November 29, 2010

Anyone else keep seeing this word pop up!? I’ve seen it in Whole Living and on Conan.

Quote Urban Dictionary: “A weird word used by weird teachers to describe their infinite confusion.”


Perhaps that is me after all?


I took charge of dinner tonight and stumbled upon this:




Get out every last drop


And sip away


Made preparing this dinner so fun!!


First a pan of 2 medium sweet potatoes got roasted at 400* for 26+10 minutes, after being tossed in some coconut oil, cinnamon, salt and peppa.


Then a pile of green beans and two apples were sauteed in some buttah


Many, many apple cubes went into my mouth


Don’t be shy with that butter! These are two foods that really bring out the flavor




Sip for me, sip for you!


I also dry-roasted some chopped walnuts in a pan


And cooked a pot of green lentils, mixed with some cooked wheatberries


A dressing was made with these


And then some Black Cherry Vinegar from Larbs’s shop


Layer in the cooked items


Drizzle on the dressing


And serve with an option chopped cup of leftover turkey


Sweet Potato + Lentil Salad

Serves 4

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, or olive oil
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • 2 cups broth
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 cup cooked wheatberries (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 cups trimmed green beans
  • 2 apples
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup chopped chicken or turkey (optional)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp cranberry mustard, or regular dijon
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Gold oil, or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp black cherry balsamic, or regular balsamic
  • Salt + pepper to taste

Chop potatoes and toss in coconut oil, salt and pepper. Roast at 400* for 35 minutes, or until soft pillows. Meanwhile, cook lentils in broth. Stir in wheatberries near end, if using. Heat large pan and toast chopped walnuts until fragrant. Add 1 tbsp butter and sauté green beans and apples until tender. Toss all ingredients together. Shake dressing into a jar and toss salad. Top with chicken or turkey if desired.



Matt took one bite and said “What IS this!?!?!?” I was pleased. Er, Kerfuffled.


He was also excited to drink some moose drool. Two variations on one of his favorite beers.



Of course I participated. I never turn down a chance to expand my education!



The Hoppin’ Moose made the Moose Drool seem bland! And I don’t love hops.


He took serious notes.


And I admired the fact that I matched the placemats.


Going to do one or all of the following:

  • Watch a movie
  • Take a bath
  • Read

Evenings are fun. And GOSSIP GIRL is on tonight!!

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1 Alaina November 29, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Love that dish and nail color! How was the Chardonnay??


2 Kath November 29, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Delish! Love that buttery oak. Don’t hate me world.


3 Alaina November 29, 2010 at 9:50 pm

I love them oaky too!

I heard you were going to be in Boston! Whatcha doin’ up this way? :-)


4 Kath November 29, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Visiting Larbs + Matt!


5 Alaina November 29, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Have a great time! I love this city.

And if you’re ever passing by the Fairmont Copley…. 😉 you must stop in and see our dog.


6 Lea @ Healthy Coconut November 29, 2010 at 8:04 pm

“What is this?”…I hear that a lot from my fiance when I cook vegetables he has not eaten before.

Did cook the lentils in water or did you just cook them in the pan like the picture? I usually soak mine overnight and then cook them in water the following day.


7 Kath November 29, 2010 at 8:20 pm

In broth – see above!


8 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 29, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Love that picture of the wine drop!


9 Matt November 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Man, what’s wrong with my eyes!? I look like I have poison ivy!


10 Kath November 29, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Need more / less sleep!


11 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) November 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Your placemat + nails reminds me of the summer and the beach…but they are both VERY far away :). I’ve been watching a few episodes of Gossip Girl every night–catching up slowly but surely. Weee!


12 Kath November 29, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Isn’t it fun!?


13 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm

That dish looks delicious! Love the color and flavor combination! Enjoy your evening!


14 Stacy @ Every Little Thing November 29, 2010 at 8:06 pm

You’ve inspired me to pick up the awesome crazy placemats that are always on clearance at Pier 1!


15 Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side November 29, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I’m not a fan of hops either. But white wine… is another story. Your dinner looks amaze balls!


16 Kelly November 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Aw, you and Matt make me miss my husband. And he’s only been gone a day.

Love the Carolina blue fingernails! 😉


17 Kath November 29, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Nooooo! Never Carolina Blue!!


18 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen November 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm

That dinner looks fantastic!!


19 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 29, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Ha! I’ve never heard of that word, but I want to start using it. I’m a teacher, and I often find myself VERY confused! :-)


20 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 29, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Holy lentil salad – that looks amazing Kath! I’m a fan!


21 Caitlin November 29, 2010 at 8:23 pm

So funny that this was your post tonight! I googles KERF today and this popped up on merriam-webster, thought you may be interested! The salad looks DELICIOUS by the way!

kerf |k?rf|
1 a slit made by cutting, esp. with a saw.
2 the cut end of a felled tree.


