Let The Yolk Run Down

October 3, 2011

Crack and egg on your head…let the yolk run down.


Might I revise my previous recommendation for microwave-poaching eggs for 60 seconds at power level 5?

I did one today for 60 second at power level three and had a massive eggsplosion!!

45 seconds seems to be the limit…


Things are gloomy here. Trying to take that to mean being indoors sipping tea is good – makes computer work more appealing.

For lunch I made a big salad topped with an egg. The non exploded egg. [So sad to waste one!]


On the side – a Raspberry Sandwich!


Cville Crunch toast with goat cheese and raspberries. I had this combo earlier this week and it stuck with me it was so good.


Plus hot tea. It’s that time of year. Our house is in the 60s but it’s too early for heat!


Also wanted to share – this is how our weather really looks – photo straight out of camera


I edit in the cheerful fake sunshine! That’s why it’s called Lightroom!


[Shhh it’s a secret]

Have a nice afternoon!

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1 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio October 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I love your salads with eggs on top!! YUMMY


2 stacy October 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm

what is so special about a salad with an egg on top? it seems that every single time I come to read your blog, it is something I have seen before. Oats, pumpkin and salads. Am I missing something that is so amazing about this blog?


3 KathEats October 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm

It’s a food blog, so if you don’t care for eggs, salads or oatmeal, perhaps there are other blogs that would interest you more? Thanks for at least stopping by.. Kath


4 mel October 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I visit the blog everyday b/c of course I love the food, recipies, etc. but most of all, it’s b/c of your charm, work ethic, and life snipits. Keep up the good work Kath


5 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio October 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I agree! You’re an amazing woman and I’ve learned a lot from you. I appreciate your approach to life and the real food you eat! Thanks for being a woman we can all look up to!


6 Stacy R. October 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I definitely agree with the others that I come to Kath’ blog daily for inspiration not just with food. Kath has a lively spirit and is a great writer, it’s also great to see how she balances and keeps her life organized. Her meals, while simple are a perfect example of how healthy eating doesn’t need to be fussy and take hours to prepare.

– also I’m not the same Stacy from above :)


7 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning October 4, 2011 at 7:17 am

I don’t really understand why someone would just want to leave a nasty remark- but I love this blog and your positive nature and beautiful photographs. I love the way you talk about food, even down to the most basic things. Keep on inspiring us, Kath!


8 Christena October 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm

There’s probably nothing too “special” about it, but somehow Kath manages to make it look appetizing all the same. That’s why I come….cause the healthy food actually looks good. Plus I get tons of tips that make eating healthy more appetizing. Case in point…whippped banana oatmeal!! :)


9 Jillian October 3, 2011 at 5:17 pm

It’s the PAPRIKA that makes it *exciting*. Duh.


10 JenATX October 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm

LOL i find this funny because I included a dippy egg on my salad today & got really excited about something new in my lunch… whereas this person sees the same thing & gets annoyed. its all about perspective huh?


11 Anna October 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Maybe what’s special is that she manages to make ‘everyday’ things like oats and salads look beautiful and exciting every time they appear. I think it’s the kind of blog that pleases people who have a deep-rooted love of healthy food, and who relish the beauty of how consistently happy such simple food can make a person. But that’s just my take– to each his/her own!


12 Elisabeth October 3, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I agree exactly, Anna! Kath is able to make the ‘everyday’ stuff something that I want to come back for every day!


13 Blessing @ Working Mom Journal October 4, 2011 at 7:48 am

Oh no, Kath is an example of everyday simple and healthy living and showcasing that everyday puts me on my toes to provide something healthy for my family as well. If that doesn’t sit well with you, stop reading. You won’t be missed :(


14 Heather @ Side of Sneakers October 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I had a microwave egg explode once- but it waited to explode until I opened the microwave door and was pulling the mug out. Let me tell how you hot egg stuck on your face feels….not good!! 😉


15 KathEats October 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm



16 Jen October 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

That happened to me once – and I showered just before. It was in my hair everywhere.

I tell ya – every second counts with microwaving eggs! I start with 30 seconds, wait a few seconds to let it “calm down” and then put it on for another 15 or so.


