Grilled Surprise

May 2, 2011

Man was today full of surprises. Not the good kind!

We discovered [luckily early] that our IKEA tables are the wrong height! I think this is probably my fault, and I feel terrible. We think we will be able to exchange them for the right size within a week’s turnaround, and IKEA has been truly nice thanks to Caroline at the Baltimore store. I had to rush home to scan a form back to them at the last minute. 

There is still so much to do this week to get the store ready for opening – we have to submit a video to Great Harvest 3 weeks before to allow them time to make travel plans to come help with opening, so that’s why this week is such a scramble. Hopefully the next three will be a bit calmer!

Our countertops look awesome, but I left my camera at home so you’ll have to wait to see them!

I ate an awesome Alliebar at the bakery at 5PM in-between interviews. We’ve got such a great team in the making! In the midst of our crisis, these guys put smiles on my face. The Alliebar was delicious and took away most of my dinner appetite.

On the menu: Frittata!!

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Matt poured a beer when he got home, and stole some sips. This is the Big Boss Wit beer that was  gift from KERF reader Win, who brought it by the bakery this weekend from one beer lover to another. Thank you Win, it was delicious!!

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We started on our quick + easy dinner. Now that things are more hectic, we like dinners that take 15 minutes or less to make :mrgreen:

First, grill asparagus

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Then preheat an oven-safe pan on the grill

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Then mix an egg mixture together to pour on top of chopped grilled asparagus

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This was:

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Put asparagus in pan with some oil and then pour on egg mixture

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Move to top shelf (or turn heat way down) and close lid

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It’s done when the egg is done!

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Boy oh boy was this good!!

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The nutritional yeast added just the right cheesiness (would you believe that for a moment I thought: no cheese, this is a vegan frittata! Whoops!) and the sunflower seeds + wheatberries added a great CHEW! Springtime asparagus is just delicious.

We didn’t serve anything with it because neither of us were very hungry.

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Plus we had beer!

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I went into the basement for a sparkling water and came up with a splash of IPA. I LOVE IPAs now!!

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After dinner we went on a business walk. Around here, it’s all business all the time. But that’s OK because we’re getting stuff done as we live. Soon we hope to be back to our normal lives, if that even is possible! Our walk was 30 minutes around our neighborhood in a nice spring evening.

Once home and settled into my computer work, I got hungry. Blame the smallish dinner!

I cut into a big ole pineapple and enjoyed it with a dollop of yogurt, some coconut butter crumbles and a piece of dark chocolate. Now that’s what I call dessert!

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Gossip Girl finale is on tonight, isn’t it?! It will have to wait until tomorrow!

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1 Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm

A frittata with asparagus..sounds heavenly. Even though I DESPISED asparagus as a kid.. it is one of my favorite veggies now!

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2 Doc (The Healthy PhD) May 2, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I make silly mistakes like that all the time…oh, these butter filled cookies have no eggs, so they’re vegan…lol.

Your life will even out soon. I’m proud of your ability to power through it all!

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3 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm

That dessert is my kind of eating! It looks delicious!

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4 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 2, 2011 at 8:39 pm

That frittata looks so good — I’ve never made it on the grill like that! Always in the oven.

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5 Christine May 2, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Gossip Girl is one on my guilty pleasures (I’m still on last season, though). Such a good distraction from everyday life.

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6 Stacy @ Every Little Thing May 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Wow that dessert looks great! And I’ve heard that beer is good too.

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7 Kat @ Cupcake Kat May 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Nutritional yeast in eggs sounds like a great idea! I’m going to try it
Your dessert sounds delicious.

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8 Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy May 2, 2011 at 8:42 pm

so cool .. ive never tried grilling like that before!

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9 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) May 2, 2011 at 8:43 pm

The frittata looks like pizza! Love the criss cross asparagus.

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10 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 2, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I can’t decide which idea I like more… the grilled frittata or that dessert with all of my favorite foods in one!

