KERFuffled

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.”

Interrrrresssting.

Perhaps that is me after all?

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I took charge of dinner tonight and stumbled upon this:

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Leftovers!!!!

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Get out every last drop

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And sip away

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Made preparing this dinner so fun!!

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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.

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

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Many, many apple cubes went into my mouth

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

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Sip for me, sip for you!

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I also dry-roasted some chopped walnuts in a pan

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

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A dressing was made with these

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And then some Black Cherry Vinegar from Larbs’s shop

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Layer in the cooked items

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Drizzle on the dressing

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And serve with an option chopped cup of leftover turkey

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Sweet Potato + Lentil Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients
  • 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)
Dressing:
  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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He took serious notes.

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And I admired the fact that I matched the placemats.

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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??

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2 Kath November 29, 2010 at 8:03 pm

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

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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? :-)

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4 Kath November 29, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Visiting Larbs + Matt!

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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.

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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.

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7 Kath November 29, 2010 at 8:20 pm

In broth – see above!

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

Love that picture of the wine drop!

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9 Matt November 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm

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

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10 Kath November 29, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Need more / less sleep!

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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!

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12 Kath November 29, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Isn’t it fun!?

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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! ;)

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17 Kath November 29, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Nooooo! Never Carolina Blue!!

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

That dinner looks fantastic!!

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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! :-)

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

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

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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|
noun
1 a slit made by cutting, esp. with a saw.
2 the cut end of a felled tree.

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22 Kath November 29, 2010 at 8:24 pm

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

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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.

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

LOVE your place mats!

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25 Kate November 29, 2010 at 8:33 pm

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

Love the nail polish!

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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

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27 Kath November 29, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Maybe so!?

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28 Ella November 29, 2010 at 9:53 pm

pretty sure it’s “kerfuffle”! http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/kerfuffle

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

Oh jeez! Your salad looks awesome!

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30 Camille November 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm

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

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

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

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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.

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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!

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34 Krystina November 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm

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

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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 :D That salad looks amazing! Love how you infuse recipes with coconut :)

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

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

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

I love the addition of the lentils and wheat berries.

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

Looks yummy (as usual)! Love the polish!

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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 :)

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43 Rebecca November 29, 2010 at 9:18 pm

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

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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.

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

You had me at sweet potato :)

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46 Allie November 29, 2010 at 9:24 pm

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

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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!

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

what a great recipe!

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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!
love,
cathy b. @ brightbakes

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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!

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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

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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. :)

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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.

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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!

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

that salad looks lovely :-)

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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!

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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!

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

That is one decked out salad!

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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.

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60 Christy November 29, 2010 at 11:16 pm

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

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61 Kelsey November 29, 2010 at 11:25 pm

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

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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

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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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkTOW7XaN7I. I love it!

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64 Kath November 30, 2010 at 10:11 am

HA!!!!

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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!

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

Oops, I meant David Walliams!

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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!!

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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!

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

Dense and delicious salads are my favorite!!

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

Those placemats are so whimsical!!

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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 :D

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72 Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com 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! :D Too many people shy away from its goodness (in moderation), haha.

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73 Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com 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!!!

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

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

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

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

Dinner looks great! I love sweet potatoes :)

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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!! :)

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

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

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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! :P

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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!

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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?

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81 Kath November 30, 2010 at 10:10 am

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

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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 :)

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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!

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84 Emily November 30, 2010 at 11:21 am

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

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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

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86 stacey November 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm

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

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87 AustinTX November 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Looks amazing! What kind of broth do you use?

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88 Kath November 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm

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

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89 L November 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Can Matt recommend a really good homebrew kit for beginners?

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90 Matt November 30, 2010 at 4:03 pm

This is the way to go:

http://morebeer.com/view_product/15910/103811/Personal_Home_Brewery_%232_-_Deluxe

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!

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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.

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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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