October 14, 2010


Got my hair cut! I went to Salon Cielo here in Cville to see Rachel, who came recommend by Theodora. Rachel used to do Theodora’s hair and she moved here to Cville. I am lucky because she did a great job! I kept the length and just cleaned it up a bit. And am playing with my part.

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[Enter in 45 minutes of grocery shopping madness! Mad because I had to get home for…]

A photoshoot! Andrea of Bella Eats recently blossomed into a professional photographer as she launched Andrea Hubbell Photography. She is AMAZINGLY talented! I’ve been meaning to have some professional headshots taken to include with my freelance work for ages, and who better to do them then a friend! Keep your eye out on her photo blog for my proofs!

A loaf of bread may have joined me for the shoot Winking smile

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As our shoot wrapped up, Matt and I immediately got started on dinner.

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Guess what!?!? I was selected with this recipe to be an Ambassador for Electrolux at the Foodbuzz Festival! I submitted it, a version of our Thanksgiving 2007 menu, and am so excited to be able to demo it live at the festival in a few weeks.

It needed tweaking before it hit the stage, so we did a test run tonight. It turned out great! LOVED the figgy addition.

Recipe –>  Figgy Wild Rice, Mushroom + Sourdough Dressing

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Matt’s epic cocktail

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Tusker dove in!

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He also tried to get in the butter, but I intercepted just in time

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About an hour later…

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Dressing is so good! I never liked it when I was growing up because 1) My mom always put onions in it and 2) It was made with rather boring grocery store bread. THE BREAD MAKES IT! Last year we used Great Harvest Dakota and it was nothing but fabulous. So please put Great Harvest bread in your dressing at Thanksgiving. This recipe, however, features something else very tasty: sourdough. In honor of San Francisco and as a tribute to our first homemade dressing made with Matt’s homemade recipe!

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I never get to enjoy it on Thanksgiving because I don’t want to fill up so I can save room for sweet potatoes and pie. But tonight it was fun to devote my stomach to the dressing!

On the side we had a pile of butterhead from our garden and an egg on top

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Mmmm!! Bread!

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After Matt’s serving, I think it’s half gone!

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After dinner we watched the movie Precious. It was artistically made and a thought provoker. Very sad. We pretended we were in college and had a mini discussion at the end.

Turning down the Brendan James tunes to go read in bed. Have you heard this song!?

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1 Lily's Health Pad October 14, 2010 at 9:19 pm

I was really excited for Precious. (Because I like watch depressing things, obviously) But I found it way overdone and kinda cheesy. Not impressed.


2 Samantha October 14, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Dressing without onion is so wrong…I don’t think you’d like eating at my house much 😉


3 Lindsay Perrone October 14, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Does dressing = stuffing??


4 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 14, 2010 at 9:21 pm

That dressing looks fabulous! I love the idea of using sourdough. YUM 😀


5 Sarah October 14, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I grew up in CT and when I moved to GA three years ago it took me 6 months to figure out what “dressing” was. I kept thinking people were talking about salad dressing!


6 Krystina (Organically Me) October 14, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Wow that looks awesome! Congrats on winning. :)


7 claire October 14, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I love bella eats photos so I am turn your headshots will be beautiful!

Oh, and that meal sounds AH-mazing! I can’t wait for the demo in SF!


8 Kath October 14, 2010 at 9:28 pm

My understanding is:

Stuffing gets stuffed INSIDE the turkey to cook
Dressing = side dish that is the same bready stuff cooked in the oven


9 Canadian October 15, 2010 at 8:02 am

I would say “stuffing”for both. Regional variation I guess! Gotta love the English language.


10 TC October 15, 2010 at 8:32 am

Definitely regional. I moved to the north 10 years ago and at first I would say dressing and people had no idea what I was talking about! I now say stuffing to my northern friends and dressing to my southern ones! haha


11 Tamara October 14, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I never liked it until I spent my first Christmas at my in-laws’ in Wisconsin. They add sausage to it and it is INCREDIBLE. I also seem to prefer a cornbread base, but I think a sourdough base would be awesome.


