KERF Health Spa

November 20, 2008

I asked Anna to do a guest blog post – here she is!!

Hello, it’s the cousin, here!  Well, I suppose I’m not THE cousin since there are several of us all over the nation, so I shall refer to myself as A cousin.

Hello, A cousin, here!

I have been at Katherine and Matt’s for less that 24 hours and it has been a whirlwind of activity!!  Kath was wondering if I would want to work out at the crack of dawn or eat what she usually eats, and my response to this was ‘ARE YOU KIDDING ME?’  I’m so lucky!  I get to hang out for five days with a maven of nutrition and health, it’s like I won five days at a swanky health spa! I told her I’d be happy to do whatever it is that she does every day.

This morning we had the most ridiculously good bowl of oatmeal known to man.  Kath makes her oats with bananas and milk and slow-cooks them all at once.  I can’t believe how good it was. She tells me there is more variation where that came from but I really don’t know how that bowl can be topped. I was still full when we went to go visit Matt at the bakery but don’t worry, I still managed to choke down a couple of samples of bread.  Delicious and grainy!  It’s totally worth it to buy your bread at a bakery, there’s no way a grocery store will ever compare.  I also bought a cheddar and pepper ‘scuffin’ to go.  Apparently it’s a half-scone half-muffin. It’s the Hermione Granger of baked goods. It looks all-good.  I can’t wait to eat it!

After all of that bread we needed something light for lunch so we ate a grilled carrot, pepper, and pineapple salad with some slivered almonds, rosemary, and a touch of lemon salad dressing that Kath made herself.  This salad was very fresh and delicious and balanced out breakfast and all that bread perfectly.  We also had a bowl of black bean soup that was fantastic. Matt made it!  I CAN’T WAIT FOR DINNER!

Sorry if I wrote too much about the food, I know Kath tells ya all about it every day, but I had to second it so you all know it’s fab!

Tomorrow morning we’re waking up at 5am to go to a spin class!  I hope I can make it all the way through!


Kath’s Back

I spent 2 hours this afternoon preparing for my Micro exam at Caribou Coffee, which I think is far superior to Starbucks. The smell of coffee was just so tantalizing that I had to get a cup! I ordered a half decaf steamed milk coffee – LOVE frothed milk! I don’t know if it’s the weather or what, but I have totally been craving coffee lately.


My test went well (enough) :) SO glad to have those two tests out of the way!!!

I came home to find Anna and the husband drinkin’ beers! So I had half of one myself – pumpkin! (Split it with Anna)


For dinner tonight the husband made Sweet potato + Mushroom Maple Risotto. He just roasted sweet potatoes and mushrooms in the oven and prepared risotto with homemade chicken broth. After they were all cooked, he combined them with some maple, salt and pepper. We also had some frozen spinach for a quick side dish. I just seasoned with S+P and allowed each person to add whatever flavors they chose. We unanimously chose Bone Suckin’ Sauce!




Off to bed so we can make that 5:45am cycle class!!

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{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Justy2003 November 20, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Love the guest post…so glad you guys are all having fun! :)


2 AshleyH November 20, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Thats sounds so good Kath!!!
Could you post a more specific recipe for whose of us who are cooking challenged or new to cooking (me!!!) Thanks!


3 VeggieGirl November 20, 2008 at 9:34 pm

FAAABULOUS guest post!! :-)


4 Madison November 20, 2008 at 9:35 pm

the (a) cousin did a great guest post!! she sure is lucky to have a “maven of health and nutrition” for a cousin!!!


5 Mom November 20, 2008 at 9:35 pm

Loved your post, cousin.


6 Mom November 20, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Oh and we ate in one of the Duke dining halls before a Wind Symphony concert tonight. Had the most blah tofu. Your dad was like, why would you order that? I said because the kids make tofu all the time and it’s delicious! The concert, however, was lovely.


7 AshleyH November 20, 2008 at 9:39 pm

Hi Kath its me again. I was looking at your meals since I hadnt been in a while and I was just wondering if you have a target calorie wise for all your meals.
If anyone else has seen Kath mention it you could answer too!


8 zestycook November 20, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Cool guess post – it sounds like you guys are having a blast!


9 ashley (sweet & natural) November 20, 2008 at 9:47 pm

Yay for visitors!


10 Shelby November 20, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Such a cute guest post…I love the sweet potato risotto.


11 Halie November 20, 2008 at 9:51 pm

I loved reading tonight’s post! Good job Anna!


12 K November 20, 2008 at 9:58 pm

What a great guest post AND dinner :)


13 Megan November 20, 2008 at 9:58 pm

I enjoyed the guest post! I really wish I had some of that risotto for dinner! Mega YUM!


14 Oh She Glows November 20, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Love the guest post!

AshleyH- Kath used to log the calories in her meals in old posts…maybe try checking the archives back in the Winter/Spring

try here for a start: :)


15 caitlin November 20, 2008 at 10:11 pm

haha you cousin AND your mom are so cute. i think it sounds like you have a lovely family :)


16 sharon November 20, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Hi Kath,
Love the cousin post! Your cousin is so lucky to experience “A day in the life of Kath”!!! You could really kick my butt into shape! Getting up at 5:00am and working out!

Hope you guys enjoy the rest of your time together!


17 ttfn300 November 20, 2008 at 10:35 pm

great idea for the risotto!! i just tried one with steel cut oats :)


18 megan Fromm November 20, 2008 at 10:45 pm

I second the request for a whipped oatmeal recipe from that picture–it looks divine! And I’d love to try it!!!


19 megan Fromm November 20, 2008 at 10:45 pm

I second the request for a whipped oatmeal recipe from that picture–it looks divine! And I’d love to try it!!!


