Deck The Blog For Oprah

December 3, 2009

It’s going to be quite the festive holiday season – KERF holiday posts are going to be featured on Oprah.com!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Having grown up in a household where Oprah was turned on every afternoon, I have great respect for Oprah’s interest in women’s issues, literacy, and humanitarian work, so I am super excited to be one of several featured bloggers.

[And I can't go without saying that I would faint if I were ever asked to be on the show...]

The Deck The Blog For Oprah series starts tomorrow night when I am traveling to Hillsborough to be a quasi-celebrity judge in the Orange County Chamber’s 4th Annual Gingerbread House Competition! Stay tuned :)

Snacks during class:

Honeycrisp

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And I shared two bars with my friends:

First this Kashi Dark Mocha Almond, which I did not really like :( It was rather dry without much flavor. Did like the choco chips! I had one big bite of this one…

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Second, an Honest Foods Apple Ginger – LOVE these. So much flavor and so dense with oats + almond butter <3 I ate most of this one…

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Coming home was fun because dinner was in the crockpot and all ready to go!!!!!!

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The star was this organic flank steak that Greensbury Market sent me. Since I’m not a huge meat eater I wasn’t sure what to do with it. But whilst reading Real Simple, I came across this recipe and knew it would be perfect for the ole crockpot: Slow Cooker Cuban Braised Beef and Peppers.

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We pretty much followed it to a T, except omitting the onion ;) The beef shredded perfectly!

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Couldn’t wait to dig in, as it smelled amazing!

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Topped with avocado, Big Papi sauce, cilantro and snow peas that I steamed in the microwave to bulk it up a bit

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Plus about 2/3 a cup of Bob’s Red Mill Grande Whole Grains, which I’ve had for ages – from the last time they sent some samples to review! – and always forget I have! We ran out of brown rice tonight, so I used ‘em. They are great – lots of chewy wheatberries!

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The flank steak was amazing. Y’all know I’m really not one to go gaga for meat, but this was absolutely delish. Tender, flavorful. Not sure if it was the organic meat or the cooking technique, but I’ll just assume both had a good impact :)

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Matt shared some of the juice since he polished off the pot and it all ended up in his bowl

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Had a bite of Scharffen Berger dark chocolate for dessert.

Big Open Sky fun thing in the AM!

Can’t wait for more Scottish oats!!!!!!!!

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1 Gena (Choosing Raw) December 3, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Holy moly girl!!! I am so proud! Congrats, and well deserved :-D

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2 BethT December 3, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Flank steak is the bomb.

Oprah is the bomb.com!

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3 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) December 3, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Holy Moly!!! That is so AMAZING Kath!! Can’t wait to read alllll about it.

Love the crockpot meal. You should try overnight hot oats in it. Maybe with some apple and cinnamon and a little real butter. You will LOVEEE it. It’s a holiday staple at our house =)

Night!

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4 Brie (The Fit Bride) December 3, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Whoa! How cool! Congrats!

I bet the bears are excited too!

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5 Kath December 3, 2009 at 10:36 pm

LOL – yes they are! They are hoping they make her Favorite Things.

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6 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 3, 2009 at 10:32 pm

That is so exciting!!! COngrats!!!

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7 Christina December 3, 2009 at 10:34 pm

AMAZING!!!! It’s not hard to see why but what an honour, congrats! Plus your dinner looks amazing, I’m definitely inspired to do something similar this weekend!

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8 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries December 3, 2009 at 10:35 pm

That is SO INCREDIBLE! CONGRATS!!!

LOOOOVE O!

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9 Erin December 3, 2009 at 10:36 pm

That is so exciting! Your blog is amazing and totally worthy of this honor. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of the holiday season. :D :D

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10 Marissa December 3, 2009 at 10:37 pm

HOW EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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11 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) December 3, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Congrats on being on Oprah.com!!! I’m sure so many will miss her show when she’s off the air in 2011! :(

That beef slow cooker dish looks amaaaaaaaaazing!!!! YUM

Jenn

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12 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 3, 2009 at 10:37 pm

I was wondering why you were comin’ to town, Santa KERF!!! See ya!! :)

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13 Katie December 3, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Doesn’t get any bigger then Oprah! That is awesome. You are doing amazing with the blog this year missy!

