February 15, 2011

My cavity drilling went fine today because……

…I had it drilled without any anesthesia!

Call me crazy, but after hearing my dentist’s explanation on why he thought I could probably do without, I was convinced to at least give it a try without the giant probing needle that would have numbed my whole left side lower jaw for the rest of the day.

You see, he explained that a tooth is multilayered. And the nerves are in the inner core (the pink). The top layer is the enamel, which has no nerves so it can’t feel drilling. Then there’s a spongy looking inner layer called dentine that has SOME feeling – depending on the person – but not that much near the top where my cavity was (this was the scariest part – the “maybe” feeling.)


My dentist said he thought based on the x-rays that my cavity was right on the enamel – and I have such a fear of needles I was willing to let him try to drill without a shot. It ended up being totally fine (although I little scary at times!) and the worst part was an increased sensitivity to cold water when he had to clean it. Otherwise, I didn’t feel any pain. So glad!

I was home again (via bike!) within an hour.

Later in the afternoon I told Matt I was getting hungry for dinner and a sample of beer appeared at my desk! Beer makes such a good snack :)


Dinner tonight was a simple soup blend (since I was expecting not to be able to chew!)


But since I could chew, I added more :)


The soup was a blend of broccoli, broth, greens and beans


The greens were a special pick-up from Whole Foods! The company saw that I had blogged about their frozen kale recently and sent me a coupon to get the newest newest frozen greens – kale, collards and mustard greens mixed! SOOOO convenient!! Not only would this have been a huge pain to clean and trim, but the cost of this bag was such much less than buying these individually.



Greens + Beans Soup

Serves 3

  • 1 crown of broccoli
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups frozen greens
  • 1 can white navy beans
  • 2 cups veggie broth
  • 1 tbsp kosher or herby salt
  • Fresh rosemary for garnish
  • Olive oil for veggie cooking

Cook carrot, broccoli and pepper in olive oil until soft and fragrant. Remove a few broccolis for garnish. Add garlic. Cook for 2 minutes. Add broth, drained beans, frozen greens, and salt. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer for 5 minutes. Blend everything up in a blender or with a stick blender. Pour into bowls. Garnish with cheddar cheese, chopped rosemary and reserved broccolis.



Serve with a gooey slice of pimento cheese toast!



I’ve been playing around on KERF and have a new design debut to do in the next few days. And a new giveaway tomorrow AM!

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1 Christine February 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Wow, you’re brave! And to bike there and back too. I’m an absolute wimp when I go to the dentist- I always have nightmares the day before.


2 Sara February 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm

can i ask how much the frozen greens cost? it sounds like a good idea if it is reasonably priced…although who knows at whole paycheck.


3 KathEats February 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I’m pretty sure they were $1.99


4 Ally February 17, 2011 at 9:24 pm

haha, whole paycheck :) That made me laugh!


5 missy February 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I want that cheesy bread!


6 Meredith February 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Awesome bowls—they look like perfect oatmeal or icecream bowls! Where are they from?


7 Jazz February 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Haha! I used to get drilled without freezing as a child.. but that’s because my dentist was always in a hurry and said ‘ it will only hurt for a minute’ and boy did it ever!


8 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen February 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Love the bag of greens!! and that soup sounds fantastic.


9 Kristen, Sweetly February 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Wow. Way to go at the dentist! I saw you tweet about the no anesthesia, and I was afraid something had gone wrong. Man, no huge needle, AND cheesy bread with dinner. :-p


10 Estela @ Weekly Bite February 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I’m excited to see the new design :)


11 Lee February 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm

One of my British friends was telling me that in England, they never use anethesia. He said that’s why Brits are notorious for bad teeth – they are afraid of the dentist. I have no idea if this is true, but it made sense.


12 Laura February 16, 2011 at 12:19 am

It’s not true. Must be just the brave and/or crazy Brits! :)


13 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm

You are a brave soul!! I could never go sans anesthesia, I would probably cry like a blubbering little baby.

Slash that is THE most gorgeous soup bowl I have ever seen! It plays eye games with the mirror effect, I luuurve


14 Dorry February 15, 2011 at 10:37 pm

So excited to see the new design! I’m such a visual person so I love when people mix it up.


15 Brandy February 15, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Couldn’t help but notice the Brooklyn Brewery glass! I’ve been there twice when visiting New York. I loooove their chocolate stout. It had me making “Mmmmmm” noises out loud whilst tasting :-)
Oh, and COOL BOWL!


