It’s All Relative

March 19, 2011

A little afternoon entertainment:

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A lot of fun-tainment (Matt bought me wheatgrass décor as a surprise!)

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Followed by evening entertainment:

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Cocktail hour was conducted tonight by Matt, who put on a blind tasting for the group, including Matt A’s parents (who love beer!)

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We sampled matt’s Chocolate Stout against the Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence

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BOY was it a close call!! Both were excellent and I couldn’t tell them apart. I ultimately chose the Ommegang, but just barely. Matt’s was right up there!

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With the same name, we all really agree how much the two Matts are alike. Twins!

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New jacket, very old skirt!

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And equally aged brie

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Tasty!

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A little local beer support from Clipper City. I’m really learning to love IPAs!

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At 6PM we all headed to the Peppermill for dinner. The FAMOUS Peppermill. You’d think there were no people under the age of 65 allowed in there, but our table of youngins sure had a blast

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Including Uncle Mel and Betty. Uncle Mel is 100 years young!

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Manhattans must be in the family genes. I think our table ordered about 10 of them!

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So delicious. Wouldn’t Pop have loved it.

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Buttery rolls were loved on

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Bleu cheesy salads were munched

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Eventually wine was poured. My one-drink-a-night goal (recently reduced from two) was not followed!

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At the Peppermill, you MUST get the crabcake. I’ve learned over the years this is just non-negotiable.

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It was as delicious as ever!

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With sweet stewed tomatoes on the side

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The Peppermill’s truest charm is the desserts. They are amazing in their own way. Larbs, Matt, Candace, Matt and I all split 4 different ones – an Irish Cream cake (below!), cheesecake, bread pudding and banana cream. All were fabulous!

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And to top it all off, my aunt sent me home with a batch of her super famous oatmeal cookies!!! Back in early 2009 I slowly froze and ate a whole batch. The recipe is secret, and they are super amazing cookies!

Matt and I are headed home after breakfast tomorrow. I’m so excited for things to calm down again!

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1 Stacy @ Every Little Thing March 19, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Yum, lots of good food! Love that jacket too.

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2 Evan Thomas March 19, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Happy 29th again to your mom!
The Irish Creme cake looks irresistible.

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3 Cindy March 19, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I always thought the Matts looked alike!

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4 Suz March 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I have the same grass from CB! We put ours in our master bath. Great taste. ;)

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5 Abby March 19, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Looks like a fabulous day! :)

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6 Jen @ Jen is Green March 19, 2011 at 10:05 pm

oh I’ve been dying to try that Ommegang chocolate beer! the Ommegang brewery is only 1 hour from where I live, too so it shouldn’t be that hard to find! :-)

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7 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Cute jacket! I would love to be surprised with wheat grass!

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8 Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) March 19, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Maryland crab cakes!!! <3

I need to try manhattan! I'm such a creature of habit when it comes to ordering cocktails.

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9 Emily March 19, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I have never posted before but read all the time! Totally random but I was at The Peppermill tonight too!! I have grown up going there with family and a fav spot to come for reasonably priced food with all our Baltimore locals! So true about the age 65! Hope you enjoyed!

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10 KathEats March 20, 2011 at 7:04 am

NO WAY!!!! What time? I can’t believe you didn’t see us. How random would that have been :)

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11 Emily March 20, 2011 at 7:57 am

Yea! We got there 745 is ( to hopefully miss the early birds but it was still packed)…but always sit in the bar side! Too funny!

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12 KathEats March 20, 2011 at 8:33 am

Oh wow. That’s just when we were leaving!

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13 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 19, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I wish I was as talented as you when it comes to freezing cookies and eating them sloooowly. There would be no negotiation from me with those crab cakes!

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14 Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm

100 years?! He doesn’t look a day over 75!

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15 Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I love Manhattans too :) Looks like you had a fun evening!

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16 Gina March 19, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Brie is my favorite :) Love the jacket!

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17 Hannah March 19, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Do you think you’ll ever be able to sell Matt’s beers in your store?

