All’s Well That Ends Well

August 31, 2011

Ay yi yi – craziness this afternoon! Lots of minor things one after another.


First, our air conditioner at the bakery failed. Talk about a toasty room! All the while I was updating our website with the September menu and because the program we have to use is ancient all of the formatting messed up. Huge huge afternoon killer headache. I still can’t get it to look right in Chrome. Anyone have any clue what is off!?

Matt sent me home because I was hogging the computer and could work on mine so he could have his. I said goodbye to dear sweet Hannah, who is leaving us to go back to U Penn this week :( See you for Christmas Hannah!



Once home I reached into the mailbox to find THAT BEE in the mailbox waiting for me! [Our real mailbox]. Luckily I just brushed him around and there was no stinging. Maybe he wants to be friends?

I went down the basement steps – ever cautious looking for bugs. Saw a giant camel cricket in my pathway to the tomato sauce. Dinner plans averted..

Then I tried to burn the house down! Coconut oil is supposed to have a high smoke point, but for some reason tonight my whole house was smokin’?!


But dinner turned out fabulous anyways!


Made up on the spot!!

Eggplant Parm turned into roasted eggplant with salmon, salad, peas and bread


The bread was the best part. GAH Cville Crunch is so doughy!!


I only had one piece of salmon that I had frozen, so Matt and I had to share it:


Simple salad with olive oil, honey, salt and avocado


The eggplant was tossed in coconut oil and smoked paprika and salt and roasted at 400* for about 25 minutes.

And the peas…how could anyone not like peas!? I think my childhood hatred had much more to do with psychology than taste. Adults teach kids that vegetables are a requirement. And if they say they are delicious they imply deception. Also, I think knowing they’re good for me makes them taste even better!





Usually food is flying around the kitchen when Matt comes home, but tonight I managed to do all the photograph (!!) and do ALL the dishes…


And had everything all ready to go – husbandly beer included! [John, the Long Trails are delicious!]


Still listening to Brad <3. Did you know I touched his hand TWICE when I saw him at the NC State Fair in the year 2000? He was just becoming famous and I was standing in the front row. My, was he cute.

If you haven’t ever listened to Brad Paisley, listen to these:

Off to have a whiskey lullaby

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1 Julia August 31, 2011 at 7:10 pm

You need some ice cream tonight, for sure! You deserve a treat after that day =)


2 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 31, 2011 at 7:11 pm

This has nothing to do with this post but….

I was inspired to buy figs at the store today because you made them look so good 😀


3 KathEats August 31, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Did you like ’em!?


4 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 31, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I took a micro bite of one and was impressed so far, but I’m planning on incorporating them into a meal tomorrow for the final verdict. Did you have the brown turkey or midnight something figs?


5 KathEats August 31, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Haha Turkish or Mission :)

Mission are my favorite!


6 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 31, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Haha whoops :) I’m clearly a fig newb

Ok Mission will be first!


7 [email protected] August 31, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Awww bye Hannah Banana!!! Can’t believe you touched his hand!


8 Heather @ Side of Sneakers August 31, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Online is the best. 😉 I saw Brad Paisley in concert when I still wasn’t sure I liked country music and it pushed me over the edge- love it now!

I almost burned my house down with coconut oil once too- turns out my pan was dirty. 😉 {Chris was clearly in charge of the dishes that week!}


9 Hillary August 31, 2011 at 7:13 pm

My dad made an awesome dish with peas last night. I hogged them : )


10 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey August 31, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I love peas! I don’t ever remember not liking them… although I’m sure I didn’t care for them when I was a tot. I work with kids and try to instill healthy and adventurous eating habits in them… “my kids” eat tomatoes and avocados, dates, zucchini, granola, and smoothies with spinach in them. Gotta start somewhere! :)

I’m just getting ready to make my dinner (just reheating my Baked Ratatouille – so delish!)



11 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 31, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I’m not a huge fan of peas, which is weird because I actually liked them when I was a kid!


12 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 31, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I’m glad you survived the heat and all the bugs! I also hated peas when I was little, but I love them now! i’m also the only one of my friends who loves brussel sprouts. never even tried those as a kid.


