Chillin Like A Villain

June 27, 2011

Afternoon shenanigans:

Granola was made


Granola was consumed


Along with a dish of watermelon for an afternoon snack!



Sticky stupid sticker stick that neither the scraper nor the mop could get up from a fallen label


Cherry pit magic did it in 60 seconds!


The afternoon went by fast thanks to lots of Monday paperwork, bill paying and a painful chat with Comcast trying to get auto-bill working. Gah! Why must simple tasks take so long!?

Thankfully after a humid bike ride home, I had a frigid GAZPACHO waiting for me!!


The original recipe was invented in this post (whoa flashback to 2009!) What I love most about this recipe is that I get to choose what goes in it – i.e. no onions! It’s DELICIOUS!!


I made it this morning before work and let the flavors develop all day.

Summer 2011 Gazpacho

Serves 3


  • 4 vine tomatoes
  • 1/2 large cucumber, peeled
  • 1 medium green pepper
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed
  • 1 large handful fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomato pesto (could sub basil pesto or just sun-dried tomatoes and garlic clove)
  • 1 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Liquid Smoke
  • 3 glugs Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 ear of leftover roasted corn, some reserved for garnish
  • 1/2 can chickpeas, stirred in at end ( <—just like so many oatmeal making ingredients!)


  1. Mix all but chickpeas and some corn in vita-mix or strong blender. A food processor would probably work too. Blend away.
  2. Stir in beans.
  3. Garnish with corn.


Served with cubes of the best, lightly toasted and smothered in a little EVOO.


Since last night’s post I’ve been SO excited to read more of my new book!! On a reading kick for sure. Night!

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1 Gloria Schiralli June 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm

MMMmmm looks so yummy! Your food always looks delicious and so inspiring!

Love your blog! Can’t get enough :)


2 KathEats June 27, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Thank you Gloria!


3 Monika @ Powered By Paprika June 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm

That gazpacho looks great Kath!

Personally, I’d add TONS of onions, but I’m sure it tasted great without ’em! :)


4 Hillary June 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I think I’ll have to make this this week. It looks absolutely perfect for a summer dinner!


5 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) June 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I need to take cherry pits to my Momma! These temporary blinds left yellow, sticky, scuffy grossness all over our house.

Holy biceps in the beater photo!


6 Ellen June 27, 2011 at 7:56 pm

That recipe looks amazing! Spicy, high fiber, my favorite.
I can’t wait to try it out and thanks for sharing.
BTW, I LOVE your blog.


7 KathEats June 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Thanks Ellen :)


8 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes June 27, 2011 at 7:58 pm

What an interesting colour :) this recipe looks so easy!!


9 Molly @ RDexposed June 27, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I’m about to make granola…but on a MUCH smaller scale!


10 Andrea @ Onion in My Hair June 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Check out your biceps!!

Go Kath!!


11 KathEats June 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm


Love/hate your blog title!! Something that will hopefully never happen to me :)


12 Andrea @ Onion in My Hair June 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Oh gosh, happens to me ALL the time! 😉


13 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Wow…that is a BIG mixer :-) This looks great!


14 [email protected] June 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm

What on earth is cherry pit magic??????


15 KathEats June 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Scour Off. I linked on the line above


16 KathEats June 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm

(Scour Off is made from cherry pits)


17 Baking 'n' Books June 27, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Oh wow – you don’t have to cook it? That’s my kind of meal! – but only if the bread is included of course :)

You’ve inspired me to really sit down and crack down on my reading. – if only I could get a job where I’d be paid to read…I dream of that – if anyone has any leads – let me know! :)


18 Estela @ Weekly Bite June 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Looks like the perfect summer meal!! :)


19 emily June 27, 2011 at 8:09 pm

That looks so hearty (harty?) and good! Would you say the liquid smoke is essential to the flavor? Or do you know a substitute that would work? I can’t find it at my grocery and I’m not ready to make the commitment to order!


20 KathEats June 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Pretty much everything in this recipe is optional :) ‘Cept maybe the tomatoes + cucs


21 Cait's Plate June 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm

That granola looks absolutely perfect! Wish I could have some sitting in front of me right now!

