Thursday, March 22, 2007

Power Meal: The Best Summer Burger - Men's Health

Power Meal: The Best Summer Burger - Men's Health

1 egg
1 lb lean ground beef
1⁄2 c oats
1⁄3 c diced onion
1⁄2 c chopped spinach
2 Tbsp reduced-fat shredded Mexican-blend cheese
4 whole-grain buns
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl, whisk the egg. Add everything else and mix -- your hands are the best tool -- until well blended. Form the meat into four patties. Place the burgers on a grill pan or nonstick skillet that's heated over medium high. Cook for 6 minutes per side or to the desired level of doneness.
Makes 4 servings. (Wrap any extra burgers in plastic and freeze them for later.)
Per Burger: 263 calories 27 grams (g) protein 8 g carbohydrates 13 g fat (5 g saturated) 1 g fiber 416 milligrams (mg) sodium

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Books I Want to Read

Rabbit is Rich - John Updike
March - Geraline Brooks - Read 2008
Gilead - Marilynne Robinson - Read June 2007
Winter's Tale - Mark Helprin
Westing Game - Ellen Raskin
The Stolen Child - Keith Donohue
Johnathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke Tried to read
Sarum - Edward Rutherford
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson - Read 2008
American Gods - Neil Gainman
The Eden Express - Mark Vonnegut
The Quiet Room - Lori Schiller

Flashman: A Novel (Flashman) bu George MacDonald Fraser

I have such mixed feelings about this book. It is well written and entertaining; but just so wrong. Flashman is a cowardly British military officer in the 1800's who runs from danger but somehow is hailed as a hero all the time. He's quite the cad; it's not uncommon for him to have his way with women when they don't respond to his advances and he degrades those he perceives to be lower than him. If one can look past that, the stories in this book are historically based and interesting as is the writing style. I can't decide whether or not to read the next book in the series.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Kiss in the Hotel Joseph Conrad by Howard Norman

I'm not a huge fan of short stories, but a friend loaned me this book and it served its purpose keeping me entertained while on the treadmill.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Mom's Visit

Darla and I spend last weekend with Jill & Nathan. As usual, we had lots of fun: golfing, shopping, planning for the big event, eating & hiking. It was wonderful getting out of the cold, wet northwest to sunny, warm California. The smog was away and spending time outdoors with loved ones is rejuvinating. I didn't take too many pictures, but here are a few from our hike.

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The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillippa Gregory

I couldn't put this book down. Highly recommended. Can't wait to read another book by Phillippa Gregory