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11 erica May 2, 2011 at 8:44 pm

sorry to hear about the table mishap! that is totally something i would do :(
good to hear you got it resolved though!

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12 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 2, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Sorry about the tables and all the scrambling around this week. I’m sure it will pay off though! The frittata looks amazing! I made one this morning too with corn for the boys’ breakfast. I LOVE spring vegetables in frittatas. I hope you have a relaxing night watching your show!

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13 Ashley @ Feeding Ashley May 2, 2011 at 8:45 pm

So I follow a vegan diet, but I just love to look at your food pictures. They’re so pretty even though I have no interest in eating the food itself. Weird, but beautifully photographed. :)

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14 Lauren May 2, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Mmmm frittata on the grill, what an awesome idea. I am so hungry right now and that thing is calling me…and also the dessert..YUM.

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15 Kate @ I Know Who Grew It May 2, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Yum! Would never have thought to add wheat berries. Can’t wait until asparagus in sprouting in Toronto!

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16 Melissa May 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Nutritional yeast makes me nervous . . . I had it once when I was a kid at a friend’s house. On popcorn, I think? And it didn’t taste all that great to my tiny tastebuds. Maybe grown up tastebuds like it better???

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17 Karen May 3, 2011 at 7:03 am

It’s terrific and versatile…I urge you to revisit it, Melissa! Tip: You’ll save a bunch if you buy from the bulk bins at Whole Foods vs. the jarred flakes found in the supplement section. (It’s super light, so don’t be turned off by the relatively high per lb. weight.) Added to dark leafy greens and other veggies (esp. good when warm and/or slightly damp) it adds a huge nutrional punch – esp. Vit. B-12, protein, fiber and a cheese-like texture, but if you expect an exact replica of dairy cheese you’ll likely be disappointed.

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18 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm

ohh I love that you grilled the asparagus and added wheat berries.

Such wonderful flavor and texture I’m sure.
I hope that you can show us your video as well at some point! Good luck with everything! :)

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19 Kelly May 2, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I love Blanco Diablo but Angry Angel is my favorite beer ever! It’s a Kolsch style beer. Gotta give love to my favorite local brewing company!

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20 rebecca lustig May 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm

frittatas are one of the easiest yet most satisfying meals! love them.

hang in there!

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21 kate May 2, 2011 at 8:51 pm

love the idea of using the grill instead of the oven.

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22 Lu @ A Mix of it All May 2, 2011 at 8:54 pm

I bet the wheatberries made this amazing. I love a good frittata but sometimes it’s missing that “bite”. I’m going to be making this as soon as I get some wheatberries. Yummy!

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23 Courtney @ the granola chronicles May 2, 2011 at 8:58 pm

That frittata sounds so good. Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables – you just can’t go wrong with it!

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24 Katy (The Singing Runner) May 2, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Now that I am legal to drink, I need to experiment and try different types of beer! ;)

Your Frittata looks amazing! :D

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25 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm

ooooh your dessert looks divine!!!

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26 Janelle May 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I need more quick, healthy dinner ideas like this one! It looks great… if only my husband ate eggs. Oh well, I can enjoy it anyway! :)

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27 staceyhealthylife May 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm

What a perfect dinner. I’m going to pick up some asparagus and try it this week. Maybe paired with a salad and a piece of wheaty bread.

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28 Baking Books May 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Anything that’s shaped like pizza is delectable to me.

:)

I was thinking about that – it seems all your life is so fixated on work right now! Must get overwhelming – but your right – I guess you have to just “roll with it” right now and put in the work…and eventually it’ll even out.

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29 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm

You guys sound like Dustin and me; even when we’re not working we’re talking biz! We enjoy it though, so that’s not a bad thing! :)

That frittata looks amazing! Would you believe I have NEVER made a frittata? haha! Crazy, huh?

And LOL @ thinking it was vegan for a second. That thought would probably run thrugh my mind as I seem to only associate non-dairy with vegan. ha!

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30 lynn @ the actor's diet May 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm

i want a grill!!!