13 Lu August 31, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Love some Brad Paisley! Country music always gets me singing and dancing in the car and kitchen :)


14 Sweet and Savvy August 31, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I am only a fan of peas if they are mixed in with other things. Hope you have a cool and relaxing evening after your day!


15 Elizabeth August 31, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Gross on the peas! I don’t like them at all, but my 2.5 year old son LOVES them and pretty much all veggies. He even told me last night “I don’t want potatoes, I want broccoli!” That’s my boy :)


16 Alyse August 31, 2011 at 7:23 pm

My aversion to peas was due to the canned variety. Gritty, salty, mush. But a frozen pea is heavenly, and oh my, a fresh pea? WOW.

Whiskey Lullaby is my all-time favorite Brad tune. Love it.


17 Kara August 31, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I always loved peas as a kid. They reminded me of beach balls.


18 Katie August 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Dinner looks simple and delicious. We love peas here, my kids (4 & 5) have always loved them and they know they are delicious and nutritious. Was the coconut oil refined or unrefined? Is it the unrefined that has the higher smoking point? Love, love, love smoked paprika! I just bought a new South African smoke paprika grinder at TJs that is wonderful. BTW, it was very nice of you to share the salmon with Matt.


19 KathEats August 31, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I think it was unrefined…but not sure! Too lazy to get up to check :)


20 Katie August 31, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I’m with you on the too lazy to get up and check. I believe the jar I have is unrefined. The smokiness just adds a bit more flavor right? Enjoy the rest of your evening.


21 lynn @ the actor's diet August 31, 2011 at 7:28 pm

i love peas. my husband doesn’t. i want a divorce.


22 Amy* August 31, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Looks like an amazing meal after a long day!*


23 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) August 31, 2011 at 7:29 pm

It probably doesn’t help that most adults don’t like vegetables either, so they don’t prepare vegetables in a way that teaches kids to actually like them!


24 Kathy W. August 31, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I like to eat frozen peas right out of the bag–icy + sweet.


25 Molly @ RDexposed August 31, 2011 at 7:31 pm

What did I miss? Why no beer. Baby on board…or hopefully boarding soon?


26 KathEats August 31, 2011 at 7:42 pm

No, I just can’t drink it every night! And in this house it’s very easy to do that.


27 Molly @ RDexposed August 31, 2011 at 8:18 pm

You have a good point (as I’m drinking the boy’s leftover beer).


28 KathEats August 31, 2011 at 8:57 pm

#storyofmylife :)


29 Miranda August 31, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Ok, I am going to nerd up all the food talk. :)

It is sticking out further to the right in Chrome because of the tags around the text in the News section. The font is much bigger in Chrome than in Firefox, which is what I looked at it in originally… specifically the Breadcast #2 news item is pushing the table out to be 576 px wide instead of 500 that is on the enclosing table. The tag has a special white-space property by default that prevents the text from word wrapping. You can change it with CSS, but easiest is probably to just close the tags after the label text instead of after each link.


30 Miranda August 31, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Doh, my tags got stripped out of the comment.

Everywhere it says “the tag” in there, imagine it says “the <pre> tag”. Hopefully this time it works!


31 KathEats August 31, 2011 at 7:48 pm

OMGGGGGGGGGGGG you fixed it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I actually didn’t go into the HTML (I don’t even know where to find that in our program) but I just re-formatted that text and it worked!



32 Miranda August 31, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Glad I could help! :)


33 Melissa August 31, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Hmm, I notice that the store hours render differently in Chrome (centered in the space of the entire orange background rather than the middle portion of the page only). I thought that was what you were talking about when I looked at the page, but it sounds like there was a different issue. If you wanted to left-align that info on Chrome so it doesn’t float out of the middle space, there are two spots in the code that if you switch it from ” align=”center” ” to left, it moves over. Hope that’s not too confusing…


34 KathEats August 31, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Hmm. Did change that earlier to see if that was the problem and just changed it back to left align. It wasn’t showing up wrong on my Chrome though. Thanks for the catch


35 Melissa August 31, 2011 at 10:12 pm

No problem!


36 Cait's Plate August 31, 2011 at 7:35 pm

HA! Your #wishitwerebeer hash tag cracked me up. I have a mason jar of water sitting right next to me as we speak!