17 M October 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm

I’ve read that a lot of the nutrients get zapped away from foods
by microwaving….
I love a soft egg, so I just boil it 4-5ish min and peel it and ta-da!
A healthy egg that is runny without oil or butter or use of microwaving
and much easier than poaching!


18 MindyG October 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm

We’re slightly more south than you in Roanoke… It’s cold in our house too!!! 63 degrees inside this morning!! Crazyiness!!! We don’t like to turn the heat on before November… much to my mother’s disdain, as she always visits in October… bwahahaha! Good day for hot tea in Virginia indeed!


19 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Photography would be depressing without Lightroom. At least when shooting in RAW anyways.

I’m drinking tea non-stop too. I feel cold to the bone in this damp weather!


20 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well October 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I love the edit! Thanks for sharing an SOOC shot! I always wonder how you get your photos to be so cheery :)


21 Athena @ fitnessandfeta October 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm

That raspberry sandwich looks delish!


22 katie @KatieDid October 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm

ahh I was wondering why your lunch looked to cheery and bright when you said it was gloomy outside! Should have known haha..
It’s nice to make pictures look how we wish the world (or food) appeared sometimes. I love playing around in Lightroom and recently downloaded some awesome presets that are really fun to try out.


23 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 3, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I’ve never tried microwaving an egg. I want to try it! I think it’s so unique to top an egg on a salad. It’s amazing what you can do with photos nowadays :)


24 Vivi @My.Beautiful.Air October 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm

mmm rasberries and goat cheese – great combo. Pics are awesome!


25 Kerry October 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Haha thanks for the lightroom comparison! I need to get that as the UK weather (after the remarkable heatwave we’re having at the moment) is going to be nonstop GLOOM for the next five months.


26 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey October 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Hot tea for me today, too! Had several cups already. I am freezing here at work… and later in the week, I’ll be back to sweating. The AC/heat is broken here – and we keep going from one extreme to the other… ridiculous! Teeth are a-chattering today.



27 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy October 3, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I love goat cheese and raspberries!


28 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 3, 2011 at 1:27 pm

HAHA> Good to know that is why your pics are always SOO dang cheery :)

I LOVE cheese and raspberries, such a GREAT combo!!


29 Lynn @ the actor's diet October 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

…now I got the chills!!!


30 Lauren October 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm

It’s gloomy here too. Thankfully, we are looking at 7 glorious days of sunshine after today. But I definitely turned my heat on today. I couldn’t take it! I’m such a whimp.


31 Paige @ Running Around Normal October 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I agree – toooo early for heat! This weekend I almost caved, but thankfully this week is going to be in the 70’s here in IL! :)


32 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I wish I could figure that one out – my apartment is always dark and the pictures look sad and gloomy!


33 Mai October 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I had a microwaved egg for lunch too.
And wow! Crazy what Lightroom can do. As I was looking the top pictures, I was thinking how amazingly delicious your lunch looked.


34 Michelle (Peachy Palate) October 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm

That plate you have the toast on is so cute! From a girl having major difficulties taking photos with my compact digital (considering an SLR) how to do you brighten up the photos up so much? What is it you adjust during editing?


35 KathEats October 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Exposure, Brightness and Fill


36 Deva @ Deva by Definition October 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I LOVE goat cheese and berries!

It’s been in the 40s overnight here, so our heat has been on for about a week now. I wanted to wait, but as soon as the indoor temp reached 56F overnight, it was just too chilly for me! (Our insulation isn’t great..)


37 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Stay warm, Kath! I caved this weekend and flicked on the heat. My fingers were too cold to type!


38 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine October 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Haha—I know there are photography “purists” out there who don’t think photos should be edited. But I’m a Photoshop girl all the way!


39 Cait's Plate October 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I seriously cannot wait until I have Cville Crunch Bread in my life!

And I hear ya on the exploding egg. I’ve seen so many go to waste over the years due to the wrong microwave settings. It never stops me from doing it though – it’s just far too convenient!