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18 KathEats March 20, 2011 at 7:04 am

Maybe…we’re not sure

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19 Pearl (Crunch and Chew) March 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm

The Matts definitely look like they were separated at birth haha :)

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20 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing March 19, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I’ve never heard of a restaurant offering stewed tomatoes as a side, but considering I eat salsa and marinara straight from the jar, and tomatoes right from the can or like apples if they’re fresh, I think I could definitely get on that trolley! Wish more places did that :) What a fun family night. Now I want a Manhattan…! ;)

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21 Baking 'n' Books March 19, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Me too! I always eat spaghetti sauce straight from the jar…it’s ridiculous actually. I pretty much eat it on everything and ANYthing. And cheese is usually involved ;)

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22 Baking 'n' Books March 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Your mom looks younger than 29 :)

Goodness – that’s my cake. Yummo. That picture of Matt opening the wine bottle is killer – he looks like a movie star! Lovin’ your hair too.

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23 Mom March 20, 2011 at 8:08 am

You’re too kind! Thanks!

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24 Alaina March 19, 2011 at 11:18 pm

What a cute outfit!! And love the beer and cheese evening; looks like my kind of party. :-)

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25 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) March 19, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Family time is the best!!

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26 Brandy March 19, 2011 at 11:28 pm

So many things in this post had me going “OMG I have to comment on that.”
1. I LOVE CHOCOLATE STOUT. Your husband is so talented.
2. HOLY CRAP Matt and Matt’s likeness is uncanny.
3. Cute jacket! Very Beatles circa St. Pepper :)
4. I have just gotten a taste for IPA’s as well over the past, like, year. Dogfish head’s 90-minute was the beginning!
5. Your Uncle Mel looks amazing for 100! Wow! And he looks so happy :)

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27 Chelsea March 19, 2011 at 11:40 pm

LOVE your jacket! The desserts look delicious!

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28 caronae March 19, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Trader Joe’s and Brie cheese happen to be two of my most beloved forms of entertainment. I hope that’s not weird. ;)

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29 Cara Craves... March 19, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Looks like a fabulous evening.
And yes, it is REALLY strange how
similar the two Matts are.

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30 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 20, 2011 at 12:06 am

mmmm that looks amazing! :)

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31 Emily March 20, 2011 at 12:38 am

Glad you had a great weekend, but I’m sure you’re SOOO excited to head home tomorrow :)

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32 lynn @ the actor's diet March 20, 2011 at 1:58 am

i love the military inspired jacket!

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33 Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 20, 2011 at 2:29 am

you have a husband who buys you wheatgrass decour AND brews chocolate-infused beer? what is your secret! lol :)

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34 Katherine: Unemployed March 20, 2011 at 5:06 am

no really… post on this please? feel free to have him guest post haha

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35 Hannah @ Healthy Whip March 20, 2011 at 4:12 am

Wow everything looks great- the crab cake looks amazing. Love the jacket too :)

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36 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 20, 2011 at 4:47 am

famous oatmeal cookies, Irish Cream cake, Manhattans, 100 year old relatives, your rockin’ gray coat…wow what a great post, Kath!

I hope the cake (and the Manhattans) were as good as they look from the post :)

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37 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 20, 2011 at 5:01 am

Such a fun and fantastic day all the way around! That crab cake looks so delicious. Yum!

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38 Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) March 20, 2011 at 5:45 am

Fun day, fun food, fun family! And the brie looks fabulous. :D

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39 Kat March 20, 2011 at 6:10 am

My grandmother passed away earlier this week, and our clan is also a BIG fan of Manhattan- my grandmother had one before dinner every night up until the night she passed! Makes me happy to see another fam loving them as well!

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40 Kath March 20, 2011 at 7:03 am

So sorry to hear about your grandmother Kat :(

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41 Mom March 20, 2011 at 8:10 am

Me too. I’m sorry about your grandma but how wonderful to have a Manhattan on the night you die. Now that’s living!

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42 Anne @ butter and bear March 20, 2011 at 6:35 am

Those desserts look amazing!!

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43 Simply Life March 20, 2011 at 6:35 am

wow, your family eats so well!