Love “made up on the spot” meals – they’re the best when they turn into something so delicious :)

Hope tomorrow is less crazy for ya!


37 [email protected] August 31, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Oh wowww so glad nothing bad happened with the oil! I know~it’s always so hard saying “see you later”! But truly truly, without change, life wouldn’t be the same :)


38 Cait @ Cait hates Cake August 31, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I finally bought coconut oil! Can’t wait to try it out.


39 Angel7 August 31, 2011 at 7:50 pm

The muffins look picture perfect!

The roasted eggplant looks wonderful!


40 Amanda August 31, 2011 at 7:52 pm

frozen peas! great snack! ever tried them?


41 John August 31, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Awesome! I am glad you like the beers. That brewery is one of my favorites and always reminds me of home.


42 sarah (sarah learns) August 31, 2011 at 7:56 pm

i do love brad too! :) he’s pretty awesome!


43 Mama Pea August 31, 2011 at 7:59 pm

“How could anyone not like peas?!”

Hallelujah, amen.


44 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 31, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Love peas! Haha great pics of them :)


45 Anna August 31, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Brad Paisley bought my childhood home in Nashville from my parents… Not for the house, but because the land backed up to his property. I imagine his kids running all over it and playing in my old playhouse. It’s my claim to fame! I remember being more excited at the time that his wife, star of Father of the Bride, would be living there than I was about Brad himself.


46 KathEats August 31, 2011 at 8:15 pm

OMG! That is hella incredible!!


47 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 31, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Glad you were able to bail on a hot and sweaty A/C-less bakery and go home and work on your own computer :)

And peas. I love them but I think many people who don’t like them are eating canned, horrible, mushy, or overcooked peas that have the color of split pea soup meets something awful. I can write a few things but will refrain. The ones you have..the VIBRANT green ones, those are amazing.

Kids and veggies…I have a veggie loving kid. If she didn’t eat them, she’d be in big trouble since we’re a plant-based house :)


48 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews August 31, 2011 at 8:05 pm

My grandma always says “All’s well that ends well”! I wanted to tell you about my dietetic internship too. I didn’t know this until it started on Monday but the focus is on sustainable and local food! Thought you would like that.


49 KathEats August 31, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Jealous but not jealous :) good luck!


50 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) August 31, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Haha I love that you had to change dinner plans because of the bug. At least it wasn’t a cockroach (that’s what we have over here… I suck them up into the vacuum with the long hose!!).

Still looked delish though! I am also a fan of peas… but I was always a fan of them. My parents never pushed veggies, they just ate them themselves and led by example, i guess!


51 Jenny August 31, 2011 at 8:06 pm

i love vegetables but absolutely detest frozen peas! I only like them if they are prepared indian style. I just don’t like the starchy pea-y flavor!


52 Krissy - Shiawase Life August 31, 2011 at 8:08 pm

The same thing happened to me with Coconut oil this past weekend! I was making a tofu and broc stirfry and there was smoke EVERYWHERE. So glad that the smoke alarms didn’t set off…turned on fans and opened all windows!!


53 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen August 31, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Peas were pretty much the only veggie I WOULD eat as a kid…probably bc they are so sweet.


54 Jillian August 31, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Eating peas just makes me want to eat a STEAK! There are some foods that make me feel *hungrier* and like I’m not getting the right nutrients or enough food. I feel that way when I eat a lot of things I ate frequently as a vegan – it’s both interesting and annoying to me 😛


55 Jennifer August 31, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Okay….I would never have washed my hand after touching him. (haha) I LOVE his music. I’m partial to “We danced” and “He didn’t have to be”.

You had some day. I was wondering if that wasp lived in your mail slot. Eek!!! Be careful. Those peas look so yummy!!! I love fresh garden peas.


56 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 31, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I think you should put some wine in the fridge for tomorrow. Something to look forward to! Hopefully tomorrow is amazing for you! :) ….It will be better, I just know it!


57 KathEats August 31, 2011 at 8:17 pm

We are going out for Karen’s birthday!


58 Holly @ The Runny Egg August 31, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Sorry about the AC troubles — and I’m sure it is usually pretty hot in there with the ovens right?