PS – that picture of your licking the huge mixer cracked me up :)


22 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) June 27, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Holy mother of mixing paddles! You guys don’t mess around at GH!! 😉


23 lynn @ the actor's diet June 27, 2011 at 8:17 pm

ha – the mixing paddle almost looks like a giant menorah!


24 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio June 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm

What an awesome meal to come home to! Enjoy your book!


25 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm

mmm granola. SOunds like a perfect snack to me!!


26 staceyhealthylife June 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I would love making giant batches of granola and enjoy a little snack of fresh baked perfection, yum. I wish I could order and buy some of the tasty things in your bakery. :) Hint, Hint !!!

Granola, granola bars, pb, and any other delicious treats that would be able to ship.


27 KathEats June 28, 2011 at 8:41 am

HINT HINT: Hope you’re following me on OpenSky!!


28 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 27, 2011 at 8:25 pm

That first pic takes licking the spoon to a whole new level!


29 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm

“I made it this morning before work and let the flavors develop all day.”–
the best b/c 1. dinner is already waiting and 2. the flavors marry.

Love the corn CHUNKS in it. Nice!

And the Scour Off…a reader is sending me some Basic H2 (i think that’s what it’s called) and going to be doing a giveaway for it. It’s my 1st time w/ Shaklee but everyone loves it, including you, and if it passes the Kath Test and a sticker test (they are the worst!) it’s great stuff clearly!


30 Beth Allman June 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I’ve been reading/loving your blog for a while now, and it has seriously changed many of the staples at our house. We now always have chia seeds, coconut butter, kale, and other nut butters. However, I am so excited because tonight I am trying my first overnight oats. I was so excited to get to the bottom of the peanut butter for this reason!!

Can’t wait for the morning!!


31 Beth Allman June 28, 2011 at 8:35 am

o.m.g. these are delicious. life changing.


32 KathEats June 28, 2011 at 8:41 am
33 meghan June 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Look at those big CLUSTERS (my fav!!!) Do ya ship to Boston?!


34 kaila @ healthy helper! June 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Love the throw back recipe!


35 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Nothin like having fun in the kitchen! The gazpacho looks delicious! Definitely the perfect time for it!


36 Marci June 27, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I made gazpacho yesterday! Recipe up tomorrow. Love it in the summer with toast.


37 Eileen June 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Nice gazpacho! Unconventional, but nice! Maybe this is a sign I spend too much time reading KERF, but I guessed from your earlier post that was what you were making.

Hmmm, my husband will be out of town this week, and he HATES gazpacho … might just have to make some!


38 Namaste Gurl June 27, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Mmmm, everybody’s making gazpacho these days and now I REALLY want to whip up a batch :-)
What creative ingredients– i’ll have to try your version :)


39 Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 27, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I’ve yet to have gazpacho. It’s sounds SO good but something about cold soup grosses me out?


40 KathEats June 28, 2011 at 8:42 am

I used to gag on chilled soups too – like a chilled cucumber? But something changed! I think lots of SIABs have made my brain associate chilled soup with sweet smoothie


41 veggieberry June 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm

is the gazpacho sweet? i am also grossed out by chilled soups for some reason. weird!


42 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 27, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Oh my gosh, that paddle mixer is HUGE! Licking that would be so much fun :)
I love gazpacho in the summer, my all time fav soup.


43 Hilary June 27, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Mmm…that gazpacho looks simply inspired! I love fresh, cool, no-cook summer meals like that!


44 Jackie @ That Deep Breath June 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm

The soup looks great! I absolutely love gazpacho!!


45 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) June 27, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Love that first picture of you. I used to always want to do that in my baking classes!


46 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn June 27, 2011 at 9:40 pm

You rock. Worsterchire sauce (or however you spell it) is my obsession. WHY HAVE I NEVER PUT IT IN GAZPACHO?


47 Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee June 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Whoa that is a darn big mixer!!! I wonder how many cookies y’all get outta a batch made in that monstrous thing!! :)


48 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I want to lick the mixer, too! 😀 YUMMM

I’ve never had any type of gazpacho. Kind of like savory SIAB, I imagine? lol


49 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I need a mixer that big for when I make granola :) I make HUGE batches sometimes!


50 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I’m usually not a huge fan of gazpacho since I’ve always been served a thin soup. But this looks more like what LOVE! Thick and substantial and flavorful :)

I’m starting to reread the entire Harry Potter series in anticipation for the final movie!


