Ovenland

September 9, 2011

Word from the land of baked goods

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I miss the bakery when I’m not here – it’s a fun place to be and to eat!

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^^ That’s Pesto Parmesan Swirl!

And these are Blondies. So gooey!

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The Virginia rolls are my new favorite. They’re 25% whole grain and made with potato – SO fluffy and doughy and almost donuty! I had a few bites of a discarded one of these when I got in as an appetizer.

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I went to Body Pump this morning after doing a little more packing at home. I think our house is ready to be loaded into cars this weekend!

Pump was hard, or rather, I made it hard by using really hard weights. My arms felt weak today! And my shoulders are now aching with that tired weight lifting feeling. But hurts so good.

REFUEL.

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I rarely eat our turkey because while it is all-natural, it’s not organic or local and I don’t know if the turkey lived a good life. But every now and then I have it when it sounds good, and after taking a bite of Matt’s turkey + cheese on Parm Pesto, I decided today I’d have some.

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On High Five – this guy filled me up!

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Doing some bakery things and then headed to the house. I hear COLOR is going up on the walls later this afternoon!!!!

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1 Christine @ Merf In Progress September 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I desperately want that pesto Parmesan swirl! That’s what I’m ordering when I finally make it down there…

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2 Khushboo September 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm

That sandwich looks SO good right now- turkey is defo my favorite sandwich meat, especially when combined with cheese and/or avocado!

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3 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I’m the same way with turkey but sometimes the craving for a good ole turkey sandwich kicks in intensely and I go for it.

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4 Blessing @ Working Mom Journal September 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Is there no way to get Turkey local then? I think that was exactly what I had when I visited minus the cheese and tomato :)

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5 KathEats September 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm

We have looked long and hard for an organic deli meat (not offered through US Foods, our food vendor) and a local one (no one makes deli meat on a small scale) and have just decided that we have enough vegetarian/pescatarian options that one can just make the choice that way. I would LOVE to have local deli meat if I could find it and we could make it work – but that might meat a $15 sandwich..

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6 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I researched, and the closest Great Harvest is nearly 50 miles from me. Sad face over here, especially when i basically NEED some good doughy bread!

Can’t wait to see the color on your walls!!

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7 KathEats September 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Totally driveable for dough!

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8 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm

That sandwich looks so colorful and drool-worthy! BTW, envious of the rack filled with nut butters from Naturally Nutty ;) I can’t wait to see your new home!!!

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9 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Yumm what a sammy!!! Can’t wait to see the house photos!! :)

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10 Lauri (Redheadrecipes.com) September 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I wish our Great Harvest carried as many fun items as yours does!!

I try to eat ‘ethically’ most of the time, but sometimes ya just wanna eat whats available! It makes it super hard when the grocery stores near us don’t carry local/organic, so I figure we do the best we can and move one :)

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11 t September 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I really don’t get this logic. You care whether this animal lived a “good life” but don’t care about it dying so you can eat it?

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12 KathEats September 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm

What makes you think I don’t care about it dying? I believe in eating animals but I hope their life and death are as humane as possible.

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13 Alexia (Dimple Snatcher) September 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm

and that makes sense, kath!! I think the politics of food is ridiculous. We’re should be so grateful to even have options and should be respectful of the choices that others make, whether that means eating meat or not.

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14 Liz September 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Exactly – loved your response, Alexia! :)

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15 Andrea September 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm

If you want to talk about being grateful, we should be talking about being grateful for LIFE…not the killing of animals to satiate your palate! I’m sorry- but there is no such thing as humane killing. That’s an oxymoron if I ever heard one! I have to laugh every time I read KERF’s silly logic..it lived a good life, so it’s okay to eat it after someone else killed it? Such a strange sentiment- just goes to show how detached we are from nature.

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16 Alexia (Dimple Snatcher) September 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm

here’s the reality: living creatures eat other living creatures. perhaps it’s different on other planets, but on earth my cat will kill a mouse, spiders will insects, and a butcher will kill a chicken, et al. I totally get why some people feel uncomfortable eating animals (was vegetarian for years), I get and agree that much of America eats too much meat (esp processed meat), but WHAT I DON’T GET is folks who pounce on those who eat animals!!!! WHAT? people have been eating animals since forever!! anti-meat eaters all just sounds so snobbish to me, esp with half starved children dying right now. like eat your tofu/vegetable/whatever and thank God you even have that option.