12 [email protected] October 14, 2010 at 9:30 pm

mmm that dressing looks SO good. I was just talking to my mom the other day about how we need to find a unique dressing recipe to make since we are hosting Thanksgiving this year. This one looks great! Thanks so much for sharing :)


13 holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 14, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Never thought about the difference between stuffing and dressing — I just thought you used a certain term depending on where you live. Kind of like the soda vs. pop debate (for the record, its POP!) :)

Congrats on the Electrolux Ambassadorship — the dish looks amazing.

Please tell me Tusker is available in your shop!!!!


14 Estela @ Weekly Bite October 14, 2010 at 9:35 pm

What a great recipe!! Congrats on becoming an Ambassador :)


15 yummieecupcake October 14, 2010 at 9:36 pm

love that trim cut!! it looks flattering on you! love the sunny side up!


16 Heather October 14, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I have never been a fan of stuffing/dressing. I typically am a mashed potatoes girl – more recently, mashed sweet potatoes!

Love the new hair cut – that reminds me, I should call for an appointment!


17 Emilyeatsclean October 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm

The Tusker pictures are hilarious!!!


18 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 15, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I laughed out loud at the butter one 😉


19 Ally @ Girl in Her Kitchen October 14, 2010 at 9:59 pm

I watched Precious the other night! What a heart breaking story. I had a particularly bad day the day I saw it and it made me appreciate a lot of things that I am fortunate to have in my life. :/


20 Theodora October 14, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Your hair looks great! Rachel’s awesome, isn’t she? :)


21 Kath October 15, 2010 at 8:27 am

Yeah, she got a kick out of you referring me :)


22 Mads October 14, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I love the picture with the spoon jutting out! How creative and yet, still delicious looking :)


23 Katie October 14, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Have you read the book? It is intense, much more so than the movie, even.


24 Kath October 15, 2010 at 8:27 am

No I haven’t


25 Hannah October 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Ooooh, that looks so good! Almost makes me wish we celebrated Thanksgiving here in Australia…


26 Alyssa October 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Congrats on the Ambassador gig! I’ll see you at the Foodbuzz festival :-) I’ve been dying to meet you!!


27 Kath October 15, 2010 at 8:28 am

:) Me too!


28 Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Wooow that looks like a perfect cold weather meal!! Dang!


29 Kate October 14, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Woohoo- go Kiwi. I love Epic Pale Ale :)


30 Nicole @ yuppie yogini October 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm

That is a talented thing you do with your eyes in the first photo! 😉


31 Heidi - apples under my bed October 14, 2010 at 11:13 pm

ooh i get it now. I was thinking dressing as in ‘salad dressing’. We just call it stuffing over here. I was thinking it was a sourdough dressing & i’m like “bread in a dressing! COOL!” hehe *how embarrassing*. Looks great, Kath. Congratulations!
Heidi xo


32 Camille October 14, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Your hair looks really nice!


33 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) October 14, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Love the haircut! I get mine cut tomorrow and can’t wait because my ends are so bad right now!


34 hippierunner October 15, 2010 at 12:41 am

My stomach just started growling while I read this. I think it was the mention of sourdough. And mushrooms. And wild rice. And also the rustic look of this dish. YUM!


35 Maren October 15, 2010 at 1:12 am

your food is always so inspiring. I need to create more dishes like yours.


36 Cara Craves... October 15, 2010 at 3:50 am

I think the sourdough is a great choice!


37 Sarah October 15, 2010 at 5:05 am

I just love how much fun you have with your food. Makes the whole eating process seem that much more satisfying and enjoyable:-).


38 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 15, 2010 at 5:42 am

Love the egg on top!


39 Lauren October 15, 2010 at 5:48 am

I use to hate stuffing too but then I realized how many wonderful varieties there are and when you put your own spin on it, it can really turn into a fantastic meal. Your recipe sounds great. I’ll have to keep it in mind for Thanksgiving.


40 notyet100 October 15, 2010 at 5:51 am

meal looks soyum..


41 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama October 15, 2010 at 6:04 am

I have never hosted Thanksgiving, but I bookmarked your recipe in case I ever grow up and get the chance. :-) Maybe I will make it in November as a test run.

