Heirloom Tomato, Basil and Feta Cheese Picture Book Recipe

As I mentioned in my last post posted a few weeks ago (Ow!), one of my favorite summer foods is fresh tomatoes right off the field, and one of my favorite ways to have those fresh tomatoes is sliced and topped with fresh basil, mozzarella chcese, a shot of olive oil, a good shot of balsamic vinegar, and a good crunch of freshly ground black pepper (or chopped fresh jalapeños – yah!). Terrific!

Here’s a slight twist on that combination made with what you see below: heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, feta cheese and Read more »

Easy, Fully Flavorful Tomato, Fresh Basil and Mozzarella Cheese Salad Picture Recipe

One of my favorite summer foods is freshly picked, richly flavorful, no-kidding vine ripened tomatoes, which I always look forward to getting get straight off the field at Berberian’s Farm in Northborough, MA.

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Improvised Post Ride Lunch: Oats with Vegetables, Cheese and More


Came home darn hungry from a good hop on the bike and improvised a very quick “what’s good to go in the fridge” lunch that included the last of a bag of oats mixed with some leftover vegetable broth, tomato sauce, cooked vegetables, and grated cheese.

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TDF2017 Stage 7 + Summer Fruit Topping Picture Recipe

Live coverage of Tour de France stage 7 from Troyes to Nuits Saint George in central eastern France is on. Guys will be rippin’ it for more than 125 miles very challenging miles in the saddle – maybe some of it chased by women on horses as shown above during yesterday’s stage 6.  Cool!

Last post showed how to combine crepes with a warm summer fruit topping. Great stuff! Here’s what I used to make that fruit topping a few days ago, Read more »

Tour de France 2017, Stage 3: Crepes with Nut Butter, Fruit and More

Stage 3 of this year’s Tour de France is on. This is what I just had for breakfast: fresh crepes topped with nut butter, cooked fruit topping, mixed grains,… Read more »

Full-On Flavorful Fresh Basil Pesto Picture Book Recipe

Basil PestoI call fresh basil pesto “summer butter”. It’s always in my fridge, and I use it regularly on pasta and grains, as a sandwich spread, with chicken or fish, on freshly cooked or uncooked vegetables (absolute killer on freshly cooked corn on the cob) – just about anything. Great stuff!

Here are the ingredients and…

Basil Pesto Ingredients

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New Westborough Multi-Use Trail Breaks Ground

5 years ago our Westborough, MA, Board of Selectmen established a Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee charged with improving cycling and pedestrian access and safety and building trails in town. Over the past 5 years, we’ve worked persistently to do exactly that. We’ve installed 9 sets of Carmanah R920 solar-powered flashing crosswalk signs, like those shown below, at well used, high-priority crosswalks in Read more »

6 Days to Cancer Ride + Almond Butter Power Fuel in Pictures

6 days to the Central Mass. Bicycles Battling Cancer ride (please consider donating – I’m just about half way to my $300 goal). Almond butter will certainly be part of the breakfast I have to power that ride next Sunday. I had a fat tablespoon of it just now with French toast (made with killeer BirchTree Bread Co. seeded levain bread) to prep for a 30+ mile I’ll take later this morning. Here’s what you need to make almond butter on your own.

The food processor does all the work (yah, you definitely need a food processor). You just have to clean the food processor when it’s done – but that cleaning is well worth the incredibly fresh, rich flavor.  Click any picture on this page for complete step-by-step picture book directions that, you bet, include how to clean a food processor (sometimes you just can’t have too much fun!).

Fuel up, ride on!

Great Training Fuel: French Toast Taken From “Simple to Exciting” – All in Pictures

Yesterday’s post showed how to use your favorite bread to make French toast either in the pan or microwave oven.  As mentioned in that post, the I bread used to make French toast last weekend was Seeded Levain bread from the BirchTree Bread Co. in Worcester, MA. (That bread, by the way, goes great with your favorite cheese, nut butter, and much more – terrific stuff!)

What you see below is all I needed to power a fantastically invigorating 60+ mile Bicycles Battling Cancer training ride from my town, Westborough, MA, through Northborough, Boylston, Sterling, Clinton, Bolton, Harvard, Read more »

12 Days to Cancer Ride and French Toast Training Fuel

 

12 days to the 100 mile Bicycles Battling Cancer ride through Central Massachusetts – you bet, I’d appreciate your support.

Regarding training, French toast, which combines sustained energy from the protein in eggs with the more immediate energy provided by complex carbohydrates in bread, is a great fuel for a good ride, run, or any activity that keeps your body in motion. I made the French toast shown above with a great local find: Seeded Levain bread from the BirchTree Bread Co. in Worcester, MA – I’ll be back for more soon! Tomorrow I’ll show how to take the French Toast I made above from “Simple to Exciting” to power a gorgeous 60+ mile training ride last weekend.

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