A Vintage Tasting

September 28, 2009

Class was in and out today – easy peasy. We just went over our exams from last week. I scored a 97 and only missed one!!

Since we got out of class early, Lauri and I decided to do our run before gardening rather than after. Good call!

We set out down the gravel road at a swift pace intending to run about 4.5 miles, but about a mile in the gravel turned to a wooded path of roots and rocks and we had to slow to about a 12 minute mile to keep from slipping or twisting our ankles! We did a lot of walking and jogging and eventually finished a rugged 3.5 miles in about 45 minutes. We were quite tired and my legs were nearly shaking from the terrain change! Next time we’ll stick to the bigger paths :)

After our run I had a snack – strawberries and an Amazing Grass bar.

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I think I have finally acquired the taste for grass. I have been avoiding this bar because it just didn’t sound all that appealing, but since beginning Operation Bar Stash Reduction I packed it. I was more than pleasantly surprised! It was flavorful and had lots of fun ingredients in the form of nuts and seeds. [Green SuperFood ingredient list] Lauri said it tasted like a compost pile, but it was her first wheatgrass taste ;)

After snack we did 2 hours of fun gardening at the Plant A Row For The Hungry. I wish I had brought my camera because we picked some beautiful bell peppers, planted turnips and carrots and cleared out a few rows of old green beans. I’m really enjoying this endeavor!

I was home by 6:30 and greeted by a husband who was leaping with excitement to do a pumpkin beer tasting. I normally don’t like to drink during the week, especially wedged between two festive weekends, but I made an exception considering how excited he was <3

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He had gotten the 2009 Cottonwood Pumpkin Ale to compare with my 2008 vintage version. (Yes, I’ve had that in my fridge for a YEAR. I like to savor them year-round and it’s a special event when I open one so I had one left from my 6-pack)

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Which one was best!?

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It was really a tie! They were definitely different, but I couldn’t pick out a favorite. The good news is that the old one didn’t taste old!

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Back to the kitchen we came up with a meal on a whim. Since I was gone this weekend I told Matt to pick up some groceries, which means we have absolutely no meal plan for this week.

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We ended up stir-frying 4 baby eggplants in a skillet with bell peppers and 2 Applegate Farms Fire Roasted Chicken sausages.

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And drizzling on some of this Apple Cinnamon BBQ sauce that was leftover from our Great Harvest party. It came from EarthFare!

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On the side we sauteed some collard greens in garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes and finished with a dash of maple syrup.

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When I saw the size of my portion that Matt piled on I thought there was no way I’d eat it all, but sure enough, it was delicious and was the perfect portion.

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After dinner I took a bite out of this Scharffen Berger block of extra dark chocolate. SO GOOD. And we watched The Office!

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I think I’m going to save Gossip Girl for the AM since I’m tired and have a few things left to do tonight. It will get me out of bed quickly tomorrow!!

Nite!

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1 Liz September 28, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Good job on your exam!

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2 Jenna September 28, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Awesome job on the test!

Pumpkin beer AND apple cinnamon BBQ sauce? What a lucky girl!

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3 Tammy September 28, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Congrats on the 97! Woo hoo!

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4 angieinatlanta September 28, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Mmmm…pumpkin beer sounds delish! I love pumpkin anything during the fall!

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5 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans September 28, 2009 at 8:47 pm

I think the fact that all things pumpkin flavored come out in the fall has more than a little something to do with the fact that fall is my favorite season!

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6 Weekly Bite September 28, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Great Job on the Metabolism Test! Dinner looks great!

I have to say, It’s been a long time since I had a pumpkin ale…never really acquired a taste for it. I’m more of a Blue Moon kind of girl! Maybe I should give it another try since fall is here :)

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7 Liz September 28, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Wow, thats great that the year old beer didnt taste old. I never realy know how long beer will last. I tried pumpkin ale for the first time last week, so yummy and autumny!

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8 Spotty Prep September 28, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Good to know about the beer! I have had some in my fridge for almost a year that I’ve been debating throwing out…

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9 Emily, homecookedem September 28, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I am going to have to try some pumpkin beer this fall!! Congrats on the awesome test grade!!

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10 kay (eating machine) September 28, 2009 at 9:00 pm

“tasted like a compost pile…” haha that makes me not wanna try those!

