two skinny jenkins

090514 – my 100 dishes
090514, 3:30 pm
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090514 - My 100

As i delve deeper into the food blog world, i have discovered more and more foods that i want to try making.

Please send me your favorite recipes from the list, or ones that you think i am missing!


  1. Naan
  2. Injera
  3. Zucchini bread
  4. Bread pudding
  5. southern biscuits
  6. New England Cheese Bread – made Castiello (close enough!)
  7. Brioche
  8. Sourdough bread (like San Fran)
  9. Greek Celebration Bread
  10. Rye bread
  11. Stollen
  12. Corn Bead
  13. Panettone
  14. Ciabatta
  15. Bagels
  16. English Muffins


  1. Eggs Florentine
  2. quiche
  3. yogurt muffins (chocolate chip!)
  4. Rugelach
  5. granola bars (i’ve made granola and it disappears…)
  6. cinnamon buns (sim. to rugelach)
  7. French toast


  1. Falafel (successfully – I’ve tried it before)
  2. Cole slaw
  3. Fennel greens (with something…)


  1. mushroom risotto (like on Hell’s Kitchen)
  2. paella (as soon as i can afford saffron!)
  3. stuffed artichokes
  4. home made linguine pasta
  5. mozzarella cheese
  6. French Onion Soup
  7. Spanish tortilla
  8. Portobello burgers
  9. grilled Cactus
  10. Miso Soup
  11. Lobster (when we move to Boston)
  12. Crab Cakes
  13. Spring rolls
  14. Crostini
  15. Pepper steak


  1. plantain chips
  2. graham crackers
  3. dolmas


  1. cheesecake  – any kind
  2. flour-less chocolate cake
  3. frozen yogurt (esp. grasshopper/ mint chip flavored)
  4. Souffle
  5. red bean pastries (the right way!)
  6. Carrot cake
  7. Fortune Cookies
  8. Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
  9. Pineapple upside-down cake
  10. Better Than Sex cake
  11. crumb cake
  12. Strudel
  13. Truffles
  14. Red Velvet Cake
  15. Black Bean Brownies
  16. Candied orange slices
  17. Bread Pudding
  18. Rice pudding
  19. Coconut cake


  1. Bloody Mary
  2. Cucumber Dill lemonade
  3. Dark and Stormy
  4. Limeade
  5. Old Fashioned Rickey (DC-style)
  6. Mojito
  7. Gin
  8. Beer
  9. Margarita

090508 – Bread Bakers Apprentice Challenge!
090508, 6:01 pm
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breadbakerTime to stock up on King Arthur Flour!  I have decided to join the ranks of other great cooking bloggers and participating in the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge.  The book by Peter Reinhart is the source for my pizza dough recipe.  The photos of his breads in the book are so beautiful, that i had been too intimidated to attempt them.  Until now.  I look forward to learning more about bread types and making in the upcoming weeks!

The schedule so far is as follows:

  • May 18th – Anadama Bread (Anna, Damn It)
  • May 24th – Greek Celebration Bread
  • May 31th – Bagels (watch out Bodos!)
  • June 7th – Rich Man’s Brioche (mmm… butter)
  • many more to come!

Out of respect for this wonderful book (and copyright laws) i will not be publishing the bread recipes on my site.  SORRY!  You may be able to find part of (some of) the recipes on Googlebooks.

I am super excited about the challenge – wish me luck!

090425 – burgers + brownies
090424, 10:49 pm
Filed under: DESSERT, DINNER, MULTISPORT | Tags: , , , ,

we biked and bricked the course this morning.  it was 90° outside, but we biked it 10 minutes faster than last time, a month ago.  the park was packed with cars and there were at least as many bikes on the road as cars.  there are at least 8 good hills on the course, and on the last one, the man biking in front of me sort of slumped over off the road.

dinner: burgers:

initially, i didn’t really feel like grilling the burgers.  didn’t we just eat burgers 4 days ago?  but i REALLY COULDN’T after giving myself second degree burns with the spatula… i had left our metal spatula sitting apparently too close to the grill exhaust while it was preheating.  i now have a very neat imprint of the  spatula handle on my right palm.

joe ended up cooking the entire meal himself, while i pathetically clutched a cold beer can…


dessert: brownies:


before burning myself, i had managed to make the RICH DARK CHOCOLATE brownie recipe found on the back of the King Arthur flour bag.  luckily, i made a half batch becuse these are really to die for.

  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 3/4 C Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 3/4 C King Arthur all purpose flour
  • 1 C semisweet chocolate chips
  1. melt butter in medium sized, microwave safe bowl. add sugar and heat heat again if necessary to make it smooth (maybe 30 sec. more).
  2. stir in cocoa, salt, baking powder, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. add flour and chocolate chips
  4. bake at 350 in a

090419 – Rumpass in Bumpass
090419, 7:18 pm
Filed under: MULTISPORT

my first triathlon and joe’s second.  it sure puts the Ironman that we talked about doing one day in perspective!  we are both rethinking our goal tie for the  (MUCH hillier) Olympic distance race we have scheduled for 1 month from now.


ME – here i go on my bike, Tracy trek, right after a 3 minute (slow) transition!  between the long transition and all the second/triple guessing i did during the swim, i still somehow managed to get second place for my age group!


JOE –  elbowing this old guy to the finish line… i won’t mention what muscle he pulled in the process.


JEFF – is one tough man.  one of four, actually, out of the 500+ people at the race without a wetsuit.  he sure looks happy to be exiting that 62° water!

FYI: our training program:

094019 – rumpass in bumpass
090419, 11:18 am
Filed under: MULTISPORT


My first triathlon!!!  My first open water swim in the first wetsuit i have ever donned.  I was so glad to have it – Lake Anna was a brisk 62° F.  Our friend, Jeff, was one of the four brave souls (of 500+ people) who did not wear one. Even though the water was a little murky, you could still see scads of fish swimming about 10 Ft below the surface.  I had not practiced the transition from swimming to biking before, so that was pretty slow.  my feet and arms were slightly numbed by the water and not entirely cooperative.  The bike was nice and FLAT.  REALLY gentle rolling hills.  the run definitely felt awkward at first, but i warmed up as i went along.  5 K felt pretty short and by the end of it i was finally feeling loosened up.

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081025 – MCM
081026, 7:14 pm
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MY FIRST MARATHON!!!  this photo was taken pretty early on in the race.  the smile faded as the run went on.  I nearly made my ‘goal time’ – 3:50, although secretly i wanted to qualify for Boston.  I was not planning on having to walk over a mile from the metro to the start line, so i was late for the official start and WAYYY behind my desired pace group.  Little did i know how much it was going to start hurting right around 23 miles… i probably could have walked those last few faster than i trotted that day.  Oh, well.  Next time i’ll know what to expect.  All i ate that day was one orange slice because the gu they offered on the course had caffine and i was afraid of upsetting my stomach.  I wore my fuel belt, but just carried water in the bottles.


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