Last year I got food poisoning from STUFFING (inside the bird) and I didn’t even eat the turkey! So gross. Needless to say, in the future I will only be eating DRESSING.


42 Whitney October 15, 2010 at 6:08 am

“Green” is my favorite Brendan James song. I missed him when he was in my area at a downtown venue because I had an exam the next day. :(
I should have gone and taken my chances. I think about it every once in a while and mentally kick myself. He doesn’t make it up to the Michigan area too often, it seems.

The Tusker pictures are so cute!


43 Jo @ Seeking Healthy Balance October 15, 2010 at 6:09 am

Took me a while to work out that dressing is what we call stuffing! Love it though and this looks like a great idea for one. Yum!


44 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun October 15, 2010 at 6:23 am

Another mouth-watering KERF dish! They never fail to make me hungry. PS- I loved the goofy picture of you – so fun! 😛


45 Melissa October 15, 2010 at 6:30 am

Your dressing looks fabulous; I was never much of a dressing fan either because my mom always made oyster dressing. I just never aquired a taste for it. Look forward to seeing the recipe if you share! :)


46 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 15, 2010 at 6:36 am

I haven’t watched that one yet because I know it is sad and I think I need to be in the right mindset for it. We always talk about movies here. We love them. Your eats look delicious!


47 laine @ beets, butter and mountaintops October 15, 2010 at 6:51 am

I love how he’s smiling while he’s singing the whole song. Talk about someone doing exactly what they want to be doing!


48 Carly October 15, 2010 at 7:11 am

I was the same way when I was younger! I despised stuffing and I thought it ruined thanksgiving. Thanks to some matured taste buds and just a general love for food I will devour it all in one sitting! That recipe looks and sounds AH-MAZE-ING!!


49 Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up October 15, 2010 at 7:27 am

Can’t wait to see a recipe!


50 Kath October 15, 2010 at 8:28 am

I linked to the recipe in the post


51 Kim October 15, 2010 at 7:31 am

that looks delicious, and I even hate mushrooms.

Precious was so good and you can’t help but to get pulled in by the strings of your heart. It’s a rough one!


52 Katie @ peacebeme October 15, 2010 at 7:50 am

Stuffing is my absolute FAVORITE part of Thansgiving. I wil literally eat a bit of turkey and then just a whole plate of stuffing. It’s the onl thing I get excited for. This year my mom is making it gluten-free for me, yay. :)


53 [email protected] October 15, 2010 at 8:09 am

So funny that some people call it dressing and others call it stuffing! We always debated that with my mid-western relatives. In New England, it’s stuffing :-)


54 stacey-healthylife October 15, 2010 at 9:03 am

I’ve never used Great Harvest bread in my stuffing but I can see where that would make it 100 times better.


55 Janelle October 15, 2010 at 10:09 am

thank you for the intro to Brenden James – I am now officially obsessed!


56 Lisa October 15, 2010 at 11:43 am

I LOVE stuffing. One of the best things about Thanksgiving (besides pie of course). I’ve never tried to make it from scratch though. I think this year I will.


57 Jess October 15, 2010 at 12:02 pm

The song, “green” is SO great!!! I used to listen to it in college all the time. You should listen to Manchester too, that was my other favorite. That whole album is amazing.


58 Simply Life October 15, 2010 at 2:18 pm

I had to read precious for one of my grad school classes…pretty tough stuff!


59 natalie (the sweets life) October 15, 2010 at 2:25 pm

I’ve been waiting to hear what your electrolux recipe was! I’ll be there presenting alongside of you with my cranberry bruschetta ( I can’t wait to meet you and to try your dish…ps. I’m thinking I need to do my bruschetta on Great Harvest bread, eh?


60 Kath October 15, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Great Harvest bread would be awesome! But I wouldn’t go to the trouble – I think they’re getting bread for us. But if we can request it..hmmm


61 Meagan October 15, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Oh stuffing. I miss that, and there’s no gluten free version.


62 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 15, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Your hair looks great!
I NEED a haircut stat. I don’t currently have a stylist in my area so I am scurrred.


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