Mom It Down! Chilled Cucumber Soup

August 22nd, 2014

We’ve seen an overabundance of cucumbers this year. It seemed every time my kids went outside, both at our house and at my parents’ they returned with cucumbers. People were growing a bit tired of cucumber salad so I decided to try a cucumber soup. I’m super happy with the outcome and decided to share it.

What You Will Need

  • Blender (or food processor)


  • Three large cucumbers, peeled, halved and deseeded.
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (I used low fat. Greek works as well)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 loose cup dill
  • 2 tablespoons tarragon
  • jalapeño pepper (to taste. I used one small, VERY hot one.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mom It Down!

Put everything in your blender, purée. (If you have a heavy duty blender, you can do it all together. If your blender is on the smaller, cheaper side, you might do the cucumbers in two installments.) You’re done! Chill for at least 8 hours, overnight is best.

Overcoming Obstacles

There are none! This is the easiest recipe ever. If you don’t have a lot of time all at once (which is common here as I have a baby and two kids to take care of) you can mise en place ahead of time. Cut the cucumbers and store them in the fridge until you have more time.


I might like to try cilantro. I bet adding cream cheese in lieu of sour cream would be awesome. Really, if you think it’ll taste good with cucumbers, try it! Although, I am not sure adding tuna would be all that good. Ew.


I believe each bowl of soup (roughly 3/4 cup) is about 150 calories. It was hard to calculate as I didn’t measure the entire amount prior to serving. So I’m not sure how much each bowl amounts to. It’s less than 200, most likely nearer to 140 calories per bowl.

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Long Training Run: Week 4

August 17th, 2014

I ran 10 miles yesterday. I am pleased to report that it was my first long run this season where I didn’t experience any gut issues! This is a good thing. Maybe my body is finally adjusting to the mileage.

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Saint Joseph

August 12th, 2014

Seven days ago while listening to the WTF podcast featuring Adam Ferrara, I learned something about real estate and religion. Adam Ferrara shared a story from his childhood about how when they were selling their home on Long Island, his mother made his father bury a statue of Saint Joseph in the yard. The belief is that this will make the house sell quickly. When their house didn’t sell right away, his mother mentioned it to her priest, and the priest asked, “Well, did you bury him upside down?”

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Long Training Run: Week 3

August 11th, 2014

I ran 8 miles on Saturday. I’m getting a touch worried as to how I’ll eventually find 13-20 miles in this small town. Finding 8 was hard enough. I’m not a fan of looping back. I know that’s probably pretty silly. I don’t mind running the same routes every week. But I don’t like looping back during the same run. Weird.

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Murray. We’ve Put Him On A Diet Because Holy Shit.

August 6th, 2014


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Long Training Run: Week Two

August 2nd, 2014

Today I ran seven miles in the pouring rain. I don’t mind running in the rain one bit. During these hot summer months I much prefer it to sunshine and humidity. The most difficult part of rain running is the first few minutes before you become fully soaked. But once that happens, it’s all good and you no longer notice.

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My Boys

August 1st, 2014

Elliot and Em garden.


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If A Runner Passes A Cyclist When There’s No One Else Around, Should They Make A Sound?

July 30th, 2014

I’ve noticed something while running in my neighborhood, and while I can’t say it will happen forever, there’s been enough of a pattern to make me think, “Huh. Weird.”

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Long Training Run: Week One

July 26th, 2014

This morning I ran six miles and it didn’t suck. In fact, it felt pretty great to be back out there. It was a slow one! And I walked up the two steepest hills, but overall I am very pleased with my energy level. I still have a lot of work to do to get back to my previous 10K times, but for the first time since having the baby I feel like it’s possible

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NYC Marathon

July 21st, 2014

A couple of years ago, I qualified for the 9+1, which means I became eligible to run the NYC Marathon. Last year, I was prepared to run it. I felt solid, and ready to train for it. And I am pretty sure, barring any unforeseen injuries, I would have finished.

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