Missing Goat Cheese

October 2, 2009

After working for a bit, I set out on a noontime walk in my neighborhood while chatting with my mom. I believe in active rest days like Meghann. I’ve got Race For The Cure in the morning and am a little sore from my run with Sarah yesterday so I decided a walk would be perfect. When I take complete rest days before races, I feel more sluggish than usual (water retention?) so the best activity for me is just something light. I talked to my mom for an hour – it sure went by fast!

At 1PM I was ready for lunch.

I made a salad out of some fun ingredients in the house. Boy would goat cheese have been nice on this! I really missed it.

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  • Bed of red leaf lettuce tossed in honey and olive oil
  • ~1/4 cup leftover navy beans
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1/4 green bell pepper
  • A few tablespoons of WHEATBERRIES which I haven’t had in ages!
  • 5 strawberries
  • 3 chopped dates
  • Toasted OhNuts.com pumpkin seeds

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On the side I had a slice of Great Harvest Dakota bread topped with cottage cheese, Fortnum and Mason raspberry jam and some Mix My Granola. Totally fun combo!

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I spotted some MORE roach wings in the living room – in the same spot as last time!! GROSS. Makes me think the body is decaying somewhere. I shook out the curtain but didn’t see anything drop. Eeeeks.

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I am sipping on some of Maggie‘s tea because I was cold. Matt is napping and we might take a trip out for some groceries a little later. Tonight is going to be low-key because tomorrow is jam-packed with the race early, early, early in the AM and then the annual Great Grapes Wine Festival at Symphony Park!

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1 Leianna October 2, 2009 at 1:30 pm

I bought some wheatberries the other day and glad I know where to put them now! Great salad, goat cheese addition sounds fantastic!

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2 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life October 2, 2009 at 1:40 pm

The toast looks so good! Good idea on the toppings!

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3 MelissaNibbles October 2, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Feta would be nice on there too. I enjoy strawberries in my salad too. Everyone think I’m nuts. They don’t know what they’re missing.

Good luck in your race!

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4 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 2, 2009 at 1:54 pm

I can’t decide which looks better…the oatmeal or the toast. Yummy.

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5 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 2, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Ah it all looks so good. Your bowl is beautiful!

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6 Tammy October 2, 2009 at 1:58 pm

You come up with the most unique combinations. Will you come cook for me?

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7 Maggie October 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Hope you like the tea!! I keep meaning to email everyone but the flavors were – cookie (not sure about the caffeine), toffee rooibos (no caffeine), green tea (probably a little caffeine), and an organic herbal one (no caffeine – the one in a real tea bag).

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8 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope October 2, 2009 at 2:04 pm

How nice that you had a chance to chat with your mom this morning. It’s always relaxing just to talk and catch up.

LOVE that bowl Kath! The pattern is gorgeous! Do you know where you bought it??

Have a wonderful afternoon!

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9 brandi October 2, 2009 at 2:09 pm

I love wheatberries! They’re good in just about everything.

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10 Food Makes Fun Fuel October 2, 2009 at 2:09 pm

So many great combos, I’m definitely a 2 or 3 ingredient kind of person but your stuff always is appealing

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11 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) October 2, 2009 at 2:09 pm

mmm, I would love some baked goat cheese on top of a salad right about now! my roomie and i are having a party this weekend and we bought a ton of cheese for appetizers: brie, iberica, cheddar, and gouda. yay!

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12 christie, honoring health October 2, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Have a nice Friday evening, mine starts in just over an hour and it isn’t coming fast enough!

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13 Stephanie October 2, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Lovin’ that topping filled bread slice, yum! I have yet to try goat cheese, don’t know why but it scares me for some reason? :/ what is wrong with me, I need to try this stuff and just get over it!

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14 ash @ on the rocks October 2, 2009 at 2:18 pm

I still have not been able to try wheatberries yet…i prob should get on that soon. They look delish.
Btw…goat cheese can make almost any dish better. So amazing.

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15 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers October 2, 2009 at 2:25 pm

one of my favorite salads is a strawberry & goat cheese salad so I feel ya! Still looks beyond delicious though!

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16 Christy October 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm

That salad & side of bread looks so tasty! I love berries on a salad…such pretty colors! :-D

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17 Kamaile October 2, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Have a great race!

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18 Emily, homecookedem October 2, 2009 at 3:21 pm

I still haven’t been able to find wheatberries! :(

Good luck on your race tomorrow!!!!!!

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19 Simply Life October 2, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Oh wow that salad and piece of bread look amazing!

