Bright Green Broth

April 6, 2011

I’m back! Man things are busy. We never stop working on the bakery these days, and me being gone meant we had a lot of things to do together this afternoon.

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My trip from Alexandria to Cville was great. I’m listening to Water For Elephants on audio book from Audible.com. Liking it so far! Sadly I have no more car trips in my near future so I might have to resort to listening on a walk or run!

I was really only half listening to the audio book because most of my brain was debating whether or not to have yet ANOTHER meal at Whole Foods! I made a pros and cons list and when I arrived, hungry, at 1pm, the pros outweighed the cons. My compromise to myself was that I had to get a SMALL salad instead of a GRANDE like the other night ($$!)

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I piled on the usual – lots of kale, a sprinkle of raw veggies, wheatberries, tofu, more hot kale

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But I also got a piece of orange fish from the hot bar [Our Whole Foods is TEENY and we only have 2 small bars!] and some croutons!

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When I got home I literally had to drop my bags and hop on my bike to our meeting. First up we met the race director for the Cville Marathon we’re slicing bread for this Saturday to discuss logistics. Then we went to McIntire Plaza to see what has been going on at the space the past few days

We have walls!!!!

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Back of the house | front of the house

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Back of the house from the back door

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The office!

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Painted ceilings!!!

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The new window:

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It’s coming along!

We also met two of our neighbors – a second hand furniture store (where we bought a table!) and an eco-laundry service (who will most likely be doing our laundry! Yay local + green!)

We biked around to a few more errands. It was a GORGEOUS day! Thankfully I was able to work and exercise at the same time!

When we got home at 5PM I was tired and hangry.

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Thankfully I picked up some Food Should Taste Goods at WF!

Appetizer:

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We did MORE paperwork (loans + insurance almost done!) and then made this amazing dinner!

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Shrimp + Coconut Soup with Collard Greens

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It was incredible. I was in love with not only the flavor of the broth (which reminded me of savory ice cream) but also the color of the broth! And the taste of these big Carolina wild caught shrimp (total grocery store splurge today!) I think I ate 3-4 servings of shrimp in this bowl! I kept finding them in the delicious broth!

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I think part of the reason why the broth was so good was attributed to these new broth concentrates by Savory Choice.

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They were sent to me to review at such a good time. I have such a problem with broth. So much that I often just use water because I don’t want to buy veggie broth. While I do prefer to make my own stock, we use it up so fast after we do!  The kind in a box is expensive, heavy and has lots of wasteful packaging. I had just finished a box of organic bouillon cubes and was not happy with having to dissolve them each time. I also did not care much for the flavor. (I don’t remember the brand).

I had gotten some concentrates from Trader Joe’s a while ago but couldn’t find them the last time I went in veggie broth. So I was thrilled to try out these Savory Choice flavors just when I was on the market for some. I have nothing but good things to say about them – the flavor was awesome! It was easy to add water. And I think Whole Foods should be carrying them? I will have to double check the next time I’m there. My only complaint was that 1 packet = 1 cup so we had to use 3 packets in our soup tonight.

Enough about broth!! The soup:

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Shrimp + Coconut Soup with Collard Greens

Serves 3-4

Ingredients
  • Olive oil in the bottom of a pot
  • 1 head collard greens (or kale or spinach), trimmed into bite size pieces
  • 3 cups veggie broth
  • 1 can lite coconut milk
  • 3/4 lb peeled shrimp
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • Coconut flakes + sriracha to garnish
  • Instructions
  • Heat oil and add greens.
  • Lightly sautee.
  • When wilted, add broth and coconut milk. Bring to just under a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Add shrimp and spices, stirring. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until shrimp are cooked through and bright pink. Do not overcook!
  • Garnish with coconut and sriracha
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    We ate our soup with a tortilla napkin

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    Outdoor dining!!

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    I still have tons of unpacking to do – and I’m hoping to get snuggled in my bed with my book + husband soon.

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    1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 6, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Stopping at WF for the hot bar is always an appropriate decision. And I always get the TJ’s broth. I love it!

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    2 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Yay, walls! Y’all must be so excited about the progress!!

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    3 Stacy @ Every Little Thing April 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    That soup looks delicious! I have been craving shrimp lately and might have to make that. I’ll have to look for those concentrates too.

    I’m giving away those chips on my blog right now. They are the best!

