On The Lunch Table

November 11, 2011

I worked work into my workout this morning : ) Ran to the gym, met my friend Katherine for a little ellipticalling and chatting, then ran to the bakery and worked on the lobby for a while, unpacking new retail items and table shopping with Matt.

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We found this vintage-y table at Possessions Recycled (our go-to for anything bakery – love re-purposing things). It has a cool vibe to it! Obviously it needs a ton of merchandizing help – but we’re working on it!

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Back at home, I made sardines!!


How long has it been since I’ve had them!? Oh wait, I can tell you since I write a food diary! September 5 – back at our old house! Totally fell off the “once a week for nutrition” wagon. I like them most when Matt makes them!


Today’s lemony olive oil tin was lightly drained and then topped with carrot and bell pepper plus 1 heaping tsp yellow curry powder and a few shakes of smoked paprika – plus a dollop of greek yogurt. The yogurt gave it a nice cool + refreshing taste.


Mash + stir [more info here!!]



I served half the mash atop a slice of Great Harvest stuffing bread – our November latest that I carried home in my pocket! Saving the rest for another lunch this week.


With leftover roasted squash and pretzels (some of which were eaten before the photo shoot!)


And a perfect Frog Hollow Farm pear. These taste like CANDY!!!



Forgot to report back that our furnace drips were confirmed by a service man to be the ducts and pipes expanding and contracting – little blips of metal. But while he was here doing a routine service, he noticed two of our furnace parts were very corroded because the previous owners stored fuming paint in the furnace closet! This = $600 of repairs this afternoon. But at least I won’t be cold this winter (knock on wood..)

Happy weekend!!

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1 Janelle November 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Mmmm that looks just marvelous ! I have been meaning to mention I love look of the bakery – very clean looking ! Attracts customers & makes them come back in my opinion


2 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm



3 Deanne November 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I usually eat 2-3 cans of sardines a week myself. I don’t share them either. Open a 3 ounce can and plop on toast. Love the taste.


4 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Good for yoU!


5 Anjali Shah @ The Picky Eater November 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm

This looks like such a balanced lunch! And the bakery looks absolutely beautiful :)


6 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat November 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I’ve been hearing so much about these pears! I have a love affair with any old Bosc.


7 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I just added pear to my shopping list! This morning I read where they contain 25% of your daily fiber needs. Who couldn’t use more fiber?! 😉


8 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot November 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Too funny, I saw a can of sardines in the grocery store the other day and thought Kath has not had those lately :) Sad but true…

And I was also confused by a lunch post already because it’s just 9am here but then I was like , duh, time zones are way different now… after traveling all day yesterday, I have no clue what’s what anymore :)


9 Kelly November 11, 2011 at 2:36 pm

See my post below… I didn’t realize you posted this until after I posted and I had the same experience!


10 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot November 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Too funny!! Great minds think alike??


11 Kel@The Kel Show November 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I love that brand of sardines! They have a delicious cayenne one too!

No tastier calcium anywhere!


12 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I love pears, I just bought some! And I should try sardines, I tried anchovies for the first time a month or so ago and loved them! Everyone thought I was crazy…


13 Ellie@fitforthesoul November 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I’m just so in love and inspired by how creative you guys are! Never cease to amaze me~


14 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Thanks :)


15 Janelle November 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm



16 Krissy @ Shiawase Life November 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I tore up little pieces of the stuffing bread we had leftover from last week and made tuna burgers last night 😀


17 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 2:26 pm



18 kathleen @ the daily crumb November 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm

total bummer.. but, you’re right. better than being cold all winter!

i am loving pears these days. just bought a huge bunch at the farmer’s market. researching recipes to incorporate them into baked goods!


19 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco November 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Aren’t those pears amazing? I want some now. Do you think I should shoot the guy an email for some?


20 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I don’t know! Worth a try I suppose!?


21 Deva @ Deva by Definition November 11, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I think there was a shop on OpenSky a few weeks ago that had Frog Hollow pears. I came thisclose to buying some!


22 Kelly November 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

OMG! I was just thinking about you and how I haven’t seen you guys eat any sardines lately (obviously I read your blog frequently)! It came to my mind when a friend shared part of her dinner with me that I enjoyed but mentioned to her that, had I seen the recipe first I would have never made it myself. Much like I felt when I first saw you eat sardines, until I made them myself I thought I’d never want to eat them. Musings….. just thought I’d share! Have a good weekend, Kath.


