chef’s surprise

September 4, 2011

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Per usual, I asked Matt what he wanted for breakfast. I have a hard time deciding and his vote is always the tie-breaker. Plus I’m always up first to get started!

His request: “Basic KERF oatmeal. No pumpkin.”

Ha! I asked if we could compromise with cottage cheese – freshly purchased!

I snuck pumpkin into mine anyways with a crumbled pumpkin muffin from the bakery.

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Since we opened in June, I haven’t brought much home other than the occasional loaf of whole wheat for sandwiches and random things like granolas. I eat enough sweets nibbles while I’m at work as it is! But yesterday, Matt brought home some leftovers. I had no choice but to dig in!

Pieces were missing already. I have no willpower around wholesome sweets like this!

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The other 1/4 of the muffin top went into my oats

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Cottage cheese blueberry oats with chia seeds, banana and pumpkin muffin on top. I always stir in the cottage cheese near the end of cooking.

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Note how the Barney Butter melted in – this is how you get drippy nut butters if they aren’t at room temp. Rest your spoon in the hot oats and then lift it back out and swirl

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Earl Gray on the side!

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Today is 100% home improvement. Or rather, dis-provement. Goodwilling, art off the walls, packing breakables. 1 week to go!

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1 Molly @ RDexposed September 4, 2011 at 9:20 am

No pumpkin?? What does he mean no pumpkin?! Has he come down with something?

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2 KathEats September 4, 2011 at 9:23 am

He doesn’t like it!

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3 Molly @ RDexposed September 4, 2011 at 10:16 am

Fall must seem like a long season for him then! HA

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4 Khushboo September 4, 2011 at 9:28 am

I’m just like that around wholesome baked goods. Ive started to stick a majority of it in the freezer almost immediately. Fortunately baked goods defrost fabulously!

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5 Sweet and Savvy September 4, 2011 at 9:31 am

I love the idea of a crumbled muffin on top!

The drippy, smooth nut butter on top looks delicious! I love it when things like that get all melty:)

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6 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 4, 2011 at 9:33 am

Haha I can’t believe Matt doesn’t like pumpkin– ESPECIALLY living with someone who sneaks it into recipes all day long ;)

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7 Ally (Girl V Food) September 4, 2011 at 9:36 am

I opened my first can of pumpkin yesterday and it’s already half gone. Oh, fall. I love you.

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8 Liz September 4, 2011 at 9:36 am

Have fun with your day of ‘dis-improvement’! I’ll be moving next month, so I’m thinking a moving series is needed? ;)

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9 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather September 4, 2011 at 9:41 am

My husband doesn’t like pumpkin either! I find that to be pure craziness.

Drippy pb is the best :). Hope all the house stuff goes well!

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10 Cait's Plate September 4, 2011 at 9:43 am

I do the exact same with nut butters if they’re not at room temperature. The melty nut butter is key to a good bowl of oats in my opinion :)

Good luck with all the packing and organizing! Can’t believe you move so soon, that’s so exciting!!

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11 B & B September 4, 2011 at 9:43 am

What type of cottage cheese do you purchase?

I usually buy 1% Nordion Cottage Cheese that has xantham gum and a few other ingredients. There is a brand with just milk and salt but it’s really dry and not the same.

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12 KathEats September 4, 2011 at 10:13 am

Whole Foods organic

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13 Lynda @ Healthy Hoboken Girl September 4, 2011 at 9:44 am

Kath, have you checked out the you tube video WholeFoods Parking Lot. It’s hilarious!! Another reason bike riding is the way to go!!!!! In between home stuff watch it!! Have a great day!!

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14 KathEats September 4, 2011 at 10:13 am

Seen it!

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15 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing September 4, 2011 at 9:49 am

One week?! Crazy! Hope it’s a productive day of packing and purging! :)

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16 Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 4, 2011 at 9:52 am

How could someone say no pumpkin? Blasphemy! lol

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17 Cat @Breakfast to Bed September 4, 2011 at 10:01 am

I haven’t thought of putting cottage cheese in my oats before, is the texture like that of cottage cheese when cooked?

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18 KathEats September 4, 2011 at 10:14 am

It’s like oatmeal with a cheesy taste

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19 JenATX September 4, 2011 at 11:53 am

with blue berries? hm that sounds a little strange to me but i guess i’d have to try it

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20 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen September 4, 2011 at 10:10 am

Love the look of these oats – and that muffin looks delicious!