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    4 Andrea April 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I loved Water For Elephants! listen to it while you walk/run. Or even from bed at night!

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    5 Jess (Sweet Potato) April 6, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Yay for outdoor dining! Its the BEST!

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    6 Grace April 6, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Gorgeous pictures!!!!

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    7 B & B April 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I want to read Water For Elephants. Do you find it weird reading “2 books” at once ? ;)

    Green savory ice cream?! I could do that! Looks great. Is there a lot of sodium in the broth though? Store-bought broths are the worst. Do you look at sodium in general?

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    8 Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy April 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    i cant wait to see the store when its finished!

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    9 Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 6, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Gosh that soup looks delicious.

    I’m the same way about broth- I usually just end up using water for all the reasons you said. Have you noticed it’s really hard to find low-sodium veggie broth?! The regular kind can be so salty and overpowering it’s not worth using sometimes.

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    10 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) April 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    It’s starting to look great! Congratulations!

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    11 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    That is so exciting about the bakery coming along!

    The soup looks delicious and I need to find those lime chips – I’ve never seen that flavor before!

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    12 Cindy April 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Yay for walls!

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    13 Lauren April 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    It’s almost impossible to go to WF’s and not spend a small fortune on the hot bar. Why do the best tasting foods always have to weigh the most?? :)

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    14 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    paperwork (loans + insurance almost done!) = good for you! people ‘forget’ that aspect of a starting a biz.

    the soup..looks amazing.

    tortilla napkins..lol

    Thanks for the review of the soup concentrates. I never buy them but should I need one, will remember that one.

    GREAT recipe :)

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    15 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen April 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Yayyy for walls! and that soup looks so good!

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    16 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    SO exciting about the walls Kath! That’s when it finally starts to take shape and you can start envisioning where to put everything, how to decorate, etc. Love seeing the process unfold!

    Wow, what an incredible soup recipe! This is one of those soups I can imagine making in the SUMMER and having it hit the spot. Loving the tortilla napkin. :)

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    17 Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day April 6, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Oh yeah.. smoked paprika, coconut milk and collards? One of the best combos ever (although chipotle is even better I think!

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    18 staceyhealthylife April 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Great soup, love all the shrimp and they look perfectly cooked.

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    19 Dimple Snatcher April 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I totally feel you about the WF prices. That’s why I never buy their cooked food! I remember once I filled up a box and when I got to the cashier she said it was $18!! I almost died! I don’t make that kind of money!! But I wouldn’t be surprised if the cooked food is more expensive per pound here in NY…

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    20 Christine April 6, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I’m interested to see what the do with the WFF movie that’s coming out. I’m always a little skeptical of movies based on books, but you never know!

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    21 ashley April 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Fun Fact: Water For Elephants was published through a publisher in Chapel Hill! Aloquin (?) Books. I have not verified this fact myself. But it randomly came up in conversation last night!

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    22 Eileen April 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Very nice soup! I think I’ll make it the next time my husband is away for work. (He’s not a huge fan of soup-for-dinner OR shrimp, grumble, grumble).

    The bakery looks great!

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    23 Mariah April 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    i can never contain myself at whole foods…everything always looks soooo good:)

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    24 olivewineandfood April 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    i just bought some food should taste good chips too ! they are addicting. i got “the works”, but i’ve heard the sweet potato is to die for!

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    25 lynn @ the actor's diet April 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    i’ll have to check out those broth packets – i often use the TJ’s kind

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    26 kate@ahealthypassion April 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I love whole foods hot bar it is seriously amazing, bakery looks great at least you all are making progress!

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    27 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Snuggling up with husband and book sounds awesome right now…but lots to do still here, too! :) I lived off that broth for a week after I had my tonsils out. I prefer homemade broth (everyone probably does, ha), but it was definitely fast, convenient, and tasted good — got the job done!

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    28 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Yay walls! It’s coming along very smoothly!

    Those shrimp are gorgeous!

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    29 Molly April 6, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Tortilla napkin-that could catch on!

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    30 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    wow it looks like everything is really coming together!

    so exciting! :)

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    31 Amy April 6, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Yum, lime chips rock! And wow! The bakery is really coming along… excited for its opening!

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    32 Hilary April 6, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Looks like things are shaping up…exciting!

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    33 Jess @ atasteofconfidence April 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I love water for elephants, hope you enjoy it!

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    34 Emily @ Savory and Savage April 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Your soup looked amazing!