23 HRCK November 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Big bummer, but yeah, you wouldn’t want to be in Charlottesville without heat this winter! The squash looks delicious. :)


24 Heather O'Fee November 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I just stumbled upon your blog and I’m in LOVE! NOT only with your oatmeal pictures and recipes, but that you guys own a great harvest!

I am from Utah, and I crave their bread–the high fiber and cinnamon burst are my favorite. I didn’t even know they had franchise stores available. I now live in NYC and have to stock up when I go home to visit


25 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Awww welcome Heather!! So glad you’re a GH fan :)


26 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Ugh, better to replace those parts now b/c you KNOW they would go out on the coldest day this winter! Our boiler has had issues twice (in a house that is only 3 yrs old!) and both times were in the middle of January. Murphy’s law right?


27 Angel7 November 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I would like to try sardines, but I am a little apprehensive due to the possible fishy taste. I like fish, but only if it has a mild flavor to it.



28 Kel@The Kel Show November 11, 2011 at 3:01 pm

In my opinion, if you like canned tuna you will enjoy sardines. I don’t find them fishy at all, but then again, I love anchovies on pizza :).


29 Alyse November 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Sardines are a lot more mild in flavor than tuna or salmon in my opinion. Try them, they’re cheap!


30 Jenni November 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm

At least the money is going towards something useful! I dented my car (again) today and have to pay in over a $1000 :( – that’s NOT useful!

What are your thoughts on taking fish oil daily?


31 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I’d rather just eat fish


32 Jenni November 11, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Good taste :)


33 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I love how your counter looks and the signs and everything! :) It looks like such a wonderful store!

I’ve never had sardines before. I remember my grandmom would give them to my grandpop when my sister and I were little when we would stay over their house. Watching him eat the sardines and seeing them in the tin, I think ruined it for me. You are brave!


34 lynn @ the actor's diet November 11, 2011 at 2:51 pm

i love being able to look at old blog posts to figure out how long it’s been since i’ve eaten/done something. that’s how i knew it was time for a hair trim!


35 Jenn November 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Or you could just look in the mirror and see if you need one :)


36 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm

i LOVE pears.. YUMM!!


37 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather November 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Gosh it’s been at least since September since I’ve had sardines too! Those tasty little fishies need to make a come back in my life.


38 Mollie November 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm

That pear looks so friggin good. I’m jealous.

PS- I’ve been a reader for a few months but haven’t left a comment.. anyway love your blog! Hello from down the road in VA..


39 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Thanks Mollie!


40 Emily November 11, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I tried sardines–once. Too “fishy” for me. I plan to take another shot at them soon!


41 katie @KatieDid November 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I neeeed to try sardines. I like tuna, but not much other seafood and I know how good they are for you! The bakery is so well organized and gorgeous.


42 Cait's Plate November 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I had those exact same pretzels yesterday! Can’t beat their buttery-goodness :)


43 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious November 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I love the bakery. It is so beautiful. I bet it smells as good as it looks.


44 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Ouch on the repair bill for the furnace. That’s not a fun way to spend 6 big ones…at all. Ugh!

Hope you and Matt have a great weekend :)


45 Amanda November 11, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Beautiful photography today! I love the bright pops of orange from the squash.

Happy Friday! :)


46 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I love that table! I love repurposing furniture!


47 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles November 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I am impressed with all the sardine eating going on! I thought my mother was the only person to eat them! I love all fish and seafood…why or why do I find it so hard to open up a can of sardines? I will add it to my to-do list of things to try…which puts it at the top of the list! Guess I will just have to try it!


48 Kelly November 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Yikes on the repairs. Those bills are never fun. Though I have to say, I’m surprised that wasn’t noted on your home inspection.

That table looks very 50’s/60’s. The legs remind me a lot of a table my grandma has. I’m always a fan of dressing things up with a cute table cloth. I make a lot of my own with fabric from the fabric store because it’s SO much less expensive than store-bought table cloths and there is so much more customization potential.