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21 Cara September 4, 2011 at 10:13 am

Good luck with the packing!

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22 Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl September 4, 2011 at 10:16 am

Wow, I need to begin the Goodwilling process as well! It always feel very good to “simplify” before each life transition! Just think, this will probably be your last move for a GOOD LONG TIME! YAY!

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23 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 4, 2011 at 10:25 am

No pumpkin for Matt means more pumpkin for you then! Fall must be a pretty dreary season for non-pumpkin lovers… it’s about the only thing I look forward to post-summer… well, that and butternut squash and Brussels sprouts!

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24 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 4, 2011 at 10:25 am

i <3 pumpkin!! I am sad he doesn't! But your bowl looks awesome!

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25 lynn @ the actor's diet September 4, 2011 at 10:27 am

muffins in oats is my fave. i haven’t done it forever b/c they usually wind up in cottage cheese or yogurt

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26 Rebekah @ Medicine, Munchies and Movement September 4, 2011 at 10:32 am

You always have the best add-ins to your oatmeal. It’s truly a breakfast inspiration :D

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27 Hillary September 4, 2011 at 10:35 am

The addition of cottage cheese to oats is one of my favorite things ever—and I totally stole it from you!

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28 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 4, 2011 at 10:44 am

Wow, serious self control not bringing home anything but the occasional bread loaf. I’d be bringing home those muffins all the time!

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29 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 4, 2011 at 10:49 am

We could not agree on breakfast this morning either! I wanted eggs, my Matt wanted oats. I won :)enjoy your dayS off, Kath!

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30 Christine (The Raw Project) September 4, 2011 at 10:49 am

How can he not like pumpkin? :-) Your oats look fabulous!

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31 Amy @ The Whole Sweet Scoop September 4, 2011 at 10:58 am

I love crumbling a muffin over my oats! So good. Your breakfast looked amazing!

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32 Alexia (Dimple Snatcher) September 4, 2011 at 11:00 am

Yeah, I with Matt on this one. I LOVE pumpkin cooked but not so much in oatmeal (baked goods, etc)

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33 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled September 4, 2011 at 11:00 am

Mmm…that pumpkin muffin looks tasty. After reading all your posts incorporating pumpkin, I went out to get some of the canned stuff to use in my oatmeal this morning. Both stores I went to were completely out! Next time I see some, I’m buying stocking up.

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34 Alexia (Dimple Snatcher) September 4, 2011 at 11:00 am

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35 Alba&Dilek @TwoBaklavaStory September 4, 2011 at 11:02 am

I agree with Matt! I am not crazy about pumpkin either! I only like it in oatmeal because it makes it creamier!

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36 Kristina September 4, 2011 at 11:04 am

PUMPKIN!!! We have our first fall-ish day here and all I want to do is curl up in a blanket, read a book and make/eat something with pumpkin…

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37 faith September 4, 2011 at 11:19 am

I am in need of some good will! Keep me in mind as you start the sift ‘n sort! I will even be happy to come do some sorting and delivering of leftover goods to the thrift store. :)

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38 KathEats September 4, 2011 at 11:25 am

Come over!! I have tons of stuff!

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39 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 4, 2011 at 11:20 am

He doesn’t like pumpkin?! But what about pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving? That’s like Christmas without gingerbread. Or Halloween without candy! :P

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40 Sarah September 4, 2011 at 11:32 am

Were moving in a week too. Already recycled, goodwilled, and 1/2 price booked boxes and boxes of stuff.

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41 Jennifer September 4, 2011 at 11:59 am

Good luck today! I hope it goes smoothly. :)

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42 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 4, 2011 at 11:59 am

That looks so delicious! and I’ve heard of cottage cheese in oats, but this just seems so odd to me! How much do you add to a normal serving of oats? And do you use less milk? I’m fascinated and confused at the same time…

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43 KathEats September 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm

You make oats as you normally would and just stir in a 1/3 cup at the end (maybe start with less to see how you like it).

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44 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Thanks!! I love cottage cheese so I can’t wait to try this! I’m also going to try your idea of an egg on top of a salad for my lunch!

