October 12, 2009

After three days of dehydrating myself with too much alcohol and not enough water thanks to Bald Head’s marshy swamp tap water, all I wanted for dinner tonight was a brothy soup!

This afternoon I walked to Harris Teeter (in misting rain!) to pick up some fresh produce for dinner. Walking and breathing in the cold air felt so good.

We ended up making a version of a soup we used to make back when we first started cooking –

Ginger Tofu, Chicken + Vegetable Soup

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  • 1 box broth of your choice
  • 1 pint mushrooms
  • 1 small head broccoli
  • 1/2 bag frozen sugar snap peas (or fresh)
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 block extra firm tofu, cubed
  • 1 small leftover chicken breast, shredded (or use some fresh and brown it first, or omit)
  • 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • Black pepper

We browned the mushrooms in a stock pot with ginger, garlic and some cooking spray. If we’d been using fresh chicken, we would have added it then too. Then we dumped on the broth and added all the remaining ingredients and brought up to a near boil. Cool slightly and serve. Quick + simple!

Serves ~3

Top with sriratcha chili sauce –

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On the side Matt and I shared a bowl of Old London Melba Toasts – Sesame Flavor – leftover from a sample pack I got earlier this year. Love the combo of soup + crunch.

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KERF In The Media

Jen from Follow My Bliss interviewed me a while ago and wrote an article on my story for her blog, which follows her goal to quit her desk job. The article is right on, and beautifully written! Thanks Jen :)

The story of a young woman who quit her job and ended up somewhere she never expected.


Puppies Dressed As Cats

I have had this song in my head ALL DAY!!! Hilarious.


I am sipping some Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea and catching up on the bajillion emails I received over the long weekend. We watched The Office after dinner. Great episode – glad to see Dwight was back to his old self – but I was very confused about the ending plot….   I’m excited for a Gossip Girl breakfast!

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1 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans October 12, 2009 at 7:36 pm

that soup looks great! nothing like rehydrating the system after a long weekend… my best friend has been visting since friday and I will definitely be hitting the brothy soups hard the rest of the week!


2 Food Makes Fun Fuel October 12, 2009 at 7:38 pm

That’s a great soup recipe–perfectly timed for a cold front


3 angieinatlanta October 12, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Yum! That soup looks good!

I love that Conan skit but I couldn’t bring myself to watch it because I’d be thinking about it the rest of the night.


4 Erin October 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm

That soup looks great. There’s nothing better than a nice soup on a chilly night — I made a huge pot of veggie soup tonight and it’s great leftover, too.


5 skinnyrunner.com October 12, 2009 at 7:45 pm

oooh, i love sugar sleigh tea! cant wait to buy some. it must be in stores now?!


6 Quinn October 12, 2009 at 7:48 pm

I can’t even begin to tell you how much the puppy / cat imposters made my night. Thank you for posting that!

Side note: sricacha – you have got to be careful with that stuff! Always a good idea to have a glass of milk nearby whilst consuming.


7 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 12, 2009 at 7:55 pm

OMG I’m laughing my head off at the puppies dressed like cats!


8 Alex October 12, 2009 at 7:59 pm

I’m freezing right now and the soup looks especially warm and comforting.
I have a question for you; Do you rotate your exercise schedule? I was wondering, how many days a week your run? I have been running 5- 6 days a week, but have had to cut back to 3 days. Now I don’t know what to do on the other 3 days (Saturday is my rest day) of the week. I’m in high school and don’t have a lot of time to do anything like go to the gym during the week. Any ideas, if it’s not too much trouble?


9 Peanut Butter bliss October 12, 2009 at 8:01 pm

oh i do love all of those sugar snap peas you used!


10 Lizzy October 12, 2009 at 8:03 pm

how i adore melba toast! they are the best with anything really


11 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now October 12, 2009 at 8:16 pm

I had soup for dinner tonight because I’ve been freezing all day long!


12 kay (eating machine) October 12, 2009 at 8:20 pm

oh man, i’m going to be singing puppies dressed as cats all night now :-)


13 Sarah October 12, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Youtube the JK wedding dance (the title is something similar to that)… the end of the office will make more sense! I hadn’t seen that video either until my boyfriend showed me after the episode.


14 Stephanie October 12, 2009 at 8:36 pm

what a simple and delicious sounding warming meal! love the soup idea :) also really like the online shop… can’t wait to check it out!


15 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope October 12, 2009 at 8:40 pm

What a fabulous, healthy soup. We just got a load of snow here in Wisconsin today, so that dinner looks just about perfect right now!


16 lauren October 12, 2009 at 8:51 pm

priceless video! thanks for sharing :)


17 Shannon, Tropical Eats October 12, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Oh that soup looks so simple, yet hearty! Congrats on the interview.. that was such a well written article. Your beach walk pictures from below look like so much fun! Have an amazing week :)


18 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 12, 2009 at 8:56 pm

that soup looks great and simple! i love that you watch gossip girl over brekkie.