16 Annette February 15, 2011 at 10:41 pm

YUMM. Nice bravery-like I said, the dentist is always kinda fun for me 😉


17 Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 15, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I’m glad your tooth drilling was such a breeze! I would have been SO scared!


18 Casey February 15, 2011 at 10:42 pm

That soup looks right up my alley!


19 Emily @ Savory and Savage February 15, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Do you count Novocaine as anesthesia? If I was afraid of needles I would have a terrible time at the dentist. For any drilling they need to give me 2 -3 shots of novocaine because for some reason I have a high tolerance and the novocaine wears off way to0 fast.


20 [email protected] February 15, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I had a cavity drilled without anesthesia when I was 11 that hurt like hell!!!!!


21 Nicole @ A Vegan in the House February 15, 2011 at 10:48 pm

What?/? I don’t think I would have been as brave. You rock!


22 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 15, 2011 at 10:51 pm

You are far braver than I am – impressive!

Now THOSE greens sound like the beginning of a smoothie creation. :) Have you heard that frozen can be better for you since often produce sits on shelves so long it loses nutritional value?


23 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 15, 2011 at 10:57 pm

That soup looks delish!


24 Rachel @ Healthy Teacher February 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm

For some reason, I often shy away from blending soups. I always eat them chunky. I think I need to give up that fear.


25 Camille February 15, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I can’t wait to see the design and giveaway!


26 Alaina February 15, 2011 at 11:06 pm

I am so glad I’ve never had cavities. I don’t think I could handle the drills and needles. Although I’ll probably have to get my wisdom teeth taken out.

I love the green’s in your post today! :-)


27 Gina February 15, 2011 at 11:10 pm

New layout? Your’s is already amazing :) I absolutely love your header.
But I can’t wait to see the new one. And the giveaway!


28 lauren February 15, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Best thing I ever did at the dentist was to do the fillings without getting numbed up. My teeth always seem to hurt for days when I get the anestetics. Probably because the Dentist can be a little more rough if you can’t fee it!


29 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles February 15, 2011 at 11:25 pm

I had all four wisdom teeth pulled without any anesthesia! I was so nervous – I kept asking them to numb me even more. I obviously couldn’t feel anything, but I could hear it and “feel” pressure, so I was numb for HOURS!


30 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

Mine today was without ANY numbing! My wisdom tooth experience was similar – lots of crunching noises :(


31 stacey-healthylife February 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I don’t care for the dentist. But no shot, I’m not sure that I could brave the other option. I would be scared.


32 Jessa February 15, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Kudos on the whole dentist experience, riding your bike and being able to eat tasty stuff afterwards! I have a fun dentist experience too: I had 3 wisdom teeth pulled withOUT anasthesia, and then rode my bike home as well afterwards (the only option, as I didn t own a car at the time, and no public transportation existed where I lived) … by the time I got home the blood had started pumping out of the holes in my jaw leaving blood dripping down my chin. My husband saw me in that condition and has REFUSED to have his wisdom teeth pulled ever since :) Yep, women can be hardcore 😉


33 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

Ahhhh!!! I can’t believe your dentist let you bike home after that!


34 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Congrats on surviving the dentists, sans numbing! You are ready for natural childbirth one day :)

The soup…looks delish! You are quite the star after a day in the dentist chair to be cooking (and blogging!)



35 Jessica February 16, 2011 at 12:03 am

I always get cavities done without any anesthesia as well!! The dull pain of drilling is so much better than the sharp pain of that needle! plus you don’t get the fat lip feeling afterwards! I thought I was the only one!


36 Maryann (The Balanced Bean) February 16, 2011 at 12:25 am

When I got my cavity filled my dentist convinced my I didnt need anesthesia as wasnt too bad! Glad you had a good experience!


37 Alba & Dilek February 16, 2011 at 1:22 am

If anyone is daring enough to try, there’s a similar soup to this that is one of the traditional foods of the Black Sea part of Turkey. It is basically the same recipe and procedure. The ingredients are: collard greens, tomatoes, corn meal, salt and your favorite spices and herbs. :)


38 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles February 16, 2011 at 1:25 am

Just the noise of the drill sends me into a panic. No anesthesia? You are one brave cookie!


39 lynn @ the actor's diet February 16, 2011 at 1:28 am

i am SO impressed with your bravery at the dentist.


40 Hannah February 16, 2011 at 1:46 am

Oh my heavens, I could never do that! My teeth are so sensitive I almost always have to get two shots of anaesthesia!


