Break Begins!

March 14, 2008

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Lunch at CUPPS was, of course, delish. It was nice to catch up with my sister, who has been traveling nonstop for 3 weeks between at least 6 grad school interviews and her own spring break.

My sister and I split the “Applehead“: brie, granny smith and walnuts on multi-grain. I LOVE brie and this was a great combo of flavors! The bread was excellent too.

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We also ordered salads. I got the Greek, which is basically my usual favorite salad with olives instead of almonds and bacon. Of course the goat’s cheese is there too :)

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I have GOT to figure out how to replicate this Rosemary salad dressing. It’s basically chopped rosemary on the bottom of a dish of rosemary-infused olive oil. I dip my fork into the oil to scoop out a little of the “rosemary pesto” rather than dousing my salad in oil – the method works well. But I’m not sure how I’d try to make it at home? I make a rosemary balsamic dressing a lot, but it’s not this good…

All together with a cup of peppermint tea!

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Walking Tour

After lunch we walked all around campus. I showed her the highlights and dropped her off at a coffee shop before her interview later this afternoon (she’s applying to the school psychology grad program).

As for me, I’m going to clean/dust/vacuum the house in preparation for our company this weekend, empty the dishwasher, fold laundry and maybe watch a little Food Network. All easy tasks. I love doing housework – I feel like I accomplish so much when I can see results instantly. I don’t have to go to class for 9 days!!!

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1 Lindsey March 14, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Does cupps have a website that you could post to see the menu?

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2 Kath March 14, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Lindsey,

Here it is: http://www.cuppscafe.com

Kath

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3 Caitlin March 14, 2008 at 2:09 pm

What does your sister want to get into after graduation?

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4 Tina March 14, 2008 at 2:10 pm

Haha! I’m the same way with house work! I love seeing results!

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5 Cara March 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Looks like some good quality time with your sister! And a tasty time as well!

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6 rhodeygirl March 14, 2008 at 2:18 pm

I wish we had a Cupps type place by me!!

Any suggestions on how to thin out a hummus to use it on a salad? I was thinking some lemon juice? Kath have you ever tried this? I googled it but no such luck

P.S. My dad would kill me if he saw me writing this as he is from the Middle East and believes hummus is strictly for veggies and pita at breakfast time!

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7 Sarah March 14, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Woohoo!! I’m on break too…its SUCH a nice feeling, isn’t it? :) Hope you have a great and relaxing break!!

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8 Ally March 14, 2008 at 2:28 pm

I just looked up Cupps and it’s a twenty minute drive from my house! Talk about a small world!

I am definitely heading over there when I have the free time :)

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9 eliza March 14, 2008 at 2:29 pm

kath can you explain what youll be doing after you graduate?? how many years of school do you have left??
i think i may want to follow the same path as you!
heh, i want to live down south in charleston i think, I LOVE IT THERE! its one of my favorite places in the world! :)

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10 Eliza March 14, 2008 at 2:31 pm

how do you store fresh rosemary? i love it too!

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11 Katherine Sloan March 14, 2008 at 2:31 pm

rhodeygirl,

I have used hummus as a dressing and thinned it out with lemon! it is absolutely fantstic! Try it! :)

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12 arimcg March 14, 2008 at 2:34 pm

I love brie, especially with apples. Yum!

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13 NCCarter March 14, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Kath, have you asked the folks at Cupps to share their recipe for the rosemary salad dressing? I know some places are funny about that, but it’s worth a try if you love it!

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14 NCCarter March 14, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Oh – one more thing. Kath, you motivated me to really CLEAN my fridge today. Got rid of the old food and scrubbed inside. Plus, I got to watch (well, really listen to) Carolina beat FSU while I was doing it, so I was entertained. ;-)

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15 Romina March 14, 2008 at 2:47 pm

That looks fantastic! Mmm… I love the presentation of the salad. =)

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16 kristin point March 14, 2008 at 2:50 pm

I’m going for school psych too! What programs is your sister applying to if u don’t mind telling me? Thanks!

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17 Alyssa March 14, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Yay for spring break!

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18 kim March 14, 2008 at 2:58 pm

i did school psychology. good luck to the sis. nice job prospects/loved the program.

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19 apple March 14, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Hi kath and readers!

I really enjoy the blog and I am a total convert…ruby red grapefruit, oats, pumpin yogurt, and most recently hemp milk. The funny thing about hemp milk is that I bought it for myself, but my boyfriend has been busted taking big swigs of it in front of the refrigerator!