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45 Anja September 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I have to admit I have been eagerly waiting for CVille Clusters to appear again on OpenSky and now I have just found out that OpenSky does not deliver to Europe… Sucks! You always make it sound sooo good! I wanna taste it!!!
Well, I love your blog and you inspired me into investing some more time and thoughts into my muesli. Putting nut butter into one’s muesli is the best idea ever! I have bought chia seeds now and I love them. They are a little like flax seed but not really.
A muffin in my muesli one day will probably bring me to muesli heaven.
Perhaps I’ll make it to CVille one day :) Enjoy your Sunday!

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46 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm

yummy yummy! I love that Matt asked for Classic KERF oatmeal!! Too cute!

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47 Jackie @ That Deep Breath September 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Pumpkin muffins are my favorite! I just bought my first (GIANT) can of pumpkin of this Fall and I’m so excited for all of the yummy pumpkin treats…and pumpkin oatmeal!

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48 Caitlin September 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm

you have the best add-ins for your oatmeal. I just purchased the warrior crunch from your opensky, so now I am looking forward to a fun add-in of my own! lol

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49 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Good luck packing! We just moved back home to Atlanta and I am in unpacking hell! I feel like this will never end with the packing, unpacking, packing and now unpacking!

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50 lance September 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm

That looks so tasty. It really boggles my mine how poptarts are still eaten for breakfast.

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51 Anna September 4, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Great drippy nut butter tip! It’s going to make the nut butter part of my morning so much easier :)
P.S. I’ve been following you for months (and other food bloggers for years)… and I finally got up the guts to start up a blog of my own. I’d be honored if you’d check it out :)

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52 Emily@SavoryandSavage September 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Good luck with the packing – I am in the midst of cleaning out my closet – Goodwill here I come!

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53 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I can’t believe Matt doesn’t like pumpkin!! How could anyone not like it? Actually, my twin sister hates it. I can’t believe I shared a womb with someone that hates my favorite food :)

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54 Danielle @ weightsandmeasures September 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Good idea to get the runny nut butter! Simple, yet brilliant.

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55 Nikki September 4, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Hrmm… cottage cheese in oats! That is a combo I had never thought of! I might have to try it! I have been in a pumpkin kick lately too… Pumpkin Quinoa Pancakes were had in our house this morning :) I <3 Fall!!

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56 Sarah Jane MacMillan September 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Those great harvest pumpkin muffins look too delicious! We need a great harvest here in Italy

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57 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 4, 2011 at 3:17 pm

My husband doesn’t like pumpkin either… I just don’t get it at all! Pumpkin is one of my favorite things ever! Pumpkin everything and anything – yum, yum, yum.

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58 Samantha September 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Moving sucks!! But you sound excited about it?? Okaaaaaay… you put something else into that oatmeal didn’t you??? ;)

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59 Namaste Gurl September 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Yum- never tried topping my oats with muffins! Will have to do :)
have a great day!

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60 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 4, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I can’t believe it’s only a week away…wow, you are knee deep in project pack, donate, declutter. I just went thru this…we moved into our current place about 6 weeks ago. And I have moved about 10 times in the past 10 years. Not all by choice, some by circumstance, and each time I donate more and more and more to Goodwill, Salv Army, etc.

Good for you for packing LESS and giving away more. I always say at the other end when I am unpacking, or carrying in the boxes, why didn’t I donate even MORE! :)

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61 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Muffin atop oatmeal sounds sooo good. Like a doughy cake.

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62 Kristen Waby September 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Good luck with the packing and all. It’s such a shame that with 2 days off, you’ll have to spend most of it packing!

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63 Alaina September 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I am totally the same way around muffins! The tops are always sprouting holes. ;-)

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64 Mai September 4, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I have a question. Do you mix the nut butter in the oats or do you have a spoonful in the middle to get one scrumptious bite?

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65 KathEats September 4, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I leave it on top – a little in every bite!

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66 Alex G September 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Cottage cheese and oats?!? I may have found a new favorite oatmeal mix in :)

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67 Angel7 September 4, 2011 at 8:57 pm

When I am out of nut butter, I am going to buy some Barney Butter. I really want to try it!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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68 Hannah September 4, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I’ll have Matt’s pumpkin! Pretty please?

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69 Dee September 6, 2011 at 7:39 am

Yum! What a delicious looking bowl of oatmeal!

ps. Mmmm, earl grey. Now I know what I’m having for a snack today! :)

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