41 [email protected] February 16, 2011 at 2:40 am

Wow Kath! You’re one tough gal! way to go :)


42 Christie {Nourishing Eats} February 16, 2011 at 6:25 am

I’m glad the dentist wasn’t traumatizing. I can’t even imagine not getting my mouth numbed with a drill coming at me!!

I always keep a couple bags of those frozen greens on hand for soups and quick dishes. I’m not a huge fan of them just cooked as a side dish (I think they are chopped too small) but they really do come in handy.


43 Lauren at KeepItSweet February 16, 2011 at 6:29 am

That soup looks delish! It is great having frozen veggies on hand, so convenient.


44 Katie February 16, 2011 at 6:33 am

Dentist is not fun : p Im glad you made it out ok ; ) never a fun thing!

Love the bowl the soup is in, and the soup sounds really good !

Cant wait to see the new design!!!!!!


45 Lauren February 16, 2011 at 6:34 am

Glad to hear the drilling went better than expected. That soup looks fantastic. I’ve been craving broccoli soup for awhile now.

Have a great day Kath!


46 laine @ beets, butter and mountaintops February 16, 2011 at 7:02 am

I used to get my cavities filled without anesthesia. I discovered that the dentist goes and gets a sharper drill, is more careful and finishes more quickly if you don’t use novacaine. When they think you are numb they can use a duller needle, dig around all they want and don’t need to be quick. Also, I founding that humming while they are drilling produces an anesthetic effect through the vibrations.


47 Simply Life February 16, 2011 at 7:22 am

wow, that really s brave!


48 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 16, 2011 at 7:30 am

That soup looks delicious!


49 megan @ blackberries for jam February 16, 2011 at 7:31 am

What a tough woman! You earned that beer!


50 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 16, 2011 at 7:43 am

You are braver than me! I am just so nervous at the dentist that I don’t think I could pass up the numbing “just in case” I needed it.


51 Amy February 16, 2011 at 7:50 am

Dude, you are hardcore. I never would have been so brave! Needles don’t bother me as much as drilling, though.

Your soup looks so good, too! I don’t like greens – it’s a texture thing, I think, and also I’m not southern so I never ate them growing up – but pureeing them in a soup sounds like a great idea. Definitely trying it!


52 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 16, 2011 at 7:50 am

You are one brave, brave woman. I can’t imagine not getting numbed. I’m so afraid of dentists and teeth pain. 😉


53 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 16, 2011 at 7:52 am

You must really trust your dentist! In my experience, when someone says “Oh it won’t hurt”, it does. A lot! 😛


54 Allie February 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

You are so brave! Once I went without being numbed and it was not good… at all. I’m glad you had a good experience! Dinner looks great.. especially the cheese toast :)


55 Hope February 16, 2011 at 8:10 am

That soup looks so good! I love that Whole Foods now sells frozen kale! That would make things so much easier having it frozen.


56 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 16, 2011 at 8:11 am

You are a brave soul Kath! I buy my spinach frozen but haven’t managed to find other frozen greens like kale and collard greens. I’m not sure if they have them at the Whole Foods near me but I’m gonna check it out next time because I love not having the hassle of washing them up!


57 Emily February 16, 2011 at 8:14 am

The soup looks really yummy, do you approve of the new frozen veggie blend? Hopefully my WF has it to try :)


58 MyLifeRunning February 16, 2011 at 8:14 am

Recipe looks fantastic. Whole Foods is a 35min drive from me, but I think you inspired me enough to make the drive today. Thanks!


59 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy February 16, 2011 at 8:25 am

You are definitely brave! I had a bad experience as a child where the area wasn’t completely numb and I could feel the drilling in a bad way! Now I would be too afraid to get a cavity filled without a shot.


60 Thealogian February 16, 2011 at 8:27 am

Good for you! I hate needles as well and the past two cavities (I’ve only ever had three in my whole life), I decided to forgo the shots as well. Giant needles are way worse than the pinch you feel when they drill on such a shallow level. Rawr!


61 Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day February 16, 2011 at 8:37 am

Wow.. I’m glad the filling went well.. i had a horrific experience over the summer of not being able to get numb and drilling hell. I had over 20 shots in my mouth.

the soup looks so good!


62 Katie Photiadis February 16, 2011 at 8:38 am

Kath, I wish that I had skipped the novicaine when I got a tooth filled last month. My mouth was so numb after the procedure that I could only lift one side of my lips (making me look a bit like the Joker from the Dark Knight, haha).


63 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) February 16, 2011 at 8:40 am

Congrats on getting your cavity drilled without numbing it! Also that soup looks delicious :)


64 Kara February 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

OMG, you are so much braver than me! I hate, hate those needles, but the drill is even worse if I’m waiting for the pain!

