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February 22, 2012

We have lots of granola orders to fulfill!

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This time we’re shipping the boxes directly from Great Harvest (so you can smell the bakery when you open each one!) It’s a LOT of work – more than we realized – but there’s also satisfaction in processing orders too. Assembly line style!

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In other foodie news, SAY Media [who I am working with for BERF!] just published this Eat This Map of the foodie world! Such a cool concept! I’m excited to see KERF included : ) Looks to me like I’m coming out of a pile of oats!

Where’s Waldo!?

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Dinner tonight was fab!!

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Hillary brought over this cold sesame noodles recipe made with chicken and red pepper and it was incredible!!! Best cold noodles I’ve ever had. She adapted the recipe to suit her taste (which included leaving out the scallions for me : ) ) and gave me permission to share the recipe. It makes a ton, so be forewarned!

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Hillary’s Cold Sesame Noodles

(serves 10)

  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 (16 ounce) package linguine or fettuccine
  • 1/3 cup peanut oil (or canola or vegetable)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (or the juice of half a lime)
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cooked chicken breasts (about 1.5 pounds), cubed or shredded
  • 1 finely chopped red pepper

Directions

  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds, and cook stirring frequently until lightly toasted. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain pasta, and rinse under cold water until cool. Transfer to a large bowl. Add a drizzle of peanut oil to keep the noodles from sticking together.
  3. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine peanut oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, brown sugar, toasted sesame seeds, ginger, garlic, lime juice, red pepper and black pepper. Shake well.
  4. Pour sesame dressing over pasta, and toss to coat evenly. Gently mix in chicken and red pepper. If chilling overnight, use half the dressing the day you make it, and stir in the second half of the dressing right before serving. The pasta soaks up a lot of the dressing overnight, so this way your pasta won’t be too dry.
  5. Right before serving, add an extra squeeze of lime and stir.

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We added some parsley for green garnish. I loved that the noodles were chopped and therefore really easy to chomp!

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And we took our bowls down to the tele to watch some LOST! We have 3 episodes left in season 3 – and the plot keeps on thickening!!!

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My contribution to the potluck (other than some extra bell pepper) was some Jeni’s Ice Cream!

Brown Butter Almond Brickle. The brickle part was incredible! I still love Salted Caramel the best ; ) The three of us doing pretty well working off a pint.

Cute mug was a Christmas gift from Faith! I believe her mom made it and I love the shape and color! It held a paperwhite bulb that I grew for a while and it has just now turned into a serving dish.

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It’s 10:26, so I’m ready for bed!

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1 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! February 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm

That map is SO cool! What an ingenious idea!! And I am loving those cold noodles…nothing beats sesame!!

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2 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh February 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Have you had Jeni’s Gooey Butter Cake? Also a winner. I hear there’s a whole cake line being released next month! Yeah baby!

Dinner looks awesome! Yum!

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3 KathEats February 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Oh man, no I haven’t seen that one, but I bet it’s incredible!

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4 Molly @ RDexposed February 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I get so annoyed when pasta noodles are too long or you have to cut shrimp tales within pasta!!

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5 KathEats February 22, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Agreed. Shrimp tales are the worst. Karen would agree – it’s one of her biggest pet peeves!

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6 Molly@RDexposed February 22, 2012 at 11:00 pm

For reeeeal! What purpose do the tails serve? Glad to know this enrages other people.

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7 Kelly February 23, 2012 at 12:48 am

Though I get your point, all of the shrimp tail is edible and a good source of calcium! :)

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8 Molly @ RDexposed February 23, 2012 at 6:51 am

Wow, I didn’t know that. Those tails will still drive me crazy though! Ha!

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9 Christena February 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm

OMG! And here people have been implying that I was crazy my entire life when there are no tails left on my plate after a shrimp meal. They are my favorite part of the shrimp – I like the crunch. I have never known another person who eats shrimp tails, so I assumed it was a weird personal preference. :)

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10 Christena February 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Clarify: when I say “and here people…” I don’t mean on this blog. Just in general.

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11 Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic February 22, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Love the map! The noodles look delicious, and you can’t go wrong with ice cream. :-)

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12 Becca February 22, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Om nom nom…totally making this recipe on the weekend. Thank you, Hillary!

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13 The Healthy Hipster February 22, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Those noodles look fab…but that polka dot spoon just stole the show for me! I want! :)

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14 KathEats February 23, 2012 at 8:58 am

I brought it back from Kenya! It’s my fav. tiny spoon

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15 Kerry @ Totes My Oats February 22, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Those noodle bowls look amazing! I bet the taste was refreshing and clean, especially being cold!

