Dress Rehearsal

March 8, 2009

I shouldda known better!!!!! I had no idea the sun was actually working today. I thought it was just a dress rehearsal.

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Kelsey and I had a fabulous picnic + study session at Freedom Park.

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I brought Tempeh + Pumpkin Butter Sandwiches on Great Harvest Raisin Bread

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And Food Should Taste Good Potato + Chive. I braved the onion-y flavor of these and they were tolerable. The chips are that good!

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Kelsey brought fruit (strawberries, plum, nectarine + blueberries) tossed in flax + honey and topped with greek yogurt

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And sliced veggies (carrot + squash) in a homemade Parmesan Lemon Dip. You can find the recipe at Bites + Bowls: Zesty lil’ Dip. Kelsey really is a food genious!

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With seltzers.

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With these glasses on, I was the only BUG around!

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After lunch we went for about a 45 minute walk around the small kale lake with our Foodservice notes in hand. (yes, I really wrote kale!) I think we made some great mid-term progress.

Appetite Appreciation

The timing between lunch and dinner couldn’t have been more perfect. I didn’t need a snack and built just the right appetite to fully enjoy this awesome homemade veggie burger served with ketchup and mustard on a Great Harvest Dakota Bun

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I just loooooove burgers!

Unfortunately this is also my next Mushroom Channel recipe so you’ll have to wait a bit for the recipe. But that’s a big hint – it’s got shrooms in it!

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With the burgers we had BBQ Braised Cabbage. Basically just a whole lotta cabbage simmered in a whole lotta BBQ sauce. We used about 1/3 cup of Country Bob’s, 1 tbsp ketchup, few dashes Worcestershire, 1 tbsp cider vinegar + salt – all to taste. I ate about 75% of this bowl and couldn’t fit any more!

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Complete with a POM spritzer

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And a patio dining companion

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Oh, and two pickles!

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Guest Lunch Post: Leah

Leah of Simply Fabulous Now sent this bright lunch to contrast her dreary English weather –

I know you love eating your sandwiches open-faced and this is exactly what I love to do.  I saw this on Caitlin’s blog the other day and knew it was a good way to use up some ingredients (mainly the cottage cheese) in my fridge. This sandwich had spinach leaves, tomato and cucumber – topped with cottage cheese (about 1.5 tbsp on each!) and some black pepper. On the side, I had about 3/4 cup soy yogurt mixed with ground flax and cinnamon.  I topped this with cherries and a small portion of grape nuts for crunch! The cherries were originally frozen, so that’s why there is a bit of cherry "juice" at the side of the bowl! :)

Leah Sandwich

Leah Yogurt

Bread Sighting

Matt’s whole wheat pizza crust was spotted at Yoga Is Yummy!

We’re getting in bed early tonight b/c of daylight saving and an extra early gym trip tomorrow morning. Can’t believe the sun is just now setting!

Oh, and I almost forgot! Something sweet to end the day:

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1 Sally March 8, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Ouch! That sunburn looks pretty uncomfortable but at least you got to enjoy the sun!


2 Mel March 8, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Oh, I’m jealous, I would totally kill for a sunburn! (I know it’s bad, but I’m so sick of snow! :))

Dinner looks fabulous, I’m looking forward to the veggie burger recipe!


3 WEEKLY BITE March 8, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Great looking lunch and dinner! Looks like you enjoyed the weather :)


4 Becca A March 8, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Oh my gosh that looks painful! Aloe up!


5 Whitney March 8, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Hope you have some aloe. I had to laugh a little though because that is so something that I would do!


6 D March 8, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Do you boil your tempeh before putting it in the sandwich or just eat it raw? I’ve found that boiling it takes all the bitterness out and makes it so you can give it a yummy marinade (or not).


7 Meredith (Pursuing Balance) March 8, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Looks like a great day, despite the sunburn! Like Whitney said, use some aloe!!!!! It really helps the burn! You can even put it in the refrigerator first :)


8 allie March 8, 2009 at 7:21 pm

ouch! that burn does not look good.


9 Alison March 8, 2009 at 7:21 pm

If you swab your legs in white vinegar it’ll brown up quicker! (Maybe that’s an old wives tale but it works for me! Plus I love the smell of vinegar, hehehe!)