    The bakery is really coming along – I love seeing the updated photos.

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    35 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) April 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    The bakery is looking good! I bet you were ready for some exercise after sitting in a car for most of the morning :) Yay for pretty weather!

    Water for Elephants is an awesome book. I hope the movie is just as good!

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    36 Chelsea April 6, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Jealous of your beautiful weather and your shrimp and coconut soup!! Your bakery is really coming along….

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    37 Kristi @ KristiAteIt April 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I’m a little bit jealous of all your trips to the Whole Foods food bar. I’ve only ever had the sweet potato version of those chips, and those things are addicting!

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    38 Maria April 6, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Yea for walls!!!…..and your dinner made me drool. :)

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    39 Abby April 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    My man and I got to dine outside for the first time this year tonight! I loved it. I actually had him and a few of our neighbors move the picnic table right outside the doors of our complex! :)

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    40 Paige @Running Around Normal April 6, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Welcome back!!
    That “broth” sounds like a cool concept!

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    41 Sarah April 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    That soup looks wonderful. Perfect for this weekend.

    Every picture I have ever seen from WF hot bar looks a.maz.ing. I drool. I have never actually been to a WF (we don’t have one within a few hours), but when I do I am totally trying it out. Looks SoOo good. Good to know I will need to save up :)

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    42 Katie April 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I’m happy to hear you’ll be at the Marathon this weekend- my husband is running the half! I’ll tell him to look out for the GH slicers- we love GH! :)

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    43 Angel7 April 6, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I think I see bleu cheese on your salad, which is one of my fave cheeses.

    That soup looks incredible!

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    44 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 6, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    You’re biking in a fleece pullover and Matt is in short sleeves. Which is a correct indicator of the temperature? :-)

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    45 KathEats April 7, 2011 at 7:06 am

    I think that tells you who is the daredevil and who likes to play things safe :)

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    46 Khushboo April 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Stopping at wholefoods is ALWAYS a good idea! The bakery is coming along so nicely :)

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    47 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    love shrimp!!

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    48 Ashley April 6, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Ooooooooooh I love that mug!!! The soup sounds + looks just lovely. Those chips are thee best! What an exciting + exhausting day. :)

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    49 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) April 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    WOWWWWWW! The Cville page is AWESOME! I am going to die of happiness. Thank you, Kath. :D

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    50 Alaina April 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    The store looks great!

    Where do you get the majority of your recipes? Do you have a go-to cookbook or you kind of all over the place when it comes to your sources?

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    51 KathEats April 7, 2011 at 7:07 am

    We usually invent them based on cravings. I was in the mood for a shrimp soup and this is what we came up with!

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    52 Leannalove April 6, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    I LOVE savoury choice!!! I used it in dinner tonight.

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    53 Emma (Namaste Everyday) April 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I love that soup because even though its, well, soup, it still seems light and summery! Perfect for a chilly summer thunderstorm!

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    54 Namaste Gurl April 6, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Despite being crazy and exhausting, looks like you’ve transitioned home well! SO great that the bakery is coming along well, and can’t wait to hear more about it as time goes on.
    As for the coconut soup, looks amazingly tasty! I love anything coconut, so you got me with this one! I could probably use tofu or beans to make it vegetarian….

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    55 Justeen @ Blissful Baking April 6, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Soup looks delicious! Love the creamy green color!

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    56 RachelSD April 7, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Yum, that soup looks delicious! I just had kale for the first time in my life today because my husband and I signed up with a CSA. We will have to try the recipe. (FYI, our Trader Joe’s only carries the concentrated veggie broth at the holidays… weird, right?) Good luck with the bakery stuff- it looks like it is really coming along.

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    57 Kayla April 7, 2011 at 1:15 am

    oh.my.goodness. That soup looks AMAZING! Can’t wait to try it!!

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    58 Katie April 7, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Whole Foods is always the right choice, and I know you said your WF is teeny, but I would be so happy to have one even near me!!!! Ha!

    I love the wheatberries too, I like adding that when I get a salad there, usually tofu also for protein, but that fish sounds awesome you got ; )

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    59 kaila @ healthy helper! April 7, 2011 at 6:27 am

    I love shrimp in soups and stew….takes em to a whole new level of delciousness!

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    60 Christie {Nourishing Circle} April 7, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Yum, that soup looks really tasty!! I bought some wild American shrimp at whole foods last week and haven’t decided what to do with it yet.