I have a question for you ladies and hope you can offer some suggestions. We are stopping by Whole Foods tonight for a couple of things and since my boyfriend is coming with me, that means we will have exactly 10 minutes to speed through the store and grab everything we might need. Do you have any MUST HAVES on your list at Whole Foods?

Thanks! And have a great weekend!

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20 VeggieGirl March 14, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Gorgeous lunch, as always; and it sounds like your Friday has been productive as well. I love watching Food Network – guilty pleasure of mine for sure, haha :0)

Enjoy your spring break!! How exciting!!

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21 Caitlin March 14, 2008 at 3:16 pm

apple, I laughed when I read the part about speeding through the grocery store with your BF. Mine is the same way. He rushes me through EVERY. TIME. He even gives me a little pep talk before we go in so I’m ready to get it done and not dawdle. And he gets super mad if I make it all the way to the frozen food section and realize I forgot something in produce. (Which happens almost every time.) In his defense, we usually are super busy and rushing around anyway…and more often than not, have our dog waiting in the car…but still. Give a sister a break!

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22 Katers March 14, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Haha, Apple, I have the same issue with my bf – which is why I don’t bring him! I loveeeeee a leisurely afternoon in the grocery store reading all the labels and finding new products!

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23 Katers March 14, 2008 at 3:18 pm

You too, Caitlin?? These boys need to learn to appreciate a good grocery trip!

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24 apple March 14, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Yes! Every single time. It’s like the race to the finish line begins as soon as we walk (run) in. We are also 2 very busy young professionals, but I LOVE grocery shopping by myself. Sometimes I send him to pick out his yogurt and that distracts him. Apparently yogurt requires more ‘boy concentration’.

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25 Caitlin March 14, 2008 at 3:25 pm

HAHA! Usually if I leave mine in the meat section it’ll occupy his time enough for me to race through cereal, granola bars, and other food he has no interest in. Last weekend he purposelly rammed me with the cart to get me to move faster. It started a legitimate fight which ended at home with him telling me that I embarass him when I yell at him at the store.

…maybe I should be talking to a therapist about this, instead of a food blog discussion board? :)

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26 Caitlin March 14, 2008 at 3:25 pm

P.S. “purposelly”…totally made that word up.

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27 Jill - GlossyVeneer March 14, 2008 at 3:27 pm

That sandwich sounds like an awesome combination. I have made a grilled cheese sandwich with brie and homemade apple butter before, brie with fruit is just a happy taste combo.

You’re really making me want to move near you so I can eat at this Cupps place!

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28 Annie March 14, 2008 at 3:28 pm

So funny, my boyfriend does that too! I like having help carrying the basket, but if we go together I send him to get his deli turkey and do the rest while he’s in line. Last weekend I went by myself on Saturday morning and had a leisurely stroll reading all the labels in the organic section!

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29 Tina March 14, 2008 at 3:37 pm

It must be a guy thing! Mal does the same thing! If I had it my way, I’d browse the isles for hours checking out foods and labels, especially at places like Whole Foods.

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30 Justy2003 March 14, 2008 at 3:40 pm

I’m so happy to know that my boyfriend isn’t the only one that tries to rush me through the grocery store and gets mad when I take too long. Doesn’t he know I’m trying to pick out healthy foods for us?!
Silly boys…at least he pushes the cart for me :)

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31 ppp March 14, 2008 at 3:41 pm

haha – boys and the grocery store! my husband LOVES the meat department too, Caitlin! isnt that funny? I can find my whole list and he will still be there trying to find the best cut for the best price… haha! if he had his way our fridge would be full of steak, steak, steak!

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32 Kelly T March 14, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Haha! my boyfriend just wanders around aimlessly and i spend most of the time trying to find him. he usually ends up in the toy section clutching a bag of cookies and a forty of Colt 45.

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33 Amanda March 14, 2008 at 3:59 pm

We always end up at Panera, so I am really really jealous of the local great options you have. KC just doesn’t have those!

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34 apple March 14, 2008 at 4:06 pm

KellyT- hysterical! When I find my guy, he’s usually holding a package of Chips Ahoy Chewy cookies, or beckoning me to buy pre-made cookie dough.

This was really funny since I thought it was just me and this Supermarket Sweep situation.

So what DO you girls buy from Whole Foods?

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35 Becky in MD March 14, 2008 at 4:19 pm

The boys in the grocery store is hilarious! My boyfriend suggested we go to the store, and then when we were about to go, he was like why don’t you just go? I’ll get bored after10 minutes. When he does come, he ends up in the magazine section and somehow like 4 of them end up in the cart along with Chef Boyardee…..boys will be boys I suppose…thats why they have us around!

PS-no offense to the husband-I wishmy boyfriend loved creating food like you do!

