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January 18, 2012

I had a blast in the kitchen this afternoon with a pair of recipes: one semi-homemade and one made from scratch!


The semi-homemade turned into a wonderful afternoon snack. I’m previewing the KERF Blend of cookie mix for an upcoming OpenSky sale and had to make sure the combination I chose was good.



Man was it!


My mix was oatmeal cookies [duh] made with walnuts, coconut and chocolate chips. KERF favorite superfoods.


To the mix I added butter, egg and milk and into the oven they went. I don’t bake often (because I don’t need to with a bakery at my fingertips!) but this was so much fun : )


If I ever tell you that I think vegetables are as good as desserts — I am lying. Nothing compares to a warm chocolate chip cookie.


I promptly consumed 2.5 of them.


And then I made quinoa for dinner!!


Back in the day of working full time for a boss man and packing a lunch everyday when in school, I used to make chilled salads all the time. They are so easy to make in bulk and pack for lunches, picnics or make-ahead dinners.

Some favorites…

Asian Millet Salad

Feta + Veggie Pasta Salad

Greek Quinoa Salad

Lemon Caper Chickpea Salad [not a grain, but served with one]

Spiced Millet Salad

Mustard Green + Bean Quinoa

Feta Millet Salad

Herby Chard Pesto Pasta Salad

Radicchio and Wheatberry Salad

Orangey Bean Salad


And now to add to the list: Rainbow Quinoa Salad [<—recipe]

This salad combines red quinoa with chard, pepper and tomato. On top a lemony soy mustard dressing adds tons of flavor


But the best part is definitely the goat cheese!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Clumps throughout made this wonderful!


My assistants: sparkling water and POM and Pandora Film Scores.


Dinner, served.


Loved this – and have an extra portion for lunch!



Notice that extra cookie? That was for Matt, who combined it with a bowl of Breyers “cereal surprise”-style. Remember the days when he would mash cereal, frozen cool whip and peanut butter into a mug of heaven!?


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1 kelsey January 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Those cookies look too good! Love that the mix comes in mason jars :)


2 The Healthy Hipster January 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Those mason jar cookies look fantastic! Can’t wait to check out your special blend 😉


3 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot January 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Cookies are and will forever be my biggest sweet weakness. Especially right from the oven…. oh man!


4 Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are my absolute fav! And that rainbow quinoa salad looks delicious. I was looking for something light to make for dinner tonight and this totally fits the bill! :)


5 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 18, 2012 at 8:32 pm

those cookies sound good, but that dinner looks phenomenal! So fresh and pretty!


6 kathleen @ the daily crumb January 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm

oh how i love quinoa… and goat cheese… and cookies… and your pink phone cover!


7 Allie@LiveLaughEat January 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Gosh that dressing looks like it totally transforms the salad—like it’s straight out of the WFs salad bar.


8 Aria January 18, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Got to stop by the Great Harvest in Wayne, PA today and I thought of you!! The cranberry orange bread is amazing by the way – I made sure to pick up a loaf :)


9 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 18, 2012 at 8:42 pm

OH I love hot choc chip cookies straight out of the oven!! SO freakin’ good


10 Kristen @ Change of Pace January 18, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Cookies are my favorite dessert. And I think anyone would be lying if they said they liked veggies more than cookies!


11 kristen @ verbs and vignettes January 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm

i approve that chocolate chips made its way onto your list of superfoods. 😉

i do not remember those “mug of heaven” days with matt (although that sounds DELICIOUS), but i stole a chocolate chip cookie last night to top my cup of mint chocolate ice cream. that was also divine.


12 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious January 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Oatmeal cookies are heaven, and add coconut, pure heaven! I love quinoa salads and wheat berry salads too. Lots of veggies and cold grains with a vinaigrette make a great meal.


13 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I LOVE throwing things together for a quick wholesome dinner! Quinoa and millet have been my favorites lately mixed with lentils and fresh vegetables.


14 lynn @ the actor's diet January 18, 2012 at 8:52 pm

i forgot i have my mason jar creation sitting in my cupboard!!! mine was oatmeal too, but i added raisinets and pumpkin.


15 HRCK the Herald January 18, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I would totally buy those if they were in the Open Sky store! Hope they got your official seal of approval :)


16 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio January 18, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Those cookies look awesome! I’m craving something sweet like whoa today and I bet those would hit the spot. Must have been a fun afternoon.


