Fourth Annual

October 5, 2010

Every year, Chelsea, who I have been internet friends with for years ,and I get together, usually because of a random trip that brings us together.

Last year I played with her and her daughter, Lucy, in San Mateo. The year before that our get together was during BlogHer ’08. And before that, on my honeymoon!

This year Chelsea traveled to Richmond for work and drove up for an evening visit! SO FUN to have her to my house!!

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This afternoon I snacked on a little bowl of crackers, Hail Merry Lemon Agave snacks, cashews, figs and a date. Mmmm! I love snack bowls.

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And once Chels arrived, we headed out, Matt in tow.

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We landed at Bizou, because the acorn squash called us in! Bizou is half fancy with a delicious menu, half casual Beatles.

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The ladies each got a glass ‘O red

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While the gentleman got a beer

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THIS is why we came

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Except I was totally crazy and ordered this instead!! Something inside of me told me not to get the Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash because I could make something similar at home. Instead I got the [humanely raised - I asked] local pork with sweet potato fries, greens and slaw.

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My dish was GOOD but it just wasn’t as good as the squash! I don’t care for French fries at all, but I could eat sweet potato fries all night. The pork was tasty too – I brought some home for lunches.

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Matt had the roasted chicken over smashed taters – tasty as well!

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The MALE of the group had a hankering for some Sweet Frog yogurt. I was going to pass until I saw…

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I LOVE for ginger snaps and pumpkin muffins crumbled on oatmeal! So instead of oats, I got a yogurt base. Incredible. Especially the HAZELNUT yogurt, which….finish my sentence….tasted like hazelnuts!

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Richmond folks interested in meeting on 10/20 for dinner – please email me so I can start a list! Katheats at Gmail dot com.

G’night y’all!

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1 Erin October 5, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Ginger snaps and pumpkin muffin as a yogurt topping?! Oh myyy… Add to that the incredible-looking squash and I’m drooling reading this. Incredible.

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2 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 5, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Oh my gosh that squash looks to DIE for. And now I’m craving candy corn. I should never come to your blog when I’m running low on groceries!

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3 holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 5, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I love the little halloween candy in your froyo! How adorable.

How could you AND Matt both day no to that squash? That is so beautiful. Although, I’m with you on the sweet potato fries — I could eat them all night long.

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4 yummiee cupcake October 5, 2010 at 8:41 pm

that’s a pretty stuffed acorn squash but it doesn’t look like its gonna taste good.

your fries definitely taste gooooooood.

oh man! that froyo looks so good. now im gonna add ginger snaps to my grocery list!!!

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5 Chelsea October 5, 2010 at 9:17 pm

It was delicious-I promise!

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6 Amanda October 5, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I feel like fall is the season of KERF, no? Can there be a KERF holiday established?

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7 Kath October 5, 2010 at 8:47 pm

The official holiday is October 26 :)

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8 Ellen @ Undercover Runner Eats October 5, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Now I’m craving candy corn!

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9 Estela @ Weekly Bite October 5, 2010 at 8:42 pm

That candy corn looks so good! I’ve been craving it ALL DAY!!!

Have a great night!

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10 stacey-healthylife October 5, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Oh my that stuffed squash is so amazing looking. I can’t believe a restaurant serves something so pretty. I love candy corn. :)

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11 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 5, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Just based on looks that stuffed pumpkin totally trumps the pork. I expect to see something equally gorgeous from the KERF kitchen :D

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12 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) October 5, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Wow, that squash is awesome!

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13 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 5, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Ahhhh!!! That froyo looks UH MAY ZING!!!

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14 RhodeyGirl October 5, 2010 at 8:47 pm

CHELSEA! YOU LOOK SO BEAUTIFUL! Both of you do and I am kind of jealous of your visit! Looks like such a fun night!!!

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15 Kath October 5, 2010 at 8:49 pm

We miss you and talked about you!

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16 Chelsea October 5, 2010 at 9:15 pm

In a good way! Thank you Sabrina, I feel good too :)

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17 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Hazelnut froyo!?!?! Was it chocolate like Nutella or just regular nuts? And I think my heart stopped when I saw those toppings.

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18 Kath October 5, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Like nuts! Not chocolatey! Hopefully it’s still here when you come!

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19 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 5, 2010 at 8:51 pm

So envious of the fro yo! None in this area..

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20 Brittany @ Bee Louise's Bites October 5, 2010 at 8:52 pm

That stuffed squash looks AMAZING…seems like that would be a perfect dish to make for entertaining: simple but stunning

yummo :)

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21 von October 5, 2010 at 8:56 pm

The squash looks divine. Can you share the ingredients?