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44 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 20, 2011 at 6:39 am

LOVE the dress Kath! And what a great evening… the food looks delicios and the company sounds even better. :)

So sweet about the wheatgrass! I’ve always wanted one for my apartment!

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45 Lauren March 20, 2011 at 7:00 am

Looks like you had a great day. So sorry I couldn’t make it down yesterday but hopefully next time you are in Towson we can meet up. :) Have a safe drive home.

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46 Katie March 20, 2011 at 7:24 am

Uncle Mel is so cute! Bless him, 100 years old!

I love crab cakes and that looks amazing! A good crab cake is heaven ; )

Happy Birthday to your mom today!!!! Hope she has some leftover birthday cake to eat today from the other night!

Have a great day and those oatmeal cookies sound amazing, maybe she will give you the secret recipe one day and you can sell them at GH!!!

xoxo <3

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47 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) March 20, 2011 at 7:31 am

Looks like a fun night!
I love the white purse in the picture where you are walking down the stairs :) My boyfriend thinks it’s so cool that your husband can make his own beer! Haha. He reads over my shoulder and says stuff like “Did Matt MAKE that?!” :)
Hope you have a safe trip home!

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48 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) March 20, 2011 at 7:38 am

Looks like an awesome night! Hanging out with family is always fun : )

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49 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 20, 2011 at 7:57 am

Love that jacket!

And looks like a great evening. I’ll have to tell my mom about that restaurant because she is obsessed with crabcakes! She would probably travel down from Canada just to try that dish! :P

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50 Heather (Heather's Dish) March 20, 2011 at 8:03 am

mmmmmmm…dessert is sounding pretty stinking good at 7AM today!

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51 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 20, 2011 at 8:28 am

Dinner looks perfect! Have a safe trip home!

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52 Eileen March 20, 2011 at 8:28 am

YAY, Uncle Mel is back! What a fun post … you have a great family. :)

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53 Debbie B (DebaRooRoo) March 20, 2011 at 8:47 am

Had Loose Cannon last night and really liked it!! We also tried the Amber from Starhill (I think I got the name right on that one??).

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54 Kori March 20, 2011 at 8:56 am

Kath, you look absolutely stylish and beautiful! I love the jacket!! Your family looks like such a fun bunch of people, and your visit sounds like it was very enjoyable. Matt is so sweet to buy you the wheatgrass decor. :) Have a safe trip back home!

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55 claire March 20, 2011 at 9:06 am

Love the military-style jacket! :)

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56 Gena March 20, 2011 at 9:47 am

Happy 29th to your Mom, miss! And cute little military jacket. I’m in NOLA, which totally makes me think of our French Quarter hangout here!

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57 Stephanie @ Walking my Talk March 20, 2011 at 9:55 am

Your pictures are making me hungry! My grandmother will turn 100 this July. Gotta love centenarians!

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58 Valerie @ Cupcakes & the City March 20, 2011 at 10:10 am

Wow! Matt+Matt really look like brothers in those pictures! That crabcake looks delicious. Like they say, when in Rome! (Or Maryland!) They seriously have the best crabs in the country.

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59 staceyhealthylife March 20, 2011 at 10:21 am

That crab cake looks like it has super big chunks. What a fun weekend. But it’s always nice to head home.

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60 Lucy March 20, 2011 at 10:55 am

This question is not really related to this post but as I know there are a lot of RD’s (including Kath) who read this blog, I have to ask! Advice from anyone would be most helpful!

I did my undergraduate degree at a liberal arts school and majored in history but I’ve always been interested in food and organic farming. Now I’m really considering going to grad school for nutrition. It seems that becoming an R.D. is the most versatile/useful degree in the nutrition field. However, in college I didn’t take any science to speak of, just a nutrition class for non-bio majors. So I think I need to take chem, bio, orgo, etc before trying to get this degree. For anyone else who has done this, about how long does it take to complete these course requirements while also continuing to work during the day?

I’m also having a hard time deciphering different schools’ websites. Do you get an M.S. in nutrition and then go for the R.D. degree? Or is it all in one? I know I need to talk to an advisor, but I’d love some insight from anyone who has done this process before on what your experience was.

Thanks so much!