I love Brad Paisley. Pretty sure I told you that this morning already. Oh well. I really like his song “Alcohol” and not sure if this is the name, but “Baby you are the world” is another one of my favorites.


59 KathEats August 31, 2011 at 8:18 pm

OH I forgot to mention Alcohol!! Good one!!


60 Baking N Books August 31, 2011 at 8:18 pm

How ironic that Cville CRUNCH is doughy 😉 Love doughy bread.


61 Khushboo August 31, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I loveee veggies but peas? not so much! I think it’s a texture thing as well as bad memories of eating mushy peas in boarding school!


62 Bianca @A Healthy Gourmet Lifestyle August 31, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Have you heard Brad’s new song with Carrie? It’s amazing!


63 KathEats August 31, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Yeah….don’t love it..


64 Katie August 31, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Dinner looked fab!

I love Brad Paisley! He is a great singer! I also love kenny chesney ; )

Happy Early Birthday Karen!!!!!


65 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats August 31, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Dinners that involve roasting are the best! :) It is so nice to clean up while everything is cooking! My favorite male country artist is Blake Shelton. Or Aaron Lewis only for the song Tangled Up in You! lol!


66 Hannah August 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm

That dinner is such a celebration of produce and healthy living. Go Kath!


67 Gina @ running to the kitchen August 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm

He is cute! An his song with Carrie underwood “remind me” gets me so worked up! Haha


68 Ally (Girl V Food) August 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I heard “Online” for the first time this summer and it immediately became my theme song.


69 katie @KatieDid August 31, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I love the eclectic array of foods on your dinner plate. And I love love peas, I always forget they are a legume (right?). Super nutritious and filling!


70 Margo @ Peanut Butter Trees August 31, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Mmm that dinner sounds awesome!!


71 Lindsay August 31, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Great selection for Brad Paislet newbies!


72 lindsay August 31, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I love pretty much all vegetables but I think the texture of peas throws me off, too mushy! Also too hard to eat with a fork!


73 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled August 31, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I’m making eggplants for the first time tomorrow and will try your technique. I love the stuff restaurants so I hope I don’t screw it up.

I’ve never heard of a camel cricket before.


74 Courtney August 31, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Such a yummy dinner! I hope tomorrow is better :)


75 Ange August 31, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Brad Paisley goes down as one of the BEST concerts I’ve ever been to. So awesome! I <3 him too.


76 Nicole August 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Have to share my Brad Paisley stories/connection. So Brad Paisley grew up a street over from where my mom lives now. His dad worked with my dad. He gave an elementary school friend guitar lessons, and he came to our elementary school for a special concert! (All before he was big, of course.) Now the street he lived on has been renamed “Brad Paisley Blvd” and the sign entering the town boasts “Home of Brad Paisley.” I have to say though, may favorite celeb from my area, who I’ve met, has to be John Corbett. Hubba, hubba. I’m still very happy for Brad, and I feel a lot of hometown pride whenever someone mentions him.


77 KathEats September 1, 2011 at 8:22 am

WOW! Can you hook us up!?


78 Claire September 1, 2011 at 1:48 am

Hey Kath,
Long time reader, first time commenter. Thought I should let you know, as a native of the Bay Area, that your use of the word “hella” is a little inaccurate. First of all, it is a word generally used only by people from the Bay Area. Secondly, it usually precedes a noun (or at least not before an adjective like “incredible”). Another example that stands out, you wrote: “Hella, killer hills had me walking at times to catch my breath, but I survived.” Incorrect usage! But come to think of it, no matter how you use it, it just doesn’t sound quite right :)
Dinner looks great!


79 KathEats September 1, 2011 at 8:23 am

Hella is used by people all over this country, thank you.

And it sees it has lots of uses:


80 Jessica September 1, 2011 at 9:52 am

“First of all, it is a word generally used only by people from the Bay Area.”

Ummm, lol, oh really? I would love to see your source for that information since I live in Oregon and this word is used a lot… and my cousins on the east coast say it as well.

