Be Pre-Pared!!!!

June 1, 2012

*To the tune of the famous Lion King song!*

I got so much done today that dinner tonight was all the more delicious. Before a few hours of writing (trying again to get ahead on BERF in anticipation of my upcoming trip to Seattle), I hit Whole Foods to re-stock the fridge. We were pretty low on staples!

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While I was there a giant thunderstorm arrived that would have made getting to my car very difficult, so I was forced to browse the aisles. Prior to the storm, my trip had been perimeter only, but numerous expensive aisle foods were in my cart by the time the storm had passed:

Puffins, coconut butter (!!), olive oil

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I also love to stop and smell the laundry detergents : ) Just as good as fresh roses! Mrs. Meyers has a new scent: Bluebell! It was great!

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Another grocery store splurge: cherries!! I had some with cheese for an afternoon snack.

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During my trip, I debated what to get for dinner tonight. I could have cooked ANYTHING in the world – all of the ingredients at my fingertips. I had a really hard time deciding what I was in the mood for!! I ended up purchasing some trout – one of my favorite fish – from the prepared fish section. Meaning the pre-breaded/flavored fish. Generally prepared foods are a bit more expensive, but it’s not like $0 vs. $10 – it’s more like $8 vs. $10 – and this was so worth the $2 to have prepared.

This guy was Lemon, Almond and Herb was DIVINE!! One of the best fish I’ve ever had!

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We seared it in olive oil and butter along with sauteed garden chard and rice.

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The chard was sautéed with olive oil, roasted garlic from a jar (from WF) and goat cheese on top

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I made the coconut rice in the rice cooker – just 1.25 cups of rice with 1 can of lite coconut milk (full-fat would have been even better!) I topped the cooked rice with a few dabs of coconut butter. Nothin’ like it!

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I’m going to enjoy this evening with some So You Think You Can Dance!!!!!!!!! LOVE that show! (Although I’m puzzled why my DVR won’t pick up on the whole series to record? I seem to have missed last night’s episode?)

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1 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance June 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Ooo I haven’t had cherries yet – a sign of summer! And it’s often worth it to get those prepared meats and fish, I agree!

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2 Ingunn June 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm

What are you doing in Seattle? Oh, and bring some sun with you please! ;^)

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3 KathEats June 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm

BlogHer Food

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4 Meghan June 1, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Love the blog!

Don’t be sad but Fox dropped SYTYCD to one night a week, from two. So I don’t think your DVR messed up, there was only the Wednesday show this week. I love it too!

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5 Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana June 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm

I’m going to try that coconut rice in my rice cooker, sounds awesome!! We love SYTYCD too, the one on Wed was really entertaining :)

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6 Hillary June 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I was stuck in the gym during the scary, nasty weather tonight. Not as fun as WF, but good for a longer than expected workout!

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7 Lauren June 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm

SYTYCD is only on one night a week this season … they did away with the second night (and results show). I guess their ratings have been slipping and there are rumors this could be their last season. Bummer, right? :(

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8 KathEats June 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm

It didn’t record on Wednesday either! but I found it on demand

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9 Tracy June 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm

My DVR has done crazy things like that, too. I have had to delete a show from the series manager and then select it to record the series again and it then worked. You might want to try that!

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10 Erin Motz June 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I’m a bit under the weather tonight, so I’m blog-stalking while my Man is out finding us dinner… I totally didn’t tell him anything I was in the mood for but I’m crossing my fingers he reads my mind and comes home with EXACTLY this! Sounds amazing right now!

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11 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm

that whole dinner looks delicious!!! So jealous!

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12 Molly @ RDexposed June 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I’ve been eating on cherries all week. Do you have a cherry pitter? I bought one from BBB last summer and absolutely love it. Totally worth the $12!

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13 theresa @ a spoonful of sunshine June 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Kudos on the addition of Puffins to your cart! I absolutely love that cereal and keep reaching for handfuls of it during the day. Puffins are especially good when dipped into TJs cookie Butter :)

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14 Kaley June 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I am pretty sure So You Think You Can Dance was just on Wednesday this week so that is probably why!

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15 Sabrina June 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm

SYTYCD is on one night a week this season. You’re not missing anything from your DVR. ENJOY!

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16 KathEats June 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm

It didn’t record! but I found it on demand!

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17 Sabrina June 1, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Oh sorry I thought you meant a second day in the same week. Whoops

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18 KathEats June 1, 2012 at 9:05 pm

No prob! My DVR just isn’t recognizing it as a series

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19 Carrie June 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm

So You Think You Can Dance is only on once a week this season, so Wednesday’s episode was the only one this week.

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20 KathEats June 1, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I know, it still didn’t record :(

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21 Cait's Plate June 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

That dinner looks divine! And I’m so jealous of your cherries! I have yet to see them around and am dying for them!

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22 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 1, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Coconut rice is so good. A friend made it for me one night several years ago and I’ve been meaning to try and make it for myself since. Clearly I liked it enough because I still remember it! ;)

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23 Emme June 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm

That trout looks AWESOME! Also, cherries+cheese is such a great and seasonal idea for a snack. I hate a love/hate relationship with your photos, on one hand, they are gorgeous but on the other they always make me so hungry!!

Have a great weekend!

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24 Sally Mae June 1, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Are you going to visit Daily Garnish??? Fun!!!

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25 KathEats June 1, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Yes!

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26 Liz June 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Ha! I wondered that, too ;) I want to see some photos of BabyKerf (belly) with Cullen. ;)

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27 Minerva June 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm

The prepared fish looks amazing. I’ve got to check it out!

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28 Kelsey June 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Whole Foods shopping is my guilty pleasure … too bad I’m in college and can’t afford it!! But I say there are much worse things to splurge on than a box of Puffins.

