A Few Meals Later…

February 20, 2009

I’m back a few meals and bites later! This day seems to be so long.

Food Science

Cooking cornstarch

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The line-spread test

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My lab partner

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Control oatmeal (old fashioned with water)

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Whipped banana in the making

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Kelsey likes textures

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The topping: A Great Harvest Savannah Bar! I brought this to share with my classmates to crumble on oats

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Second Breakfast! Whipped banana base with about 1/6 of the Savannah bar and a small spoonful of Cinnamon Peanut Butter.

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And coffee, which we made in class. From the sound of it, everyone who tasted the oats liked them :) My professor thought they were great! But I think the Savannah bar was the biggest hit :mrgreen:

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I also had to taste test the ice creams we made last week. These were variations of corn syrup, stirring vs. no stirring, sucralose, ice cream maker, chocolate (in the middle), etc.  I had a tiny spoon of each sample

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MORE science. Starches gelled and corn starch puddings. This was a very long and complicated lab day!

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Since I knew I wouldn’t need lunch for a while, I went out to run errands after lunch, including a pit stop to Great Harvest to visit the Baker! Perfect timing – he had just started his break and was munching on the most delicious homemade broiled cheese sandwich on a huge crusty bun. I had two bites 😉 And per usual, I was fed a few delicious samples of King’s Cake and Rosemary Garlic and decided I would like a loaf of Rosemary Garlic for our “loaf of the shift.” So I brought home this baby –

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I wasn’t that hungry from the samples, but I could tell since it had been over 4 hours since my last meal that I was feeling empty. And this bread looked too good to put away, so I made a baked cheese myself! (Much smaller than his though :) ) Mine had a wedge of laughing cow as the binder.

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With the sandwich I baked the last of our washed and prepped kale (Whenever I need some for a recipe I go ahead and wash and trim all of it and store it in a zip lock bag with a paper towel and it’s ready in 10 minutes as chips for a quick lunch).

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And feeling like I’d had nothing but carbs all day, I had some more fresh produce

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I picked these strawberries up on sale at the Fresh Market when I was out. Strawberries from Florida are SO good right now!

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With a seltzer..

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I’ve got more to do before I can relax for the weekend….if I can relax this weekend. I’ve got a test and a paper due next week that I haven’t started on yet 😥 We’ve got Thank You For Smoking to watch from Netflix and a fun dinner planned.


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1 Sarah February 20, 2009 at 4:10 pm

You’ll have to share how the movie is — I’ve wanted to see that one for a while, I just keep forgetting about it! Have a great Friday night :)


2 FoodsThatFit February 20, 2009 at 4:11 pm

My nursing classes were no where near as fun as your food science classes look! I’ve seen Thank You For Smoking, it’s decent!


3 Rachel February 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm

I just love how your personal favorites and your schoolwork are combining here! Probably takes SOME of the fun out of oats when you have to make them in a lab, but it’s still cool. Have a good evening!


4 Danielle February 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm

What a fun busy lab. That Savannah bar looks yummy though!
I liked Thank You For Smoking, it was a little weird but overall really good.


5 Emily February 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Looks like your oatmeal was a success! I remember doing a similar lab in my foods class! :-)


6 Amanda February 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Your little smorgasboard lunch looks so colorful and fun!

Thank You For Smoking is really good!! I love the actor in it!



7 Sharon February 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Oh my gosh, what a tasty time!


8 brandi February 20, 2009 at 4:18 pm

food lab looks so fun today!

that bread sounds awesome


9 AlliJag February 20, 2009 at 4:21 pm

That bread looks beyond heavenly! :)


10 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 20, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Strawberries really are perfect right now!


11 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday February 20, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Food lab looks awesome! Glad everyone liked whipped banana oats!


12 Amy February 20, 2009 at 4:24 pm

I love that movie! So good.


