One Is Silver And The Other Gold

September 19, 2010

New friends! I love meeting new people :)


I did a little online grocery shopping today! Since we missed the farmer’s market yesterday, I thought it would be a good time to try out Relay Foods. It’s an e-store that allows you to buy goods from lots of farms plus Whole Foods and a few of the local health food stores from one place – and the groceries are delivered to pick-up points around the city on certain days much like a CSA. There is no cost to do it (farms/stores pay to join the network) and the prices are competitive. And the pick-up is free too!


It certainly saves time, especially if you just use it to pick up stock items like chicken broth or local foods if you miss the market. There are tons of ways to search – by aisle, tag (like "organic") and you can save favorites.


Here’s part of my list at checkout:

Relay III

Unfortunately I had a bit shopping cart mix-up that has yet to be corrected (I bought two of everything!) but I’m HOPING this can be resolved tomorrow AM before the order is processed. I’m sure it will, but I’m still nervous about getting twice the food that we need!

After virtual shopping, I went for a walk with my new friend Bella!!


And her owner, Holly :mrgreen: We actually live REALLY close by! We walked up to Arch’s so she could try out gooey brownie (sadly I passed to give my stomach a rest from wedding cake overload!). We walked for over and hour and it was fun to make a new friend.

More friends were made as we biked over to Faith + Tate’s house! Faith invited me to dinner in the blog comments this morning and I had to accept! She only lives 1.5 miles away! After double checking that the invite was a real one, we made plans to bike to their house for a 6:30PM Pumpkin Chili.

Boy were we in for a treat! Such a fun spread, drinks, conversation.

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Faith made a delicious pumpkin chili out of an heirloom white pumpkin! LOVED it!

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Including a toppings bar of fancy salts, avocado + yogurt and cilantro

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Plus an awesome green salad with artichokes and a homemade dressing

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Vino flowed

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My eats – plus a couple of glasses of wine!

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Fun times

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Matt baked up some Apple Turnovers from the dough and apples we had on hand to bring. These were 1000 times better than the pie – thanks to a deliciously cooked filling and "eat out of hand" bites

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Flash <– I had to go there. Had a couple of these amazing slices!

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Speaking of dem apples, snack this afternoon was made up of cores and some leftover dough!

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Tonight was such a blast of a way to end the weekend. Gotta get a little serious for the work week, but another weekend is just around the corner.

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I can’t imagine online grocery shopping – I enjoy going too much!


2 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies September 19, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Yay for new friends with cute dogs and who have amazing dinner parties!! That Relay site looks really awesome! I wish Boston had something like that!


3 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 19, 2010 at 8:49 pm

i’ve online shopped a few times. it can be such a time suckage!!!


4 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 19, 2010 at 8:50 pm

That dessert looks to die for!!!!!
And I LOVE that online shopping!


5 Camille September 19, 2010 at 8:52 pm

That puppy looks just like mine!
Thanks for the tip off about Relay, I may have to try it out!


6 Jess @ atasteofconfidence September 19, 2010 at 8:53 pm

That website is a great idea…I’ll have to try that out:)


7 Lee September 19, 2010 at 8:56 pm

That apple turnover is kind of making my mouth water.


8 Erin September 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Neat idea! I’ve never heard of that website before but it’s definitely intriguing. We start our CSA pick-up this week and are so psyched to see what shows up.


9 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 19, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Bella’s a cutie!! :) Glad you had a great time with friends!

Does online shopping save any money or is it just more convenient? I’ve never tried it but I know Amazon has a grocery section. If it saves money I’m all for it!


10 Kath September 19, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I think it’s mostly convenience, but sometimes there are deals to be found


11 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 19, 2010 at 9:02 pm

What a lovely way to end a weekend :)

Have a great night!


12 Ashley September 19, 2010 at 9:02 pm

That dinner sounds deeeelicious!!! What an awesome website. I can’t believe it’s not marked up and you don’t have to pay to use the service. SCORE!


13 faith @ gracefulfitness September 19, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Awww, I used to sing that at girl scout camp!
“make new friends, but keep the old…”


14 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm

OOoh those turnover bites look tasty!! :)



15 Kristy @ September 19, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Mmmmmmm! Apple turnover! Looks so good! So does the whole spread!

That Relay site looks cool. Definitely going to check that out. :)


16 Cara Craves... September 19, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I am quite impressed by how cheap your online shopping is…and online shopping is just plain fun, so it’s a win win.


17 Hannah September 19, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Oh wow, that online grocery option would be so dangerous for me! I don’t go overboard on things like ebay, but show me fancy granolas and ice creams and I lose all sense of rationality…


18 Sana September 19, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Ahhh! I really hope you don’t get 2 of everything! That would be bananas!