I just think its hilarious that anyone would think a slang word is used only in THEIR area 😀


81 Kelsey September 1, 2011 at 2:06 am

Long trails!!!!!!!!!!!! I get to have a long trail in 15 days!!!!!!!!!! What you really want someone to bring you is a Paper City.. the IPA is my favorite.. make some friends in Amherst, MA.. it is THEEEE best!


82 robin September 1, 2011 at 4:25 am

I love Brad too, ever since I saw him at our county fair. I just discovered I really like peas , only not canned ones.


83 Marissa @ Apples of My Eye September 1, 2011 at 5:24 am

Wait so this might seem awkward but.. I go to Upenn! And I’m going back today too! … does hannah have a blog?! .. is that creepy that I want to meet her? haha


84 KathEats September 1, 2011 at 8:24 am

Haha. She doesn’t have a blog, but if you spot her on campus, say hello!!


85 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 1, 2011 at 7:17 am

I just listened to Brad for the first time (I’m Still a Guy)… and I love it! I think I’m going to have to be late for going to the gym so that I can sit here and listen to more of his songs. 😛


86 KathEats September 1, 2011 at 8:24 am



87 Mom September 1, 2011 at 7:28 am

Bye Hannah! Have a great semester in school!

Barbara and Cliff


88 kaila @ healthy helper! September 1, 2011 at 7:38 am

I love roasted eggplant! Its basically the only way I’ll eat it!! YUM!


89 Johanna B September 1, 2011 at 7:59 am

Peas were the only vegetable my husband would eat and the only one I won’t. Made for some interesting meals.


90 Meredith @ Food, Shoes, and Booze September 1, 2011 at 8:37 am

ah the ac breaking is the worst thing ever.. happened at the bakery I worked at this summer. On the hottest day of the summer. It was horrible! I hope it’s fixed soon :)


91 Georgie September 1, 2011 at 9:06 am

That unfriendly “bee” hanging out in the mail is a wasp, not one of the lovely lady bees that make us delicious honey. If you’d like to free yourself from this pest without using any nasty bug sprays, mix a little dish soap and water in a spray bottle and give him a couple squirts. You’ll fear the mailbox no more. Love, love, love your blog – keep up the great work!


92 KathEats September 1, 2011 at 10:25 am

Oh that’s good to know. I don’t want to hurt him – just get him out of my mail!


93 Kelly September 1, 2011 at 10:55 am

I’ve always been curious. How much do you get to decide the menu of breads and sandwiches you do vs. what the company does as a whole?


94 KathEats September 1, 2011 at 10:59 am

We decide them all!


95 Ashley September 1, 2011 at 11:13 am

Camel Crickets absolutely terrify me!!!!! I HATE THEM!!!!


96 Nicole September 1, 2011 at 11:42 am

Just noticed a tiny typo in the menu, I’m assuming “ye ole favorite Oat Berry Muffuin” should be “ye olde favorite Oat Berry Muffin”. Unless you meant it that way and I’m just the loser who doesn’t know what a muffuin is :) Everything sounds delicious!


97 KathEats September 1, 2011 at 11:46 am

I meant ole :)

Like the way southerners say old!


98 Nicole September 1, 2011 at 11:56 am

Of course I made a typo in my comment about a typo – doh! I love the use of “ole”, I just meant to point out the spelling of “muffuin” as I thought that looked off. But maybe you meant it that way!


99 Sami September 1, 2011 at 11:43 am

love brad. i never pictured you as a country lovin’ gal ! :)



100 KathEats September 1, 2011 at 11:47 am

Well I am a North Carolinian!


101 KathEats September 1, 2011 at 11:47 am

:) I hated country in elementary school, but then grew to love it in high school


102 Kate @ NaturaStride September 1, 2011 at 1:16 pm

All those veggies!!! THE BEST!


103 LY O-Town September 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm

If you haven’t listened to ‘Oh love’ by Brad and Carrie Underwood, be sure to do so!! A gorgeous song…


104 Kathleen September 1, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Long Trail beer is my favorite!


105 Shelly September 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

Kath – just catching up on some of your posts I missed. My son goes to UPenn too! He’s in the doctoral program – love to visit the city of Brotherly Love. If he didn’t already have a girlfriend – I think Hannah would be perfect for him.


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