Mountain Meal

February 1, 2008

We’re here! There’s ice on the trees, but I think the forecast is for mild temps tomorrow. I had a great night with my family!

Car Trip

It wasn’t a bad trip – only about 2 hours. I got some of my cultural foods work done (thanks to the husband for driving!). I had 2/3 a LaraBar and the very last of our veggies for a snack around 4:00 (the husband had 1/3 of the bar)

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Cocktail Hour

I started the night with a glass of wine around 6:30. The rest of the group started at 5 but I knew if I waited having a first drink out a little I’d be happier and not feel icky in the morning. We opened a Spanish red blend – it was great! We’re working on a jigzaw puzzle and have a fire going!

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Around 7:15 I started to get REALLY hungry but dinner wasn’t quite ready, so I had a couple almonds I packed from home. Perfect solution to tide hunger – (eww my fingers look gross and wrinkled!)

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Dinner

The husband and I volunteered to do dinner – whole wheat pasta with grilled eggplant and zucchini and Al Fresco brand chicken sausage (there’s a nice gas grill here), homemade tomato sauce (made at home and brought in a tupperware) and Parmesan cheese. Sourdough bread on the side!

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I eyeballed a cup of pasta, about 1/4 cup veggies (wish I could have had more!), 1/3 a whole chicken sausage, 1/2 a cup of homemade sause and 1/2 tbsp cheese:

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Plus about 1 oz of sourdough on the side -

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And another 2-3 oz wine!

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Dessert

We made No Pudge Brownies! I’ve had this mix on hand for a while now and was glad to finally make them (I’ve had these before though and liked them in the past). Tonight’s were GREAT (I think they were mentioned in the comments a few days ago). They are fudgey and moist and the only addition to the mix is vanilla yogurt. I had twice as much as I had hoped to have (basically 2 instead of 1) but they were GOOD, especially the end pieces :)

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Plus a cup of caffeine free orange tea while the brownies cooked -

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Tomorrow

Tomorrow’s the big ski day! I’m not a great skier, so I’m kind of nervous. I’ve been a few times, but not enough to be comfortable. And like many adults, I feel like I get worse at everything as I get older. We’re doing a full day, so I probably won’t be blogging until after dinner.

See you tomorrow night :)

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1 Ana February 1, 2008 at 10:54 pm

I love NC! The mountains are spectacular (my family is always taking trips to the Smokeys, which are near us). My friends actually own a cabin in Waynesville (i think i spelled that right?) and it is absolute HEAVEN to go up there. It’s so peaceful, and the town in the valley is so cute and has these amazing ceramic and artsy shops! I don’t know what it is about the mountains that just puts me in a peaceful mood? I am so jealous b/c i have never been skiing! It sounds like so much fun…add that to my list of things to do before i’m thirty! ^_^ I actually spotted that mix in the grocery store and almost bought it several times. So you give it the ok? I guess i’ll have to buy it next time. Have a blast on the slopes!

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2 bev February 1, 2008 at 11:04 pm

It looks like your having a great time. Your candles ( in the background ) look like the ones you have at your home :)
careful on he slopes tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend

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3 Kristin February 2, 2008 at 2:08 am

That is so funny, I’m reading the same text book for my “Food, Nutrition, and People” course! I’m in school to be a dietitian as well!
Good luck with the reading! =)

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4 krissie February 2, 2008 at 7:57 am

Where in NC are you staying? I have such a soft spot for Asheville, but I don’t ski so I don’t know if you could be anywhere close to there. But if you ever end up in Asheville, I could give great dining suggestions!

I love your blog. I love seeing the pretty and healthy foods you eat. It inspires me to do the same.

Have a great weekend and be safe!

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5 Kath February 2, 2008 at 8:00 am

Krissie,
We’re in Boone/Beech Mountain but I LOVE Asheville. It’s the most romantic weekend getaway there is – we try to go once a year and stay at a B&B. And you’re right, the restaurants are fabulous. We love the Laughing Seed since we’re hippies :) The harmony bowl there with brown rice and tofu is my favorite!