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20 Whitney October 2, 2009 at 3:33 pm

I guess I’ll see you at the race tomorrow. Your back that is, lol. :D

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21 Sara October 2, 2009 at 3:57 pm

hey kath,
wow — i never thought of putting add-ons on cottage cheese on bread. that makes it sound so much more tasty (usually i don’t like it).

p.s:sorry i haven’t commented in forever. i just got back from a year overseas for dissertation research — i’ve been following the blog, but because of the time difference, didn’t do a lot of commenting…but been enjoying it all along!

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22 Ris October 2, 2009 at 4:06 pm

The salad looks delicious – I love the sweet/savory combo with fruits!
Sorry about the roaches, hopefully with winter they’ll disappear

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23 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm

return of the wheatberries!

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24 Kasey @ Fit For Wellness October 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Goat cheese is the best! I also like adding berries to my salads :)

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25 Dawn October 2, 2009 at 4:45 pm

That’s seriously some of the best looking toast I’ve ever seen!!! lol

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26 Daria (Summer of the CSAs) October 2, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Good luck tomorrow!!

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27 Lee October 2, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Hopefully the onset of cooler weather will take care of your little buggy problems.

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28 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) October 2, 2009 at 4:59 pm

That salad definitely wants goat cheese, looks greats! Good luck with the race tomorrow. Rest is good. :)

Jenn

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29 LOVES KERF!! October 2, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Tales of decaying roach parts and lovely food pics just don’t mix.

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30 Tay October 2, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Mmm I love your toast creation! Reminds me of your confetti oats. Confetti toast!

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31 Brie (The Fit Bride) October 2, 2009 at 5:42 pm

I love the pretty pink bowl!

Goat cheese on salads is amazing. Mmm.

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32 Mom October 2, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Sara,

This is Kath’s mom. Can you tell us where and what you were researching? Love research! Thanks, Barbara

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33 skinnyrunner October 2, 2009 at 6:02 pm

sounds like a perfect pre-race day to me… minus the roach wings of course. :)

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34 Adi (oatonomy.com) October 2, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Your photo of that bread is fantastic!

Geez, I have a jar of wheatberries just waiting to be cooked up… except they’ve been in the cupboard for, oh, a year? I should probably get on that.

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35 Cara (Cara Craves...) October 2, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Good luck with the race and have fun at the festival!
I love wine festivals :)

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36 melissa (fitnessnyc) October 2, 2009 at 6:40 pm

i love cc on toast! so good

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37 angieinatlanta October 2, 2009 at 7:29 pm

I like the idea of walking before a race; sounds like the perfect way to keep yourself limber and loose!

I adore goat cheese; it makes everything better!

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38 Jenna October 2, 2009 at 7:47 pm

the great harvest bread with cottage cheese looks great!
jenna

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39 thepinkpeppercorn October 2, 2009 at 8:01 pm

mmm, what a delicious day so far! Wine fest sounds fun too!!

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40 Abby October 2, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Love the bowl! Such pretty place settings! :)

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41 Sara October 2, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Dear Kath’s Mom,
I was living in Jerusalem, Israel — I am writing my dissertation about Jewish settlers on the West Bank.

Not terribly interesting to foodies, although a lot of the settlements are getting into the organic business. And of course, an entirely different food culture (you can definitely see why the Mediterranean diet works — when incredibly fresh tasty produce, whole grains, and various types of dairy are the cheapest thing you can buy and you pay a lot for packaged/imported goods, meat, etc. you “eat real food”)

Anyhow, I’m now back to my normal life, following KERF from Chicago.

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42 Fallon October 2, 2009 at 8:41 pm

I went to Great Harvest today and picked up a loaf of dakota bread (THE BEST!), their granola and they also have the naturally nutty toffee peanut butter. Little did I know the store had new owners and was giving away free loaves of bread. Since my mom was with me they gave us 2 loafs of the light whole wheat bread, I couldn’t believe all the bread I had! I had to finally go to Great Harvest because the bread you showed on your blog was making my mouth water for some nutty, grainy, soft, fresh bread!!

Good luck on your race tomorrow!

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43 Kath October 2, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Maggie,
Thanks!! I can’t wait to try the toffee!!!

Heather,
The bowl is from my grandmother, so I’m not sure where it came from.

Whitney,
LOL. I’ll keep my eyes out for you!! Eyes in the back of my head!!

Sara,
How cool! Welcome home.

Fallon,
enjoy!

Kath

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44 Jac October 2, 2009 at 8:53 pm

granola and bread? wow.. i’ll be trying that combo soon!
Jac

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45 Jacey October 4, 2009 at 4:18 am

Kath – Are you sure those are roach wings? Looks more like termites to me, esp since they are right under your window. I haven’t caught up on your whole blog yet – just reading to this point. We had termites when we lived in FL so that looks familiar to me… Good luck!

Love reading about your food and recipes!

jacey

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