Archive for January 1st, 2009

What a busy day! We finally pulled the noise makers and popped the bubbly around 4pm.  Martini and Rossi – ahhh!

At 5Pm, it was time to think about dinner.  We had Baked Scallops with Edamame.  That was accompanied by Baked Zucchini slices with tomatoes.  Here’s the whole scoop.

Baked Scallops with Edamame

scallops-and-edamame-001*Before I begin, I made the mistake of sprinkling on the cracker crumbs before the edamame… so the picture will look a bit diff.from your results should you follow the directions below. 

  • Preheat oven to 425F.  
  • Wash and dry (between 2 paper towel) 1 lb of bay scallops. 
  • Put 1 cup of Edamame on the stove to bring to boil, simmer 5 minutes.   By the way, if you’re not into soybeans, sub. the edamame with beautiful green petite peas but don’t pre-cook as long.
  • Put 1 tbs Smart Balance +
  • 1/2 TBS infused olive oil (remember mine is infused (or diffused?) with sun dried tomato, garlic and rosemary) in the bottom of a ceramic baking dish. Add your scallops,
  • squeeze 1/2 a lemon over the top,
  • sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Drizzle more flavored olive oil on top and
  • top with your drained, cooked Edamame.
  • add about 1/2 a bag (10 – 12 crackers) of crushed reduced fat Ritz Crackers on top. 
  • Sprinkle with Asiago* cheese and pepper. *Can use parm. or Romano, or combo. of all.
  • Bake 12 – 15 minutes.

Baked Zucchini Slices with Tomatoes


  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Wash and slice length wise, 3 small zucchini. Toss out the end cuts. 
  • Coat a ceramic baking dish with Smart Balance (rub about 1 TBS around dish) and
  • add 1/3 of a 14.5 oz can of No Salt Added diced tomatoes-do not drain. *If you have FRESH TOMATOES, I would recommend using those instead of canned. Simply chop 2 large FRESH tomatoes to use instead.
  • Add 1/2 of the zucchini slices to dish (on top of tomato).
  • Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and dried basil.
  • Top with 1/3 more of your tomatoes.
  • Add last layer of zucchini, salt,pepper, basil.
  • Top with remaining tomatoes
  • Drizzle with infused olive oil
  • sprinkle with Parm. (or Romano or asiago or mix of all) cheese.

Bake 30 minutes covered with foil.  Remove foil and bake 10 more minutes.

scallops-and-edamame-003 It’s back to work for me tomorrow. But who can really complain, work one day – off two. Not sure about the weekend. Ted is going to Turning Stone to hit some golf balls. Maybe a massage for me? Sounds good.  If anyone out there goes for massages and has a fav. e.g hot stones, deep tissue, etc., let me know your recommendations. TIA!


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Yes – it is, or will be a very Happy New Year.  Think of all the extremes that happened last year, from sports to politics.  What ever could 2009 bring that would offer such surprises?  Hopefully a lot more good than last year. Something to look forward to since we certainly can’t move backward.  11706

I had to spend an extra hour or two in bed today since I watched the ball drop and didn’t get to bed until 12:30 AM. The champagne toast comes today since both Ted and I were too tired to drink to the New Year.  But more on New Year’s Eve later. 

I tried to walk Shane around MV this morning but just couldn’t. My fingers froze and were so painful, we had to high tail it home. It was 1 degree.  I had 1/2 a banana with Naturally More peanut butter as a pre workout kick in the behind.  Downstairs, I ran for 30 minutes. Worked shoulders and abs…wish I could tell you what I did but Shane was in the gym with Ted and I and wanted constant attention.  He got the ball stuck 2 X under the treadmill…most annoying. Then was in our faces if we were on the floor doing crunches.  Somehow both of us got through a most frustrating workout.

For breakfast, I had 1 scoop Jay Robb Chocolate with 1/4 banana, 1/4 cup Fuze, 3 strawberries.  1/3 cup Thick and Rough Oatmeal with cinnamon, 2 strawberries, 1/4 banana. 


Today is the day we always take down the holiday decorations – hence, begin the New Year.  That comes a little later. This morning, I am making the frosting for the carrot cake, a tedious task on my wrist since I have to constantly stir the heating egg white and sugar. After that – the decorations, then some bowl games and reading. If Ted’s real good to me, he’ll light a beautiful warm fire.

New Year’s Eve With Friends

I want to offer a recap of last night because it was so enjoyable spending an early dinner with friends and toasting the New Year.

We went to a Lebanese restaurant called The Phoenician.  the-new-year-001  It offers a pleasant, casual atmosphere and the food is more reasonably priced than some other places we typically visit. 

We began with a basket of pita bread, so soft and fresh.

the-new-year-002  Then the round of appetizers arrived which were hummus and grape leaves, some with meat, some without. 

Everyone had a salad. I opted for a super sized since there were no vegetables with dinner. The salad was simply iceburg lettuce, tomato and feta cheese.

The dinner was good, a little disappointed since my grilled swordfish was a bit under cooked in areas. Ididn’t eat the rice.  I think they must have used some MSG in some seasoning since my nose and cheeks began to feel flushed. What? Could it have been the wine? We had a carafe of Cabernet, the men, and a carafe of Chardonnay, the ladies.  No- couldn’t have been the wine, I had drank only 3/4 of a glass at that point.  Although I do think it went right to my head as I referred to Mary Ellen and Gene’s son as “Gino” – he is certainly NOT a Gino, he is a Eugene. Silly me!    Anyway – the dinner presentation was simple but nice:

the-new-year-003Sorry the pics are so dark – I can not get this camera right!  

And … here is the gathering of friends:














There was a run today at Van’s Tavern in Barneveld, NY but at 1 degree (and it’s colder up there, more North), I’m passing!

My total miles for 2008: 1115.  A little disappointed, since I only ran 5 more miles than I did last year.  Oh well… we’ll see how I do in 2009.

Have a great New Years Day! Remember – NO WASHING!

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