17 Erin January 18, 2012 at 9:04 pm

This was one of my favorite posts ever. So pretty! I can just feel all the fun you were having! :-] And when are those cookies available?! They look so amazing!


18 KathEats January 18, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Thanks – and soon!


19 Jen January 18, 2012 at 10:36 pm

I ditto everything Erin said – that photo of the cookies almost made me cry – in a good way! They look SO chewy. Please send? :)


20 Khushboo January 18, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Cookies > veggies…heck yeah!


21 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm

That sounds like the perfect cookie. All my favorite flavors in there!


22 Cait's Plate January 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Oh man, I miss the days of cereal surprises!! I used to get excited FOR him when he’d have those! Time to bring them back!


23 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Cookies and quinoa – yum!


24 Mom January 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Cookie Mix! Can we mix it up and just eat, or do we need to bake?


25 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm

When I met my husband he would mash ice cream and frozen cool whip into a mug, and then keep on mashing. The man could pack I swear a half tub of Cool Whip into a mug. A superhuman trait that probably isn’t necessary :)

Those cookies look…PERFECT. The texture looks like my perfect kind of cookie. I love oatmeal-raisin-choc chip cookies so much!


26 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I love grain based meals! They are so hearty and such comfort foods!


27 Kelly @ Vegolosophy January 18, 2012 at 10:03 pm

mmm cookies are the key to my heart! I am loving the jar it comes in too, very cute!


28 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon January 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Love your cookie combo!


29 Hillary January 18, 2012 at 10:06 pm

As I read this, I’m eating cereal and PB. Great minds think alike, no?


30 Samantha January 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm

My oh my, I wish OpenSky was available in Canada!


31 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 18, 2012 at 10:10 pm

That picture of Matt is priceless!


32 Ash Bear January 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm

This is definitely going on my favorite bar, along with Karen’s chili recipe as it looks delicious!! I love that picture of Matt! :)


33 Molly @ RDexposed January 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm

No Yankee candle can replicate the smell quite like the real version of freshly baked cookies.


34 Emily @ The Swallow Flies January 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm

OMG. I need one of those cookies in my mouth. Now.


35 Deva @ Deva by Definition January 18, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Grain salads are my favorite meals to fix when The Boy is on business trips. Those and lots of tofu! They’re fairly simple and the leftovers can carry over for days.


36 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Looks great! Love all the recipe links


37 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm

All of these delicious recipes/pictures are making me want to have a second dinner!!


38 AikoVenus January 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I absolutely adore the cookies – the jar presentation is absolutely adorable! ^^ I should try them out some day – lovely blog by the way!


39 Angel7 January 18, 2012 at 10:27 pm

My specialty is chocolate chip cookies. That is about the only sweet treat I make that I actually love :)


40 SemiHealthy January 18, 2012 at 10:36 pm

The food looks good! I like the pic of your husband with the tiny bowl! How do you find things so small


41 KathEats January 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

I just keep my eye out – I have a thing for little bowls!


42 Allison January 18, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Love quinoa bowls! Great with hardly any additions or with Italian or Mexican style ingredients 😀


43 Kerry @ Totes My Oats January 18, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Those cookies look aweseome!! Anything oatmeal involved – count me in!


44 jenna k January 18, 2012 at 11:28 pm

i love your funny little tidbits about matt. maybe i’m just strange and creepy, but they make me really excited to be married one day! :)


45 Ari @ Ari's Menu January 18, 2012 at 11:50 pm

I’ve totally been wanting to do the mason jar cookie thing! It looks so cool!


46 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles January 19, 2012 at 12:10 am

What a yummy food day! Especially the quinoa =)


47 Amelia January 19, 2012 at 12:35 am

I can’t believe you could eat 2.5 cookies rather than 3. I can never leave a half :)


48 Kristabel January 19, 2012 at 12:46 am

These put my break & bake oatmeal raisin cookies to shame!


49 Sarah January 19, 2012 at 1:03 am

So glad you said it: as good as veggies are, fresh baked cookies take the cake ALWAYS. Of course I bet it’s the moderation that makes these little gems such treats!
Can’t wait to try the quinoa dish, what a great recipe.