13 Kailey (SnackFace) February 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm

How cool that you got to make your oatmeal for all to enjoy! That movie is good! I have to read the book for a class, so we’ll see how it compares. Enjoy the rest of your friday!


14 Sarah (lovINmytummy) February 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm

What a torturous morning between oats, ice cream and bread. Brutal.

I thought you said “loaf of the sh*t,” not “loaf of the shift.” Definitely needed a reread on that one.

I really liked that movie. I think you will too, since you like Arrested Development. Same kind of subtle humor.


15 Allison K February 20, 2009 at 4:26 pm

“Is your mommy a doctor? Then she doesn’t really know does she.”

That is my favorite quote from “Thank You For Smoking.”


16 Marissa February 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Enjoy your movie!


17 Emily W. February 20, 2009 at 4:36 pm



18 Betsy February 20, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Love all the pics from class & the colors in your lunch. I think you made the right decision with the bread. :)


19 Jennifer February 20, 2009 at 4:42 pm

I liked “Thank You for Smoking” as well.


20 haya (living and learning) February 20, 2009 at 4:44 pm

food science looks like the neatest lab class ever. it might make me change my opinion of labs, which i generally despise (partially because of lab report writing!). corn starch is fun! you can make slime out of it.

so what’s your verdict on the ice creams?

thank you for smoking is pretty funny.


21 Lauren February 20, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Have you ever used arrowroot powder in place of cornstarch? I’ve had great luck with it!


22 Rose February 20, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Glad the oats were a hit in class – Gosh, I so want to be in your program! It looks like fun (though I know it’s so much work too!)


23 Katelyn February 20, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Lab looks so fun!

I know you’ve been doing audio yoga, and I really want to get back into my “practice”, but I also don’t want to have to buy any sessions. I’ve browsed youtube for free clips and I’ve found a bunch, but I was wondering if anyone has any favorites or other suggestions? I can’t make it to the sessions of my gym, since they are during my class time. bummer.


24 Hallie February 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Good movie. The lead character kinda resembles my boyfriend. At least physically….ok, maybe personality too a little bit :-)


25 Shelby February 20, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Now I’m craving some bread and kale chips!


26 The Taj Mahal February 20, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Could you give me the recipe for the ice cream?


27 JJ125 February 20, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Is your lab cold? Every picture of you or someone else you guys are wearing scarves!


28 Michelle February 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Delicious looking produce!!


29 Jessica February 20, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Your food science classes sound fun compared to my education classes. I considered doing nutrition so it’s very interesting for me to see what it is like.

I got some of those strawberries today too from the The Fresh Market! They are fabulous!

Also wanted to say thanks for introducing me to Barney Butter and pumpkin butter. I picked some up today at the Fresh Market also and i’m love!!!


30 Nicole February 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm

That class looks like so much fun!


31 Mel February 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Sounds like you had a fun day! Your class looks really interesting and fun!


32 Michelle February 20, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Eating is definitely a science!! and the kitchen is a lab!! What fabulous kitchen pictures that make me salivate. hehehe :)


33 Lori February 20, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Thank You For Smoking is a really good movie! Aaron Eckhardt was wonderful.


34 Maureen February 20, 2009 at 6:42 pm

My labs always consisted on using chemicals to make more chemicals… blech. Sure not as fun as yours sound! I’m glad the oatmeal was a hit!


35 Becky February 20, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Hey Kath! I am a dietetics major and it is always so fun to see your food science labs since I do similar things. I think food labs are so much fun!

Anyway…I was wondering…what does Kale taste like? I saw some the other day but all they have are huge bags so I didnt want to buy it and find out I hate it. Is it like most leafy greens? And the whole “kale chips” with ketchup thing looks so crazy….haha…just because it makes me think of eating a salad with ketchup on it.


36 K February 20, 2009 at 6:48 pm

What a fun lab!! I’m sure everyone loved their KERF oats :)

I’m so glad strawberries are coming in again!