20 MH November 20, 2008 at 11:02 pm

Loved the guest post! And I love Caribou too!

I’m from Minnesota where Caribou was founded/is headquartered and I love it! And they don’t have them in NYC where I live now…only Starbucks as far as the eye can see. Enjoy it!

You’re such an inspiration getting up at 5 am to go spin. Yay for Kath (and cousin)!


21 Biz319 November 20, 2008 at 11:13 pm

Great guest post A cousin! I think it would be hard to keep up with Kath!


22 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) November 20, 2008 at 11:20 pm

Great post, Anna. Thanks!! And I bet its like a spa over there!

Congrats on the test, KATH!


23 Katie November 20, 2008 at 11:35 pm

CARIBOU! Thank you so much for the shout out-I’m an employee going on 3 years now and always happy to hear we may have converted someone from Starbucks! (although I still drink that too!:P)Great guest post too.


24 Julie November 20, 2008 at 11:39 pm

I finally got around to making the pumpkin chocolate chip bars you posted a couple weeks ago – SOOOO good!! I can’t stop picking away at them when the choc chips are still melty!

Thanks for a great recipe!


25 Nellie November 21, 2008 at 12:10 am

“It’s the Hermione Granger of baked goods.”
LOVE the Harry Potter reference, A cousin seems like so much fun!

Wonderful meal, as always. Glad you are getting to spend some quality time with your hub and cousin!


26 Moran November 21, 2008 at 12:18 am

I love the fact that so many here love Harry Potter! Great post, Anna!


27 Phoebe November 21, 2008 at 12:27 am

I too enjoyed the guest post! Anna sounds really fun. I’m glad you’re having such a great time. I have always wanted to try pumpkin beer but weirdly I have not yet. You always have such interesting beer — I need to branch out!


28 Katelyn November 21, 2008 at 12:40 am

That’s so cool that you include your family by letting them post! The risotto looks wonderful and flavorful – it’s hard to beat homemade chicken broth as a base!


29 andrunwithit November 21, 2008 at 12:47 am

MMM… you have me craving a beer now!! :)

I haven’t found any good pumpkin ones that I like so far (I feel like pumpkin doesn’t add a good taste… BLUEBERRY and APRICOT, however, are some of the only fruity flavors I’ve come to like in beer), but I’ve never tried Cottonwood. Is that a local thing, do you know?? Where do you buy it? Thanks… :)


30 bobbi November 21, 2008 at 1:19 am

oooo how fun, I am jelouse!!!


31 sarah November 21, 2008 at 4:32 am

i love the expression ‘the hermione granger of baked goods’. looks like a fabulous time! enjoy spinning :)


32 Maureen November 21, 2008 at 4:49 am

Congrats on getting the test done! I second commenter #2, can you post the specific recipe?


33 MizFit November 21, 2008 at 6:02 am

happy cycling morning!

and love that she’d guestpost. Ive been askingnagging my husband for almost a year now!


34 coco November 21, 2008 at 6:08 am

Kath, I’ve seen you mentioned a couple of time of home made stock. How do you make it exactly and how to store it? thanks
have a good morning spin class ^_^


35 Mara November 21, 2008 at 7:21 am

LOL at the Hermione reference! Love it!!
I’m going to have to try that risotto… yum…


36 Sonia November 21, 2008 at 7:54 am

caribou coffee es muy delicioso! :] haha
glad you’re having a great time with your hub & cousin! ^_^
your dinner looks amazing!


37 Jenn November 21, 2008 at 8:03 am

Cousin – Did you just say the Hermione Granger of baked goods? I think I love you.


38 Kath November 21, 2008 at 8:11 am

AshleyH + Maureen ,
I don’t ‘really have a recipe – just make the risotto as the box directions say. We just put in 1 cup of risotto with 3 cups of broth that were added over the course of 45 minutes or so a little at a time until it was absorbed. The veggies were roasted at 400* until tender. Then everything was stirred together.

Mom ,
LOL. That’s because it wasn’t BAKED tofu!

AshleyH ,
My meals usually end up at about 500 calories each. I think I’ve just gotten used to that amount and it’s usually perfectly filling for me.

megan Fromm,
You can find the Whipped Banana recipe on the Tribute to Oats page on the right sidebar.

andrunwithit ,
Yes it is local :(

coco ,
The husband makes it so I really don’t know the specifics, but I think he just boils a bunch of poultry bones with carrots, celery, garlic and S+P until they flavor the water well. I bet there are lots of homemade stock recipes online.



39 faith November 21, 2008 at 11:04 am

hey kath!
i noticed your last caribou cup :p i dont know if you remember me, im the seattleite that recently moved to chapel hill and its funny because caribou is where i ended up getting a job!!! their coffee is nummy!! north carolina has been a very challenging transition thus far, hopefully i can make some connections, what is charlotte like? you seem to have so much fun wherever you go though :p


40 Mel November 21, 2008 at 11:18 am

I love risotto, I would have never thought to put sweet potato in it. I definitely going to have to try it!


41 Teddy November 21, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Pumpkin ale makes fall a million times better… Glad to see you enjoying some of it!



42 girlatastartup November 21, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Love Caribou coffee. I agree that its MUCH better than S-bucks


43 runjess November 21, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Caribou Coffee is great! I didn’t know they had a shop, I just thought it was a brand.


44 Kath November 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm

faith ,
Cool you’re in Chapel Hill! You should go to Hillsborough sometime and eat at the Saratoga Grill. It’s my favorite “small Southern town” restaurant. My parents live just 3-4 blocks away :) I’m sure things will get better when you get to know people and the area. Hope we can get together sometime when I’m up your way or you’re down here!



45 Andrea November 21, 2008 at 5:09 pm

That risotto looks amazing!!!

Welcome, Anna! Great guest post.


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