10 Sharon March 8, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Oh my gosh what a scrumptious day!


11 polly March 8, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Hey Kath… even though they are PINK, super cute legs!! :)

Yay for pizza! Thanks, Matt! and… that mushroom burger looks amazing. Can’t wait for the recipe. XOXO


12 Lisa D March 8, 2009 at 7:27 pm

ouchie- your legs
yummy!!- all that food(especially the homemade veggie burger I wish you could post the recipe)!!
good luck-with your food service exam, I’m sure you will do great. My favorite thing from that class was learning about spoodles-don’t know if they cover it down in NC. -Lisa D.


13 Kath March 8, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I just eat the tempeh raw. I like it that way and don’t detect any bitterness.



14 brandi March 8, 2009 at 7:28 pm

i hope you have some aloe! At least it was beautiful day :)


15 K March 8, 2009 at 7:31 pm

OUCH! Hope your sunburn heals quickly!!


16 Emily W. March 8, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Please pleease let us know when that mushroom burger recipe is posted!! YUMMM!


17 gliding calm March 8, 2009 at 7:36 pm

that burger looks insanely good!! i spy black beans!!!

and yum for tempeh sandwiches!!!

hoping your sunburn isn’t too sore!!

have a great evening Kath!


18 KatieTX March 8, 2009 at 7:38 pm

I was outside at lunch on Friday for 2 hours and got super burned on my arms/chest/neck/face..the sun is part good, part evil! Well for pale people anyway,,,


19 claire March 8, 2009 at 7:38 pm

That burger looks delicious! I can’t wait to see the recipe. Hope your sunburn goes away quickly.


20 Organic Girl aka Ashley H March 8, 2009 at 7:47 pm

ouch!! that going to hurt for a while. yikes!

That burger looks to die for yum!! i cant wait for the recipe.


21 Diana March 8, 2009 at 8:00 pm

We were right next to each other but not! haha. Looks like you guys had a fun time, yourselves!

:) Diana


22 coco March 8, 2009 at 8:01 pm

oh…sunburn!!! but you were enjoying it a lot, right? I can tell from that smile! 😀
great eats!


23 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 8, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Delicious eats and gorgeous pictures! Looks like it was a beautiful day!


24 yadi March 8, 2009 at 8:07 pm

OMG, the sunburn, I was so surprised to click on your blog and find the back of your legs… Yikes, hope it doesn’t hurt too bad.
At least it’s even, my friend and I did the same thing, but we were on our sides for a little too long… Fell asleep =)We had one burnt butt cheek and side of the leg – during a spring break camping trip – NOT attractive!
Yummy food.


25 Erin March 8, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Yummy looking dinner. And I didn’t realize the sun was working yet either!


26 Lisa March 8, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Yike! That’s going to be a funny tan line – that is, if you tan. I don’t – whenever I burn it just peels back to the Irish.

And those are some tasty eats! I can’t wait to see the veggie burger recipe. I love mushrooms.


27 Michelle March 8, 2009 at 8:16 pm

oh my GOSH!!! Sorry about the lobster burn, but you;re totally workin’ it!!!!


28 Kelsey Miles March 8, 2009 at 8:16 pm

I’ve got the back to match your legs!!


29 Sidi March 8, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Look at that burn, it looks serious…
Great temps in Montreal, also.
Waiting for the summer…



30 Shelby March 8, 2009 at 8:19 pm

YIKES! At least that sunburn will turn into a tan 😉

Yummy sandwich and chips!


31 courtney March 8, 2009 at 8:21 pm

o, OUCH. i hope that sunburn isn’t as bad as it looks… as a pale-skinned person i feel your pain from here. BUT the eats look delish, so at least there is a silver lining!


32 zestycook March 8, 2009 at 8:29 pm

I am jealous for a number of reasons…. one you got sun! two… your food looks awesome!

Have a good night… throw on some aloe


33 Ronda March 8, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Okay, I live in Minnesota so the whole idea that there is anywhere where someone can get sunburned right now is a bit of a foreign concept, but I do hope that it goes away quickly. I have heard that vinegar will help. I know it sounds stinky, but it takes the burn out.


34 Nicole March 8, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Ouch! That sunburn looks intense. I hope it doesn’t hurt too badly!

Those veggie burgers look fabulous! I can’t wait to see the recipe.