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31 Chelsea May 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I love frittata. I have never made it on a grill though and that is freakin awesomeness!

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32 Angel7 May 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm

That frittata looks great! I would probably have a couple of slices :)

I never thought to have my husband do anything like that on the grill, though. I will remember that!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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33 Mara @ What's for Dinner? May 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm

The husband will be getting a link to this post so he can make this for me after work one day :) LOVE the idea!

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34 Parita May 2, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Asparagus + eggs = genius! Love that idea! Kind of looks like slices of pizza! :)

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35 Diana @ My Little Part May 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Frittatas and Gossip Girl, my kind of post.

Just so you know – the finale is next weekend, not tonight. It looks so dramatic!

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36 KathEats May 3, 2011 at 9:06 am

WHEW!

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37 Justeen @ Blissful Baking May 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm

The frittata looks awesome! My favorite frittata has potatoes + spinach – it’s delicious! I would NEVER have thought to add sunflower seeds or wheatberries, but I’m sure the texture is just amazing!!

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38 Meagan May 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm

YUM! Looks like an asparagus pizza!

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39 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Kath that frittatta looks stellar! WOW.. I would have never thought to do make it via the grill. Growing up my parents grilled EVERYTHING! I mean, if it needed cooking, they put it on the grill. Ironically, I live urban San Diego and dont have a place for a grill. But gosh, love the idea!

And i love asparagus.

So sorry about the major cluster f… with the tables. Oh boy. At least you caught it now and Ikea is being cool. I can only imagine the scramblefest.

Enjoy more dark choc :)

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40 Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle May 2, 2011 at 9:57 pm

that frittatta looks soooo delish!!!

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41 Tamara May 2, 2011 at 9:59 pm

your pictures are incredible! and that fritatta looks delicious! Where do you get your nutritional yeast?

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42 KathEats May 3, 2011 at 9:06 am

WF Bulk Bins

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43 Julie (Food & Other Things) May 2, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Your frittata looks amazing, I’ve actually never made one before! Dessert looks equally as delicious!

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44 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Mmm asparagus is perfect during this time of the year. And it made your frittata so colorful!

I’m sure you and Matt will figure everything out :) Bumps in the road won’t matter when you see your finished bakery!

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45 Amy Kaye May 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Yummo! and don’t worry… the Gossip Girl finale isn’t until the 16th :) still 2 more episodes! (3 if you include the one tonight)

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46 KathEats May 3, 2011 at 9:07 am

3 yay!!!!!! For some reason I thought only one?

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47 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 2, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Haha, sometimes I think something is vegan if it doesn’t have cheese too- until I realize there is yogurt or eggs in there :)

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48 Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 2, 2011 at 10:59 pm

I can’t wait to see your store all done! I’m a crazy GG fan yet i’ve only seen a couple this season.. I have it all DVR’d though.

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49 Hannah May 2, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I love how there’s almost more asparagus than frittata in your frittata! So colourful. Good luck with the video!

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50 Leah May 2, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Looks yummy, but eggs make it vegetarian, not vegan.

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51 KathEats May 3, 2011 at 9:07 am

I know! That’s why I corrected myself

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52 khushboo May 2, 2011 at 11:30 pm

I love fritattas- quick and super yummy! Although I load mine with onions so it might be a bad idea for us to share ;)

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53 Pat Kilmain May 3, 2011 at 12:06 am

I bought two loaves of GH today in your honor! :) Actuallly I was in the “big city” which is 50 miles away and has the nearest GH. I almost always buy some when I’m there so I can have it in my freezer.

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54 KathEats May 3, 2011 at 9:07 am

Jealous! We’re almost out!

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55 suki May 3, 2011 at 1:10 am

That’s an interesting take on a frittata. I do love asparagus! :) It’s a good thing you caught the table mix-up early enough.

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56 Lenna May 3, 2011 at 1:57 am

The dessert really caught my attention:))

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57 Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 3, 2011 at 2:29 am

that dessert look DIVINE! i love pineapple sooo much :)

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58 Kim May 3, 2011 at 4:12 am

That looks amazing! I can’t wait to make this recipe. I am addicted to asparagus.

