Wendy finishes the Flying Pig!

Way to go, Wendy!

Thanks to training and support from our friends (and Wendy’s running buddies) Donnie and Ron (and Jeff!), Wendy was able to finish the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon — all 26.2 miles of the darned thing — on Sunday, May 3, 2009. It was Wendy’s first marathon. She trained with her team for 11 months and did an awesome job. I am very proud of her!

Other folks that must be mentioned because they made the Pig fun:

Marie (who came in from Canada to run the Pig!), Dave R (who yelled times to most runners and cheered our team specifically), Todd Kelly (a CHEF running the PIG!), Ryan & Katie (great to see you both!), Kirsten (pretty in pink (where’s my cupcake!?)), Nnodum (you did a great run, my friend!), Meghan (next year, you must run too!), and the police officer in Hyde Park who didn’t want me to cross the street (I made it).

Additionally, the team made shirts with the runner’s names on them — a great idea, reports Wendy, who said that people were constantly cheering her on by name.

Below are some pictures of Wendy and Donnie during the run. I was able to run alongside her for the last 100 yards (which I found to be very tiring). Click any photo for a larger view.

Congrats to all the runners!


Be aware that there is a news conference on Friday morning at 10:30am, in time for the announcements to hit the noon news in Cincinnati. The speculation is fun to read — just like popular fiction.

Cannot wait for the news at noon on Friday. Will probably watch it on Channel 12, myself.

Memorial Day

I hope everyone has an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. This unofficial start of summer is something I look forward to every year, and am pleased when it sneaks up on me unexpectedly, like it did this year.

As a result, my Monday is relatively free & open. At this moment, it seems like a great opportunity to sit on my back porch, read, and drink some adult beverages. And just take it easy.

How do you plan to spend your Memorial Day?

Memorial Day Dinner

At the end of a long holiday weekend, I cooked at home for Wendy & myself. On the way home from an enjoyable Civil War Walk through Spring Grove Cemetery (we arrived late and did not hear Abraham Lincoln speak), we stopped and picked up some food to prepare at home. Here’s what we made:

  • Strip steaks briefly marinated with soy, garlic, and onions. After serving as a marinade, the liquid was turned into a nice sauce
  • Oven-roasted sweet potato fries with brown sugar cream (we’d intended to deep fry these, but it didn’t work out, so we roasted them)
  • Piperade (intended as a garnish; Wendy liked it as a vegetable)
  • Sweet corn on the cob
  • Dessert was S’mores… The standard variety, and others made with peanut butter cups, and mini Snickers. I preferred them made with peanut butter cups.

Certainly not the most balanced meal I’ve ever cooked, but it was full of flavors we were craving. It was an enjoyable, easy meal, and a good way to finish off the weekend. How did you commemorate Memorial Day? Let us know in comments.

5/14/2009 Wine Dinner at Midwest Culinary Institute

Hosted by Brian Scott of Vintner Select Distributors.

Event hosted by the students of the Midwest Culinary Institute under the direction of Donna Schmitt and Chef Matt Winterrowd.

Amuse Gueule
Shigoku Oyster; apple, chervil & shallot
Gramona 2004 Cava Gran Cuvee

Langostine; potato, artichoke & salsa verde
Edmunds St. John 2004 Pinot Gris

Atlantic Salmon; duck confit, green garlic, lentils & dried cherry
Handley 2006 Chardonnay Anderson Estate
2006 Domaine Besson  Givry  “Le Haut Colombier”

Veal Loin; peas, morels & tomato
Chateau de Roquefort 2005 “Les Mûres”

Dei 2004 Rosso di Montepulciano

Pineapple; Pink Pepper, Brioche
2007 Helix Reininger “Aspersa” Chardonnay/Voignier

Another very interesting wine dinner!