37 Sara February 20, 2009 at 8:21 pm

That looks like fun! I’m definitely intrigued by the savannah bar. Have a good weekend!


38 EatingRD February 20, 2009 at 8:22 pm

I’m jealous that you guys get to do hands on food science stuff in the lab. We didn’t get that kind of experience in our program, so you are lucky! That savannah bar looks divine.



39 Meg February 20, 2009 at 8:51 pm

That class looks fun! Loving all the GH products!


40 Clean Veggie February 20, 2009 at 8:54 pm

that looks like such a fun class!!

wow those strawberries look amazing


41 zestycook February 20, 2009 at 9:16 pm

WOW! PIcs look amazing Kath


42 Brittany February 20, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Glad your class enjoyed the oats.. the great harvest Savannah bar looked delicious. Enjoy your weekend Kath!


43 Missy (Missy Maintains) February 20, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Can I come and taste test ice cream for you? Thanks!


44 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) February 20, 2009 at 9:48 pm

love the new comment colors! But Kath, those oats look so different! What’s the catch?


45 Emily February 20, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Hey Kath,
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog! You and Jenna both inspired me to start my own. I have a link to you on my blog, I thought I should let you know/ ask your permission. If you mind, please just let me know and I will take it down!
Thanks for your great posts everyday!


46 skinnyrunner February 20, 2009 at 10:07 pm

those cooking pictures from class make me want to go back to school!


47 Kath February 20, 2009 at 10:21 pm

haya (living and learning),
Ice creams weren’t worth the trouble to make when Breyer’s has a perfect homemade one already!

Lauren ,
That was one of our variables 😉

The Taj Mahal,
I found the same one online:

The only diff. was that we stirred it every 10 minutes in a loaf pan instead of putting it in a bag.

JJ125 ,
Today it was warm, but I am always cold.

Becky ,
Hmmm…I don’t know what I’d liken kale too, but it is like most of the other greens. Maybe a cross between a green bean and spinach? I don’t find it very bitter at all compared to some of the others.

seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) ,
You mean my banana oats? I think it was making 1.5 cups vs. 1/3 cup. The portion sizes makes a big difference!

Emily ,
No permission needed – thanks!



48 Matt February 20, 2009 at 10:21 pm

cute lab partner!


49 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) February 20, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Glad your class liked the oats. Thank you for Not Smoking is hilarious. Enjoy!


50 Michelle Hisae February 20, 2009 at 11:01 pm

What an amazingly colorful lunch! I love it! I can’t wait until spring comes to the Northeast, so I can see more of those colors in my meals!


51 Anna Keller February 21, 2009 at 2:01 am

What great eats!

Being from Vermont, I’ve always really loved Thank You For Smoking. The senator from VT is great, as is the line: “The great state of Vermont does not have to defent its cheese!” I may no longer eat cheese, but Cabot makes a mean sharp cheddar.


52 Marianne February 21, 2009 at 3:49 am

Rosemary Garlic bread sounds awesome! I can see why you needed to test it out once you got home. It would be a shame not to have some of the fresh bread 😀


53 Sheila | Live Well 360° February 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Speaking of traveling with pb…have you seen these handy little packets? http://bit.ly/yygBd Way cool!



54 Debbie February 22, 2009 at 6:05 pm

I love your site! I think the fantastic close up pictures of the food really adds a lot to it. I recently started a web site and blog and I am in the process of adding pictures but nothing gives the wow factor like yours do. I have my work cut out for me.

I actually love oatmeal but when I was on your oatmeal section I thought that you could probably convert people to eating oatmeal with those pictures and recipes! They look delicious!



55 Dee April 2, 2009 at 5:00 pm


I left a comment on some post about sub. chard for the kale and I was wondering if chard would bake up the same way? I’m unsure where I posted this to, so I’m commenting again! If you can, please reply back to my email, or maybe I’ll just try commenting on your most current post of the day. Thanks!


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