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17 Johanna B September 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm

For those who are unhappy with KERF’s food “politics” I have a solution. Don’t read her blog. There, I said it.

BTW, thanks Alexia.

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18 Katy September 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Sorry, but this comment bothers me.

Why is it that whenever a dissenting opinion appears in the comments of a popular blog, some readers take it upon themselves to tell other readers that if they don’t agree with an opinion of the writer, they should just stop reading? This is the real world where people have differences of opinion all.the.time.

Should someone only comment on a topic if you agree with the writer? No. The opinions that were shared here were not rude or mean-spirited, just frank and questioning. And that’s how people learn, by discussing ideas and DIFFERENCES. It’s ok.

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19 Taysa September 9, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Alexia, being a vegetarian is not being a snob. It is a lifestyle choice and yes, it is a luxury to some extent, but it is also a deeply personal belief for many who choose it. People have the right to question the ill-sounding logic of others, especially on an issue they feel passionately about. What better place than in a community dedicated to the discussion of “healthy living?”

And what do “half starved children” have anything to do with it? The unequal distribution of food is often the problem in countries dealing with issues of starvation (mostly due to politics), not that there isn’t enough food in the world to go around.

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20 Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher September 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Taysa, I think you misunderstood me or I wasn’t clear: of course I don’t mean that meatless eaters are snobs since most of my friends actually are and I use to be for years. I meant that people who can’t respect meat eaters are acting–which seems to me–snobbish about food and eating choices. I’m sorry for the misunderstanding.

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21 Heather September 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Taysa,
Well put.
I encounter MUCH judgment on a daily basis for eating a plant based diet.
Discussion is good, judgement is not.

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22 Andrea September 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I suggest you educate yourself about how a plant based diet could in fact HELP those starving children. I understand your point, you feel blessed you have options to eat meat when there are people who do NOT have an option to eat anything. My opinion is that you shouldn’t take that blessing for granted by taking advantage of living creatures and killing them for your plate of food. Eating meat is so environmentally irresponsible that I just can’t take your opinion seriously, saying that it’s snobby because we have choices.

I read KERF because I like reading KERF, until I hear such a flippant comment about whether the animal lived a good life or not. I respect Kath, but I wish she were more open minded and didn’t make such comments that seem not even a bit sensitive to the fact that regardless of whether WE’VE decided that animal lived happily- the animal is still DEAD.

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23 Christena September 9, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Kath, I agree with your logic.

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24 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Pesto and Parmesan bread sounds amazing right about now!

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25 Cait's Plate September 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm

That sandwich looks incredible but I think I may have just dove head first into those potato rolls and called it a day :)

That and the rainbow scuffin – my word that thing looks unbelievable (I’m a sucker for anything multi-colored – m&ms are my favorite candy for a reason, haha)

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26 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen September 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Those Rainbow Scuffins are just callllling to me.

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27 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites September 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Those swirl breads get me EVERY TIME :-D ohhhh cannot wait to see your new house!!! GOOD LUCK this weekend!

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28 VEgirl September 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I work at an all natural vegan, mostly raw, cafe and, among other super yummy things, we house-make chocolate and raw cheesecakes. All the desserts are definitely dangerous, but oh so delicious!

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29 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I dig the water bottle in the last shot.

And rolls/bread made with potato or potato flour…my grandma used to bake that way and yes….so doughy and soft and amazing. Almost donut-like but different. Just…so yummy!

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30 Marisa @ Loser for Life September 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm

WOW! Everything looks amazing, Kath! Wish I had a GH near me!

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31 Heather @ Happy Healthy Heather September 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I would love to have a loaf of the Pesto Parmesan Swirl! I am guessing you guys don’t ship your breads..? And those blondies, wow! I haven’t had a blondie in a long time…actually don’t remember!

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32 KathEats September 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm

We don’t..yet

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33 Mama Pea September 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Rainbow scuffin, please.

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34 lynn @ the actor's diet September 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm

your bakery does look fun!

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35 Nikki September 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Wow, all those goods look amazing! Could you guys buy local raised turkeys and roast the breasts and do the meat that way? It’s a way of supporting local free-range turkey farmers, and having unprocessed Turkey Meat… just a thought.
It’s how I get my turkey sandwich meat here. I make my own roast beef for sandwiches as well then foodsaver them in little packs! Not only is it cheaper but allows me to know where my food is coming from.