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16 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde February 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Ooh, the recipe for cold sesame noodles sounds really delicious! And I’m always very excited when I already have all of the ingredients for a new recipe on hand – so convenient. PS You must have pretty good self-control if you haven’t already polished off the Jeni’s – those are pretty small containers and seem to disappear quite fast when I’ve got one in my freezer, haha :)

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17 KathEats February 23, 2012 at 8:58 am

Well I was out of town eating mom and dad’s ice cream for 3 nights :)

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18 Kelly @ Vegolosophy February 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm

I am definitely going to write down this recipe,it looks so good. I think so yummy tofu would be a great addition too! Thanks for the recipe :)

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19 Jenny@vegetarianhatesvegetables February 22, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Sesame noodles are the best!

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20 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 22, 2012 at 11:18 pm

those noodles look so delicious! And I love the smell of fresh bakery, I bet that granola makes it even better!

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21 Emily @ The Swallow Flies February 22, 2012 at 11:24 pm

The mug is absolutely beautiful! I’ve always said that when I have my own house, I will own a kick wheel and get back into pottery. Can’t wait to make a replica! :)

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22 Kavi @ Lab to Fab! February 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm

I can’t wait to try that noodle recipe! It would make a great lunch to pack for work!

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23 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 22, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Wow those noodles look delicious! Noted for an upcoming dinner. ;)

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24 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 22, 2012 at 11:39 pm

I love Asian flavored noodles. Yum! Leftovers are going to rock.

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25 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 22, 2012 at 11:39 pm

“Looks to me like I’m coming out of a pile of oats!” <— Lol. Congrats on being featured..that's a fun feature.

And the noodles look great..I made noodles last night. Still have to edit them.

What a gorgeous mug! I love that shade of teal/turquoise.

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26 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles February 22, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Brown butter almond brickle ice cream?! Sign me up, yummy!

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27 khushboo February 22, 2012 at 11:52 pm

I love sesame noodles…they taste even better as leftovers once the flavors have gotten acquainted.

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28 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats February 22, 2012 at 11:57 pm

What a cute foodie map! And what an honor that you’re on it! Congrats!

I actually can’t stand any time of Asian noodles. >.< I don't know why since I don't mind Italian!

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29 Kasey February 23, 2012 at 12:07 am

Kath,
I’m wondering about BERF. When will it be up in action? Can’t wait to hear about your journey.. :)

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30 KathEats February 23, 2012 at 8:59 am

HOPEFULLY tomorrow!! Assuming our u/s goes well today.

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31 Caroline February 23, 2012 at 12:28 am

YUM those noodles look amazing!! I have to try the recipe ASAP.

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32 Emilia February 23, 2012 at 5:43 am

That map of the “foodie world” is so cool! Nice to be included on it ;)
The cold sesame noodles look fantastic. My dad loves noodle dishes like that, I’m definitely making them for him when I go home!

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33 Michelle (Better with Berries) February 23, 2012 at 6:32 am

What a cool map! So cool that you’re on there!

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34 Ana February 23, 2012 at 6:50 am

I am glad Hillary shared the recipe, because as soon as I saw the bowls and read you saying it was great I already wanted to ask for that! My son likes all kinds of Asian flavors and he likes pasta, so this looks like something he would totally enjoy!
I love the blue mug, it is beautiful!
Kath, is there a way I could order just 1 bag of granola instead of the 3 that comes in open sky? I would love to try it, and even though we love granola around here (me in particular!) I am afraid three bags would be too much for just the three of us (and mostly only me and my 9 year old son consume it).
Thanks!
Ana

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35 KathEats February 23, 2012 at 8:59 am

Unfortunately no. It just isn’t profitable for us to send out one bag at a time. But you could give your other two as gifts if you felt it was too much?

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36 Ana February 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm

You are so right, don’t know why I didn’t think of that. I am sure my sister will love the granola too. It looks so good on the open sky page, I truly want to try it :-)
Thanks Kath!
Ana

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37 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 23, 2012 at 7:11 am

This recipe rocks! Looks great :)

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38 Abby Hughes February 23, 2012 at 7:23 am

I love a make-ahead recipe! I imagine this would be great with soba noodles (gluten-free!), fresh ginger and cilantro. I can’t wait to try it out!

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39 Simply Life February 23, 2012 at 7:23 am

I just saved the recipe- looks great!

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40 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles February 23, 2012 at 7:32 am

Cool map! Noodles look delish…I love cold noodle salads, especially the next day! Great quick go to meal and when it makes lots…great for parties!

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41 Cait's Plate February 23, 2012 at 7:41 am

I love cold noodles and it’s not something I think to do often enough. Thanks for the recipe (and for letting Kath share it Hillary!)

And oh my – I didn’t realize you guys were shipping all the boxes yourselves! I should have made life easier on you (and great for me!) and just bought all 300 :)

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42 Cait's Plate February 23, 2012 at 7:44 am

oh and ps – I loved the map!! how exciting to make it on!!