50 Kavi @ Lab to Fab! January 19, 2012 at 1:58 am

Those cookies look AMAZING! The special blend is a great combination!


51 Kathryn January 19, 2012 at 4:15 am

I love the idea of your own cookie mix and the finished result looks just perfect!


52 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) January 19, 2012 at 6:51 am

Both the cookies and your dinner look great. I love that you added goat cheese. Everything is better with goat cheese. :)


53 Simply Life January 19, 2012 at 7:05 am

I just got a package of those to review and baked them last night as well! Just had one with my breakfast :)


54 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope January 19, 2012 at 8:09 am

Those cookies look so cool!!! I would love to try a cookie mix like that :)


55 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 19, 2012 at 8:14 am

The cookies sound wonderful, minus the walnuts (allergic). I love, love, love quinoa! Especially when made into a salad like the one you had for dinner…lemony dressing…I am in heaven! Goat Cheese seems to compliment just about everything…don’t you think? I will definitly be checking out your list of top salads…they are my favourite types of meals.


56 Sarah@The Flying ONION January 19, 2012 at 8:31 am

Those are my favorite kinds of cookies! So chunky and perfect. 😀


57 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 19, 2012 at 8:49 am

That cookie looks so good and it is so pretty in the mason jar!


58 Susie January 19, 2012 at 8:50 am

Hey Kath-
First of all, this has very little to do with the current post (other than to say, I’m trying to give quinoa a go, but so far haven’t been that impressed with it. I’ll keep trying! Also, cookies look amazing). That said, I was just exploring your “Cville” page and ahhhhhhh it made me sooo homesick! I went to UVA for undergrad and my fiance is in Med school at UVA currently (so at least I have an excuse to go back) but you definitely hit the nail on the head with your restaurant suggestions. I haven’t had the best luck with Boylan, however. But Fry’s Spring, Orzo, MAS, Bang, and Mono Loco are must-visits. What do you think of Basil and Lemongrass? I used to adore Lemongrass, but since living in NYC my adoration has been somewhat tempered. Also–BLUEGRASS CAFE. And RIP 12th Street Taphouse. You were my go-to for summer’s nights! Shebeen is also a great spot! Gotta get the Lamb Potjie–it’s unreal.
And hurrah for a tribute to oatmeal!
And I was very proud of you for taking the train; my fiance and I are VERY familiar with its charms!
I forget if you have it, but Trick or Treating on the Lawn is pretty special too.
Have a great day!


59 KathEats January 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

:) I haven’t been to Lemongrass before! But love all the ones you mentioned :)


60 Heather H @ Run Eat Play January 19, 2012 at 9:01 am

Your cookies look amazing! I love oatmeal & walnuts!


61 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 19, 2012 at 9:18 am

Those cookies look SO delicious! And the ingredients come in a jar? That makes them extra KERF-ish! 😉

How do you think they would bake up if made with vegan add-ins like soy or almond milk and a flax seed egg?


62 KathEats January 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

Yes, if you’re familiar with substitutions, you could totally do that


63 Elizabeth January 19, 2012 at 9:27 am

Why did you use SALTED butter in your cookies?!


64 KathEats January 19, 2012 at 9:47 am

That’s all we buy!! They tasted fantastic


65 Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte January 19, 2012 at 9:38 am

The cookies look and sound delicious! I love chunky cookies and those look like the chunkiest. The quinoa looks great too, I’ll definitely be trying that one out!


66 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 19, 2012 at 9:48 am

I pack my lunch every day and will have to check out some of the recipes you posted! I have a salad and a wrap almost every single day, because it’s easy to throw together. But, it gets very boring!
I love the Mason jar cookie company. I made my own versions of their cookie mixes for co-workers for Christmas gifts this year!


67 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Those cookies look delicious! And the jar the mix comes in is too cute!


68 Roxanne January 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Love the layers in the mason jar mix! Do you have a fancy label to put on the jars for selling?


69 KathEats January 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm

It has a label – just turned to the side


70 Sarah@studiofood January 20, 2012 at 5:29 am

That salad looks so good! I love quinoa but have never tried it chilled in a salad. At the moment I eat it for breakfast as a kind of porridge with cranberries and almonds – is it overkill to eat quinoa for two meals in the day? :)


71 ~Christy January 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm

The Mason Jar cookies look like so much fun! Might have to check that out :)


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