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11 Erin September 28, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Awesome job on the exam! You’re a study machine :)

I’m so glad I”m not the only one who has old beer in her fridge! We’ve got Coronas in there that have STILL been celebrating my 26th birthday….since February…

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12 Food Makes Fun Fuel September 28, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Congrats on the grade! you clearly knew your stuff

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13 Stephanie September 28, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I am going out of town this weekend and hoping to leave some grocery shopping duties to the man…. any tips? This will be the first time I try this (even if I do :/) and thinking he will need a list or else we will be eating cheetos + reese’s pb cups all week haha :)

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14 Cara (Cara Craves...) September 28, 2009 at 9:06 pm

That apple cinnamon BBQ sauce looks delish!
The best combo of flavors, I think! Yum :)

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15 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope September 28, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Congrats on the test! It always feels good to start the semester off right with a great grade.

Haha, you crack me up with that ale! Glad you had enjoyed your afternoon/evening with Matt.

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16 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 28, 2009 at 9:12 pm

the amazing grass bars aren’t the greatest, but they do a good job of tiding me over and making me feel lovely!

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17 Laura September 28, 2009 at 9:13 pm

I just needed to point out how GREAT this line was:

“I think I have finally acquired the taste for grass.”

That’s all =]

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18 Cynthia (It All Changes) September 28, 2009 at 9:13 pm

See we told you you’d rock that test with all the prep you did.

I love the on the fly stir fry idea. I like to do that with random veggies before they go bad. It always is a great way to use them up and mix flavors :-)

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19 Lizzy September 28, 2009 at 9:16 pm

congrats on such good results on your exam! :)

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20 Dorothy September 28, 2009 at 9:26 pm

I’m loving all the new styles of pics! I can tell you’re enjoying your new camera! I especially enjoy the different sizes of pictures embedded in the post. Keep it up!

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21 Laura September 28, 2009 at 9:31 pm

It’s when I see people take one actual bite out of a bar of chocolate that I no longer understand the concept of moderation, heh. I can *just* about manage to stick to a few squares of dark chocolate if I break them off, stow the rest of the bar away, and slowly savour each piece. But if I just bit off one bite of a big bar like that, I think I’d be eating quite a few more bites! Your will power impresses me. :)

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22 Heather September 28, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Congratulations on your exam score – what better way to celebrate then a beer tasting. I can’t believe you still have a bottle from last year – Cottonwood Pumpkin Ale is my friend Mallory’s favorite beer!

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23 Food Maniac September 28, 2009 at 9:59 pm

That pumpkin beer looks fantastic, Halloween is coming and I couldn’t be more excited

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24 emmy - eatventures September 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Fun tasting! I am so excited for pumpkin beer! I refuse to eat themed things “out of season,” so I’m making myself wait until October to buy some :)

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25 Liz September 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm

I want to eat that chocolate right off the screen! Love dark dark chocolate. And I wanna grab that beer out of there too.

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26 BroccoliHut September 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm

“I think I have finally acquired the taste for grass.” Haha–did you think you’d hear yourself say that five years ago?

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27 amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) September 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm

I would totally jump out of bed if I knew that I had an episode of Gossip Girl waiting for me!

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28 Allison September 28, 2009 at 11:14 pm

hehe Matt used one of his “tactics” to get into the post!

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29 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) September 28, 2009 at 11:40 pm

Sausage and peppers are always a winning combo!

Jenn

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30 Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) September 29, 2009 at 12:00 am

You TWO-FISTED Drinker!! :-D I love love love flavored beer and pumpkin is a fave.

I fished out the manual for the camera and now I have the daunting task of reading it…GAH!! ;-)

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31 Rachael September 29, 2009 at 12:45 am

I just discovered this blog and I LOOOOOOVE it. Kath, you are so inspirational and I just adore reading all about your foodie shenanigans :)

That pumpkin beer sounds delish. Cheers!

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32 Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama September 29, 2009 at 1:15 am

Great job on the exam! :)

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33 maria September 29, 2009 at 2:55 am

Way to go on your test! Geez woman! What can’t you do? :)

Great beer picture of you btw.

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34 Jac September 29, 2009 at 4:05 am

love love eggplants! Stir-fry looks good!

have a great day back to class!

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35 Lacey September 29, 2009 at 5:15 am

I wish I could find some pumpkin ale around here. I bet its yyummy. I did see some honey ale the other day that I was going to try but then changed my mind. Maybe I’ll pick up some this weekend.

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36 christie, honoring health September 29, 2009 at 5:19 am

Wooohooo! Good job on your exam, that rocks!

Awesome pictures of the beer!

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37 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 29, 2009 at 5:46 am

Wow that apple cinnamon bbq sauce sounds tasty!