22 Kath November 29, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Hopefully one day it will read: “A food blog written by Kath Younger, RD”


23 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) November 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Looks like a good fall meal — I’ve been really into stir-frys together as something relatively low effort.


24 Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate November 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm

LOVE your place mats!


25 Kate November 29, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I think you are thinking of the word “kerfluffle.”

Love the nail polish!


26 Liz November 29, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Interesting. I was just thinking about how I thought “kerfluffle” was a pretty common word and now I see it supposely has Canadian origins so maybe that’s why it is common up in my neck of the woods


27 Kath November 29, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Maybe so!?


28 Ella November 29, 2010 at 9:53 pm

pretty sure it’s “kerfuffle”!


29 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 29, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Oh jeez! Your salad looks awesome!


30 Camille November 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm

I haven’t heard that word but I really like it!
Dinner looks super fantastic!


31 Heather (Heather's Dish) November 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm

yes PLEASE, the lentil/sweet potato salad sounds amazing!


32 Julie @ Honey B. Nutrition November 29, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Wow I LOVE the recipe!! I love those kitchen sink ideas where you just throw together anything and everything. Who knows what new flavor combinations you might come across!! Delicious.


33 Heather November 29, 2010 at 8:45 pm

The texture combo of lentils and wheatberries sounds great. I have a big bag of frozen wheatberries I need to cook up.

Great recipe – thanks for posting!


34 Krystina November 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Haha, I love the picture of you with the bread.


35 Hannah November 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Wow, have people really not heard of that word before? I’ve used kerfuffle since I was a kid 😀 That salad looks amazing! Love how you infuse recipes with coconut :)


36 Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I am in love with all those tasty flavours you used :)


37 stacey-healthylife November 29, 2010 at 8:49 pm

I love the addition of the lentils and wheat berries.


38 Shannon (A Better Me) November 29, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Looks yummy (as usual)! Love the polish!


39 Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 29, 2010 at 8:54 pm

That dinner looks amazing! I hardly ever have sweet potatoes without maple that dressing must have been awesome with all the extra flavors in there.


40 Katy (The Singing Runner) November 29, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Looks delicious! I love sweet potatoes and lentils but I never thought about mixing the two!


41 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama November 29, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Wow I’m impressed with that “salad”–I’d call it a meal!! You make boring lentils look not boring at all.


42 Natalia - a side of simple November 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm

The energy in the post is great, Kath! Could be the wine, could be GG, could be the food, but I want it all :)


43 Rebecca November 29, 2010 at 9:18 pm

This looks so yummy! I am totally making this for dinner tomorrow.:)


44 Stephanie November 29, 2010 at 9:21 pm

LOL haven’t heard that word but it’s pretty funny! Great dinner, love all the fresh flavors.


45 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) November 29, 2010 at 9:23 pm

You had me at sweet potato :)


46 Allie November 29, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I love sweet potatoes, I never thought of mixing them with apples… Good idea!


47 Balanced Healthy Life November 29, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I haven’t watched Gossip Girl in soooo long! I used to love that show!


48 Felicia (a taste of health with balance) November 29, 2010 at 9:39 pm

what a great recipe!


49 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes November 29, 2010 at 9:44 pm

wow…….I’m a textures girl, so this salad looks just incredible! Love the mix of veg/grains/seasonings!
cathy b. @ brightbakes


50 Namaste Gurl November 29, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Yummy– this salad is SO creative and so scrumptious looking :) Bookmarked this page for future cooking!


51 Haleigh November 29, 2010 at 9:50 pm

A glass of wine always makes cooking an enjoyable experience :) It also helps with writing papers and going skiing, ahaha


52 Ella November 29, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I love that word – and would agree with most definitions I found online describing it generally as a “commotion” or a “fuss.” But I think of it, like, as a kind of especially amusing commotion or fuss. Like if you are at a stuffy dinner party and the kitchen starts smoking and the fire alarm goes off and the guests are all in a kerfuffle. :)


53 Georgie @ Georgie Goes Healthy November 29, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Love the nailpolish – I have recently started getting manicures because they are only $5 in NYC! I should just do them myself but I am so bad at them.


54 Eileen November 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Inexpensive manicures are one of the joys of NYC. After we moved away, I couldn’t believe how expensive they are everywhere else, and how long they take. I miss them!


55 Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle November 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm

that salad looks lovely :-)


56 Amy at TheSceneFromMe November 29, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Great dinner creation! As if I were surprised!

I don’t blame you for wanting to take a bite out of that hunk of lovin bread loaf!


57 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm

This looks fantastic. Will you come to Georgia and make me dinner?! Haha!


58 Cara Craves... November 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm

That is one decked out salad!


59 Anne November 29, 2010 at 11:14 pm

I love the word kerfuffled. My BF used it the other day and I thought he made it up. But it’s legit. I saw it in the NY Times.


60 Christy November 29, 2010 at 11:16 pm

I love your salt container! Where did you find it?