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    61 megan @ blackberries for jam April 7, 2011 at 6:41 am

    You are a super-busy woman and you still make time to throw together a fabulous dinner. I love that!

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    62 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 7, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Hey Kath, how big is that bakery space you’re working with?

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    63 KathEats April 7, 2011 at 7:48 am

    2500 sq. ft.

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    64 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 7, 2011 at 7:27 am

    When it comes to WF, the pros ALWAYS outweigh the cons! :D

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    65 Hope April 7, 2011 at 7:40 am

    So exciting that your space now has walls! It’s coming along nicely! I can’t wait to see what it will look like when it’s completed! :) Love Whole Foods!

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    66 kathy April 7, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I love treating myself to WF salad bar but it gets expensive very quickly! Your salads from WF always look fantastic- can I ask how much on average they cost? Soup looks delicious too!

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    67 KathEats April 7, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Usually around $10. But since I’m usually foregoing a restaurant with a tip and getting a massive bowl of just what I want, I really don’t consider that expensive.

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    68 Lucy @ The Sweet Touch April 7, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Water For Elephants was such a good book!

    Did you see the movie is coming out starring Reese and Robert Pattinson? Usually I don’t like the movies as much as the books but I might have to check it out!

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    69 Amy (Honey, Love and Other Things) April 7, 2011 at 8:29 am

    That shrimp soup looks really good! I can’t wait to start eating outside again. We’re starting to creep up on warmer temperatures up here in CT, but it’s been too windy to get much accomplished outdoors. The bakery is looking great! :)

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    70 Kat @ Big Apple Little Kitchen April 7, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Oh my gosh, this soup has all my favorites – greens, coconut, shrimp, paprika. I need to try this and soon!

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    71 Errign April 7, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Mmmmm on that soup – that sounds delicious!

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    72 Stacey April 7, 2011 at 8:47 am

    This soup looks so amazing and i am putting it in my make ASAP recipe queue! I love the big mugs you use for eating soup as I like eating soup out of mug for some reason. Also, love seeing bakery updates on here so exciting.

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    73 Melissa April 7, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I am actually re-reading Water for Elephants right now! It’s a good one!

    The bakery is really coming along! You must be getting so so excited!

    I really want to try this soup! It looks right up my alley. :)

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    74 Johanna B April 7, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Kath, did you really use 1/4 cup of turmeric in your soup? Seems like a lot.

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    75 KathEats April 7, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Ahhh! No!! 1/4 tsp! I changed it :)

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    76 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy April 7, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I loved Water for Elephants – now I can’t wait for the movie! I know I’ll probably end up disappointed by it, as I always am when I read the book first!

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    77 Seana April 7, 2011 at 10:20 am

    The soup looks good. I just saw a similiar recipe.
    4 oz rice noodles
    1 can coconut mile
    1 tsp. soy
    1 tsp. red thai curry
    2 c. snow peas salt and pepper
    cilantro and lime for garnish
    Both look good. Which one 1st?

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    78 Toby April 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I didn’t realize the Savory Choice concentrates were new – just picked up a box last week at my QFC store (which probably means all Kroger stores are carrying it). My husband used to buy any old chicken flavoring, but since I’ve had to change my diet I told him absolutely no MSG and no dairy – Savory Choice met my needs perfectly. I’m definitely going to buy more.

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    79 Tina April 7, 2011 at 10:46 am

    That soup looks so yummy. I could definitely go for that right now. Looks like a lot of progress is coming on the bakery! It’s exciting to watch the progress!

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    80 Katherine: Unemployed April 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    so I’m stuck in my green-cleaning mode and just think of green broth as not being a good thing. you make it better

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    81 Laura @Foodsnobstl April 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    those tortillas look awesome, what brand are they?

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    82 KathEats April 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Whole Foods

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    83 Celiac Eats April 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    That’s exciting to see Savory Choice is now packaging for consumers! I found out about them at the last ADA FNCE and thought it was one of the best broths I’ve had but they were only selling wholesale at the time.

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    84 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner April 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I am SUPER jealous of your bike ride! :D

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    85 Kristi @ Hiding in Honduras April 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Tortilla napkin!! My husband and I are always joking about uses for the tortillas here in Honduras…frisbees, fans, and napkins are my personal favorites!

    And the shrimp look soooooooo good!

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