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14 Courtney (The Tasty Balance) December 3, 2009 at 10:38 pm

OPRAH!! You go girl! That’s soo cool.

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15 SweetiePotato December 3, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Wow that dinner looks so pretty! I love the avocado, cilantro, and snow pea combo — sounds yummy!! :D

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16 Brittney December 3, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Congrats!! That’s so cool :)

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17 Niki (Running In Pink) December 3, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Congratulations, Kath!! That is super exciting news!!

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18 Alyssa December 3, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Congrats!!!!!!! That is beyond awesome! It would so great if you got on her show, maybe if you drop some hints on the blog dreams will come true? :)

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19 Estela @ Weekly Bite December 3, 2009 at 10:40 pm

WOW! This is the biggest news in KERF history! Congrats!

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20 Justy2003 December 3, 2009 at 10:40 pm

That’s such exciting news about the Oprah gig! Congrats! You definitely deserve it!

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21 Katy @ These Beautiful Feet December 3, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Oprah?! CRAZY!! Congratulations, that’s an amazing gig!! :) We’ll all send Oprah tweets and e-mails about how we vote you to be on the show. Maybe she’ll listen ;). Worked for Ellen??

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22 Ameena December 3, 2009 at 10:42 pm

How exciting! Oprah is awesome. Congratulations!

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23 Babycakes December 3, 2009 at 10:44 pm

SO EXCITING! Major congrats!!! :)

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24 courtney December 3, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Congratulations, Kath! You deserve to be recognized for your amazing blog and healthy attitude towards life, and what better place than OPRAH?! I know I don’t know you so it is weird to say I am proud of you, but heck, I am. Thanks for the great blog, and again congrats. You rock :)!!!

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25 Tammy @ Defining Wellness December 3, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Kath, that’s amazing! Congratulations!

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26 Jenna December 3, 2009 at 10:53 pm

congrats on the oprah thing! have fun this weekend at the contest and the crock pot dinner looks great, that was definitely an great investment for you!
jenna

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27 Runeatrepeat December 3, 2009 at 11:01 pm

That is the coolest thing ever!!! Do a great job – you are super close to being on the show!!!

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28 Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) December 3, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Anything Oprah – related is huge!!! I’m so happy for you! :D You’ve been a wonderful inspiration to your readers and it’s great to see you moving on to such awesome things!

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29 Cat December 3, 2009 at 11:06 pm

WOWOWOW!!!! That’s AMAAAAAZING!!! So cool, Kath! I have been following your blog forever, and have seen so many wonderful things come your way and, although I don’t really know you (just through the blog, really), I feel so proud of you! I’m so happy you’re being recognized by the public because you’re such a great example for young women. Congratulations!!! :)

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30 Mastering Public Health December 3, 2009 at 11:09 pm

I agree completely. The blog has opened up so many opportunities for you; what a thrill and honor. As always, soak it all in! …and report back the juicy details. ;)

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31 Chelsea December 3, 2009 at 11:06 pm

I’m comment 27 :(

So cool about Oprah!!!

I may need to try that recipe-YOM!

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32 Molly December 3, 2009 at 11:10 pm

I’m an Oprah obsess-ee!!!! that is so amazing!!!! congrats kath!!!

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33 Erica December 3, 2009 at 11:19 pm

WOW! Congrats Kath- that is amazing. Well deserved

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34 Diana December 3, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Congrats! I bet you will make it to the show one day! :)

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35 Melissa @ For the Love of Health December 3, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Oh I am so excited for you!
I have been away from the blog world since September because law school has been chaos! I had to come back and check out my favourites!
This is so great!!

Take care!

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36 Wendy December 3, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Ok, I’m probably one of the few women in the world who is not an Oprah fan, but congrats anyway! That’s really excited news, and a really wonderful opportunity for you! Did you ever dream, when you first started this blog, all the places it would take you? :)

I can’t wait to see what “deck the blog” entails!