61 Kelsey November 29, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Love the nails love the mini spatula love the drooling moose!


62 Heidi - apples under my bed November 29, 2010 at 11:26 pm

This dish looks so delicious!! Great job. I love roasted sweet potato.
Heidi xo


63 Melissa @ I Never Imagined November 29, 2010 at 11:32 pm

I say kerfuffle all the time!! It’s also used a lot in one of my all-time favorite shows, Little Britain. Here’s a clip: I love it!


64 Kath November 30, 2010 at 10:11 am



65 Amy Pea November 30, 2010 at 10:52 am

LOVE that show, but only the British version.
Yeah but. No but. Yeah but.
My hub and I say “yeah I know” all the time in the accent of Andy.
Matt Lucas plays the twins on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. He should be a huge star. Him and Matt Willams are hilarious. Them and The Kids in the Hall really define sketch comedy. Forget SNL!


66 Amy Pea November 30, 2010 at 10:55 am

Oops, I meant David Walliams!


67 Ashley November 30, 2010 at 12:12 am

This recipe sounds + looks outstanding!!! Love how bright your photos are :) Favorite photo is the “matt taking notes” photo!!


68 Lindsay Ann November 30, 2010 at 12:17 am

I’m from Missoula, the hometown of Moose Drool, and I just visited Edna Valley a couple weeks ago! I love how Matt is on a mission to recreate MD!


69 Christin@purplebirdblog November 30, 2010 at 12:22 am

Dense and delicious salads are my favorite!!


70 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] November 30, 2010 at 1:12 am

Those placemats are so whimsical!!


71 Hellena November 30, 2010 at 7:40 am

Melissa: isn’t that word just SO Little Brittain. Love the show and love the word 😀


72 Sara @ November 30, 2010 at 7:40 am

Yummy looking dinner :) I love how you said not to shy away from the butter…butter’s the bomb! 😀 Too many people shy away from its goodness (in moderation), haha.


73 Sara @ November 30, 2010 at 7:41 am

I also made oatmeal with 1/4 cup oats and 1/4 cup oat bran – holey moley, it makes A LOT!!!


74 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) November 30, 2010 at 7:47 am

Kerfuffle. That is such a fun word to say…haha. 😀

Your dinner looks fabulous! A little bit of butter truly does go a long way in pronouncing the flavors. Love it. 😀


75 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 30, 2010 at 8:11 am

Dinner looks great! I love sweet potatoes :)


76 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 30, 2010 at 8:38 am

Hehe I love that word! Also love your pale green nail polish!! :)


77 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats November 30, 2010 at 8:53 am

I LOVE your hair in the first picture – super cute! :)


78 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 30, 2010 at 9:11 am

I love how creative you and Matt are in the kitchen! I would never have thought to come up with a meal like that.

I can’t wait until exams are over so that I can catch up on Gossip Girl. I’m so behind this season! 😛


79 Mimi November 30, 2010 at 9:43 am

I always awe over how filling, clean and colorful your meals are. Inspiration, I tell ya!


80 LisaR November 30, 2010 at 10:02 am

Before you took a picture of your nails I was thinking about how much I loved that color! What’s the color called?


81 Kath November 30, 2010 at 10:10 am

It’s ULTA brand – the only teal they have.


82 Joy November 30, 2010 at 10:37 am

You’re so creative in the kitchen; I love it! Oh, and I loved how you admired your matching abilities while Matt took notes; too cute :)


83 Amanda (Eating Up) November 30, 2010 at 10:51 am

You have a knack for putting together flavor combinations! And your dinners always look SO PRETTY!


84 Emily November 30, 2010 at 11:21 am

Yum! That dinner looks delicious!! I can’t wait to try out the sauce.


85 the chirpy bird November 30, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Yuuuumm!!! I LOVE Lentils!
Absolutely Deeeelish! I’m for sure trying this!
Loving your blog too by the way :)
xox tash


86 stacey November 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm

awesome! i live about 2 miles from Edna Valley winery!!! :)


87 AustinTX November 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Looks amazing! What kind of broth do you use?


88 Kath November 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Leftover chicken stock from Thanksgiving. Otherwise, Whole Foods Veggie broth


89 L November 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Can Matt recommend a really good homebrew kit for beginners?


90 Matt November 30, 2010 at 4:03 pm

This is the way to go:

This is basically what I started with. Note that you’ll still need a big pot (preferably 3gal minimum, but as much as an 8gal turkey fryer), a recipe kit for your first batch, and some bottles. Sounds like a good Christmas gift to me!


91 L November 30, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Thank you! Yes, it is going to be a Christmas gift. I’ll let you know how it goes.


92 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats December 1, 2010 at 9:41 am

Ok this is so strange – I have NEVER heard of the word kerfuffled until you posted this, THEN I heard it on Chopped last night! How strange!


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