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A Texas Frame of Mind

by Carilyn on July 7, 2015

Back in Texas. It feels like I can finally take in a full breath. Until I woke up the first morning back in my own boat of a bed, I didn’t even realize I’d been holding my breath for the past five years. I loved California – what’s not to love? – but it wasn’t home. Home is wide open spaces, big skies, afternoon thunderstorms.

Breathe. In. Out.

Summer in Texas is blackberry slushies, whirred up quickly in the blender and drunk slowly by the pool. Bread, proofed, kneaded, pounded, baked between runs. Grilled flank steak and knobbly new potatoes eaten languidly between stories shared with missed friends. A couple, or three, glasses of red wine. Salad, salad, and more salad. And olive oil cake after dinner, before a run, with afternoon coffee, before bed.

Summer has officially begun for me in Texas. And it is wonderful.

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Pina Colada Ice Cream with Pistachios 007

Back when I was a rookie prosecutor I attended my first-ever conference (doesn’t a conference full of law enforcement types sound like a barrel of fun?) on Padre Island – a beach resort in Texas. Being young, my experience with alcohol was limited to warm beer from a keg and girly tongue-numbingly sweet wine coolers (do they still make those? Hmmm…I need to check on that.). Determined to appear grown up so that I would be taken seriously, ahem, I ordered a pina colada at dinner (Hey, it was a beach resort, people! Give me a break!). Not being a complete dope, I noticed the smirks from the more seasoned members of our work force. I had clearly FAILED adult drink ordering.

But that didn’t stop me from slurping that frozen concoction down and loving every bit of it. Yes, I like pina coladas. And getting caught in the rain…

In fact, I’ve loved pina coladas ever since.

So, this morning, because I had a few pieces of dodgy looking pineapple in the fridge, I wanted to come up with something for after my run that would use it – one must NEVER throw away pineapple – and I thought of my favorite beachy cocktail. Dodgy pineapple + coconut milk + almond milk + frozen banana + a smidge of maple syrup + blender + freezer = Pina Colada Ice Cream! Top with some pistachios for protein and chocolate for fun, and you are ready to rock! But maybe don’t serve this to a cop.

Dairy free, Gluten free, Vegan

Now go run!

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What I ate after my run – Chinese Chicken and Cashew Salad

June 10, 2015

Tuesday is Massage Day – ahhhhhhhhh! Can you hear the angels singing? My weekly massage has been one of the most important pieces to keeping me injury free all these years of running. I fell and ruptured three discs 10 years ago, and have spent a ton of money on epidurals, physical therapy, rollers, Pilates, […]

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What I ate after my run – Kale Yogurt Salad with Mint

June 9, 2015

Yesterday was the last day of culinary school so we did it up right and made desserts! Lemon tart, tiramisu, ice cream, creme brulee, butterscotch pudding, bread pudding, and chocolate cake with creme anglaise. We also had a bit of salad just so we didn’t feel so bad about our piggy selves. It was all […]

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What I ate after my run – Plum Bacon Salad with Balsamic Pecan Pesto

June 6, 2015

Perfunctory, get-‘er-done 10 miler because we have a full day of food adventures, a movie and packing up to hightail it back to Texas in a few weeks (Woop!). I had a gorgeous plum staring at me for the last few days begging to be used before it turned. But plums have to be eaten […]

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What I ate after my run – Chocolate Shake (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan)

June 5, 2015

TGIF, people! Woop! And it’s time for a chocolate shake! While I’m not averse to a traditional shake (Seriously, who can resist vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and whipped cream? Come on.), after a run, I like to get a little more bang for my nutritional buck. Since it’s Friday, both my runs are EASY. I […]

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What I ate after my run – Honey Roasted Carrots with Ham

June 4, 2015

With two teenage sons, there is a lot of carnivorous cooking in my house. My sons expect some sort of animal at every meal. This means that I usually have some sort of leftover meat that I need to deal with the next day. Sandwiches: done. Burritos: done. Chicken salad: done. Feed it to the […]

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What I ate after my run – Gluten Free Chevre Cheesecake

June 3, 2015

So, yesterday I told you that my friend, M, at Read Eat Write Run asked me to come up with a Gluten Free Cheesecake recipe using goat cheese. Challenge accepted! I love to spend my runs trying to figure out a recipe – it gives my gerbil brain something to focus on. (Maybe that’s why […]

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What I ate after my run – Quiche Lorraine with Kale Salad

June 2, 2015

  Ran 14 miles with pickups, all the while obsessing over the fun challenge by M from Read Eat Write Run to make a yummy gluten free cheesecake with goat cheese. Um, yes please! After my run, and my mentally sketched out recipe for the cheesecake, I heated up a piece of the Quiche Lorraine […]

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What I Ate After My Run – Kung Pao Coleslaw

June 1, 2015

My running is upside down today – short run in the morning and long run in the afternoon – because I have culinary school. No time, or need, for a heavy recovery meal, so I just had this Kung Pao Coleslaw. Weird at 7 am, but it worked Happy Running! GF, DF, Vegan

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