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36 Kath March 14, 2008 at 4:23 pm

rhodeygirl ,
I love the lemon/hummus combo so I think would work perfectly to thin. I like a big blob and just get a forkful in each bite!

Ally,
You live within 20 minutes of Winthrop and haven’t asked me to meet you for lunch!?! I’m so hurt! Want to meet at CUPPS on the 26th? I’ll be there before lab!

eliza ,
I have 2 years of coursework (including summers) until I will have the necessary courses to qualify me for an ADA internship, which I hope to do in the Spring of 2010. Then I’ll be ready to sit for the R.D. exam late summer 2010. I won’t finish the masters until 2011 because I’ll need to take 1 course per semester (that’s how they’re offered) in advanced vitamin and mineral metabolism before that’s done, but I will be able to work as an R.D. as soon as I pass the exam. I have no idea what I want to do upon graduation, but I do know I’d like to open my own private practice as soon as it’s possible to do so.

NCCarter,
BOOOO Heels!! I will ask them next time I’m there…

kristin,
I believe her list includes: Northeastern (she was accepted!), TUFTS, Columbia, UMASS, Fordham (accepted!), William and Mary (accepted!) and Winthrop.

Apple,
That’s cute about your BF and hemp milk! We have no Whole Foods so I can’t offer suggestions – and I’ll have to close my eyes when I read others’ suggestions or I’ll be too jealous :cry:

Re. Men in Grocery Stores,
They just don’t get that there’s so MUCH fun stuff we ladies need to examine!! We have to read labels, critique new products, put items back, go get them again, put them back again – you know, all that stuff! I started doing the shopping by myself for a while so I could take my time, but I think the husband missed it and requests to join me now. But he did say “It’s not one of those trips is it?” Their loss! Oh, but the one plus to the guys coming is you can read trashy gossip celebrity magazines while they check out and pay!

Kath

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37 Ashley H March 14, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Oh haha the boyfriend discussion is priceless. I will not go to the store with my bf unless we just have to get something really fast. I too love to leisurely stroll through the isles and look at things I have no intention of buying and my bf will just find somewhere to sit and wait for me. So I end up rushing bc I feel bad!! I love grocery trips though they are the perfect relaxing experience!

Oh and brie is amazing. I could eat it and feta (seperately ;) ) everyday!!

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38 BethT March 14, 2008 at 4:31 pm

I get mad at my husband because he doesn’t get excited about things.

Me: LOOK AT THIS!!!! A NEW KIND OF (fill in the blank awesome product)!!!! ISN’T THIS AMAZING????

Him: Can I get some Doritos?

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39 Elina March 14, 2008 at 4:42 pm

Haha, the bf discussion is hilarious. My fiance is the same way. I always feel so rushed!

Kath/Matt, I was going to make the potato buns this weekend and bought all the ingridients for them last night, but I just realized that you may need a food processor. I have a tiny chopper but that’s it. Any chance I can do the mixing by hand or will this become an extremely painful process?

Another recipe question, I was also going to make the squash and kale soup tonight – any chance I can do without the stick blender? Can I just mash it by hand or stuff it portion by portion into my chopper?

Thanks!!!

Happy spring break! I wish I had a break :(

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40 Confused March 14, 2008 at 4:42 pm

BethT- Thanks for the laughs. The just made my hour. My husband is the same way. I’ll buy him whole grain goldfish or whole grain poptarts, organic trans fat free oreos and the likes. He just like “can’t I just have the NORMAL stuff”. Sigh.

So, I just eat my own organic/natural/healthy diet and he eats his Nabisco, chicken wing, three vegetable repetoire diet. Lucky for him he works very hard and works it all off. Plus, at his last physical he was as healthy as a horse. How do men do that?!?!?

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41 Elina March 14, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Oh, Apple, I shop mostly at Whole Foods but I can’t think of any “must-haves.” I always discover new things in there and I always get distracted by all the pretty labels. Good luck! I suggest you leave your bf in the car with a nintendo ds or something… :)

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42 Ally March 14, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Kath- I’d love to meet you at CUPPS for lunch! I actually leave for NYC on the 27th, so that works out great!

Sorry I didn’t ask :P

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43 apple March 14, 2008 at 4:58 pm

Thank you for all the laughs and suggestions. Short of locking him in the car, I will probably run around like a maniac and read the pretty labels!

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44 arimcg March 14, 2008 at 5:20 pm

Obviously, my boyfriend is the same way. The grocery store is like a marathon, I’m exhausted by the time we leave. And all he cares about is making sure he gets his chocolate covered raisins and Heinz ketchup.

