A Fresh Dille

what else can you do with edamame?

Posted in FOOD, VEGAN by clairedille on August 11, 2008

Edamame isn’t really something one can become bored with. After indulging in my fair share of sushi over the years, there have been many times I have found myself eating almost the entire appetizer myself. Over the weekend I tried a new delicacy from Whole Foods, the Edamame Hummus. If you have not tried it, I recommend searching for some. If I read the ingredients correctly, I do not remember any mention of chickpeas or tahini (I will be sure to check when I return to the owner of this amazing hummus’ house later this evening).

Does anyone else have a compulsion to bookmark everything? I have bookmarked hundreds of recipes and websites already and this is a new computer. The bookmarks I have created range from fashion sites to vegan recipes, and current fitness plans. I even have a kitchen design bookmark and one that reads as follows, EXPENSIVE wish list. This list has a fair share of Stella McCartney and Alexander Wang clothing items I won’t be able to afford for a few years (I hope).

A recipe for Edamame Dumplings was calling my name when I decided it was time to tackle my freezer food and canned goods before I move at the end of August. When I return from Martha’s Vineyard on the 20th I will not be allowing myself to grocery shop until after I move on the 30th. One allowance will be the farmer’s market for berries and some other produce I can eat quickly. I have at least six different types of soups.

Back to the edamame…I found the recipe here. Enjoy

The red pepper flakes really gave the recipe the kick it needed to satisfy my taste buds but scallions or ginger whipped up with the edamame would also be delicious.

Have a lovely Monday everyone. To prepare you and myself for Friday, here is an old photo of my fabulous cousin Julia (right) and myself (left) on our beach on Martha’s Vineyard (can you spy my adorable little sisters chubby baby legs?). I love how my mother accessorized me.

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a post dedicated to athletics.

Posted in RUNNING by clairedille on August 11, 2008

Recently, it seems as though I have become a night athlete. There are times I don’t make it to the gym until 10:30 p.m. to fit in a quick run and/or strength training routine. Of course the Olympics late night airings doesn’t help me abandon this new schedule, but pushes me harder and further. The Olympic athletes continue to impress and inspire me as I pound one last mile on the treadmill. Tonight I incorporated some speed intervals into my run by upping the miles per hour to 8.5 during the commercial breaks. If you are keeping up with the games, you know that these breaks are often brief because of NBC’s exclusive live coverage. This created the perfect opportunity to focus on my running form and pick up the pace.


Michael Phelps and three fellow American swimmers won the 4 by 100 meter freestyle relay tonight (or this morning in Beijing) and the joy and excitement these boys showed was amazing. Phelps is unbelievable but it was also great to see his teammate, Jason Lezak, swim the final leg with a record-breaking time.

Blake, Deena, and Magdelena (US Marathon team)

Throughout the night I had the chance to catch quite a few events but I am still eagerly awaiting for track and field to begin on Friday, August 15th. This happens to be the day I arrive to Martha’s Vineyard and I hope my family won’t mind that I will be eager to watch these races (it only happens once every four years!). The first night will close with the 10,000 meters featuring one of my all time favorites, Kara Goucher. Two days later, the women’s marathon will take place at 7:30p.m. and I am rooting for Deena Kastor to win. Paula Radcliffe, the English world record holder in the marathon will be competing, however she has been out due to injury recently and did not finish in Athens in 2004. The following Friday will be the women’s 5,000 meter event and a there has been a small controversy over whether or not Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan will both compete in the 5K and 10K. A week is a good amount of time to recover from a 10K and I hope both women stick to each race considering they have proven to be the best Americans at the track trials in Eugene, Oregon. Last is the men’s marathon on the 24th, at the same time as the women’s. Ryan Hall will be the American to beat but the two other Americans in the race hit close to home, literally. Dathan Ritzehein was a high school Cross Country star when I was running in Michigan and I can still remember hearing his name called over the loudspeaker at my freshman year state championship meet. He won of course. The other athlete is Brian Sell, who continues to train with the Hanson’s team in Rochester, Michigan. The Hanson’s Distance Project was started by two brothers whom own the store I bought my first pair of running shoes. Those are just a few races of interest that I suggest watching over the course of the Olympics. Runner’s World has the full schedule of events found here.

Here is a short Paula Radcliffe Nike commercial I have always loved. Oh, and a hilarious spin-off for you to enjoy as well. Don’t worry, I do not feel that way.

Something about Nike makes me ready to run and it is probably beacause the marketing has proven to work on me (I am still a loyal Asics shoe wearer). I am considering this race because I see the handouts are at every Starbucks I have visited the last few weeks. Maybe you should partake.

Lastly, if this post was of interest to you, I recommend grabbing the September issue of Runner’s World. The magazine has all types of changes to the layout and it is wonderful. As a magazine junkie (collector?), I can say that this redesign has improved a publication that did not even need improving. Other positive elements of the issue were the “Secrets of the Olympians,” the international runners featured in the issue, and gear: Sports Bras.

Goodnight. Tomorrow I will be posting about my fabulous dinner of Edamame Dumplings. Here is a peak…