I love your raspberry sandwiches by the way :)


40 [email protected] Flying ONION October 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I love the edit. So bright and cheery. 😀

I’ve always had eggs explode on me. It’s not a pretty sight. Glad your second one came out perfect though! 😀


41 Krissy @ Shiawase Life October 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Bring some more fake sunshine! The grey is getting old!! 😉


42 Krissy @ Shiawase Life October 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I had Cville Crunch topped with hummus and a spinach salad for lunch today! 😀


43 Sarah October 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Cheerful fake sunshine. Love it. If only we could use Lightroom on the gloomy days for real and not just the pictures.


44 Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm

My friends used to do that crack a head on you head thing when we were little. Thanks for the memories. :)


45 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! October 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Mmm lovely lunch! Love the sweet and savory aspects!!


46 JessE @ Love Life From Scratch October 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Good secret 😉 I may have to lighten up my pictures this winter to make things less gloomy!


47 Cait @ Cait hates Cake October 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Wow, what a difference the editing makes! I’m going to have to look into some good editing software. Your raspberry/goat cheese combo sounds delicious.


48 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm

love that raspberry sandwich! and thanks for letting us in on your secret… makes me feel a little bit better about my photo skills that create pics that NEVER look as beautiful as yours :)


49 [email protected] October 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm

ahhh the wonders of lightroom and picasa huh??? 😉


50 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm

So comforting to know that your photos don’t automatically come out so bright & cheery! Good old photo editing :)

And very creative with that sandwich! It sounds just unique enough to work!


51 Angie October 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Picked up a loaf of Dakota last week in St. Cloud! MMMM crunch crunch crunch :)


52 Liz @ Southern Charm October 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Love eggs on salads! Sad that one didn’t make it, but the one that did looks pretty yummy!


53 Jen October 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Oh – what is Lightroom? On your computer or camera?


54 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama October 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I didn’t realize Lightroom could change a photo that much! Hmmmm….maybe I need it after all.


55 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Can I just say I’m so glad you showed the unedited vs. edited photo!? Makes me feel much better about how mine look straight out of the camera :)
I get all worked up about wasting yolks when a recipe just calls for whites, I’d be bothered too by an exploded egg!


56 Angel7 October 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Your camera is AMAZING–you cannot even tell that you edited the picture, even to the point where I would have assumed it was a sunny day there! One of these days, we will have to get a camera like that.



57 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles October 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Fall has officially arrived out West too! Rain! Ick. I still need to try your microwaved poached eggs. Yesterday our chickens laid three–a daily record! I need to figure out how digitally lighten photos on a gloomy day. Great trick!


58 Anna @ On Anna's Plate October 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Ahhh, the concentration game!!! Brings back memories of childhood sleepovers…although now that I think about it– what a creepy game to play!!

Egg looks deliciously runny. That’s one thing I miss now that I’m pregnant that I never thought I would.


59 Susan October 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm

What salad dressing do you typically use for your salads? I noticed you have a few recipes uploaded for various salads, but what dressing did you use today?


60 KathEats October 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I don’t like bottled salad dressings and am too lazy to make homemade all the time, so my go-to dressing is a drizzle of really good olive oil, a flavored salt like lavender, rosemary or gray sea salt and a drizzle of honey for a touch of sweetness. I just drizzle it all directly onto the salad so there is no container to dirty up and it’s all on in 30 seconds


61 Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm

ooooh I think this looks delicious!!!


62 Lea @ Healthy Coconut October 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm

My wedding photographer used lightroom and even though he didn’t have a need to add more sunshine in our photos during our wedding in Puerto Vallarta, he used Lightroom to soften the sun and also add more orange-tint color during sunset shots.

The pictures came out so beautiful. I love Lightroom


63 val/lotsofdishes October 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm

oh i love that fake sunshine! we have real sunshine in Minnesota this week, but i’d love to lightroom my winters.


64 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather October 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Lightroom makes such a difference! Sad exploded egg :(


65 Natalie the Awesome October 3, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Bravo meal Kath (as always) 😀
btw that bread looks good+the raspberries are very colorful 😉


66 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth October 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I love eggs and I love salad but I couldn’t eat a runny egg on a salad. Yuck. Why not boil your egg to avoid explosions? Takes longer but it could cook while you chop the salad. I do not even have a microwave as I worry about the effect of the rays. Plus I try to cook using natural methods so the food does not become denatured. Do you ever worry about the effects of microwaving?