Thanks for your compliments on the blog,

Kath

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6 Marcy February 2, 2008 at 8:48 am

Does anyone know if ankle weights are safe?

I know my sister was told by her doctor that doing jumps (she was on dance team) with ankle weights is dangerous, and I heard that running with ankle weights is also dangerous. I want to do a weight lifting video that requires ankle weights- but am afraid its not safe. Thanks!

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7 goalie30 February 2, 2008 at 8:59 am

Marcy,
If the aerobics is lower impact and the weights are light (5 pounds or less) you should be fine…if you were to wear heavier weights and try to do harder impacts activities such as distance running, it can really wear on the joints and over a long period might even be a cause of arthritis.

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8 Kate February 2, 2008 at 9:21 am

Marcy,

This information was posted on another blog on Self.com, called “Fit in Fitness” about ankle weights. I hope it clarifies ankle weights for you!!

“I used to think that walking with ankle weights was a sure fire way to burn more calories and get more bang out of my workout. I even hit the park with ankle weights while chasing after the kids, or tossed them on while doing housework. Turns out I was wrong! Wearing ankle weights while walking, actually compromises your natural stride. It slows you down and puts a strain on ligaments, tendons, and even your knees. And wearing the weights burns only a few extra calories, nothing significant. So, instead of a weighted walk just increase your pace. Speeding it up provides the same desired results without the risk of injury. Happy walking :)

*Same goes for wrist weights, or carrying weights in your hands while walking!”

The website is: http://www.self.com/fitness/blogs/fitinfitness

Hope it helps!

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9 Marcy February 2, 2008 at 9:32 am

Thanks guys (or I should say girls!)……I don’t plan on using it for aerobics, it is a strength training workout- do you think thats ok?

I really do not want to get arthritis when I am older (its not worth it!)

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10 VTVegetarian February 2, 2008 at 9:37 am

Although I have been reading this blog for quite some time now, I have never commented for some reason! Just wanted to drop you a quick line and let you know how fantastic your blog is! Keep up the good work!

PS-I LOVE Larabars!!!!! They are the best bar out there AND vegan!!!!!

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11 VeggieGirl February 2, 2008 at 9:38 am

sounds/looks like you’re off to a great start already with your trip – I can’t WAIT to hear how your ski adventure goes!! best of luck, and BE CAREFUL/SAFE!! and have fun, of course :0D

I had that same Larabar flavor yesterday – such a delectable snack!

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12 bev February 2, 2008 at 10:03 am

Just watched “Jamie at home ” food network . He did a whole show on MUSHROOMS…..Lovely !!! Did you get to see it ?

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13 Nancy February 2, 2008 at 10:08 am

In what way are you a “hippie?”

A hippie is someone who is socially concious at her core. All I have seen from you is narcissm, a sense of entitlement and someone who relishes in being a victim. I think you are the antithisis of being a hippie. You cannot even manage to forgo your color coordinated lunch accessories for a more environmentally protective container. (I don’t recall food scales being permitted at peace rallies!)

You may think it’s a cute, celebrity-ish thing to call yourself a hippie, but you are no hippie. Perhaps if you put a little less energy into maintaining your tightly controlled, self-indulgent lifestyle, you might find there is a whole world of causes in need of help.

I was an early fan of your blog, but lately it has become apparent that there is just no substance or curiousity to you as a person. Your life revloves around your body. Where’s the cultural and social interests? Don’t you care about the larger world in which you live?

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14 Jem February 2, 2008 at 10:25 am

It isn’t fair to make assumptions about Kath’s life, passions, covictions, etc. based on what she writes on her food blog other than she is passionate about healthy eating! This is a FOOD BLOG. I just take it for what it is, and I enjoy it! Thanks for sharing, Kath : )

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15 rachel February 2, 2008 at 10:58 am

kath–where are you in the nc mountains? im up at my parents cabin in banner elk for my birthday. sadly, i wont be doing any skiiing this weekend! none the less, its so beautiful here!
enjoy your vacation.

