Monthly Archives: June 2012

CSA Saturday: Week 5

Well I finally finished all of the greens left from week 3.  First I made kale chips.  I followed the recipe from my CSA newsletter, but I think 35 minutes was a little too long to leave them in the oven because they were right on the cusp of being burnt.  I had high hopes for these, but they weren’t my favorite.

Kale Chips

Next up, I braised the rest of the kale and swiss chard with shallots and garlic in a little chicken stock.  Towards the end I added some red chile pepper to spice it up a bit.  This is by far my favorite way to eat greens…the flavor is amazing!

Braised Kale & Swiss Chard

Last week I started picking the carrots from my garden, which is so exciting!  I love to be able to come home pick some carrots and roast them up for dinner.  I mixed them with some blanched peas and it was the perfect side dish for some BBQ chicken!

Peas & Roasted Carrots

I was glad to see that this week’s basket had less greens, but I still got more lettuce and swiss chard.  New items were kohlrabi, fava beans and green squash.

Green Squash, Swiss Chard, Fava Beans, Red Leaf Lettuce & Kohlrabi

Sadly, I’m allergic to all squash so the zucchini all goes to Barry.  The wild cards for me are the fava beans and the kohlrabi.  Thankfully, the farm included some recipes for these.  First is a fava bean puree with garlic and lemon.  This might be good as a dip for the carrots from my garden.  The other preparation of sautéing the beans in butter in herbs sounds good, but probably won’t help me lose that marathon.

I’ve never had kohlrabi before and from the recipes I’ve received it can be eaten either raw or cooked.  The taste is apparently slightly reminiscent of broccoli stalks.  I will either be making a kohlrabi slaw with carrots and herbs or I will simply roast it in the oven.

Any other ideas for fava beans or kohlrabi? 

Friday Feast: The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining

It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of the restaurants in Walt Disney World.  In fact, I plan most of my trips around where I will be eating and longingly dream of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival throughout the year.  So it’s not surprising that one of my favorite websites is The Disney Food Blog (DFB) where they churn out TONS of information on all things Disney food related.  DFB has come out with a fantastic line of e-books to help both Disney newbies and veterans alike plan for their next vacation.  One of my favorites is The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, a huge 321 page resource that is full of helpful tips and mouth watering photos.

If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World, you know that the dining options can be very overwhelming with hundreds of restaurants to choose from.  It can also be VERY expensive.  Proper planning will help you make those tough decisions on where to eat and also save you quite a bit of money.  This is where the DFB Guide comes in.  It provides and easy 5-step guide to planning your dining and help you determine your budget, create a calendar, personalize your meals, learn about the WDW restaurants and make your reservations.  It even comes with downloadable spreadsheets to help you in the process!  It’s so easy that you can plan your entire vacation all in one day.

My favorite thing about the guide are all of the great tips.  AJ and the DFB team have done a lot of research (I’m totally jealous!) to help us find the best meals and the best values on WDW property.  The guide includes tips such as the Top 5 Table-Service Restaurants on a Budget, Where to Get Free Food in WDW, and Alternatives to Popular Character Meals, just to name a few.  And then there is the Disney Dining At-A-Glance section, that answers any question you may have.  Where to find the best popcorn, a place to propose, exotic eats, the least expensive buffet, and the list goes on and on.

Oh and I can’t forget the DFB Scavenger Hunts!  I’m a sucker for a good scavenger hunt and when you combine it with food, it doesn’t get much better.  These are a great way to learn more about some of the unique offerings Disney has while on your vacation.

I’ve found the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining incredibly useful in planning meals for my trips and it has saved me money along the way.  I thought I knew everything there was to know about Disney dining, but boy was I wrong!  Click here to get one for yourself…trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

Oh and if you’re looking for something more specific when it comes to your Disney dining, DFB has numerous mini-guides as well…check them out!

DFB Mini-Guide to Epcot Snacks

DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks

DFB Dining Adventures: Magic Kingdom

What’s your favorite food in Walt Disney World?

Disney Races Are Filling Up Fast!

Since all of the runDisney events coming up seem to be filling up quickly, I thought I’d give you an update on the races that are coming up in the next year.  You don’t want to miss out on the fun, so if you haven’t registered already…do it NOW!

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
August 31 – September 2, 2012
All events are sold out

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend
September 28 – 29, 2012
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler: Sold Out
Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run: 56% full
Kids Races: 57% full

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
November 9 – 10, 2012
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon: 80% full

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
January 10 – 13, 2013
Walt Disney World Marathon: 64% full
Walt Disney World Half Marathon: 57% full
Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge: 83% full

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend
January 18 – 20, 2013
Tinker Bell Half Marathon: 72% full

Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend
February 22 – 24, 2013
Registration Opens: July 10, 2012

Expedition Everest Challenge
May 4, 2013
Registration Opens: TBA

As you can see, all of the major races that are currently on sale are either sold out or over 50% full.  There is still plenty of room in most of the Family Fun Run 5Ks and the Kid’s Races, which take place on almost all of the race weekend.

Is it just me or do these races seem to be filling up faster than usual?  It’s very exciting that running and Disney races are increasing in popularity!  I’m interested on what the next step is for Disney Sports when it comes to the runDisney races.  Will they increase the capacity of the races?  Will there be more races in our future?  Only time will tell, but I can’t wait to see!

What would you like to see next for runDisney races?

Walt Disney World Running Trails

Walt Disney World has some fantastic areas to run while you are on vacation.  You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your training schedule while in the most magical place on earth!  Almost all of the resort hotels have an area to run and each is very unique.  There will always be something new around the corner to keep your attention.  Two of my favorites are the trail between Fort Wilderness and Wilderness Lodge, and the trail around the Epcot Resorts and down to Hollywood Studios.

Today, runDisney released a great video showcasing these trails.  Lori Lovell from the Walt Disney World Mom’s Panel takes us though a few on the best trails and also provides great tips on running at the resort and in the typically hot Florida weather.  Check it out!

Next time you’re in Walt Disney World ask for a map of the jogging trails at your resort’s front desk or visit my Disney Running Trails section here on RAD for maps and additional information.  Hope to see you out there!

runDisney on Twitter!

runDisney now has an official Twitter account!  No more tagging your posts with #runDisney, now you can mention them directly.  I’m looking forward to getting all of the runDisney updates as soon as they come out and hopefully they will have some fun surprises for us during race weekends!  One can hope right? :)

Head on over to Twitter and follow them now!

Thanks to DisneyEveryDay.com for the scoop!

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