67 KathEats October 3, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Sometimes hunger doesn’t want to wait for an egg to boil…or to wash a another pan.

I do not worry about the effects of microwaves


68 Kristi @ Hiding in Honduras October 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm

What’s your RD take on how many eggs a healthy adult should eat a week? My hubs has high cholesterol (genetic) and has ditched eggs for the most part…down from 6-8/week to now maybe 1-2/week. I don’t have cholesterol problems and have never considered limiting my egg intake but recently a RD friend said even healthy adults should only eat ‘x’ many eggs per week.

We are skeptical of the meat products available in Honduras and therefore turn to eggs for easy protein fixes (and sardines, beans, etc). I’m interested to hear your thoughts!


69 KathEats October 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Hey Kristi,
This is the current recommendation of the ADA:

“Eggs are misperceived by many as a “forbidden” food. Today’s research shows that one egg yolk a day is okay for most healthy people, as long as their total cholesterol intake comes in at 300 milligrams a day or less. (One large yolk has about 185 milligrams of cholesterol; egg whites are cholesterol free.)”

Therefore, I’d say your husband is on the right track (depending on how high his cholesterol actually is). I think it’s fine to have one a day if your cholesterol is normal – or double up some days and skip a day. I think eating 2-3+ every single day is too much of a good thing – just like I’d say not to have 2-3 bananas everyday whereas one is fine.


70 Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog October 3, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Yum! That salad look tasty especially with an egg on it! :)


71 Noga from San Francisco October 3, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Hi Kath!
I have been reading your blog for a few months now and I really enjoy it. I wanted to ask, for the sake of those of us who are relatively new, can you tell the story of how you decided to start your own family business, what you guys did for a living before, how you decided on a bakery and how it all came to be? my husband and I are always dreaming about starting are own little cafe but it is such a huge step. Thanks!


72 KathEats October 3, 2011 at 7:02 pm
73 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) October 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm

thank god for photo editing. haha. it’s super dreary here! Raining all day…


74 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I love the before and after with Lightroom. I do much of my baking/desserts at night so my step by step photos are always adjusted for daylight hours after the fact. I never take the ‘final images’ pics at night, take those the next day, but the step by step & cooking is nighttime which is where LR is a god send!

a massive eggsplosion!! = oh, Ive done that. Last week!


75 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles October 3, 2011 at 5:54 pm

HOLY COW!!!!! Lightroom makes the world of difference! CRAZY!


76 crystal October 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I don’t get it. If you’re cold turn on the heat rather than freeze. I don’t get using arbitrary dates instead of the weather as a basis for heating and cooling decisions.


77 KathEats October 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I just put on a vest and was fine. It would have been stuffy this early with heat


78 Angelea October 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Being frugal can be fun! I like to challenge myself and see how long we can wait to turn the heat on. It turns into a game and it’s also a great way to actually experience the change in the season kind of like our ancestors did instead of living in a perfect 72 degree ambient temp all the time.


79 crystal October 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm

I’d rather be comfy than save $5 a month. And I keep my heat at 65 and my air at 80. It’s kind of insulting to assume everyone who listens to the weather keeps the heat and air at 72.


80 Elisabeth October 3, 2011 at 11:30 pm

I agree – too early for heat! It’s chilly this week, but will be back to warm next. We always wait to turn our heat on pretty much until it’s going to stay cold for the season. 😉


81 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 3, 2011 at 6:28 pm

The weather lately is making my photos look really gloomy too. But my photo editor is nowhere near as good as yours at making my pictures look sunny! 😛


82 Bridget in Richmond October 3, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Hi Kath –

I am a huge fan of goat and yogurt cheese instead of processed cream cheese. Do you have any recommendations on VA or other local really fresh-tasting goat cheeses? I like a bright, almost lemony flavor but the locals I’ve tried (I’m from Richmond) are usually more aged and earthy (dare I say goat-y?) tasting. THanks!
PS: Our 4-year old daughter made and enjoyed Kale Chips this weekend after watching your video. She’s a fan!