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37 Priyanka December 3, 2009 at 11:36 pm

This is so so exciting!!! I love Oprah’s show and I love Kath’s blog :) What a perfect combination!!!!

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38 candice December 3, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Congratulations on Oprah!!! :) Love your dinner—I just love it when the meal is concentrated into one big bowl with veggies, meat/protein, and grains :D

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39 Carolyn December 3, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Wow!! Oprah…you’re famous!!

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40 Julie @savvyeats December 3, 2009 at 11:55 pm

That’s awesome! Congrats!

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41 Lisa @bakebikeblog December 3, 2009 at 11:57 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! That is the most EXCITING news ever – and well deserved I must say :) Won’t be long until you make an appearance on her show I say :)

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42 Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) December 4, 2009 at 12:11 am

ahhh! congrats Kath! I’m soooo excited for you! =)

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43 caronae December 4, 2009 at 12:29 am

Congrats on the Oprah thing! I looooovvvveee flank steak. I probably eat real meat only a few times a year, and that is one I will ALWAYS be happy to eat :)

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44 Whit December 4, 2009 at 12:31 am

KATH! That is so AMAZING!!!!!!! :D Congratulations!

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45 Mama Pea December 4, 2009 at 12:41 am

I already Tweeted you, but HOLY CRAP! Oprah?! If you need a Gail, I’m your girl.

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46 amber December 4, 2009 at 12:43 am

WOW how exciting!!! COngratulations, Dinner looks really good enough though i don’t eat steak!

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47 Hillary December 4, 2009 at 1:11 am

Wow – Oprah! I bet ya didn’t think that was in the plans just a couple years ago. CONGRATS!

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48 Kathi December 4, 2009 at 1:21 am

How exciting! How will you be able to sleep tonight??

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49 Kate December 4, 2009 at 1:29 am

That’s so awesome about Oprah! Congrats, congrats!

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50 Kate December 4, 2009 at 1:30 am

That’s so neat! I’m totally impressed (but not surprised)!

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51 molly December 4, 2009 at 3:29 am

congratulations!! that is so awesome :)

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52 Tamzin December 4, 2009 at 4:50 am

Congrats on the Oprah gig! Thats soooooooo cool! x x

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53 coco December 4, 2009 at 6:00 am

congrats kath!!!! I’m soooo happy for you but you TOTALLY deserve it, you’re a lot of people’s favorite blogger!!! :D

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54 coco December 4, 2009 at 6:01 am

I liked your blog and actually started writing my blog after following you for few months. but after I meeting you in person (Foodbuzz) I like you even more! you’re sooooo funny and cute!!! :D

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55 Lexi December 4, 2009 at 6:21 am

Congrats on Oprah.com!!! That’s so awesome. She should have you as a guest on the show sometime! ;)

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56 Stacey December 4, 2009 at 6:21 am

How exciting!!!!! So happy for you :D I would screaming and jumping for joy around the house lol

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57 Meggilizz December 4, 2009 at 6:31 am

WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO FOR OPRAH!!!!!!!!!! :D That is soooooo exciting!! CONGRATS!!!!!!

I’ve had organic grass fed beef and it is FAR SUPERIOR to the regular grocery store meats!! :)

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58 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) December 4, 2009 at 6:59 am

Congratulations on the Oprah gig. Oprah is the big time, kid!

That flank steak crockpot concoction looks so hearty and satisfying. Flank steak is easily one of my favorite cuts of beef. I loved how you served it over greens rather than rice or potatoes. Beautiful!

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59 VeggieGirl December 4, 2009 at 7:21 am

WOWZA!

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60 Karla December 4, 2009 at 7:24 am

Woah!! That’s amazing! Congratulations!!

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61 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 4, 2009 at 7:24 am

WOW!!!! That’s HUGE! So exciting!!

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62 Naomi (onefitfoodie) December 4, 2009 at 7:34 am

congrats Kath! you so deserve it :) that is SUPER exciting! that crockpot of steak looks deeeelih :)

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63 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope December 4, 2009 at 7:39 am

OMG HOW EXCITING KATH!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!! That is seriously such an honor (one which you completely deserve!). :)

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64 Cyndi December 4, 2009 at 7:43 am

I don’t remember how I found your blog – eatliverun maybe?