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59 Vanessa May 3, 2011 at 4:13 am

I’m a huge fan of frittatas. It’s one of my go to, need to make dinner in a rush things. Never thought of putting a grain like wheat berries in the mix though. Looks great!

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60 Simply Life May 3, 2011 at 5:56 am

I love the idea of making that on the grill!

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61 Lauren May 3, 2011 at 5:59 am

So weird!! I was just thinking of a fritatta recipe for tomorrow night and then I see this amazing one!! I LOVE the idea of adding wheat berries. I actually have a batch made up in the fridge and now I will be adding them to my fritatta. Thanks for the idea!

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62 olivewineandfood May 3, 2011 at 6:10 am

i loooove frittatas! and that dessert looks right up my alley.

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63 Jess (Sweet Potato) May 3, 2011 at 6:32 am

I have never made a fittata. Yours looks so good! I need to get my hands on some asparagus, stat!

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64 Sarah@The Flying ONION May 3, 2011 at 6:35 am

A grilled frittata! You are a genius (in case you didn’t already know!) :D

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65 Emily May 3, 2011 at 6:42 am

That frittata looks amazing! I know you’re SO busy- but I’m sure it’s SO exciting, I’m jealous!!

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66 McKayla (green groats) May 3, 2011 at 6:46 am

I love fritatta. Such a good idea to cook on the grill! The asparagaus looks so perfectly cooked.

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67 Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me May 3, 2011 at 7:08 am

I try and try and try but I can’t seem to get down with asparagus. I gave up on it. I need to come to terms with the fact that I just don’t like it.

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68 Karen May 3, 2011 at 7:12 am

My appetitie always knows better when I feed it a smallish dinner. What an inspired dessert…must buy myself a big ole’ pineapple this week!

Now, if the temp. would budge out of the 50’s, it would certainly help to set a tropical mood…

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69 Heather May 3, 2011 at 7:27 am

At one time you had a list of your favorite nut butters in a list~ I was wondering if you still had that or know some of your favorites that are non almond. I loveeee Barney Butter but need to switch it up due to some digestion issues.

Thank you!!

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70 KathEats May 3, 2011 at 9:09 am

Homemade all the way!!!
And Trader Joe’s Sunflower butter.
And I do love TJ’s original peanut – super crunchy. And all of the Naturally Nutty line. Smucker’s Natural is pretty good too!

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71 Hope May 3, 2011 at 7:32 am

Your dinner looks amazing! I never knew you could put a pan on the grill! That is such a good idea! I love how the asaparagus looks! So yummy!! Perfect dinner :)

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72 Nikita May 3, 2011 at 8:26 am

I love fritattas and eggs for dinner in general! I hadn’t thought to add wheatberries or sunflower seeds- what a great idea!

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73 Suz May 3, 2011 at 8:31 am

Your veggies always look so good! I always have trouble finding good, local, organic produce in the winter and early spring. Most of the organic asparagus, tomatoes, etc. are from Peru or Mexico. Are most of your veggies local and organic? What do you do when you can’t find fresh, organic produce? What do you substitute with?

I feel your pain with getting the wrong-sized tables. I ordered the wrong width for the vanity for our master bathroom. I mean, I was off by like 10 inches! I completely spazzed. We had to have it shipped back and wait weeks for another one, and we had to pay a 30% restocking fee. :(
But, things happen! It all works out in the end. :)

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74 KathEats May 3, 2011 at 9:11 am

My goal is to buy produce that is as local as possible – with the exception of bananas. I try to choose veggies that are from VA first, then the mid-Atlantic, then the south, then the USA, then the continent, and lastly the world. The only global stuff I do buy are bananas (Whole Foods fair trade) and the occasional tropical fruit.

But when it comes to veggies, I read the labels (luckily Whole Foods is good at labeling) and choose the ones that are USA most of the time.