49 Mahealani @ Beauty, Brains, and Balance November 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I love sardines! Best with avocado in my opinion, but the greek yogurt for creamy element sounds good! That table is excellent, what a great find!


50 Catherine November 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Kath, I love your blog!!! I live near Cville and finally got to Great Harvest today. I was expecting good bread, since you talk about it in almost every post, but it really is PHENOMENAL! I got parm/pesto swirl, a savannah bar, and cville cluster! Can’t wait to eat it all, then go back and try more things!!


51 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Yay! So glad you had a good time


52 Linda November 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I wish we had Great Harvest in Northern New Jersey!


53 Sara November 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm

how do you avoid the sqeamishness…I really wanted to eat sardines for the health benefits and bought a can from trader joe’s, but i opened it, took one look (and whiff) and was like, oh no, no way. i couldn’t go through with it!


54 Kelly November 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Did you buy the green can, that are smoked? They are the best. Just watch her video on how to make sardine salad and put in the veggies and mayo and try it! I like onions, so I add those too. I think you’ll be surprised. Buy the smoked though…. good way to try for the first time.


55 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I don’t know! I’m not really that squeamish about eating things. Although I could never eat bugs. But yes, do watch the video!


56 Jennifer November 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm

We experienced the same thing when we first moved to PA. We called a plumber because we thought we had a drip in the wall but it turned out to be just the pipes expanding. Sounds just like dripping. LOVE the table! You certainly have a knack for finding vintage-y things. :) I would love to try that stuffing bread. It sounds wonderful!!! You know, I don’t think I’ve ever had sardines. Are they anything like anchovies? I love salty things but not fishy.


57 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Glad we were able to save a plumber trip. Whew.

They aren’t salty like anchovies – more like clams or tuna


58 Johanna B November 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I love all types of seafood. Grew up in fresh seafood country. I really should try sardines.


59 Anna @ On Anna's Plate November 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I have a tin of sardines in the pantry right now, just waiting to be eaten. But I have to say– they scare me a little!!


60 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm

The bread from the bakery always looks so good. I’ll have to try to find out if there’s a Great Harvest in my area.


61 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) November 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm

That first shot of the bakery looks so fun and inviting! Ok… I just cannot get past the look of the sardines. I know they are a super food but I just cannot wrap my mind around eating the little fishes. I need to work on this fear, ha ha.


62 TeenyLittleSuperChef November 11, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I actually bought a can of sardines after seeing them on your blog many many months ago and still have yet to try them. There’s just something about cutting up a fish that kinda creeps me out. I guess I just need to suck it up and do it. You’re lucky you have a Matt to do the cutting for you. I think my husband would probably vomit. What brand do you buy?
P.S. That sucks about the repair bill. Isn’t it fun owning your own home :)


63 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I do the mixing if I’m home alone! Just don’t look. Do you like tuna? If you like tuna you will like sardines!


64 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I don’t know the name of the brand – but look for that tin can photographed above. I really like that kind. Anything smoked!


65 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Finally I can see posts about the bakery and relate! I went to my local Great Harvest for the first time last night–AMAZING! I’m already halfway done with the loaf of Whole Grain Fruit & Nut Goodness I bought (and devoted a blog post to). SO GOOD!


66 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm

:) Sounds delish! We don’t make that one


67 Kristin November 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm

YUM! This looks amazing! I’ve never made sardines before but you have inspired me to try it this week. Also, I became so excited when I saw that you received your pear from Frog Hollow Farm. I live right next to the farm and every summer we order fresh fruit from them. How did you get your pear them? Do you order it?


68 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Jeff sent them to me!


69 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) November 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm

You always make me want to open a tin of sardines no matter what time of day it is!


70 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Haha. mission accomplished!


71 Lorin November 11, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Seeing pictures makes me want to go back to Charlottesville. I live in a pretty awesome place too though (san luis obispo). When I visited this past summer I contemplated maybe going to University of Virginia for my dietetic internship, but then I saw online I need a minumum 3.5, yeah, that’s a bit too high. Oh well, I’ll just have to go back to the east coast at some point and visit. I really miss those savannah bars! :)


72 Khushboo November 11, 2011 at 11:44 pm

I need to get over my ‘fear’ of sardines…something about them makes me squirm!


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