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16 Jules February 2, 2008 at 10:59 am

Nancy, I’m pretty sure that she called herself a hippie as a joke, because she and Matt like to eat tofu. I think you may have looked into it a little bit too much…

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17 Sam February 2, 2008 at 11:05 am

Just curious, for all you people who hate kath so much, find her blogging to be so superficial, argue that she lacks altruism, and is doing nothing to help improve society………why do you read her blog? And more importantly, if you care so much about improving man kind why don’t you start with treating people (all people, no matter what they choose to do, be it blog about food or be blog about their volunteer work) with respect and civility. Before worrying about Kath, why not step back and think about how rudely you are treating a human being. You may volunteer, but I am not sure how treating people so disrespectfully makes you a better person.

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18 Rachel February 2, 2008 at 11:26 am

I don’t think nancy was incorrect. She has a right to defend what a hippie represents to her. Kath should probably be as concious of what she says as what she eats. Maybe her off the cuff remarks are funny to some, but they are getting a little old to others because they aren’t backed by any substance.

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19 Alicia February 2, 2008 at 11:27 am

Hi Kath,

Hope you’re enjoying your holiday. :) I know what you mean about the almonds comment. I was feeling peckish during church service today and had almonds to tide my hunger as I had a yummy french dinner coming up and didn’t want to spoil my appetite.

I had garlic bread with pork rillettes to start, 3 oysters, fresh figs with balsamic vinegar dressing and a bit of foie gras for appetisers. My entree was ‘catch of the day’ plus some kind of veg and also had some steak from my bf. Dessert was strawberry blanc manger with peppermint tea. Oh, I also tried 2 types of red wine. Dinner was sooo good!

Sorry for ranting about my dinner but just wanted to share:) Hope that everyone is eating well :P

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20 Sam February 2, 2008 at 11:31 am

Right but that’s my point, she can say what she wants, stop reading if her comments are getting old to you. And I know you are going to reply that you can say what you want too, and while that’s true, my point is that if you feel the need to make rude remarks than you are no better than Kath’s supposed superficiality (which I disagree with, but that’s not the point of my post).

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21 NONEOFYOURBUSINESS February 2, 2008 at 11:46 am

Kath, Have a great time skiing. Don’t forget to wear matching heart rate monitors so we know how many calories you burned while skiing.

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22 Allison February 2, 2008 at 11:54 am

Nancy,

Why is it acceptable to be so incredibly judgemental and critical on blogs? Do you say those kinds of things to people you know? Constructive criticism is one thing, rudeness and frankly just plain being mean is another. You don’t know Kath and she is blogging about one aspect of her life, not all of it. I don’t pretend to know her as a person just from this.

Kath, I know you are just blogging about food. Thanks, I really enjoy it.

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23 Sara B!!! February 2, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Hey Kath,
I love your blog!! You put so much effort into it and I really appreciate it! I’m learning a lot!!

Did you decide to ski or snowboard? I’m going on a snowboarding trip to Maine in 3 weeks and I’m nervous because I’ve only done it once and that was 5 years ago. Let us know how it goes!

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24 Jenna February 2, 2008 at 12:42 pm

I think once Kath has kids she will loosen up…that seems to be the big wake up call for many women.

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25 Just Curious! February 2, 2008 at 1:04 pm

In no way do I mean for this to come of judgemental or negative I’m just curious about something.

Kath- I see you still measured eveything out for your mean even though your outside your home and on a “mini” vacation. Do you ever not measure or weigh or think about how much you have eaten? I’m all for a healthy lifestyle and I like to keep tabs on my health as well but do you ever just enjoy a meal without putting so much mental energy into it?

I really do love your blog, so don’t stop doing what you are doing. I just had to ask.

And to everyone else that might take my comments as negative- they are not. I am very health concious myself and everyone does what works for them!

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26 kellie February 2, 2008 at 1:27 pm

None of your Business – Funny! My guess is that you were being sarcastic in suggesting that Kath track her calories burned on the slopes! I was figuring she would too (if not with a monitor I am sure it is foremost on her mind.)

