lucky, you get to stay indoors and enjoy the pretty winter scenery.  But if you’re like me, you had to bundle up and head into work.  Here’s my experience in haiku form:

Trudging through the snow

My quads are burning like flames.

Go workout?  Not today!

Words to Live By

December 4, 2009

It’s supposed to snow in NYC this weekend…Whee!  The first snowfall of the season.  This week’s words to live by come from  Doug Larson, a daily newspaper columnist in Wisconsin.  He would know a little something about snow…

“The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.”

Have fun this weekend, whatever the weather!