19 Pam October 12, 2009 at 9:08 pm

How cute and delish on the soup!


20 Jenna October 12, 2009 at 9:22 pm

mmm nothing is better than a nice warm bowl of yummy soup on a cold and misty day!


21 hemp jogger October 12, 2009 at 9:42 pm


that was awesome.


22 Lu October 12, 2009 at 9:49 pm

I’m so going to make that soup the next day we have cold weather in Texas. Probably in a month or so. :) I miss the cold weather.


23 Cynthia (It All Changes) October 12, 2009 at 10:01 pm

That video cracks me up. Hunni has always wanted me to buy cat costumes for our dogs for halloween. He was laughing so hard at that sketch.


24 Emily (Emily Eats and Exercises) October 12, 2009 at 10:04 pm

I want to try the Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea! Sounds delicious. Just finished watching Gossip Girl myself – enjoy your breakfast.


25 Jen C. October 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Thanks for the link to our interview, Kath! And thanks for all your comments, KERF readers. :)


26 Sam October 12, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Omg, I laughed until I cried. So ridiculous. Thanks for that.


27 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) October 12, 2009 at 11:02 pm

I want lots of soup lately, too!

Aww @ video :)



28 Sam October 12, 2009 at 11:03 pm

I just read Jen’s interview with you and had to come back and give you both props for that. So inspiring and well done.


29 amber October 12, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Aww that article was great and really well written! The part about your Mom reading everything was adorable! How cute she supports you so much! And I’m not writing this so she says “to respond to Amber” LoL!!!


30 Julie @savvyeats October 13, 2009 at 1:31 am

Such cute puppies (kitties?) I want a puppy now!


31 Diana October 13, 2009 at 2:57 am

That meal looks awesome. :)
I’m going to read the new interview!


32 Mom October 13, 2009 at 3:56 am

Amber, I’ll respond to you: Thanks! And I thought the article was well written, too.



33 Stacey October 13, 2009 at 5:07 am

I had soup too! It’s been raining around here like crazy, good thing you were able to get away from it! Rain makes me soooo not want to do ANYTHING :)

Oh, I just ordered Gossip Girl on Netflix just to see what the hubbub is all about :)


34 christie @ honoring health October 13, 2009 at 5:22 am

That article was really nice, Kath!

That soup looks awesome, too. It was freezing here yesterday. I’m not ready for winter!!


35 Brittany October 13, 2009 at 7:08 am

The ginger tofu soup looks like the perfect weeknight meal- thanks for sharing the recipe.

I think I’m going to have the puppies dressed as cats song in my head all day. But I think seeing them dressed up was totally worth it. So cute!


36 Paige October 13, 2009 at 7:15 am

Yum, that dinner looks awesome! I can’t wait to watch GG, too! I haven’t yet watched it either.


37 Whitney @ Lettuce Love October 13, 2009 at 7:27 am

Great simple soup recipe. I love the fall months because there are so many great soup recipes to enjoy.


38 Becci October 13, 2009 at 7:32 am

What a great looking soup!!!


39 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers October 13, 2009 at 7:33 am

that soup looks yummy and very satisfying. love the use of the sugar snap peas! mmm, mmm.


40 CaSaundra October 13, 2009 at 7:48 am

I hate when tap water isn’t good :-( Then you usually resort to buying bottled water, which I am not for either. Oh well–glad you had such a wonderful time.

Btw–your KERF shop is so fun!


41 Kath October 13, 2009 at 7:52 am

I try not to run more than every other day – sometimes less. In between I do go to the gym a lot, or do yoga in my living room or at a studio, or go walking or do yardwork like mow the grass. Perhaps you could bike?

Ahhhhhhh. That clears up a lot!



42 Sarah October 13, 2009 at 8:15 am

Sugar cookie sleigh ride!! I need to stock up on some more, I’ve been out for a while now 😉


43 Tina October 13, 2009 at 8:16 am

Ginger gives SO much flavor to a dish. All of the ingredients in that soup are favorites of mine! Yummm


44 Anne [email protected] Weigh of Life October 13, 2009 at 8:18 am

Puppies dressed as cats-how awesome!


45 brandi October 13, 2009 at 8:43 am

We had soup last night, too – the weather was just perfect for it. Gray, gloomy ,windy and cold.


46 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale October 13, 2009 at 9:05 am

I love “throw-in-the-pot” soups like that… so awesome and perfect for fall!


47 Caroline October 14, 2009 at 6:48 am

This soup sounds delicious! Can’t wait for my Georgia weather to cool down enough for soups to sound appealing again :)


48 Chelsea October 14, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Having been there from the “beginning” and witnessing the VERY RUDE comments when you were thinking about getting a certification, Jen’s post was really fun to read. I can’t believe all that you’ve accomplished in the last few years and I’m VERY PROUD to call you my friend.


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