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27 Alison February 2, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Hi Kath, have a fun time skiing! Just wanted to say how much I love your blog. I really enjoy hearing about your day and seeing the beautiful and creative meals you put together. I’ve learned a lot from you and appreciate the time and effort you put into this blog. Thanks so much!

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28 mel February 2, 2008 at 2:29 pm

hey guys!I hate to be so blunt, but some of you all are being just plain bitches! there is no need to pick apart every little thing Kath says, does or eats. There are better things to do with your time and I’m sure if someone analyzed each on of us (myself included) they would be plenty of things to scrutinize. Take the blog for what it is- a food blog that helps you get tips, food ideas and recipies. Everyone calm down and enjoy the weekend!! xoxo

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29 kelly February 2, 2008 at 3:01 pm

yikes…some of you guys are mean.

Marcy- im a personal trainer and ankle weight are ok when you are doing strength exercises ( like lying leg lifts, etc) but i would avoid wearing them while doing anything balistic (jumping, running, climbing stairs, etc.) they make weighted vests now, which is supposed to add more weight to you for a better workout while distributing it as evenly as possible, which is kind of interesting. i dunno if i would want to use one though.

Kath- just to let you know i took a page from you book and added pumpkin puree to my oatmeal this morning. deliscious and tons of vitamin A…thanks for the tip.

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30 kelly February 2, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Also- can anyone tell me how in the world to cook eggplant?? no matter what i do it always shrivels and dries up. i always follow a recipe but i cant ever get it to work…any ideas?

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31 goalie30 February 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm

I’ve had that brand of chicken sausage and the No Pudge Brownies before, and for those who are just getting into the realm of some of the “health foods” out there, these are definitely tasty alternatives to the full fat laden sausages and brownies out there, and you won’t miss the fat, because they taste great (not mixed together of course!)…

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32 goalie30 February 2, 2008 at 3:26 pm

It’s really discouraging to see so much negativity enter the site in the past few days….for those who are concerned about the calorie counting and exercise, why don’t you go check out one of the other blogs out there (which IS run by an RD) where she subsists on unbalanced meals of cereal and soups most days of the week. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, this particular site I feel is representing a good variety in her daily intake of ALL the food groups along with well frequent meals and snacks well spaced out throughout the day and she gets regular exercise, both cardio and weight lifting, which is a GREAT combo to decrease the risk of future cardiovascular/heart disease and osteoporosis. Enough with the negative comments, if you don’t have something to say that would be HELPFUL in helping Kath to change the blog in a GOOD way, DON”T say it here, it’s NOT appreciated by the MAJORITY of the readers here.

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33 Amy A. February 2, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Hey Kath!

Your blog is great and you have an ever increasing following of dedicated readers. You have fans and then you have haters who find you worthy enough for them to spend their time and energy criticizing you. And then they come back, day after day, meal after meal, to do it again. They just can’t get enough of you! That’s so awesome. No one ever got ahead in this world by creating complacency. You are on your way to success at this early/preparatory phase of your career. “Hate is often an obverse form of love.”

ALSO, growing up, my family always fought over the edges of the brownies- mom, dad, 2 bros, me and sister – we’d get into some heated arguments, to say the least! Well, check out this pan: http://www.bakersedge.com
I haven’t bought one yet, but I’ve had my eye on it. It has one, singular purpose, and therefore not efficient use of space-friendly, but if you really like the edges, it might be worth it!!!

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34 Kim Mitchell February 2, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Hi Kelly:

I have a nice stuffed eggplant recipe that I do fairly often. It’s pretty easy. Just cut the eggplant in half lengthwise. No need to peel. You will use a fork to hollow out the eggplant. Save the outershell. Sautee the scooped out eggplant with a little extra-virgin olive oil for a bit until done. Preheat your oven to about 375 degrees. Restuff the sauteed eggplant. Top with reduced fat ricotta cheese and some parmesan. (sometimes I add sundried tomato). Put these eggplant boats in a baking pan and weight until the top gets golden brown/bubbly. If you want eggplant cutlets the key when you slice it is to salt them a bit to get out the bitterness. I sometimes blot with papertowel to get out the extra moisture. I dredge the peeled eggplant (1/2 inch thick slices) in egg, milk, breadcrumbs and can use them in eggplant parm or other dished.