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22 Kath October 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm

All I know was quinoa, red peppers, snow peas and some kind of delicious sauce

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23 Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Does the owner of that restaurant have a healthy living blog? Seriously, quinoa stuffed acorn squash? It’s too good to be true!

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24 Lindsey October 5, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I love how you didn’t order the squash because you could make it at home – please send me your culinary talents!! And the froyo, why does my neighborhood place not have seasonal toppings?? This is why I miss living in a place where fall truly exists

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25 Kate October 5, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Yum! I love Sweet Potato Fries.

On a side note, I made a KERF-inspired dinner of roasted zucchini with garlic gold nuggets! I got on the GG website and your picture popped up in the recipes section! Way cool!

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26 Bria October 5, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Kath, I have been avoiding the pumpkin candy corns thus far this fall season but that yogurt topping looks AMAZING. Holy cow. Good call Matt!

For the record, I don’t usually comment on here but I had to praise you accolades for your response to the MC article yesterday. I have a BSc. Nutrition, and did my internship, too. I cannot believe they slapped your name on the list because you, of all the girls, could face professional implications. I never bought the magazine before, and never will so much as flip open its cover.

You handled it very professionally :)

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27 Alyssa October 5, 2010 at 9:13 pm

That food looks AMAZING! I could totally go for a glass of wine right now :-)

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28 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 5, 2010 at 9:13 pm

chelsea!!! love that woman. got a chance to meet her in san fran before she moved.

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29 Krystina October 5, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I wonder if they got the muffin crumble idea from you ;)

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30 wendy sue October 5, 2010 at 9:15 pm

oh wow I need to get to sweetfrog for pumpkin muffin topping. I’ve lived in cville for almost 8 years and don’t think i’ve ever eaten at bizou but your post has changed my mind! I need to go there too!

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31 Chelsea October 5, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Thanks Kath for the wonderful evening. It was so good to see you again! The drive back was great and I got to talk to Lucy so my night was perfect!

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32 Paige @Running Around Normal October 5, 2010 at 9:17 pm

What a cool restaurant! The pumpkin is awesome! And how delicious does the frozen yogurt look? mmm :)

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33 Ella October 5, 2010 at 9:20 pm

you Must dine at Ipanema in Richmond. Kuba Kuba is equally as incredible.. though you will find better brews at Ipanema.

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34 Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 5, 2010 at 9:27 pm

That restaurant looks really cool!! I love places with unique decor inside. Makes dinner/lunch more festive!

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35 Gree October 5, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Oh my, that quinoa stuffed squash looks so good! Although your meal looked good as well, I am not sure what I would have chosen. *sigh* the only thing I miss about living in the boonies is GOOD restaurant food..we have it, but you have to drive to it. Oh well, my wallet likes me a lot more!

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36 Tina October 5, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Don’t you just love catching up with friends like that? It always makes for a fun evening. Just as ginger snaps, pumpkin anything, candy corn, and fro you make for a great evening too. Yum!

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37 Katharine October 5, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Sweet Potato fries and Sweet Frog Fro-yo…two of my favorite things! Sounds like a perfect fall evening!

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38 Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 5, 2010 at 9:33 pm

That squash looks delicious! And I can only imagine how incredible crumbled pumpkin muffins must be on fro-yo…

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39 Hannah October 5, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I reckon that froyo place has been reading your blog ;)

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40 Ashley October 5, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I’m impressed that you just passed the RD exam in August and are already working on the CEUs!! I took mine at the end of June and still haven’t even started my PDP – I think I’ll put that on the to-do list for tomorrow, you’ve inspired me to stop slacking!

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41 Jil October 5, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Your meals look fantastic! and seriously, I could eat sweet potato fries for dayyys

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42 Lisa @bakebikeblog October 5, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Oh my – how good does that squash look!

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43 Camille October 5, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Those are incredible toppings! Epic score!

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44 Sheila Viers | Live Well 360 October 5, 2010 at 11:18 pm

I am in love with squash right now too! A friend of mine actually had a fantastic recipe, which seems fairly similar to your pic: http://gavanmurphy.com/fancy-an-8-ball-for-meatless-monday

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45 Amber K October 5, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Oooh some has GOT to put in a self-serve fro-yo place around here!

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46 Lindsay | DW October 6, 2010 at 12:17 am

YUM! Hubs & I stopped at Bizou a couple of months ago while we were in Richmond visiting friends. We loved it! :)

Linds

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47 Mama Pea October 6, 2010 at 12:30 am

I just want whatever sauce that was drizzled over your dinner. And now I’m make quinoa stuffed squash next week. <3 you!!!