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36 KathEats September 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm

The health dept. won’t let us roast meat in our bread oven. That’s what some other stores had done (unknowing it was a no-no) and got in trouble. :(

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37 Nikki September 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Would there be a reason to own another small non-commercial oven at the bakery to do your own meats? That is too bad! I know our local bakery does roasts in theirs… wonder if they are really allowed?!? hrmm

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38 KathEats September 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Perhaps in the future

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39 GetSkinny Go Vegan September 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm

It ALL looks so great. Quit flour awhile ago, so I rarely do any baked stuff, but I’m GF.
But it is beautiful the freshly baked bread (my folks always made dense whole wheat breads) are close to my heart.

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40 Kate @ NaturaStride September 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm

That sandwich is exactly what I want for lunch!!
And a rainbow scuffin :)

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41 Hillary September 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I am so glad I’m not the only one who noticed those rainbow scuffins right off the bat. It’s like I have M&M radar or something.

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42 Johanna B September 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I dearly love blondies and yours look WON-DER-FUL!!!! One of the first things I’m going for when I decide to throw my celiac disease out the window (or maybe a Savannah bar – one can dream).

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43 Christin September 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm

That pesto bread looks AMAZING…

Will you ship to California? I am dead serious, I miss the great harvest we had here in my home town…the garlic cheese bread was a regular favorite of mine! :)

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44 KathEats September 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Not yet unfortunately

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45 Christin September 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm

email me when you do! i’ll be your best customer! :)

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46 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Yum! Those blondies sound really good right now…. :)

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47 Krissy @ Shiawase Life September 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm

OMG mouth is watering…seeing if I can convince hubs to make a detour on the way home…

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48 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I have the same dilemma – I love turkey sandwiches but I hate that organic/local deli turkey is pretty much impossible to find!

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49 Kristin @ STUFT Mama September 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

That parmesan swirl bread looks A-MAZ-ING! :) And now I want a sandwich. :) I feel the same way about turkey. You never know about it and I feel like it’s really hard to find turkey meat that is really good tasting and fresh. Good luck with all the packing/house stuff! :)

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50 Gena September 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I’m all for environmentally-friendly choices, but can’t help feeling that we’re too pampered and indulgent in North America when it comes to food. I find it hard to reconcile considering whether a turkey “lived a good life” as part of a decision to eat it or not – NOT when people are starving to death all over the world. How lucky are we to even have edible food in front of us?

I just think it’s getting nuts. American pets, what with all the “natural”, “organic”, fresh and refrigerated food available to them, tend to eat better than children in other countries. We have it SO easy – I dare you to spend a day at a kids camp in Africa (like I have), and then come home and actually refuse food on the basis that the animal may not have had a “good life”. Selfish indulgence, and a purely “first world problem”.

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51 Alexia (Dimple Snatcher) September 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I see what you mean, Gena, and have similarISH sentiments. I think that most important thing is that we do our best. I was raised “third world”

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52 Amy Hall September 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm

This is an interesting comment, Gena, and I do see where you come from—in that many of us are unbelievably fortunate in comparison to other parts of the country and world. But I don’t think it necessarily follows that choosing to eat ethically is a “selfish indulgence.” I’m a vegetarian, and my husband and I eat primarily local and organic (though certainly not always!). Every day, I feel so incredibly grateful that I have the means to make these choices. I am acutely aware that many people do not have the same privilege, and I would never judge them for that (I wouldn’t judge anyone for their food choices period, actually, since it’s a very personal choice). For me, the fact that many people do not have the extreme luxury to care about an animal having “a good life” doesn’t mean I can’t/shouldn’t make that choice for myself. I am lucky enough to have the ability to “vote with my dollar,” as they say, and I will continue to throw my support toward local, organic and (what I consider) ethical industry. I think the important issue is that we remain aware of how fortunate we are to be able to make choices about what we eat.

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53 Christena September 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Agreed, Gena. We are so incredibly fortunate and sometimes I feel guilty when my health food grocery store bill would probably feed an entire third-world family for months…maybe a year? My goodness. I try to balance these feelings with my feelings about factory farming practices and my desire not to support those practices with my food dollar. The end result? We pay more for meat, but we eat a lot less.

Food politics fascinate me. We are fortunate to have access to so much food, but this easy access is also killing us in the form of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. It’s hard to know what to do.