83 KathEats October 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Hey Bridget,
This one was actually made by a friend of mine who came across some goat’s milk, so it’s not for sale – but it is good! I haven’t tried many of the local ones except for Caromont at the farmer’s market, which is quite fabulous: http://www.caromontfarm.com/


84 Kris October 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I would be so frozen. We’ve been having cooler weather here in FL (high 70s/80) and our house is perfect at 75-76. I FREEZE if the house gets below 72, which it certainly does during the winter. LOL — there is a reason I’ve kept moving south my adult life.


85 Khushboo October 3, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Have you tried goat cheese and berries on a graham cracker? If not, do it! SO delicious and hits my frequent cheesecake craving :)!


86 Mahealani @ Pu`uhonua October 4, 2011 at 12:32 am

Wow, that raspberry sandwich looks wonderful, I love it on that plate too! I tried the eggy thing this morning and I think my power levels are different than yours… I will keep trying!


87 Christie October 4, 2011 at 8:42 am

Hi Kath,

I’m working on starting up a food blog out here in Seattle. I’ve been playing around with food photography lately, and I was loving the results – that is, until the Fall gloom came! Now I’m trying to figure out how to get great light again. Thanks for the comment on using Lightroom. I did a quick Google search, and it looks like it’s pretty expensive. Do you know how well one might be able to do the same edits you did with, say, Adobe Elements? Are there any tips you have for cloudy day photography in addition to post-prod editing?



88 KathEats October 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Hey Christie,
It’s not really any better of an editor than PSE, but it’s SO much more user friendly. You can do things in bulk and save actions and quickly apply them to a whole slew of photos. I MUCH prefer it to PSE. Definitely worth the money if you edit photos frequently


89 Christy October 4, 2011 at 9:06 am

I was tempted to turn the heat on last week (mornings in the low forties!) but this week we rebounded to summer (sunny and in the 70’s and 80’s)…they always say, if you don’t like the weather in MN, wait a minute. Glad I waited on the heat! Love the photo secrets :)


90 Sara October 4, 2011 at 10:15 am

Hey Kath,

I’m one of those long-time reader, first-time commenter sort of people. Actually, today may be the only day that I’ve read one of you blog posts and then decided to read the comment thread after it. Usually, I am more than pleased to come to your website and just read what you’ve written without reading what everyone else thinks. Too many opinions, in my opinion.

Anyway, I decided to read today and I must say I’m disappointed with the attitude *some* of your readers have. It’s so disheartening to read negative malarkey that someone decided it was important for you to hear just because someone rained on their parade. I’d like to think of myself as a infrequent but thoughtful commentator and I believe comments should do one of two things: first, promote analytical thought by responding with constructive (sometimes critical) feedback in a respectful and helpful manner and second, to inform the writer that what they’re doing is inspirational, helpful, useful, beautiful, thought-provoking or otherwise beneficial. The latter comments help inspire you to write more, right?! If someone doesn’t feel like commenting on the latter then they probably shouldn’t be reading this blog, am I right?

You inspire me. I think you’re charming and intelligent and I don’t really care if you post a salad with and egg on it or a G-Mail How-to-guide, what you’re producing is worth while and you should hear that! If someone doesn’t like KERF then they don’t have to read it. If they don’t “get it,” it’s not like you went to their home and shoved it in front of their computer screen.

Haters gonna hate but the nay-sayers should find better use of their time elsewhere. In my opinion. :)

P.S. I know that you know all that… but I just felt it needed to be said. Sorry if I took up a bunch of space in this comment thread. ><


91 KathEats October 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Thanks for your comment Sara!


92 Thealogian October 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Holy moly–your fake sunny day is quite an achievement!

Also…now, I want Raspberries…


93 Becca October 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm

You take lovely photos!


94 [email protected] October 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Hahaha…that’s so the reason I never dared to tried microwave poach eggs! Because I will so have egg explosion everytime! But I just love love love running yolks…on everything!


95 lauren @ spiced plate October 5, 2011 at 9:37 am

I love the brightness of these dishes! We can certainly use brightness on these gloomy days, although the sun is starting to peek out here in Maine. I’ve been craving eggs so strongly lately, so that dish literally just made my belly grumble!
I also love the tea towel in the last photo…I have a thing with tea towels!


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