19 stacey-healthylife September 19, 2010 at 9:15 pm

What a fun dinner and a great hostess, very well prepared.


20 Katie @ peacebeme September 19, 2010 at 9:16 pm

really excited to check out this website


21 holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 19, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Pumpkin chili sounds so delicious. What a wonderful spread — their salad bowl is so adorable with the little bowl with the artichoke hearts.

I’ve never bought groceries from an online checkout — I really like going to the store, picking stuff out and bagging groceries. Its fun for me :)


22 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Remember when we were at Mad Hatter’s in Durham and I told you about a company but never sent you the link for it? It was RELAY! I was thinking about sending it to you just the other day.


23 MLeslie September 19, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Pumpkin Chili sounds delicious, please post the recipe! Thanks!


24 Amanda September 20, 2010 at 7:32 am

I agree! Pumpkin Chili sounds amazing! can’t wait to see the recipe and make it!


25 christina cadden September 19, 2010 at 9:47 pm

All that food looks so good!


26 Stephanie @ Laugh and Cook September 19, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Online grocery shopping?! Unheard of! where have i been?

I’ll have to check that site out soon. Thanks for sharing it! 😀


27 Christine September 19, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Haha! That is SO awesome that you can just get invited to dinner in the comments section of your website!


28 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm

What a great website! Though I love pretty much any website with food photos.


29 Gina September 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Oh man! Everything looks so delicious!!
Online grocery shopping is a great idea. Looks like I may never have to walk away from my computer :)


30 Julie September 19, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Good friends + food is the best!

Kath-You were right-sardines are so yummy! Thanks for the healthy and delicious tip.


31 Tracy September 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Mmmm I love pumpkin chili! Well, really, I love pumpkin anything 😉 Fall is such a great time for new flavor combos and new friends!


32 Katherine September 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Adorable dog and those apple turnovers look to. die. for.


33 Katie September 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Online grocery shopping would be so great. I always end up going to about 4 different stores. How convenient to just pick it all up in one place.


34 kate September 19, 2010 at 11:10 pm

I got a little bit excited when I thought I spotted a cancy corn in the salad…but it was a carrot!


35 Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear September 20, 2010 at 12:04 am

Oh how I wish we had an online grocery shop like that, I would shop there all the time 😀


36 Marina September 20, 2010 at 12:08 am

online shopping is pretty cool, I hope you get all the stuff you bought, in a good shape :))
mhm…pumpkin chilli. such a good food for rainy fall weather


37 Dee September 20, 2010 at 12:14 am

wow! relay sounds pretty neat. that dinner looks amazing! wow!


38 Mastering Public Health (@MasPublicHealth) September 20, 2010 at 12:19 am

“…but another weekend is just around the corner” — gotta make that my mantra. Sunday nights depress me too much!


39 Lisa @bakebikeblog September 20, 2010 at 1:17 am

Wow – I really love those serving dishes!!!


40 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 20, 2010 at 1:33 am

I love the sound of that grocery site – they should bring that idea over here, for sure…
That’s an awesome dinner spread! It looks like she put in a ton of effort :)


41 Natalie September 20, 2010 at 3:02 am

The pumpkin chili looks divine! Can you please post a recipe?!


42 barefootgirl (our first CSA) September 20, 2010 at 5:36 am

Great website!!

That dinner looked divine… those serving dishes are awesome!


43 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 20, 2010 at 5:42 am

making new friends is always fun, looked like a good time!


44 Lauren September 20, 2010 at 5:55 am

What an awesome dinner party! :)


45 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 20, 2010 at 6:19 am

Dinner looks delicious! Glad you are enjoying your new town and new friends!


46 Kath (Eating for Living) September 20, 2010 at 6:21 am

The foods looks so good again! Pumpkin chili, never tried! But it looks great!


47 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 20, 2010 at 6:23 am

I never knew such a website exsisted!! Thanks for the tip!


48 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 20, 2010 at 6:36 am

I’ve never tried online grocery shopping, but that sounds really neat! It’s even better that you can get stuff from WF and local farms!


49 Sarah September 20, 2010 at 6:39 am

Hi there Kath!

I have a non-post related question…I don’t get it anymore. For some months now, coconut butter seems to be all the hype on blogs because it’s so healthy. However, I did some research (well, googled) and saw that lots of sources say that coconut fat is really unhealthy because it’s really saturated. Saturated is still better than trans fat, I know, but I still have trouble knowing if it’s more in the “enjoy without too much moderation” like EVOO or more in the “tastes good, but your heart doesn’t like it” category. Can you help? Thanks a lot!!