Unfortunately, I can’t go alone because I need him to help carry the bags home!

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45 Tara March 14, 2008 at 5:29 pm

OH MY GOSH, That’s hilarious! I like to leave the hubby stranded in the check out while I catch up on Britney’s latest mishaps!! How funny!

Fortunately, my hubbie LOVES to shop at the grocery store. Every trip has to be taken aisle by aisle. He has to examine every product. It’s great, but sometimes I just can’t sit there while he stares at cereal boxes to decide on “The perfect pick.” So I get five aisles ahead of him. I know, bad Tara )-: I need patience!

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46 Gemma March 14, 2008 at 5:50 pm

I have the same boyfriend dilemma

The best solution is to SPLIT up and each take a chunk of the list. I naturally give him twice as much so it keeps him busy and I can have more time to get the things I really want to shop around for :)

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47 sexywife17 March 14, 2008 at 5:52 pm

My absolute FAVORITE parts of Whole Foods are the bulk section and the cheese section. I love picking up pitted dates, dried cherries and other things to make trail mix as well as trying out new types of grains for pilaf. And the best part about the cheese section is sometimes when they are cutting a big block of cheese they have tiny pieces leftover- so you get to try new/weird/risky flavors of cheese for under a dollar a piece. (A lot of their cheese is really expensive though, so this is a great way to have some fun little tastes of something different. have fun!

oh! The chicken style seitan is yummy too, but I think you can get that other places too.

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48 sexywife17 March 14, 2008 at 5:56 pm

Also, Kath- I have a new tea recommendation for you. Celestial Seasonings has this herbal fruit tea variety pack that is my new favorite. I don’t usually like the variety packs of tea (I like to pick them out myself) but my husband picked this up for me and all of the flavors are delicious and sweet. I’m drinking the black cherry berry right now!

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49 Liz March 14, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Apple, I just found some tasty Bosc pear jam at Whole Foods the other day. It’s called Beurre Bosc by Fruit Friends Forever. It’s a very mild flavor but worth it if you LOVE pears like I do. My roommate bought some black currant jam (to compare with another kind I buy at the farmer’s market) but we haven’t tried it yet!

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50 Kath March 14, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Elina ,
The husband says you can just use your hands to mix well (he uses our Kitchenaid Mixer).

As for the soup, I’d recommend putting at least part of it in a blender, but if you just mash, make sure you mash a lot! There’s nothing worse than a brothy soup (unless it’s supposed to be brothy!)

Ally,
Sounds great! Let’s plan to email a few days ahead to remind each other. Cool!

sexywife17 ,
Thanks for the tip, but I am not a huge fan of fruit teas – I have no idea why! I do love the variety pack concept though, so thanks for the suggestion :)

Kath

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51 Elina March 14, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Thanks Kath! I’ll let you know how it goes :)

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52 apple March 14, 2008 at 6:34 pm

Thank you so much for the suggestions. I am definitely going to hit up the bulk bins and I am dying to try some of their jams, nut butters, and more hemp milk!

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53 Jessie March 14, 2008 at 6:42 pm

Wow i guess i should feel luck that my boyfriend LOVES to hang out in grocery stores with me, we look forward to it every weekend! I should appreciate it more and not take it for granted!

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54 Karen March 14, 2008 at 6:49 pm

Oh, I love brie! Love that sandwich idea. Looks so good.

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55 Kiala March 14, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Oh, I’m so sad I missed out on the men/whole foods discussion. Dane WILL NOT go in there with me.

It will lead to divorce.

But you know, It’s not just us, ladies, it’s the way the stores are laid out. They’re so maddening. And people seem to get all glassy eyed and catatonic when they’re in there and instead of getting out of the way so you can get some soup they just stand there and stare at the soups for like EVER.

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56 Sarah March 14, 2008 at 8:48 pm

I hope your sister goes to Tufts because that’s where I go to school! That would mean you have an excuse to come up to Boston and we can find some great/healthy restaurants to eat at! And I definitely know some not so healthy splurges too….Have a good weekend, and enjoy your spring break! Mine just started too : )

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57 Kath March 14, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Sarah + Bostonians,
Since she got into Northeastern, there’s a 90% chance she’ll be in Boston. Expect a visit from me in August at least!!

Kath

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58 KarenR March 14, 2008 at 10:38 pm

Yay from the Bostonians!

Also, sexywife (cool name) they will cut anything for you in the cheese dept at Whole Foods. I ask for an embarrassing number of embarrassingly small bits of this and that cheese. They’ll let you taste anything, too. And because they are excited about cheese, they don’t get annoyed. Or maybe they do after I leave. hmmmm…

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