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75 Suz May 3, 2011 at 9:34 am

Thanks for the great info. So those beautiful asparagus you grilled up are from VA / USA?

I shop at Whole Foods as well, but some items I want to buy during the winter/early spring (like grapes, asparagus, tomatoes, zucchinis) are still from out of the USA. :( I have to buy a lot of frozen veggies as substitutes.

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76 KathEats May 3, 2011 at 10:03 am

Yep, it was local. Don’t feel bad in the winter/early spring if you have to buy a little out of season – because you’ll pay it back in the summer!

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77 Suz May 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Good point! :)

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78 Allison K. May 3, 2011 at 9:49 am

I cannot get on board with nutritional yeast.
When I was a kid, my dad used to make “power drinks” consisting of: nutrtional yeast, soy lethicin granules, and vitamin C. He swore they would help us get through a hard day of manual labor (my parents own rental properties, so we were always doing something at the properties on the weekends). Needless to say, the “power drink” was digusting….and I just can’t quite bring my self to use nutrtional yeast again!
although, in hindsight…making us eat those was better for us than giving in to our pleas for McDonalds!

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79 KathEats May 3, 2011 at 10:05 am

Wow, that’s some drink!

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80 Allison K. May 3, 2011 at 10:28 am

haha. yes. It wasn’t so bad if he let us mix it with orange juice, but since he is anti-fruit juice…those instances were few and far between!

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81 J May 3, 2011 at 11:30 am

Wow your dad sounds just like my dad! He’d mix up the “coolaid” (vit C crystals, Brewer’s Yeast, cod liver oil, sometimes OJ) & say, “drink it! It’s good for you!” we lived on a farm and followed a vegetarian/kosher diet. Were our dads related? :)

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82 Allison K. May 3, 2011 at 11:37 am

Haha. It totally sounds like it!

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83 Laura Jane May 3, 2011 at 10:43 am

The frittata looks delicious! I never would have thought of making that on the grill.

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84 Casey May 3, 2011 at 11:17 am

OMG that fritata looks delish! That is my favorite kind of dinner! With beer = yum!

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85 Molly May 3, 2011 at 11:45 am

IPAs are still growing on me. The super hoppy ones are still too much for me. The asparagus frittata sounds delicious! I just made a spinach and leek frittata last week. Such a good change for dinner.

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86 Taylor (Delish World) May 3, 2011 at 11:48 am

Awesome dinner! Haha, I’ve been making my eggs with nutritional yeast lately and thought the same thing. This is a vegan meal! Duh…not!

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87 Allison @ Happy Tales May 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Aw, bummer to hear about the tables…but that’s awesome that you’re able to get the problem fixed in only a week’s time! All your hard work is going to pay off 100fold, just you wait!

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88 Lisa May 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm

That looks really delicious! I love asparagus. I’ve never put it in a quiche or frittata though. Must remedy that!

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89 Sandy May 3, 2011 at 6:56 pm

geeze, everything you eat always looks so good, but I have few of those ingredients…could you provide us with a shopping list at the beginning of the week so we could eat what you eat?! just kidding, of course, but not! ;) Sandy

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90 KathEats May 3, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Just a big ole cart of veggies!!

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91 Brandy May 4, 2011 at 2:22 am

Kath, you are just so COOL. I read so many health blogs and feel a little crappy because I like the occasional alcoholic [over] indulgence or retarded TV show (Let’s be honest — Gossip Girl is TOTAL entertainment [Blair and Dan, no!] but it’s not cinematic history). Thanks for truly living the mantra of EVERYTHING IN MODERATION! You make me feel really good about myself while reading about you :-)

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92 KathEats May 4, 2011 at 6:49 am

:) Thanks Brandy!

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93 Namaste Gurl May 9, 2011 at 6:37 pm

This looks delicious- got a pile of organic, farmer’s market fresh asparagus waiting to be used! Must try this! Did you add milk or liquid, too?

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94 KathEats May 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Yes just a splash of milk

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