51 kris (everyday oats) June 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm

that mixing blade is HUGEE!


52 Khushboo June 27, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Coming home to dinner that is already made is the best! Bet you felt smug about getting it done in the morning (I sure would have) :)


53 Hannah June 27, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Corn garnish! I love it!


54 Anna Crouch June 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Dang, lady! Look a those biceps! Body Pump is workin for ya!


55 KathEats June 28, 2011 at 8:42 am

:) Thanks!


56 Christine (The Raw Project) June 27, 2011 at 11:46 pm

The gazpacho looks fabulous, especially with the corn garnish.


57 Lindsay June 28, 2011 at 12:31 am

Love that picture of you at the top! What is that thing? And the recipe looks like a summer-must! Going to try it this week!


58 Aine @ Something to Chew Over June 28, 2011 at 4:46 am

That granola looks amazing, you’re making my mouth water! Do you ship to Ireland?!


59 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco June 28, 2011 at 4:54 am

The soup looks incredible, Kath. I really used to be on the fence about cold soup. Glad that’s over. It is a MUST over the summer isn’t it?
By the way, I may have dreams about that granola. You are truly very talented, in the ways of blogging and cooking/baking. Rock on!


60 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen June 28, 2011 at 5:53 am

Looove the granola. Big chunks = a winner!


61 Lauren June 28, 2011 at 5:54 am

Oh wow, I haven’t made gazpacho in ages. Looks so good!


62 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out June 28, 2011 at 6:01 am

I love gazpacho! Such a summery food. And you had watermelon yesterday? All about summer.


63 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 28, 2011 at 6:01 am

That granola and watermelon snack looks so good! I love granola when it’s more cluster-like. And what a great gazpacho recipe… looks perfect to make ahead when you know you have a long day!


64 rumfunandsun June 28, 2011 at 6:09 am

Gazpacho!!! Duh! Why didn’t I think of that? We will pretend I have a super busy life and can’t spare the brain power to think of completely normal stuff!


65 [email protected] Flying ONION June 28, 2011 at 6:33 am

I need to get back into my reading kick! It’s been a while, and I have a shelf full of good reads just waiting for me. 😀

Love the looks of that granola…super crunchy! 😀


66 Jennifer June 28, 2011 at 6:55 am

Wow..that is a HUGE mixing paddle. I can’t even imagine how many loaves of bread that can mix in one batch. You know, I’ve always steered away from gazpacho because it’s cold. But, that recipe sounds really good. I love all of the ingredients in it.


67 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs June 28, 2011 at 7:01 am

I love gazpacho because it can be whatever you want it to be!! Looks delicious 😀


68 Hannah (Balancing on Two Feet) June 28, 2011 at 7:26 am

This gazpacho looks amazing! Such a great summer soup.

On another note, you always have the BEST lighting in your pictures! Is that your camera or editing software? Or perhaps radiant you!


69 KathEats June 28, 2011 at 8:43 am

Thanks! I think good bakery lighting – and a little editing brightening


70 Hope June 28, 2011 at 7:40 am

I’ve never had gazpacho before. I’ve always wanted to try it! Yours looks so great! It looks really refreshing for a summer night! :)


71 Emily June 28, 2011 at 8:09 am

The gazpacho looks and sounds awesome! I love that it has no onions too, definitely not my fav :) What type of pesto do you use???


72 KathEats June 28, 2011 at 8:44 am

I used Karen’s homemade sun-dried tomato


73 Anastasia June 28, 2011 at 8:22 am

OMG, that first photo is hilarious! Haha!

I’ve never had gazpacho, but it looks really good! I just need some liquid smoke and I’ll be set.


74 Angel7 June 28, 2011 at 8:33 am

It is cool how that Shaklee Scour Off did the trick!

I do not believe I have ever tried Gazpacho.


75 Laura @ prettylittlewords June 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I’ve always wondered about liquid smoke…it sounds so chemical-y and bad for you. Is it?


76 KathEats June 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Not that I know of. MamaPea used it and if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me! I don’t have the bottle with me to look at the ingredient list


77 Jennifer June 28, 2011 at 7:40 pm
78 Amelia (Eating Made Easy) June 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm

The pic of you licking that huge mixing blade is too funny — love it!


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