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29 Alyssa (pb and oatmeal) June 1, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Coconut rice sounds really good!

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30 Angel7 June 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm

I am going to get some cherries at the grocery store, because I have been hearing about people eating them, and I have become hungry for them.

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31 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats June 1, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Kath, is coconut butter and coconut oil the same thing? >.< That's awesome that you're coming to Seattle! Hopefully we'll have some nice weather for you…

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32 KathEats June 2, 2012 at 6:25 am

No the butter is way better… Like peanut butter

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33 Sara June 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm

thanks for the idea on the coconut milk rice kath! i will try that soon! would it work if you use half milk and half water? or do you need the full can to get flavor? thanks!

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34 KathEats June 2, 2012 at 6:25 am

I think half would be fine, but I liked the stronger flavor of the whole can

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35 Sarah June 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Welcome home! For our family “movie night,” I talked the crew out of Cars 2 and into “So You Think You Can Dance.” Gigi was loving it! (Pea D, not so much.)

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36 Khushboo June 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Cherries are the ultimate summer fruit for me :)

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37 Amelia June 1, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I love the Lion King! I’m secretly excited to watch these movies again when Lucy is older…though I’m sure she’ll want to watch new movies I don’t even know about.

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38 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 2, 2012 at 12:20 am

Puffins & a new scent from Mrs. M…nice! I want to check that out. Sounds delish! I like to rotate up my dishsoap scents. Keeps life in the kitchen more interesting…haha!

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39 Roxanne June 2, 2012 at 1:48 am

I do that too, stay in the grocery store during rain/snow storms until it’s decent enough for me to go to the car. And I love the laundry/soap aisle to sniff test all the new things!

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40 Michelle (Peachy Palate) June 2, 2012 at 6:06 am

Your rice always looks so incredible! I obviously need a rice cooker!

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41 Kimberly June 2, 2012 at 6:19 am

I can’t resist a box of cereal either. I haven’t tried Puffins yet but I have been wanting to because of your blog!
Also, Congratulations on your two special anniversaries :) Your weekend is going to be a great one indeed.

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42 Karen June 2, 2012 at 6:58 am

You got me hooked on SYTYCD last season – those contestants were incredibly talented. I’m glad it’s only on 1x week for a two hour block this year as it’s feels like less of a time commitment and I look forward to the next week w/greater anticipation. I look forward most to the shows that come a bit later in the season when it’s down to the top tier and I begin rooting for my personal favorites. Thanks for your good influence…excited!

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43 KathEats June 2, 2012 at 7:25 am

I agree – as much as I love the show, it was a commitment to watch!

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44 Mary B. June 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

Ohh, you are making a trip to my neck of the woods! Hope you enjoy our great Pacific Northwest :)

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45 anonymous *happy* reader June 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Hi, longtime reader and fan here. Congrats on your pregnancy! A quick question: I noticed that you eat a lot of soft cheeses (the goat cheese in this meal, for example). My understanding is that soft cheeses can be risky in pregnancy (http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-body/nutrition/safe-pregnancy-eating/). What’s the new research on this? Can I eat soft cheeses safely while pregnant? That would be great news for me, so I’m super curious.

Congratulations again and best wishes for a (continued) wonderful pregnancy!

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46 KathEats June 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm

If they are pasteurized (which most are) they are safe!

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47 Theresa June 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Do you think the rice mix with all the different grains would wrk with the coconut milk? It’s got quinoa, wild rice, brown rice etc. that meal looks like heaven! Your blog is very appreciated. I’m trying so hard to learn better ways of eating and cooking for my family. You have helped me so much. :)
Cheers!

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48 KathEats June 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Yeah!

And thanks!

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49 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count June 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Your dinner looks good and I don’t eat fish!! I would love to be caught in the grocery store in a thunderstorm…I love to browse in there, especially a Whole Foods!

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50 Mara June 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I am SO excited to read about you coming to Seattle. I was just thinking about you the other day as I ventured into Great Harvest here and bought some fabulous GF Dakota Bread. Hope the weather is great for you here. Enjoy your trip.

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51 KathEats June 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I didn’t think about going to the GH there!! Do you know how close it is to downtown?

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52 Mara June 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm

As far as I know, there is not one downtown. The one I go to is by University of Washington, which is 10-30 minutes from down town depending on traffic.

Downtown is an amazing place to stay, SO many great places to eat. Tom Douglas has some great restaurants there. I am sure wherever you are staying can guide you to the closest one. Also, the Purple Cafe is my all time favorite. It is a wine bar with the most amazing food. If I was pregnant I am sure I could still find a few things to indulge in :)

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53 KathEats June 3, 2012 at 8:11 am

I’m going to purple cafe for an event!

I wonder if Emily lives near the Gh. I’ll ask! Since I won’t have a car might be hard otherwise.

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54 Carrie @ Nutrition By Carrie June 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm

There are GHs past the University (as mentioned), in West Seattle and in the Ballard neighborhood. All about the same distance from downtown, and all hard to do without a car. I’ll be at the Purple event, too, and I look forward to meeting you after reading your blog for so long. FYI, it looks like Seattle won’t be putting its best weather foot forward (60 degree high with at least some rain), so pack accordingly!

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55 KathEats June 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Sooooo collllldddd!!!

See you on Friday night! Say hi!

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56 KathEats June 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm

PS. Want to trade #s?

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57 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles June 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Love Swiss Chard…just planted some this year…can’t wait! Just had my first cherries of the year! A big rain storm came in the other day and all the power went out in the area…only one grocery store was open due to the fact they had a generator…smart!

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58 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm

AHHHH love So you think you can dance! I was in LA other day and spotted one of the contestants. Major dorkiness ensued :)

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