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Oct 14, 2010

Let's Dish!

Another installment of "College Girl Meets Southern Boy" is coming to a blog near you...very soon.

I've been in a cooking rut for awhile now. But every Wednesday morning I know I'll get some good ideas for dinners. Wednesday mornings are set aside for walking and running and talk, talk, talking with my friend, Jen. And Jen is a great cook. She is also a meal planner, which, I confess, I am not - not consistently, anyway.

This past Wednesday (yesterday) Jen and I met in a different location than our usual so we could get an extra good workout. We ran the bridge and we did stairs. While I wouldn't call us Rockys, we did rock our workout!

And we had beautiful scenery as we walked, ran, talked and breathed. (If you are thinking of becoming a runner, check out my running blog: http://www.seemymomrun.com/.)
Hey, guess what? Warner Bros. is shooting Dolphin's Tale right where we ran yesterday. Check this out for more information!

photo from Wikipedia

We were at the top of that bridge when Jen told me that she had tried a new recipe the night before. Since, for my birthday, she gave me the cookbook she often uses, I decided to try it, too.

Later on I went to Publix and picked up the things I needed for the new dish. Then I left my shopping cart at customer service so I could go home and get my debit card that I had left on my desk.

The recipe is *Penne with Beef and Arugula.
My only change to the recipe was I did not buy arugula because I already had some very good artisan lettuce (Sam's Club). The results are below and this is only half of it in the serving dish. It was delicioso!

And for tonight's dinner, I'll be making *Turkey Meatballs and Quick Sauce. It is supposed to be served over linguine but I think we'll have it as a turkey sub sandwich.  Another confession: I have never made pasta sauce! Tonight will be a first. Yay, me!

*Recipes from Giada De Laurentiis EveryDay Pasta.

Mangia and Ciao for now!


  1. Your recipe looks so good, Melanie. You are doing great with your running, and I'm glad you have someone to run with. Love you ~

  2. You really made me hungry sis.

  3. I love that Rocky music! What a great way to stay motivated and continue running. I recognized the photo and the bridge. That's the bridge going over to Clearwater Beach. I have a good friend who live in a gorgeous house on that beach too. Hmm ...someone else for you to meet. You'd love Pauline.

    I love all Giada recipes and make them often. The penne with beef and arugula looks so yummy. I may need to try this one. I don't make meat dishes often and my husband has been asking for some.

    Love you and keep running,

  4. Looks fantastic. I also get stuck in the dinner rut, I'm trying to just cook about 4 times a week (we usually have at least 1 night of leftovers) and do a pizza night and then a soup/sandwich night. Baking, I love......cooking, not so much:)

  5. I'm a fan of Giada and Rocky here gave me a chuckle. I think of taking up running often, but it never gets past the thinking stage.

  6. Hope you're having a great weekend! I tagged you in a post! :) Check it out at http://melscoffeebreak.blogspot.com/2010/10/dont-look-now-but-ive-been-tagged.html