May 22, 2009

I waited all day for this: a chance to relax with friends! Boy have we missed them these past few weeks. We need a healthy dose of our friends, at least weekly.

The evening started with mariachi music from Pandora and a few Trader Joses!

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Kate + Nate were the first to arrive

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Followed by B+B and Michelle + Ben :)

Plus homemade guac and TJ’s corn chips

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I had about 5

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About an hour after my first I had brew number two –

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And then dinner was served!

I made a Cheesy Bean + Rice Casserole

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  • 1 cup dry Lundberg Short Grain Brown Rice, cooked with some chicken broth
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 squash, chopped
  • 1/2 green + red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 tspish chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • S+P
  • ~1 bag Trader Joe’s 3 cheese blend
  1. Cook rice
  2. Cook veggies
  3. Stir in spices
  4. Combine all in a bowl
  5. Put in casserole dish
  6. Top with cheese
  7. Bake for 30 minutes at 350*, broiling in last 3 minutes if a browner crust is desired

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Romaine + Bell Pepper + Feta Salad

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With Red Pepper Dressing (thought it was just OK)

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Michelle brought fruit for dessert with some nuts mixed in. Thanks Michelle!

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I brought out some toppings

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My combo had a little of each – plus a little bit of Kelsey’s newest granola!!

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The bears even came out to play!! Kelsey is housesitting for us next week and wanted to get acquainted. Bocker, Churton + Beaker:

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We just cleaned the whole kitchen!! And Matt and I just had a dance party to beach music on Pandora 

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102. Becky K.  |  May 22nd, 2009 at 3:36 pm

I love that charm!

And your breakfast looks yummy but definitely filling!

Hope you have a fantabulous day!

Becky, Please send me an email! KathEats at Gmail :)


I am chugging water – I can feel those two beers – and then we’re off to bed. Our flight tomorrow is early afternoon, so we have to morning to get things together. It’ll probably fly by though!

Night guys –

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1 Elizabeth May 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Love love LOVE the bears. :)


2 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) May 22, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Gotta love a fun night with friends. AND MEXICAN FOOOD!!!! YUMMMMMM!

Oh, and love the fruit dessert.

Food always tastes better with good company. Glad you had a great time. Night!


3 Help Meghan Run May 22, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Super cute! *Love* the bears, as always, and that recipe looks like a crowd-pleaser. Good luck with everything tomorrow!

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4 Christina MINDFUL LIVING May 22, 2009 at 9:24 pm



5 Jenn )) (( May 22, 2009 at 9:30 pm

That casserole looks YUMMY!

I LOL’d @ the Trader Jose, my first thought was “Trader Joe’s Corona” lol



6 sue May 22, 2009 at 9:41 pm

yay glad you got a chance to relax and have fun after long to-do list you checked off!


7 Heather May 22, 2009 at 9:48 pm

What a fun evening Kath! And the perfect send-off for your trip! Your Cheesy Bean and Rice Casserole looks amazing… I’ll bet that took a little while to make!

Could you share the recipe for that guacamole?


8 Meredith (Pursuing Balance) May 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Friends + good food = great start to your weekend!


9 Ellen @ Peace in Motion May 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm

I’m going to have to stalk my TJ’s for those brews. They look like the perfect bbq beer.


10 Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Looks like a fantastic night!
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11 Sarah May 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm

That casserole looks fab. I’m going to try that I think I have all the ingredients. Have a fun trip!!!


12 Sarah May 22, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Have a safe and fun trip! Can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back :)


13 Bec May 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Bah I love your bears, have a safe flight and a great vacay!


14 Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm

oh what a wonderful evening! :-) your casserole looks delicious!

Sleep well!


15 Biz319 May 22, 2009 at 11:37 pm

Glad you had a good farewell dinner with friends – I’ll have to check out that beer!

Love that you are bold enough to have a meatless dinner party! 😀


16 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) May 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm

The casserole looks great!

What a fun dinner party!


17 Shannon (The Daily Balance) May 22, 2009 at 11:48 pm

what a fun night! I love that you let the bears join you 😉

Have a safe flight tomorrow!


18 Lisa May 23, 2009 at 12:11 am

Oh, dinner parties are so fun. Have a safe, fun flight!


19 Jennifer May 23, 2009 at 2:22 am

GREAT dinner Kath!!! I love the nuts and fruits idea… I gotta do that!

BTW I’m in London now and you should travel here soon… it’s FABULOUS! (My second time around as well).


20 Christie @ BeadLuvah May 23, 2009 at 4:48 am

Glad you had a nice time with friends!

Travel safe!


21 Marisa (trim the fat) May 23, 2009 at 6:37 am

A fun night! Make sure Kelsey keeps an eye out for Gilbert, too 😉


22 Jean May 23, 2009 at 7:29 am

I am trying that casserole next week for dinner. If I switch out the chicken broth for veggie broth I think it is a recipe that both me and my husband will both enjoy. I’m a vegetarian and he isn’t, so cooking sometimes can be a challenge. :)


23 Kath May 23, 2009 at 8:15 am

Heather ,
It’s just a mash of avocado, tomato, lime juice, salt, cilantro, garlic powder, cumin, pepper – all to taste.

Jennifer ,
Wow, you sure are traveling a lot! I can’t wait to go back to England. We were shooting for this Xmas, but I think it will have to be next summer. Don’t miss out on a trip to Cambridge!



24 debbie May 23, 2009 at 8:19 am

Wow Kath, that casserole looks divine! So I just finished making a copy of your recipe and plan to try it “hopefully” next week. I’ll definitely take a pic and give you props when I make it.

Wishing you a wonderful trip!

Blessings – Debbie


25 spicygranola May 23, 2009 at 9:55 am

I can’t wait to visit a Trader Joe’s when I am in DC ( I probably won’t be getting mexican beer but it is nice it know it is an option). I love dinners with friends! It looks like you had a great time.mmmmmm guacamole


26 Greta May 23, 2009 at 10:01 am


I’m thinking of making that casserole tomorrow for a cook out, is there anything that you would alter (recipe-wise) the next time you make it?

Have a great Saturday!


27 Stacey May 23, 2009 at 10:05 am

Holy yum! I will be making that recipe soon, thank’s for sharing :)

Last night was supposed to be my “beer night”, but I had a change of plans..I will definitely enjoy one tonight though :)

Just wondering, what IS your fav Annies dressing? Mine would have to be the raspberry vinagerrette.Never had her Goddess dressing though!


28 Kath May 23, 2009 at 11:49 am

Greta ,
I wouldn’t have broiled the cheese so it would have been more melted (that was matt’s doing) and perhaps added a bit more salt and or taco-style seasonings. Otherwise, no!

Stacey ,
Goddess and Woodstock! I haven’t been particularly impressed by the others.



29 Amanda May 23, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Fun!! That guacamole looks delicious!


30 Danica May 25, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Fabulous eats and menu – LOVE the cheesy bean and casserole. I need to try that.

I agree with you on the roasted red pepper dressing. My sis loves it but I think it’s eh, ok. Not one of my favorites that we make.


31 bobbi May 25, 2009 at 11:46 pm

I so need to try that casserole!


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