I think you officially a badass :)


65 Evan Thomas February 16, 2011 at 9:08 am

I can’t believe you had it done without the pain meds. If I ever have to go to the doctor or dentist, I want them to give me all the drugs they have.


66 dee February 16, 2011 at 9:15 am

love the bowl! i love the new navigation bar. it’s so clean!

i dislike going to the dentist too. but that’s because i have a really bad relationship with pain. i mean really bad. 😉


67 meg February 16, 2011 at 9:15 am

I have had it drilled a few times without anesthesia and I prefer it! It goes much faster, and if there’s a little pain, I agree that it’s better than the icky needle.


68 Laura @ Starting Out Fit February 16, 2011 at 9:18 am

Wow, you are one BRAVE girl!!! Having just gotten some fillings done in the past few weeks, I couldn’t imagine not getting any freezing done. The last time I went, I had to get 2 needles!!


69 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) February 16, 2011 at 9:32 am

Yikes! No anesthesia?! I would faint at the idea hehe :) I’m glad you were able to eat solid food afterward! I’m so jealous that you can bike everywhere 😀 It’s good you take advantage of CVille’s walkability (or BIKEability!) 😀


70 Richelle February 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

Glad your dentist appointment went well. I need to make one today becauses yesterday one of my fiilings cracked and I ended up swallowing a peices of it. Now there feels like there’s a hole where food could get stuck in. Blah. Your soup looks tasty!


71 Anne @ Your Kind of Salad February 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

Gah! I just had a cavity drilled this morning (with the novacain!) I’ve been drooling on myself for an hour; but hopefully it’ll stop soon :) You’re brave!


72 Allison K. February 16, 2011 at 10:10 am

ugh…I hate numb face!


73 Emily February 16, 2011 at 10:25 am

Oh my gooosh! I must try those greens.


74 Leannalove February 16, 2011 at 10:41 am

There was this dentist I went to as a child that used to drill without anesthesia. He always told us to “raise our arm” if it started to hurt.

It ALWAYS hurt. Stupid dentist..


75 Sarah @ One Love Sarah February 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

Wow what a brave lady. Those greens look so good and simple and cheap! Might be picking them up next time I’m at the whole foods


76 Kiran February 16, 2011 at 10:51 am

The pimento bread looks so yummy! Glad the dentist appt went well. I couldn’t go through drilling without the needle. No way 😀


77 Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

I would have been so scared to do that without any numbing!! But it definitely would make it much more pleasant afterward. Going through the day without a half numb mouth is so annoying.


78 [email protected] Sweet Life February 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Would love to hear about your decision to keep your maiden name!


79 Amber K February 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm

There is absolutely no way I would do it without numbing. I have the most sensitive teeth ever! I’m a little strange though because my favorite time at the dentist ever was when I had my four wisdom teeth pulled at once. I was numb and had laughing gas and I was sooo comfortable.


80 Wendy February 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Glad it didn’t hurt! I ALWAYS request fillings without the Novocaine. The dentists look at me like I’m crazy, but the needle and the de-numbing are far more unpleasant than the drilling!


81 Allison @ Happy Tales February 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I am SO impressed with your decision! I am so afraid of any form of pain I don’t think I can say I’d be able to make the same decision as you, even with the reassurance from the dentist! You go, girl!


82 bitt February 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm

You are so brave. My first cavity the dentist convinced me not to get the Novocaine and it turns out I have really sensitive teeth, so it was awful. And I was only a kid! Nowadays I even have to get double the amount because I can still feel the pain.


83 Minna February 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Long time reader, first time commenter :) After reading, i thought I’d comment. I went to the dentist yesterday to get a cavity (two actually) filled too! weird! I’ve never had a dentist tell me that i probably wouldn’t need any novocaine when getting a tooth drilled for a cavity, but i still don’t think I’d be brave enough to not be numbed up first. I don’t know how you did it. I spent the whole time being scared i might feel something anyway, even though i got about six shots of novocaine.

You’re right though, the lower half of my face was numb for at least four hours which made for some really awkward conversations and it’s been about a day and a half since i got the shots in my jaw and it still feels like someone punched me if i open my mouth up too far. I’d say you did the smart thing :)


84 Donna February 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm

I had a final crown done today…definitely with anesthesia…took a few hours to wear off. SOOOO expensive.


85 Jess (Sweet Potato) February 17, 2011 at 8:09 am

Your are a much braver woman than me! Theres no way I would have let my dentist anywhere close to my teeth without being numb. I get the chills just thinking about it!


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