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35 kelly February 2, 2008 at 4:11 pm

thanks kim! ive never thought of stuffing them before, i’ll have to give that a try, definately with tomatoes.

I know a lot of people are referring to the eatlikeme blog on self. i started out reading that one and after everyone commented on how great kath’s blog is i started reading this one as well. i think its unfair to compare the two. Kath has a huge passion for making elaborate, healthy meals that she likes to share. Cristin’s blog isnt as passionate, and i dont mean that in a a bad way. its just supposed to to show what she eats at every meal, period. it seems like a pointless blog but, but based on what it is there for, she is doing her job. lets face it, people not eating enough isnt a huge problem in out society. id rather see someone not eat enough while eating the right things than see the lines at drive-thru’s wrapping around the block. i think we need to to keep it in perspective, Cristin and Kathy eat better than about 90% of the people i know. give em a break.

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36 eliza February 2, 2008 at 5:05 pm

has anyone read the secret ??
I skimmed it and realized that a lot of it pertains to exercise and eating healthy.

It really did open my eyes to how positive thinking can really and truly help.
the mind-body connection is amazing!!:)

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37 Jerri February 2, 2008 at 5:29 pm

i dont buy the whole “secret” thing. it leaves the individual with no accountability. if you want something hard enough youll get it? what about going out there and making it happen? and if you dont get, well then you just didnt want it bad enough. i dont buy it. you have to work for things, theres no easy way out.

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38 julie February 2, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Goalie – You could have easily made your point (seeing as how you were yelling throughout) without slamming another blogger. You are as rude as everyone who is insulting Kath.

Tip: This is a group discussion. It isn’t necessary for you to post as if you are lecturing a bunch of kids. We’re really smart. Many of us know more than you. You are condescending in your tone and domineering. You aren’t the leader of this blog, you are a participant. Thank you.

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39 kh February 2, 2008 at 7:06 pm

I agree – I find it really obnoxious that goalie chooses to slam the other blogger who IS an actual qualified nutrition professional when goalie is not (although she likes to pretend that she is). She has done this on more than one occasion. It is ironic that she posts about how “discouraging” it is to see negativity on this blog an then turns around and slaps another blogger in the face!! But the more annoying part of her rants is that she out and out does not tell the truth while slogging the other blogger. That person clearly DOES NOT subsist on soup and cereal..her diet is varied and perfectly fine.

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40 Brianna February 2, 2008 at 7:39 pm

I don’t understand why Goalie claims not to have enough time to start her own blog, but yet she is on here ALL THE TIME giving her two cents to every question?

I personally wouldn’t prefer to see someone obsess and count and worry, over someone who listens to their body and is RELAXED about life. My personal opinion though…what works for some doesnt work for others! We all have a different personality and I guess that is truly reflected when you compare amongst all the food blogs. For some food takes center stage, and for others it is just an important and mindful side show.

I love the great meal ideas and inspiration, so I will continue to read it even if I don’t agree with everything Kath does. That is life!

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41 KC February 2, 2008 at 7:52 pm

I agree, I am so over seeing goalie’s comments! I skip over it every time I see her name…

But anyway, what I really wanted to comment on was all the recent controversy regarding Kath and every aspect of her life. While I tend to side with the critics who find her annoying, narcissistic (sp?), and self-righteous, it doesn’t matter because I will still continue to read this blog. Probably for much the same reason I check in on a daily basis with Perez Hilton to see what’s happening with Britney and all the other Hollywood crazies…I, like many other Americans, have a voyeuristic tendency and this blog definitely feeds that!

Sorry – that was off on a tangent – because what I really wanted to say is that no matter who loves her and who hates her, Kath’s ultimate goal – pulling in readers – is being accomplished here. Someone the other day mentioned something about how she does this out of the goodness of her own heart, to help us lowly readers, but I have to disagree with that notion. Obviously, with this blog she is working to make a name for herself.

Is everyone familiar with a little lady named Rachael Ray? She has a league of haters so big and strong that over the past few years they’ve made their own websites dedicated to bashing her food, character, you name it. Which, clearly, only added to her visibility and she’s been laughing all the way to the bank ever since. I’m not saying Kath and Rachael are similar – they’re really not – but they DO have one trait in common…they both have very “extreme” personalities. Which, I guess, is why some people love Kath so much and others are so repulsed.

Either way, we’re ALL feeding both her ego and her career goals by participating in this little flurry of activity around her!

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42 evangeline February 2, 2008 at 7:53 pm

i love the boone area. espresso news is great for coffee and chocolate. angelicas is a great vegetarian place–though it’s closed for remodeling. melanies is great for breakfast (soysage biscuits, healthy omelets, tofu scramble, granola and fruit, etc…).

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43 kaitlin February 2, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Kath,
The pasta looks delicious. It makes me want to add eggplant to some of my own recipes. It’s a great flavor and a great color, too!

also, an outsider’s observation–

I just found this blog and have glanced at its archives. Although Kath did suggest that her comment section operate “forum style,” I think it is a little tacky to comment not TO her–not to others about FOOD–but to others, about her. It’s like gossiping about someone in that person’s home.
As this is Kath’s personal space, I would think it is most respectful to comment about her directly (i.e. in a comment directed to her), or to keep the forum centered on health questions.

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44 sue February 2, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Well, KC – I pretty much agree with everything you said. I for one appreciate your candor. You got it right, even though I know nobody else will admit it and I am sure your post will cause all sorts of controversy and a round of denials and invitations to leave. Yeah for boldness!

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45 Jen February 2, 2008 at 8:31 pm

KC, you are right! Kath is an extremist and can be obnoxious in an in-your-face way, just like Rachel Ray! She is quite the self promoter too!

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46 kaitlin February 2, 2008 at 8:48 pm

All I can say–KC, Sue and Jen: your comments are criticisms, and they are not constructive. Please remember that Kath will be reading your comments! Finally, it is unkind to call her “in-your-face” when this is an online blog that you choose to read.

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47 Lola February 2, 2008 at 9:07 pm

KC,

That was truly the best post I’ve read on here. I agree with you 100% about everything you wrote! In addition, it was HILARIOUS!

p.s. Has the email address always been required or is that something Kath added to deter “anonymous” postings?

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48 Just Curious! February 2, 2008 at 9:47 pm

You can just make up an e-mail…fyi…

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49 whatever February 2, 2008 at 10:04 pm

Yeah, I guess the husband took matters into his own hands. Remember when he threw a fit and scolded us for neglecting to include our proper names?

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50 Beth February 2, 2008 at 10:35 pm

God. Yawn. You people are majorly lame. I’m glad it makes you feel so good to be RIGHT about someone you don’t even know. And I’m talking to people on both sides here.

Think I’ll find a new blog…

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51 Puffins February 2, 2008 at 10:55 pm

Query: Kath, is it that you wanted to be nice and make nice meals for your family, or is that you saw a way to further control your food consumption on you relaxing vacation?

KC – You are right.

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52 J February 3, 2008 at 7:26 am

Puffin- I wondered that to. I am guessing the latter.

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53 Kath February 3, 2008 at 8:52 am

VTVegetarian,
Thanks for the comment!! I’ve really only had the chocolately Larabar flavors and really liked the apple pie. I have lemon and cherry to try too (bought a combo box for cheap). I love the concept of healthy raw things being compacted into a bar. And I like to eat them reallly slowly too.

Rachel,
Happy Birthday!! We drove through Banner Elk yesterday! Have a fun rest-of-the-weekend!

Just Curious,
I posted the measurements for those who might be interested to know about how much of each thing I ate, since it’s hard to judge from photos. I just eyeballed everything, but yes, I was thinking about portions when I was serving myself. But not for the reasons the critics of this blog might assume – I was thinking about how hungry I was and what I wanted to eat the most of to satisfy my hunger. Isn’t that what everyone does when they serve themselves a meal? It took me a split second to decide I wanted 1 cup of pasta instead of two and I enjoyed every bite. Knowing my portions in no way affected my enjoyment of the meal. Hope that helps answer your question.