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61 KathEats March 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Hey Lucy!

That’s exactly what I did (I was a history major too and took ZERO sciences). It took me 2.5 years to complete all of my courses. My program allowed me to take the sciences and nutrition courses at the same time, so that saved me some time. And most internships are 9 months to a year, so I think 3 years is probably more realistic. You’ll have to look into each program because they are all so different. I’d email some of the department heads for more information.

Also, Prevention RD has a whole Q+A that is really helpful: http://www.preventionrd.com/rd-qa/

Kath

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62 Lucy March 21, 2011 at 10:06 am

Thanks so much- that’s really helpful to hear!!! I was beginning to fear that it would take me 2 years to complete all the pre-reqs and then an additional 2-3 years for the program…

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63 Robin March 21, 2011 at 10:59 am

Lucy- I had a BA and MBA and had taken very few science classes- maybe chem I and biololgy I… then I decided I wanted to become a RD :) Like Kath, I was able to take pre-reqs at the same time as the nutrition classes. For me, it will take about 3.5 years to complete the courses before applying for the internship. Part of my challenge is the fact that I commute 1 hour each way (when the weather is good) and have two young children. So my time is really limited. I could have been done in 3 years, had sleep not been an issue!

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64 Lucy March 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Thanks so much, Robin! May I ask where you are going to school?

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65 Krista @ Journey to a Healthy Berg March 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I love your jacket! So cute :)

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66 Anya Sanko March 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm

hahaha! It’s funny how you and your sister ended up with guys that are exactly the same! You two must have similar taste! I love it!

My sisters and I ended up with three completely different guys!

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67 Shannon @ My Place In The Race March 20, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Drooling over that crabcake…yum :P

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68 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm

That meal looks delicious — especially those rolls! I am a sucker for rolls :)

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69 AnneWF March 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm

No way is Uncle Mel 100! He looks at least 20 years younger. Love the jacket.

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70 Amelia (Eating Made Easy) March 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm

That food looks amazing! Esp the cheese….I am so obsessed with cheese right now, I just had to do post myself on making a pretty cheese platter! http://eating-made-easy.com/2011/03/20/say-cheese/

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71 Amelia (Eating Made Easy) March 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Had to post another comment b/c I am in awe of that crabcake — so much real, lumpy crab!!

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72 Katie March 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Random: I have a question that I can’t seem to find a consistent answer for and I feel like you’d probably know (or one of your followers will)… Is ripe fruit worse for you? I know fruits and veggies start to lose their nutrients soon after they’re picked, but obviously not a lot of people have access to freshly picked produce each and every day. More specifically I was curious about bananas since most enjoy them and cook with them only when ripe b/c they’re much sweeter. Does sweeter mean more sugar is somehow being digested? LOVE your blog. Never commented until now, but love it just the same.

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73 KathEats March 20, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Hmmm. That’s a tough question! As fruit ripens, the starch turns to sugar, but starch is just chains of sugar so the nutrition should not change. However, the glycemic index will probably change since sugar (in the form of fructose in most fruits) is more rapidly digested than longer starch chains. So I think only someone watching blood sugar closely would need to be concerned. Bananas are probably the most affected by this process – berries and things like apples less so.

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74 Allison @ Happy Tales March 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I cannot get over how much the two Matt’s look alike… that’s really funny!

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75 Heidi - apples under my bed March 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm

how cute is uncle mel :)
HEidi xo

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76 Hilary March 20, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Irish cream cake? Yes please!

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77 Josie @ Skinny Way Of Life March 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Happy 29th(again) Birthday to your Mom!!! I must say, I enjoy your posts the most when you visit your family. Everything is set in such a classy and homey feel, I want to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and good book. I love it!!

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78 Claire March 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I live near the Peppermill but am visiting a friend in Arizona. We think that crabcake looks fantastic!

PS -Happy BIrthday, Barb!

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79 Nicole, RD March 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm

That meal looks exquisite! Happy Birthday to your mom!

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80 Seana March 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Crab cakes are one of my favorites! Looks Yummy.
Ommegang Brewery is a little over an hour from where I live. Also yummy beer :)

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