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43 KathEats February 23, 2012 at 9:00 am

Hahahahah. That would have been MUCH easier! We could have just put all the granola in one big bag and one big box!

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44 Cait's Plate February 23, 2012 at 11:54 am

That would’ve been the happiest box ever to arrive on my front doorstep :)

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45 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope February 23, 2012 at 8:07 am

Those noodles look amazing!! I love eating cold noodles. I am definitely going to have to try making this one night for dinner! :)

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46 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 23, 2012 at 8:09 am

That map is so neat! And it’s given me so many new blogs and sites to check out. Although that might be a bad thing because I really have to crack down on writing a paper today…

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47 Lauren February 23, 2012 at 8:18 am

I’m so excited about the granola! I ordered mine the second I saw it yesterday morning. I was wondering if you’ve ever tried to freeze any of it. While I certainly could eat three entire bags of it myself in a short period of time, I probably shouldn’t. :) I’m wondering what the best way is to keep it fresh as long as possible.

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48 KathEats February 23, 2012 at 9:01 am

I haven’t personally, but I think others have and I don’t see why it wouldn’t freeze well

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49 Elisabeth February 23, 2012 at 8:18 am

Can’t wait to get some granola! I ordered the last time you had it on Open Sky and mine was gone so fast ;)

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50 Catalina @ Cake with Love February 23, 2012 at 8:30 am

When I first saw the photo of ur dinner I thought that that is cheese not noodles! LOL

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51 britt February 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

those noodles look so good! trying this recipe VERY soon.

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52 Katie February 23, 2012 at 8:39 am

I think you may have me convinced that I need to order some of your granola. I have been making my own and just made 3 batches Sunday to fill orders from my kids, family and friends. Something about granola just makes me happy, both making it and eating it. Thanks for the noodle recipe, adding it to the make soon (like maybe today) list. Love the map, it certainly would be fun to jump into a big pile of oats or maybe a big pile of granola!

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53 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count February 23, 2012 at 8:42 am

The noodles look so tasty…I’ll leave out the chicken of course, but I can come up with a good substitute!

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54 Sarah February 23, 2012 at 9:08 am

this looks heavenly!

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55 Nicole February 23, 2012 at 9:09 am

That noodle recipe looks DELISH! Cannot wait to try it!

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56 Angel7 February 23, 2012 at 9:11 am

The noodles look really good!

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57 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach February 23, 2012 at 9:46 am

LOVE that MAP!

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58 Leatitia @ The Sweetest Year February 23, 2012 at 9:48 am

Can you ship your granola to Canada? I tried ordering a bag through Open Sky but they ship only to the US. Is there any other way I can order? Thanks! :)

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59 KathEats February 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Unfortunately not at this time. I think there are just issues with food going over borders? I might be wrong, but I think it involves a lot of paperwork to sell internationally.

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60 KathEats February 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm

[If you have a US friend, she/he could buy it for you and then ship it over?]

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61 Erin February 24, 2012 at 6:14 am

I live in Japan and ship food internationally all the time. You do have to fill out a customs form. I just write “snacks” and haven’t had any trouble. I have a US military overseas address, but I don’t think it makes a difference. I ship snacks to my brother (a missionary near the Ukraine) and haven’t had any trouble either. But maybe since you are a business there is more red tape? Who knows. The government doesn’t make anything easy. :)

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62 Amelia February 23, 2012 at 10:12 am

Woohoo can’t wait for my granola! So yummy.

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63 Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites February 23, 2012 at 10:30 am

did you know that Jeni’s icecream was featured in Country Living last fall? :) her story is so cool!

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64 Jennifer February 23, 2012 at 11:21 am

Do you think I could substitue tofu instead of chicken and have it still turn out good? B/c these noodles look delish!

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65 KathEats February 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Absolutely!

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66 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings February 23, 2012 at 11:54 am

Thanks for the recipe! Looks awesome and I can’t wait to give it a go :)

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67 Maureen February 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm

What a cool map! :)

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68 Sonia the Mexigarian February 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I remember being so enthralled with watching Lost as well. Eric and I rushed through 3 fulls seasons in 1.5 weeks since we were sick at home. I can now perfectly imitate “Bad Robot”. It drove me batty by the end of season 3.

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69 KathEats February 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Ha Haha bad robot!

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70 dee February 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

The Say Daily piece is awesome. :)

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71 Amanda February 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I made the noodle bowl with ingredients I had on hand not five minutes after reading this post. It was fantastic today for lunch in my cube at work. Thank you as always for the simple and delicious food!

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72 Janice February 24, 2012 at 9:52 am

Hi, Kath :) How much is it for one bag of granola? I clicked on the link and it said $24… and I thought it was too much for one bag :( Unless im wrong? Hope to hear from you :) And I love your blog :)

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73 KathEats February 24, 2012 at 9:55 am

It’s $24 for three bags!

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