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48 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 6, 2010 at 12:48 am

That squash dish is SO pretty! Your dish looks amazing, too! Wish we had a froyo place nearby to complete delicious meals with. :)

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49 notyet100 October 6, 2010 at 2:27 am

everything looks so yum…

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50 Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) October 6, 2010 at 3:14 am

Ooh, the squash looks so good. I don’t think I would have been able to pass it up!

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51 Cara Craves... October 6, 2010 at 4:27 am

Yummers!
I would like to see you re-create the squash at home…it is so pretty!
It would make for a lovely dinner.

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52 Amanda October 6, 2010 at 5:46 am

Looks fabulous!

PS – I think you should make a trip to Pittsburgh, PA! We want a dinner here, too! How about a KERF tour?! haha ;)

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53 Lauren October 6, 2010 at 5:52 am

Oh my, that squash does look fantastic. That’s pretty impressive to pass up, but I’m sure everything was wonderful! The yogurt tops the night tough. What a delicious night!!!

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54 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun October 6, 2010 at 6:21 am

I love having visitors – it’s like a sleepover! ;-)
Although the pumpkin dish looks good your dish looks like something I would have ordered. Yum! :-)

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55 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 6, 2010 at 6:31 am

What a great night. I love meeting up with friends!

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56 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg October 6, 2010 at 6:43 am

Oh my gosh, that dish is BEAUTIFUL!!!

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57 Simply Life October 6, 2010 at 7:10 am

YUM! What a great meal!

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58 faith @ gracefulfitness October 6, 2010 at 7:12 am

You and me, girl, twins once again! As soon as I saw the picture of the squash I thought “that looks amazing but I bet I can recreate it for less money” and then I read the next sentence. So, we will have to add it to our list for cooking dates!

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59 Kath October 6, 2010 at 7:43 am

:) Let’s make them next week!

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60 SJohnson October 6, 2010 at 7:25 am

Maybe this question has been asked before, but I was wondering what Matt does for workouts typically? I think you said you had signed up for the gym, but he wasn’t into the classes, so he didn’t. Does he mostly run? Just curious, as he seems to have similar taste as my husband for good beers, but he keeps the weight off and looks pretty trim.

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61 Kath October 6, 2010 at 7:44 am

Welcome back ;)

Matt runs and bikes for exercise. He didn’t really need to do anything else when he was baking bread 8 hours a day (that toned his upper body better than any weights ever have) but since he’s not currently baking he’s planning to sometime get a set of dumbbells for the basement. I’m sure when the bakery opens he’ll go back to lifting dough!

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62 SJohnson October 9, 2010 at 6:59 pm

I will have to start recommending kneading bread and baking a few hours per week to people I know/ patients; so many people seem to be against weight lifting (although I personally love it!), but if they could get results similar to Matt w/ the lean, toned muscles plus the end result of some fabulous baked goods, I bet you two could start a new workout movement ;)

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63 Kim October 6, 2010 at 7:52 am

when sweet frog first opened up in richmond, we drove there every week from across town, and we were thrilled when we found out they were opening in cville and in chesterfield — now we have one closer. but i must say, it’s been bad news — i’m ALWAYS craving sweet frog now!

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64 Katie (Sweet Tater) October 6, 2010 at 7:55 am

i love that you ask how your meat was raised. you are my favorite meat eater.

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65 Melissa @ HerGreenLife October 6, 2010 at 8:17 am

Okay, that’s pretty funny. I did a post yesterday about none other than Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash. The good news is, you’re totally right, it is something that you can make fairly easily at home :)

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66 Cara October 6, 2010 at 8:20 am

I went to Sweet Frog last night, too!! Although, I must say, I think the gingersnaps were better than the pumpkin muffin. :)

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67 Natalia - a side of simple October 6, 2010 at 9:36 am

What a great variety of toppings! Yay for internet friends :)

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68 Clare @ Fitting It All In October 6, 2010 at 12:26 pm

That squash dish just made me STARVING. It looks SOO yummy!!

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69 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 6, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I’ve never seen stuffed squash on a restaurant menu before! I officially think I need to move to your town. ;)

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70 Nikka B October 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Candy Corn on fro yo? WAHOO!!!
That is so wonderful that you made such a good friend from the big ol internet and you both keep in touch :)

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71 Lauri October 6, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Oh wow– That squash looks INCREDIBLE!!

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72 Charise October 7, 2010 at 9:16 am

All three of your dishes look amazingly tasty!

Your thoughts on the stuffed squash are how I always think about pasta dishes in restaurants – looks good but can totally make that easily at home for way less money!

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