The Frog

So I had my first marathon-related dream of this training cycle last night.

It was an out and back course. I felt great through the half. But the turnaround featured an hulk-sized toad, who was harassing the runners and even picking some of them off.

I just…have no idea. But it was a very real-feeling dream, and I remember finishing and hanging out for the awards ceremony which not only highlighted the overall and age-group winners but offered a Hunger Games-style tribute to those who had fallen to “The Toad.”

At least it’s better than the stale old “I’m trying to run but my legs won’t move!” or the standard “All of a sudden I had no idea where the course went!” race nightmares.

And I think the underlying fear is pretty clear: that something out of my control will eff with my game on race day. You know, like the weather. Or the flu. Or a hungry amphibian the size of a house.

Anyway. It was kind of an entertaining dream.  On to more important things…like foooooood.

It’s just the two of us for Thanksgiving this year, so I’m planning a very laid-back mini-feast. (No need for Critical Path Cooking this year…although I’m definitely going to try to get some prep done when I get home from work tonight.) Instead of ordering a full turkey, I went for a 5-lb bone-in breast. Never cooked one of those before, so no idea how it will turn out, but it seemed easier than dealing with a whole bird and having leftovers until Valentine’s Day.

Thanksgiving for Two Menu (which means I’m halving most of these recipes):

To start:

Sweet Potato Soup [via Food Network] with Roasted Marshmallows, Pistachios and Fried Sage. I made this last year and loved it. And since I’m not including any potatoes in the main course, it fits in perfectly!

Main course:

Bone-in, skin-on turkey breast roasted with butter and herbs

Drippings gravy (hopefully the leaner breast meat still gives off some good juice)

Cornbread Dressing with Pancetta, Mushrooms and Apples [via Food Network] Another favorite from last year, although I modified the original recipe quite a bit! So glad I have last year’s blog post to look back and see what I did….

Tart Cranberry-Onion Relish [via Epicurious]

Roasted French green beans with browned butter


Whatever looks good in the pastry case + vanilla ice cream. I don’t have time to deal with pie or tart making this year!


Hot spiked cider [Based upon my best recollection of my friend Meg’s awesome recipe, which has been a staple at many holiday gatherings of days past!]

Wine (of course!) TBD – I still need to get to the wine shop!

Happy almost-Thanksgiving! Happy traveling (if you’re on the road). Happy running (if you’re Turkey Trotting…we’ll be getting our 8K on before all of the eating and drinking begins!) And of course, happy eating!

11 responses to “The Frog

  1. Oh thank god you posted that critical path cooking link. I actually made a project plan for my Thanksgiving dinner in Project, and I got so much ribbing from friends and co-workers.

    But it’s WORKING! I feel so much less stressed and I’ve gotten all my pre-cooking done and a schedule that will work to get everything out hot on Thursday!

  2. I think we might to a mini-dinner for the two of us on Saturday just so we end up with some leftovers for turkey sandwiches, aka the best part.

  3. Your meal sounds so delicious! Especially the soup and cornbread dressing!

  4. That is one awesome toad. My race dreams area always the can’t find the course type or that I’m really late.

    Sounds like a great meal! That sweet potato soup sounds perfect. Have a great weekend :)

  5. I am glad I am not the only one who dreams that I get lost mid-marathon. Oy.

  6. Sounds great! We’re doing a roasted chicken + acorn squash and salad. Nothing super fancy because we’re going out to a swanky place Friday night (TGIGroupon!)

  7. Your meal sounds delicious. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Sweet potato dressing and cornbread dressing? When do you want me to arrive?

    And the dream sort of cracks me up. I’m yet to have (or remember) a race dream. However, a man-eating frog would probably scare the crap out of me…

  9. oh and I meant sweet potato soup… whoopsies.

  10. Your menu sounds amazing! My entire family is realllyyyy traditional, so they put up a fuss whenever Turkey day dinner strays from the usual Stouffers stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole menu, but I can’t wait to someday host my own dinner and get a little more creative!

    That cornbread stuffing sounds particularly good…and perfect for marathon carbo loading!

  11. That is a wild dream! All I ever got before my marathon this spring was that stupid dream where my legs felt like 1,000 pounds and I could hardly move them. I hope no evil toads are lurking at CIM!

    Your dinner sounds great. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving.