Nowhere Therefore Everywhere

February 15, 2010

I had a nice afternoon at the second health dept location. Worked on a handout on good choices in the grocery store as my first assignment and will be doing a big presentation on why whole foods are better than frankenfoods at the end.

Afternoon trail mix snack!!! Held me over well because I took a long time to eat it.


I came home in such a happy mood due to my shorter 19-minute commute.

And that’s when the night went downhill.

I got a headache.

And then there was a giant roach on the ceiling of the kitchen.

Matt went to get it down and when reaching to pick it up with a paper towel, it disappeared. Matt actually took off all of his clothes because he thought the roach MUST have crawled inside.

Two hours later we have no idea where it went.

You see, I am TERRIBLY CLAUSTROPHOBIC and since we had no idea where the roach went, he was everywhere. Crawling on me. In drawers. Peeking out of edges. I literally made myself sick with fright. I know I pretty much ruined the evening, but I couldn’t help it :(

My hero made dinner (a very complicated one). I think he felt bad for letting the sucker go.

On the menu was Dr. Kracker lasagna!

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The recipe came with my shipment of crackers to review and I knew I wanted to make it!! Layers of crackers instead of noodles with mushrooms and greens and cottage cheese.

Hope you can read the recipe! (Click to enlarge)


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So how was the taste? It was good, but it wasn’t as good as I had counted on. I think next time I would only use one box of crackers and really amp up the fillers. This was more like 3 baked and slightly chewy crackers with a very, very thin layer of swiss chard (which we subbed for spinach) and mushrooms. And knowing that these crackers are 100 calories a piece, I knew my piece was pretty calorie-dense as well and wanted a greater ratio of cracker to veggie! The cottage cheese, milk and egg was completely absorbed. Because Dr. Krackers are really good in general, it tasted really good, but I think the recipe itself needs tweaking. And as Matt pointed out, with TWO boxes of crackers, it was quite expensive! Stick to one and fill ‘er up!

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We ate in the kitchen because the dining room was dark and dangerous

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I didn’t have much of an appetite, but I had a bite of Matt’s seconds.

Harry Potter told me I needed chocolate to recovery from tonight’s trauma

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Going up to read in bed because I’m not about to spend another minute downstairs. Don’t even want to think about the morning :(

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1 Kati @ Living Well February 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Gross roaches!!! I’m so sorry :< Hope the chocolate helped 😉


2 Stacey February 15, 2010 at 7:56 pm

:( Stupid roach! Those things make me jittery too, and don’t worry, I’m sure Matt understands :) Haha..”frakenfoods” that’s funny 😀


3 Cole February 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Sorry about the horrible roach :( Chocolate is a cure-all though!


4 Heather February 15, 2010 at 8:02 pm

oh wow I would have freaked out! I hate bugs! I don’t blame you one bit!


5 Food Makes Fun Fuel February 15, 2010 at 8:07 pm

I feel like mushy crackers just wouldn’t be as appealing


6 Wendy February 15, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I moved to Ohio after being born and raised in New Orleans. The ONLY good thing about Ohio is there are NO roaches!!! The roaches in New Orleans are the worst and my husband would “miss” all the time. Many sleepless nights for me. Close your bedroom door and spray (Raid) the entire perimeter of your door entrance esp. the carpet. This trick works for my mental health. This also works for the “boogie man” once ya’ll have children!


7 Kath February 16, 2010 at 8:15 am

Awww love the boogie man :)


8 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 15, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I would feel the same way about the roach. :( Hope you get some sleep tonight.


9 Hannah February 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm

And butterbeer. Don’t forget the butterbeer!

I hate that feeling, and in fact, am having a similar fear tonight, as a spider crawled across the floor of my hostel room and I don’t know where it went. Please don’t have it be in my suitcase!

Hope your little blighter is gone for good!


10 Rachael February 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm

AH I have SUCH a phobia of cockroaches. I would be standing on a chair crying if I were you!


11 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Hmm…very interesting idea!!! Sorry it didn’t turn out quite as well as you’d hoped!


12 Abby February 15, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Oh no! I’d be freaking out too! I hope tomorrow is better for you!


13 Ella February 15, 2010 at 8:16 pm

I have a friend who used to be EXTREMELY frightened of all kinds of creepy crawlers, but she was able to get over her fear through, er, intense mental exercise I guess you could call it. She would remind herself that she was much bigger than the roach, much stronger than the roach, and, after all, if the roach DID touch her, it couldn’t do anything to harm her. Have you ever tried anything like that? Do you think it could help? :)


14 Kath February 16, 2010 at 8:16 am

Well when they are visible – as in crawling across the floor – SLOWLY – I am not that afraid. It’s more about their speed and then going into hiding where they could pop out. I’m more claustrophobic when I’m trapped with them then anything else. So not sure how to get around that psychologically. If there was ANYTHING living trapped with me I’d be scared.


15 Cynthia (It All Changes) February 15, 2010 at 8:16 pm

I have a huge fear of roaches so I feel your pain. Get some rest and hopefully your hero finds the vile thing.


16 Allie February 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm

oh, gross, roach. i got sort of nauseous reading about it. i hope your husband get it. i live alone and had a mouse running around…there were a lot of sleepless nights thinking i would be killed by a mouse.


17 Cristina February 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm

That looks super yummy and what a crafty idea to use crackers!


18 Danielle (Coffee Run) February 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm

That’s a really unique way to use those crackers! I’m surprised they were chewy- I think I’d like them mushy :)

In regards to the roach: EW.


19 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm

My apt was infested with roaches this fall. Three entire house sprays later and they are finally gone – thank goodness!


20 Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm

so interesting! I would never have thought to use crackers! gaaaah the mystery roach would have freaked me out, as well!


21 Dynamics February 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm

No roaches allowed at my house, no bugs either for that matter. I pay dearly to be sprayed monthly so they NEVER enter my home. I saw one of those big black roaches outside a long time ago and called my bug service to come back and spray and they asked me to wait until I saw two roaches…NO WAY, two can make babies. I think you will be fine. They like to come out at night so in the morning you will be okay. You will be fine.


22 Sara February 15, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Ewwww! I HATE roaches! I scream like a 5 year old whenever I see one and yell until the boyfriend comes to kill it….I also will stand on whatever furniture I can find, like that will stop the bug from getting me. haha


23 Tracey February 15, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Dumbledore was right – chocolate makes it all better! And try to clear your mind before going to bed tonight. I’d hate for you to lose sleep over it. :(


24 [email protected]:// February 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm

It’s an interesting idea with the crackers, but I can understand the disappointment with the filler.


25 sarah (shep) February 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm

when i still lived in Raleigh, our house had a roach problem. one night, i was home alone and saw a roach in the bathroom… and proceeded to duct tape myself INTO my bedroom (i put tape on allll of the possible entryways for the little terd… the doors, windows, etc) and my roommates saved my life when they got home. and that same night, we encountered 3 more. my roommate and i even moved the entire stove unit out to kill a roach who tried to escape.

i’ll stop now. i’m getting the heeby jeebies. i guess what i was trying to say was i know what you’re feeling and i hope you can sleep it off! good luck in the morning


26 Ally (Exercise and Pies) February 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

hmmm, cracker lasagna is definitely unique, seems like it would be a good comfort food in the winter. reminds me of veggie soup and crackers for some reason


27 Karla February 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Oh no!! I hate roaches too!! When I was little, my grandma’s house in Guatemala had the grossest, BIGGEST roaches ever. In Guatemala they fly! Even freakier! I always have a hard time sleeping when I visit my relatives.
What an interesting recipe! Filling is definitely the best part of any lasagna for me. I’m not a huge fan of pasta. I might give this a try!


28 Jessica February 15, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Feel better soon! Roaches suck.


29 Daniel February 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I have yet to ever encounter a roach in my life and I know the day that I do, anyone around me will be laughing hysterically as I absolutely >freak=]


30 Daniel February 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

I hope your day gets better after you find it and terminate it!!
(My comment got cut off, sorry for the double post, I’m not too sure what happened.)


31 GurlOnA"Diet" February 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

omg i’m sooo sorry…i hope you find it! i hated having roaches…:shudders:


32 Leena February 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm

ugh! i hate roaches! hope you feel better!
that lasagna is so interesting! i would’ve never thought to have used dr. krackers in place of noodles, but it’s a really good idea! i’ll have to try out the recipe sometime, although i think i may have to take your advice and just use one box and more fillings, i like the fillings more than the noodles anyway! yum! thanks for sharing!


33 Rebekah February 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Oh, Kath! I was eating dinner while reading and your bug story made me almost vomit! :) I feel your pain…I was cleaning my office/sunporch yesterday, and moved something, and found 4 (!!!!!) At least they were all dead, but still. Gross, gross, gross.


34 Jil February 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Omgosh. Let’s just hope that Matt scared the roach and it fleeeddddddd!! I hope you feel better <3


35 mml February 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm

That looks so good!!! I love reading your blog, and I will have to try to find some Dr. Krackers soon! :)


36 ashleigh February 15, 2010 at 9:13 pm

OMG that looks amazing!!! Crackers instead of noodles? How delicious!!


37 Katie February 15, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Ughhh, I hate creepy crawlers! Hopefully you catch it soon. Just knowing that it’s in the house would freak me out too.


38 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I LOVE this idea!!! Oh goodness. I need to try this with my hidden box (which you’ve reminded me of many times recently hehe). I’ll have to amp up the fillerzzzz


39 Angie February 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Oh-Kath, I hope your night gets better!!

I have done the same thing more than once in my life- strip off all my clothes in the middle of my kitchen or even outdoors because I am terrified of the thought of having a bug on me!!

Yay for your shorter commute though. Hopefully tomorrow will be better! :)


40 Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Aw girl, sorry about the roach!! I hate it when things like that ruin a perfectly good night.

The lasagna sounds so good in theory.. maybe with some tweaking?


41 amanda February 15, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Don’t you love shorter commutes. It helped since today was a holiday too


42 rebecca February 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I’m sure the roach just crawled into your cracker box…num num!


43 Nutritious Foodie February 15, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Interesting about Lasagna.


44 Ameena February 15, 2010 at 9:48 pm

I really HATE bugs, especially cockroaches so I can completely understand what you are talking about! Sorry, I hope you find him soon and he is dead!


45 Rose-Anne February 15, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Oh, that’s really awful. I found a DEAD roach the other day and it STILL creeps me out to think about it. {shudders in horror} But the part about Matt taking all his clothes off to find it is romantic!

Onto more pleasant things: the lasagna sounds really good, and I’m grateful for your review of it. It’s so true that it can be hard to get the right balance of pasta (or crackers filling in for pasta) and other ingredients. And it’s such a question of taste too!

And I’m with Hannah: you need a butterbeer the next time you encounter a roach 😉


46 Kendall @ Whisk Her Away February 15, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Love that lasagna recipe and totally agree about amping up the fillers.

Hope your night and day tomorrow is roach-less. :)


47 Jules @ eatdrinklivelearn February 15, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Ugh, losing track of a rogue bug is the worst! Cracker lasagna is a neat idea. I would never think to make it out of them!


48 Emilyeatsclean February 15, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I can understand the roach fear, however my tragedy begins with spiders!!! :) That lasagna looks good! Grat pics too.



49 Amy February 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I hear you on the roaches…I get extremely claustrophobic about that stuff as well, and have even had nightmares of things crawling on me. I also love using chocolate as a recovery method, it tastes so sweet and delicious!


50 Stef February 15, 2010 at 10:39 pm

dr kracker lasagna ~ what a cool idea! sorry about the headache/cockroach debacle. how scary, i would freak out too!


51 Kaite@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 15, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Oh gosh, good luck finding that roach :( That sounds terrible!! I hate that creepy crawly feeling when bugs are around


52 Sam (Merit to the Carrot) February 15, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Darn, I’m sorry the lasagna wasn’t mine blowing… as soon as I saw it I thought it would have been incredible! Gotta shake up the classics, though :)


53 Tiffany February 15, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Oh no! I totally have the same thoughts about bugs disappearing and therefore are everywhere. It’s a really creepy feeling, and I hope it goes away by morning! And sorry the lasagna was a slight disappointment. I would have expected anything with Dr Kracker to be awesome!


54 Micheline February 15, 2010 at 11:12 pm

This might be just me, but after you talked about the roach, I couldn’t help but glance at the cracker lasagna and see roaches all over the place. Sorry Kath, I’d be traumatized too. P.S crackers??


55 Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) February 15, 2010 at 11:16 pm

That cracker lasagna is very interesting! I don’t think we have roaches in Oregon because I have never seen one in my life, thank god! I hope you find it!


56 Tara February 15, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Been there. Done that. Cockroaches freak me out. Seriously. I will pray for you tonight. EEEEK


57 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope February 15, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Augh, I am the same way about bugs! I once found an earwig in my bed and had to sleep on the couch for a week!

Wow, that’s such a neat recipe! I’m in love with Doctor Kracker and had no idea you could make such a dish with them.


58 Alison February 16, 2010 at 12:21 am

man, sorry about the roach. i would be the same way. i just arrived at a new sorority house and the girls told me: “oh yea there is some creature that lives in our walls so if you’re here alone and hear it–don’t worry.” awesome.

interesting cracker lasagna–so fun!


59 Alison February 16, 2010 at 12:21 am

man, sorry about the roach. i would be the same way. i just arrived at a new sorority house and the girls told me: “oh yea there is some creature that lives in our walls so if you’re here alone and hear it–don’t worry.” awesome.

interesting cracker lasagna–so fun!


60 Kim February 16, 2010 at 12:33 am

Yikes! Not sure talk of roaches belongs on a food blog…so sorry you encountered that though. I would be very freaked out too.


61 Caty February 16, 2010 at 12:58 am

Claustrophia is the abnormal fear of small spaces…. did you mean entomophobic ( fear of insects)?


62 Kath February 16, 2010 at 8:18 am

No, I meant claustrophobia. I mean it in the sense that I am in a confined space trapped with the live creature. Normally I am not claustrophobic but I completely transform if 1) My hands are tied (too many years of tickling!) and 2) There is a creature in the small space with me.

I am not afraid of roaches outside!


63 Caty February 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Ohhh… I understand. I kind of thought about that after I posted it, that being trapped with a gross bug would make the room feel very small. I’m sorry that happens to you!! I’d probably be the same way if I ever came face to face with a roach.


64 Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl February 16, 2010 at 1:04 am

Yuck on the roach!! Hope you don’t see any sign of him in the morning!!!

Never thought of using crackers for lasagna. Hmmm….


65 Jen February 16, 2010 at 1:49 am

Yuck! I can’t imagine dealing with roaches, so gross. I live in Canada and I’m not sure if we just don’t get them here or if I’ve been really lucky, because I’ve never seen one. The worst I’ve seen is a basement infested with centipedes. That was pretty frightening. I hope the roach ran away during the night!!


66 Freya @ February 16, 2010 at 2:48 am

Oh dear I’m sorry your evening was such a write off, that sounds horrible!!
Love that lasange idea, I’ve got a big box of those crackers and I was hoping for different way of eating them, so this post came just at the right time!
I hope you find that roach and jkill it quick!


67 Jenn (www. ) February 16, 2010 at 3:10 am

Sorry about your creepy crawler trauma :(

Interesting lasagna! I never would have thought to use crackers, but I have used bread in eggplant parm.



68 Mom February 16, 2010 at 6:29 am

Ella, Great suggestion!



69 christie @ honoring health February 16, 2010 at 6:34 am

Yikes, that is how I feel about spiders. They totally creep me out. Hope you find the little bugger and get rid of him!


70 Retrokali February 16, 2010 at 6:35 am

nothing can kill the appetite faster than a yucky bug of any kind.


71 Nicole, RD February 16, 2010 at 6:55 am

A roach?! I would FLIP out! You’re moving, that’s a good thing, right?!?! The lasagna looks good, but sounded like some tweeks were needed. Love Dr. Krackers though!


72 Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind February 16, 2010 at 6:58 am

I have never heard the term frankenfoods – awesome. Love it.

Oh, man. I am SUCH a girl/baby when it comes to bugs, too. Try to pretend it saw you big humans and it was on to your plans to end it’s life…so it crawled back out the same hole in came in! 😉

Who knows…maybe it really did?!


73 Christy February 16, 2010 at 7:53 am

Lasagna made with crackers, what a cool idea… sounds pretty tasty, too!


74 Becky @ flybynyght February 16, 2010 at 7:59 am

Eeeeek! That would freak me out too – because he has to be *somewhere* But of course chocolate really makes everything better!


75 Carolyn February 16, 2010 at 9:28 am

I HATE roaches! I hate the way they disappear. The husband tried to get one off the wall a few weeks ago (we live on the water so it’s a constant fight) and it fell in the laundry basket!! We never found it after that, I was freaking out!!


76 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale February 16, 2010 at 9:49 am

Aren’t Recchiuti chocolates to die for? They know what they’re doing (chocolate-wise) out in SF! Best state-side chocolates, IMO (Belgian chocolate is still tops for me!)


77 Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me February 16, 2010 at 10:42 am

Ugh I would’ve been the same way! I HATE bugs! I definitely have some sort of phobia.


78 Heather (Heather's Dish) February 16, 2010 at 10:53 am

oh man i got goosebumps (the bad kind!) when I saw “roach”! BLECH! hope you find him and get rid of him…


79 Katharina February 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Wow! What a great recipe. Just picked up a box of these on Sunday actually. That’s so creative 😀


80 Kristilyn (My 29th Year) February 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I can’t even imagine being somewhere where roaches are as prominent as they are in your house! We get the odd spider, but they’re usually slow and dumb, therefore easy to catch!

Too bad dinner didn’t turn out as well as you hoped … I’ve never been a fan of Dr. Kraeker – I find them to be TOO hard!



81 lynn (The Actors Diet) February 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm

the lasagna sounds interesting – i do have a bunch of dr. kracker’s products in my cupboard so maybe i will try this, modified like you said!


82 Rhapsody February 16, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Umm… it’s a roach. They don’t hurt you. There’s probably other things in your house that you DON’T see that can bite/sting/pinch you. Fortunately there’s good guys around too (hello spidey!).


83 michelle February 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm

i have an apartment and despite being very clean, we seem to have roaches also. it’s the worst! we go for a few days or weeks without seeing one, then bam! i find one, and i am freaked out for the next week…only to see another one. it’s horrible and i def know how you feel :(


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