35 sarah (ghost world) March 8, 2009 at 8:41 pm

you are going to have to get SPF 1000 for your trip to africa :) that is an impressive burn!

the picnic looked lovely!

and finally: i was in charlotte today! but only the airport on the way back home. wish i could have swung by the picnic!


36 Amelia March 8, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Oh man that sunburn does not look good! Yikes!

Your veggie burger looks so so yummy though!


37 Katy March 8, 2009 at 8:46 pm

I’M so jealous of your nice weather!!! it is wet and cold with mixed snow and rain out here in seattle.


38 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) March 8, 2009 at 9:06 pm

ahhhhh, i feel your burn pain!!!! it’s so easy to forget how mean the sun can be when it’s been absent for so long.

all your outdoor eating today looks so yummy. i can’t wait until all of these mushroom recipes are revealed!


39 Kailey (SnackFace) March 8, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Owowow that sunburn looks mean! The rest of the day looks amazing though. Studying outside, eating fresh, delicious food, ending with somithing sweet! Good luck with the early workout!


40 Chris March 8, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Ouchy! Now you really need the E.T. video. I burn so easily and find that vitamin E, aloe, or drugstore burn spray work best. Also, you could take some Tylenol.


41 Kerri March 8, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Ouch! Your sunburn looks like mine the first time I enjoyed a spring day in Australia. All the outside meals look yummy!


42 sue March 8, 2009 at 10:11 pm

that is such a cute picture of you two studying! sorry about the sun burn though :( hope it doesn’t hurt!


43 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) March 8, 2009 at 10:44 pm

What an awesome lunch and dinner!


44 Marianne March 8, 2009 at 10:56 pm

We definitely don’t have that kind of sun or temperatures up here! Hopefully your legs aren’t too painful tomorrow.


45 Anna Keller March 8, 2009 at 10:58 pm

I got sunburned the other day too! I was completely surprised. It’s still March!

I’m so envious that you are able to eat outside already. With no bugs!


46 Hallie March 8, 2009 at 11:20 pm

That cabbage looks great! I’ll have to try that.

Ouchies…back-of-leg sunburns are the WORST. Get Kath some aloe, stat!!


47 Caroline March 9, 2009 at 12:45 am

Yikes–I’ve totally been there. I wish you a fast recovery from your burns!
That veggie burger looks totally phenomenal!


48 Sarah (lovINmytummy) March 9, 2009 at 1:43 am

I saw your sunburned legs and immediately did the ET “OWWWWCH.” I told you I said it all the time 😉


49 Leah March 9, 2009 at 2:00 am

Ouch, that sunburn!! I would have never thought you could get that in March either! hehe.


50 TheSkinnyPlate March 9, 2009 at 2:20 am

what a lovely picnic!! Great foods too!! Sorry about the sunburn, it looks really painful.


51 Lara March 9, 2009 at 3:42 am

Definitely dreary here in jolly ole’ England! So glad you guys are having some glorious sun though. Wow–I can’t believe how sunny it must be for you to get color like that!


52 Mom March 9, 2009 at 6:40 am

Great guest post. Those cherries look delicious.


53 Lauren March 9, 2009 at 7:09 am

Ouch to the sunburn, but lunch looks lovely.

Great guest post, Leah!


54 Kat March 9, 2009 at 7:11 am

HA! We look like opposites. The entire front of my legs are burned, but the back of them are still pretty pale. I totally lost track of time in the sun today; I was reading a great book and got completely caught up in it. I definitely feel your pain.


55 Joanne March 9, 2009 at 7:47 am

Ooooh – that sunburn hurts! I bet it really burned when you got in the shower. Take care of those legs.
The food looks great.


56 Kiersten March 9, 2009 at 9:32 am

You look like me when I go out in the sun. I always get burned because my skin is so pale.

I can’t wait for the veggie burger recipe, it looks delicious!


57 skinnyrunner March 9, 2009 at 9:59 am

those burgers look so tasty. that sun burn though, ouch!


58 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) March 9, 2009 at 10:32 am

Yeeeeeeeeeah we are gonna need that burger recipe STAT.


59 Anne (Anne Samoilov Pilates) October 2, 2009 at 10:29 am

Where do you get pumpkin butter? My hankerin’ for pumpkin has already started and I’m getting all my yummy recipes together that have pumpkin!

Great site! I just discovered you and can’t wait to read more!

Anne :)


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