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38 Pam September 29, 2009 at 6:17 am

Ohhhh I LOVE pumpkin beer!!! I’m so excited for the Fall. Thanks for the beer reviews!

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39 Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) September 29, 2009 at 6:40 am

Your din looks fabulous. Gossip Girl is also my new guilty pleasure.. Im finding its a tad more cheesy this yr than last season BUT it’s not stopping me from tuning in! lol :)

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40 AnnQ September 29, 2009 at 7:34 am

“Operation Bar Stash Reduction”….my BF keeps asking me WHY I have so many protein bars, so I think I need to start doing the same thing! :-)

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41 Kasey (Fit For Wellness) September 29, 2009 at 7:34 am

I definitely have to find some pumpkin beer to try this fall/winter!
PS I have GG on my DVR too!

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42 Kristine September 29, 2009 at 7:40 am

Kath!
I don’t comment nearly enough but I truly love your blog! I have a question, though. I see that you work out a lot and don’t take many rest days. Is there anything you do to stay injury free?! I always take at least one rest day a week because I herd that is good for injury prevention? Is that not true?

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43 CaSaundra September 29, 2009 at 7:54 am

Congrats on the great score on your test!

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44 skinnyrunner September 29, 2009 at 8:33 am

love your beer tasting comparison! even your meals on the fly look gourmet, healthy and delicious!

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45 Anne Marie@Her New Weigh September 29, 2009 at 8:36 am

Congrats on doing so well on the test!

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46 WendyF September 29, 2009 at 8:40 am

Congradulations on your test! What a great fall dinner complete pumpkin beer. We just made some from the pumpkins in our garden(bottles and keg. It should be ready mid Oct. Until then i have to settle with Dogfishhead and Bufflo Bills

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47 Paige September 29, 2009 at 8:42 am

Nice job on the test! I’m so excited for pumpkin beer. But we have a rule in our house – no pumpkin stuff in the house until OCt. 1st. Otherwise, we just get sick of it after a couple months!

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48 Joy September 29, 2009 at 8:51 am

I would have piled on some more of those greens!

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49 brandi September 29, 2009 at 9:07 am

I just won some amazing grass bars, and can’t wait to try them!

I love dinners like that – so good, quick, and easy.

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50 Danielle September 29, 2009 at 9:10 am

I have to say that’s a fun way to kick off the week, every Monday evening should start with a beer tasting!

Dinners thrown together like that are some of my favorites!

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51 Beth @ DiningAndDishing September 29, 2009 at 9:23 am

I’m not a huge beer fan but for some reason pumpkin beer is kind of good to me! Lucky you getting a fun tasting to start the week :O)

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52 Tina September 29, 2009 at 9:52 am

You are seriously the best student ever!

Ah, Gossip Girl. Such a great show. I didn’t get to watch it last night because studying for art history was a priority unfortunately!

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53 Seth @ Boy Meets Food September 29, 2009 at 9:52 am

I love it… Operation Bar Stash Reduction.

I see Matt was successful in Operation Get On the Blog Again.

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54 Kath September 29, 2009 at 11:03 am

Allison + Seth
LOL – I didn’t even think of that!

Rachael,
Welcome!

Kristine,
I usually have one rest day or a very light/yoga/walking/mow the grass kind of day a week. I took of this past Saturday completely! But check my FAQ page for a longer response.

Kath

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55 Seth @ Boy Meets Food September 29, 2009 at 12:14 pm

“was leaping with excitement ” – noone said he had to be subtle. LOL.

Tell Matt that now he has succeeded in that mission, he is falling behind on Operation Get On His Own Blog. I am looking forward to the next bread instructional… those are great! Potato rolls maybe?

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56 Jenna September 29, 2009 at 1:37 pm

great looking pics! matt made a nice din!
jenna

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57 sarah (ghost world) September 29, 2009 at 4:54 pm

love the pumpkin comparison — there are so many pumpkin ales out this year that josh and i are considering having a pumpkin beer tasting party!

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58 Dara September 29, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Kath!! where do you find such an amazing selection of Pumpkin Beer?! I can only find Dogfish!! WHich is verryyy good but how can I know if I have no comparisons?!

ps: what is your fav pumpkin beer?

Thanks love!

have a lovely day:)

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59 Kath September 30, 2009 at 7:51 am

Dara,
Cottonwood is a local beer to Charlotte and it’s by far my favorite. Otherwise I haven’t tried that many others!

K

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