It doesn’t matter how I got here, but I’m here to stay – I love your blog! Congrats on oprah – I’m definitely staying tuned …

I saved the slow cooker recipe – I made something similar recently, but this tops it with the addition of all of the other veggies.

Thank you!

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65 Pam December 4, 2009 at 7:59 am

Hey that’s great…..Congrats!

Enjoy!

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66 Lauren December 4, 2009 at 8:01 am

Congrats on the Oprah.com feature! That is such a great honor :).

Like you, I typically am not a huge red meat eater… but when it is prepared well, it sure does taste fantastic.

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67 Simply Life December 4, 2009 at 8:06 am

Wow! CONGRATS! That is amazing!!!

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68 Paige(Running Around Normal) December 4, 2009 at 8:06 am

Congrats Kath!!! You are a supah star!!! Holy awesomeness:D So happy for you, dear!

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69 Brittany December 4, 2009 at 8:19 am

OMG! That’s awesome Kath- I hope you get invited to the show, but I also hope you don’t faint! :)

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70 Sarah December 4, 2009 at 8:22 am

Congrats Kath, that is amazing! Love the pic of you :)

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71 Lee December 4, 2009 at 8:25 am

Wow, congrats! Can’t wait to read them.

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72 Diana December 4, 2009 at 8:28 am

WOW! OPRAH.com! That’s FANTASTIC! You deserve it!

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73 Elina December 4, 2009 at 8:43 am

Crock pot dinners are so great! I had chili from a crock pot last night. I’m always looking for more crock pot ideas – so thank you! :D

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74 Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar December 4, 2009 at 8:47 am

I loveeeeeee me some flank steak.

Congrats on the Oprah posts! =]

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75 rhodeygirl December 4, 2009 at 8:48 am

Congrats! Any other bloggers we know going to be featured?

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76 Light Delight with Tou Tou December 4, 2009 at 8:53 am

Congrats on that Oprah post!!!!!! really nice!

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77 Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 4, 2009 at 9:05 am

CONGRATS!!!! Cannot WAIT to see what you came up with ;)

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78 Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) December 4, 2009 at 9:06 am

WOW..that is big time girl!

Congrats!!!!

Barbara

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79 Lindsay December 4, 2009 at 9:06 am

Dinner looks really good! CONGRAT on the Oprah feature!!! That’s so huge!!!! :-)

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80 Maggie December 4, 2009 at 9:15 am

Congratulations! So well deserved. Can’t wait to read you on Oprah.com!

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81 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale December 4, 2009 at 9:16 am

Was the beef grass-fed? Maybe that’s why it tasted good / different…

Awesome news about Oprah! What great publicity that will be for you!

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82 Gillian December 4, 2009 at 9:19 am

VERY exciting about Oprah! I predict a debut on the show at some point, which in my books means you’ve made it to the top!

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83 Cait (Cait's Plate) December 4, 2009 at 9:21 am

Ah! That’s so exciting!! Congrats!!! :)

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84 Lauren @ Eater not a runner December 4, 2009 at 9:24 am

That is so awesome! Can’t wait to see :-)

Also, that dinner looks so good! Sometimes steak just hits the spot.

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85 Tina December 4, 2009 at 9:25 am

Congratulations!!!!! I think I would DIE if I was invited to be on Oprah. It is like my life dream just to go to a taping of one of her shows!

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86 K December 4, 2009 at 9:28 am

YAY!! Congrats to you and KERF on the Oprah gig!! So exciting!

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87 Beth @ DiningAndDishing December 4, 2009 at 9:34 am

So awesome!! Oprah is the big time :O)

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88 Julie December 4, 2009 at 9:53 am

wow, Oprah! Oprah pretty much runs the universe and makes people famous. Oprah has more power than Chuck Norris and Jesus combined. Make it your new years resolution to get on her show before it goes off the air.