50 Kath September 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm

All saturated fats aren’t created equal, and coconut has a high percentage of medium chain triglycerides, which can be used for energy and absorbed directly into the bloodstream. I’m not up to speed on all the specifics of their metabolism, but populations who eat lots of coconut do not have high rates of heart disease like Western nations do.

However, I wouldn’t eat coconut at every meal or in large quantities – but a tablespoon here and there or used sparingly for cooking is probably totally fine.


51 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 20, 2010 at 7:03 am

Love those apple turnovers!!

And I love the idea of being able to do pickup ordering with whole foods and farmers markets. I have one that’s a pretty far drive from my house, and I’m wondering if there’s a way that I could pick up the goodies at a closer location for those times when I can’t make it out. Hmmm…


52 whitney September 20, 2010 at 7:05 am

thanks for the information about the online store that is so neat.

Looks like you guys had a great night. Last time my mom made pumpkin soup it was a disaster.


53 Simply Life September 20, 2010 at 7:44 am

I’ve never seen that online shopping company – good to know!


54 Bee Goes Bananas September 20, 2010 at 7:48 am

What a neat way to do your groceries! It’d be so convenient, but I still enjoy the experience of going to a market or grocery store and buying food by hand. Still…neat concept!


55 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 20, 2010 at 7:50 am

Dinner looks yummy! I’ve never tried online grocery shopping before, mostly because I feel like produce is one of those things that needs to be touched before I decide to buy it. That site makes it look really easy though – let us know how it turns out when it arrives!


56 paige September 20, 2010 at 8:08 am

How does sponsorship work? I was surprised to see an ad on your blog for Duncan Hines Amazing Glazes this morning. Not a real or healthy food at all. And how do you decide what products to push? Did you get anything for the plug for the online grocery service you used, or do you just decide on your own?


57 Kath September 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I don’t choose the ads that go on my site – they are coordinated by my sponsor, Foodbuzz.

If the grocery service had given me incentives or payment, I would be required to disclose that, so no, they didn’t.


58 Maran September 20, 2010 at 8:52 am

Kath! Looks like ya’ll are doing great up in C’ville. I have a random question. Bella looks EXACTLY like our dog Hurley. We rescued him and were told his is a mix of beagle/shepard but I don’t know.. Just wondering if your friend knows the exact breeds of Bella???


59 Kath September 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Hey Maran! I don’t know what breed she is but I’ll see if I can ask next time.


60 Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes September 20, 2010 at 8:55 am

I love dinner parties and making new friends! Those apple things look delicious.


61 Alyssa September 20, 2010 at 9:31 am

I love meeting new people and friends as well! Great fun for you guys :-) I love her bowls too! Please pass that along for me :-)


62 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf September 20, 2010 at 10:09 am

That looks like a pretty cool site! I hope I can find something for my little podunk part of the world…


63 Faye September 20, 2010 at 10:36 am

Mmmmm, can we have the recipe for the apple turnovers? They remind me of Fall!


64 Kath September 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm

It’s based on Great Harvest, so we can’t share :(


65 Matt September 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm

If you check this post: you’ll find an approximation of the pie crust and filling I used.

However, we were out of cinnamon, so I made some variations to the filling. I took the apples (2-3 apples for two turnovers) and diced them up pretty small, then cooked in a little water, butter, and salt until they softened up nicely. Then I dumped in maybe 1/4C whole cane sugar, a tbsp of maple syrup, and a tbsp of honey. I continued to cook until it was all incorporated, and then I added about 2tbsp of whole wheat flour, just to hold all the liquid together.

I then allowed this mixture to cool, rolled out the turnovers, folded, crimped, slashed, and baked! An eggwash on the crust will give it a nice browning, but just bake until it seems right – maybe 30-45 mins at 350*?


66 Kim September 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I think it’s very brave to accept an invitation from a near stranger. I get so anxious over those situations. I hate it when everyone knows each other but me. Good for you guys!!!!


67 Kath September 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm

I don’t have the recipe because I didn’t make it! Sorry!


68 Kath September 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm
69 Melissa @ HerGreenLife September 20, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Friends within biking (or walking) distance are extra special :)


70 Brittany September 20, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I recently tried out Relay Foods as well and really liked the experience. If I ever start disliking grocery shopping it will be my go-to method. Although, our Whole Foods here in Richmond isn’t part of it. :/


71 Amykinz September 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm

I’m so sad that Relay isn’t in MN yet. :(


72 Bonnie @garbanzogreen September 20, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Yah, it’s too bad that I got really excited about Relay, only to realize that they haven’t made their way out to Portland yet. Alas, I’ll just have to exist in grocery store- convenience envy.
And I must say- that your evening meal shared with new friends looks delightful! Toppings, salts, herbs, dressings…. WINE! Cheers.


73 Monica September 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm

That Relay Foods is awesome! I wish we had something like that in LA.


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