Alison and Amy A,
Thanks for your nice comments :) I like how chewy the crust of brownies gets, but I also like it when the middle is still brownie batter (I’m a HUGE batter person!) I’ve seen that pan before – smart person who thought of it!

Kath

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54 SML February 3, 2008 at 8:58 am

Classic eating disorder behavior.Someone is in denial. Controlling at every step. One bite of everything (except salad).

So, I suppose us critics won’t get a shout out and a happy smiley face from Kath who thinks she is God’s gift! One big brat!

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55 Alicia February 3, 2008 at 10:03 am

I think we should all respect the bloggers and I do enjoy reading Cristin’s, Jenna’s and Kath’s blogs very much. They are all different and has their own good points.

To Kath’s distractors: Please do not stay on this blog if you do not like Kath. It’s as simple as that. Do not spoil the blog atmosphere for people who are genuinely interested in what Kath has to say. I am sick of all the negativity around.

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56 Stephanie February 3, 2008 at 10:11 am

Kath, I’m just curious what your plans are with the content of this blog when you return from your vacation. Given that many readers do not appreciate the heavy focus on weighing foods, calorie counting, and calories burned- are you considering not including those things in the future?

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57 J February 3, 2008 at 11:23 am

On another forum someone posted about this blog having a negative impact on her recovering from her eating disorder. Since reading she has felt her eating disorder tendencies were coming back. She felt like intuitive eating wasn’t enough and she should count and weigh everything and get a heart rate monitor to count how many calories burned when working out.. etc. Thankfully she realized she shouldn’t go down this path but it was apparent that this blog DOES have a neg. impact on some. I am also willing to bet that a lot of people who read this blog do have some sort of distorted eating (myself included) so please stop with the excessive counting and weighing and measuring. It makes people feel like they should and that they aren’t good enough when they don’t….

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58 kelli February 3, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Yes, I know. Even for those of us who are pretty normal with food, this blog just has a way of making one feel inadequate and bad about ourselves because we can’t (or don’t want to) spend the time cooking complicated masterpiece meals three times every day or we don’t workout like a maniac every single day or we don’t monitor every single crumb we eat to be sure it fits into our net allowence after purging our calories eaten at the gym or we heavens! we eat a meal that doesn’t hit every food group. Oh my! This woman is like a martha stewart of calories and exercise – unreleneting, perfectionstic, completely unobtainable for people who want real lives filled with real things. At the end of the day, all Kath has to show for herself is that she met her net calories. One day she will realize that is a pretty empty life.

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59 Nancy February 3, 2008 at 6:10 pm

Hi Kath,

I would just like to say that I completely understand where you are coming from in the way you post, eat, exercise, etc. I think people forget that at one point you were at a weight that you were unhappy with and through hard work, you have reached a point that you are confident and proud of…. more importantly, one you are HAPPY with. I was once at a point where I was overweight and once you lose the weight through hard work and healthy eating, it feels SO GOOD that you ENJOY eating healthy foods and exercising because you are finally at a point where you feel good about yourself and are confident so maintaining that becomes fun. Learning about new foods, new products, etc. You are doing great, you look great, and those of us who have been where you’ve been can completely understand and do NOT in any way think you have any type of eating disorder, you are just HAPPY because you have a healthier relationship with your food and body and thats something very admirable! I know it feels good after once being unhappy and frustrated. Keep up the great job, you look amazing and me and many of my girlfriends have picked up a lot of great ideas from your foods!

Stay happy and healthy,
Nancy

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60 Shelley February 4, 2008 at 5:26 pm

YUM that dinner looks good! I really need to start cooking more. Everytime I read your blog I get food envy, haha.

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61 Jen February 4, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Just a little brownie tip on the “No Pudge” brownies– they are even better when made as individual servings in the microwave! The directions are on the box (I think it’s 1 tbs yogurt and 2 tbs mix, or vice versa), you just stir the two together, microwave for a minute, and you have a portion-controlled, uber-gooey treat. Yumm!

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