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89 brandi December 4, 2009 at 9:54 am

wow, that’s awesome! Congrats!

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90 Melissa December 4, 2009 at 10:05 am

Hi Kath – Congrats! That’s absolutely amazing. You belong on the show and somehow I really think you’ll get there. I feel like you have so much to share! If I turned Oprah on one day and saw all of my favorite food bloggers, I’d be SO happy. This is very deserved and I hope it opens many more opportunities for you. I will keep my fingers crossed for you! Have a great day!!!

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91 Lizzy December 4, 2009 at 10:09 am

Congrats Kath!

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92 Tracey December 4, 2009 at 10:13 am

How fabulous are you?!! :) Well done, Kath!! I am so excited for you and I cannot wait to see it. Congratulations!!!!

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93 skinnyrunner December 4, 2009 at 10:17 am

wow! congratulations, that is BIG TIME!!

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94 Tammy December 4, 2009 at 10:21 am

Not a fan of Oprah, but that is BIG for you! Congrats and well done!!! YAY!

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95 Food Makes Fun Fuel December 4, 2009 at 10:21 am

Holy crap congrats! That’s HUGE and amazing!

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96 Megan December 4, 2009 at 10:22 am

What are you going to write about for Oprah?? I assume it will be differnet than your normal daily posts.

Looking forward to reading it.

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97 Kath December 4, 2009 at 10:25 am

I’m writing for myself, for you guys. Oprah is just listening :)

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98 AnnQ December 4, 2009 at 10:26 am

DUDE! That is freakin’ awesome!!! LOVE. IT.

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99 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life December 4, 2009 at 10:32 am

Congrats to you, Kath! That is so amazing!!!

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100 Megan B December 4, 2009 at 10:59 am

Congratulations! I wish you all the best.
Represent NC! (I’m from Chapel Hill) :)

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101 Katie December 4, 2009 at 11:09 am

WOW!

CONGRATS LADY!

I’d love for you to check out my blog – giveaway coming and workout songs!

http://katiechangesforkatie.blogspot.com/

Katie

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102 lynn (The Actors Diet) December 4, 2009 at 11:42 am

so exciting about oprah! i love her. she was my graduation speaker!

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103 Krissy (Single Serving) December 4, 2009 at 11:48 am

Such exciting stuff! Congrats to you!

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104 Rose December 4, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Congrats, Kath! That’s super exciting news. I can’t wait to see it!

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105 Anne P December 4, 2009 at 12:43 pm

You = a total rockstar. That’s awesome, girl!!! Congrats :D

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106 Jenny December 4, 2009 at 3:04 pm

wow, Kath! It doesn’t get much bigger than Oprah. Congrats, girl!

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107 Susan December 4, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Ohmygaaahhh!!! I’m so excited for you!! Oprah.com is HUGE. You’re a rockstar ;) (and totally deserving of it might I add, you’ll be a wonderful addition to the site)

I didn’t comment on your last post, but I recently just fell in love with Scottish oats too. They’ve got the chewiness of steel cut, but a reduced cooking time. Perfection :)

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108 Angie December 4, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Congratulations, Kath!! Super, super exciting. So happy for you!

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109 Sarah (OC2Seattle) December 4, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Congrats on Oprah.com – that is so incredible!

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110 The Healthy Apple December 4, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Congrats, Kath!!!! Oprah is amazing!!!!! So happy for you..

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111 Saima December 4, 2009 at 6:01 pm

OMGGGGGG!! :O :O….yes, i realize i am L-A-T-E!! :D

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112 jac December 4, 2009 at 6:21 pm

congrats on the oprah Gig!

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113 Danielle December 4, 2009 at 8:39 pm

How exciting! Yea for you!

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114 Meg December 5, 2009 at 12:38 am

I’m a little late, but congratulations on your Oprah gig! That is amazing, and well deserved! :)

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115 Angela December 5, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Just getting caught up….OMG I squeeled with delight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OPRAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is the most exciting news ever. :) Congrats x a gazillion!

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116 Angela December 5, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Sorry one last time….

OPRAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hahah
I’ll go now…

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