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54 Kate September 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm

it most certainly is a “first-world problem” becuase we’ve introduced so much industry into our meat-making that it is actually slowly killing us. a cow from a third-world country lives the life it’s supposed to live – grazing on grass until it is time for slaughter. in america, we pump it so full of chemicals, hormones, and CORN that we ruin the purity of the meat, and negatively affect our health in the process. (not to mention we condense the growing process from years to months, and the grazing process from fields to pens).

so yes, we as americans have every right to complain about the quality of our meat. our own goverment regulations are controlling the production of it to a point where it is really not that nutritionally safe to consume (hello type two diabetes and celiacs disease!)

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55 Taysa September 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I agree with Amy and Kate–it is because we have this luxury that we should be making choices that align with our beliefs, rather than accepting the factory meat industry and all its offences just because someone in another country does not have an option.

I understand your sentiment, but I feel your argument would be stronger if you focused on food waste, rather than on whether or not a person would eat non-organic meat. Consumers should be the ones setting the standard by buying food they believe in–the
meat industry has a huge environmental impact on the rest of the world by polluting the water, air, and land. It’s not so simple as it just being a “selfish indulgence” to choose organic.

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56 Melanie September 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Gena, I’ll take your dare. As a medical student I spent a month in Ghana working at a rural hospital. I have seen child after child die from illnesses that could easily be treated in the US. I’ve seen mothers lose their babies because it took them over a day to walk to the hospital. And I’ve seen the huge disparities in access to basic resources that are freely obtainable in more developed countries. I wanted to go to Africa and work in a hospital because I care about the suffering of others, and I believe if you care about an issue you should take specific action to make a difference.

Which is exactly why I became a vegetarian two years ago. After learning about the horrors of factory farming I could no longer look my sweet puppy in the face and know her capacity to feel and to suffer and continue to support the horrendous treatment of millions of other animals in the US. I still don’t understand people who can know about the horrrific treatment of other living beings in factory farms and not care at all, but it’s not my place to judge other people’s food choices. Just like it is not your place to judge mine.

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57 Gena September 9, 2011 at 7:10 pm

No harsh judgment, really – just a dissenting opinion. :-) People are of course free to eat whatever and however they choose. My issue really isn’t one of humanely reared meat vs. factory farmed meat, and perhaps I’ve misjudged the context of what Kath meant by “a good life”. However, it touched a nerve – the indulgence of such concerns is a smack in the face to everyone, even here in North America (and goodness knows there are many), who’s ever gone without food. Actually having the choice to consider the earthly well-being of your dinner before deciding whether it will grace your plate or not is an incredible privilege, really, and I think far too many people forget that.

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58 Sana September 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm

:) sometimes a little turkey is a good thing!

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59 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Once you have your own business, especially with a retail storefront, you miss it just as much as home. It becomes your home away from home. :)

That sandwich looks fabulous! Love the bright colors and the CHEEEEEEEEEEESE.

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60 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I could use a massive sandwich about right now! I haven’t had lunch yet and it’s already after 3pm…

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61 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm

WAHOO! Yeah for heavy weights on the bar at BodyPUMP! I love when I see the members (I teach it) add on more weight than usual. THAT is how results are seen and made, strength is achieved, and goals are met. WOOT!

Love your sandwich idea :)

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62 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I feel ya – every once and a while i just get a crazy craving for a good turkey sandwich!

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63 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Oh Ovenland… how we love you so….

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64 Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog September 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm

That sandwich looks delicious!

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65 Marie@feedingfive September 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Kath, I read an earlier comment questioning the health of wheat. Coming from someone who was raised Mormon I think you would find our health code interesting. We believe in the Book of Mormon (a companion to the Bible) and in Section 89 it outlines a health code saying that all grain is for man & is the staff of life. I know you are not religious, but I do know that as an R.D it might be somewhat intriguing to read about others beliefs on food.

That is why many Mormons eat a lot of whole grains, eat meat sparingly, and abstain from coffee and alcohol. I completely respect everyone’s personal beliefs, but for me I feel that if God created me then he clearly knows what I need for fuel.

I always think your responses are not only accurate but respectful.

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66 KathEats September 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Thanks for this comment Marie

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67 Larbs September 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Hope those scuffins and blondies are still around tomorrow!

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68 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled September 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Your bakery posts always make me crave carbs. The Virginia rolls are exactly the kind of bread I like. Mmmm

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69 Meredith @ Food, Shoes, and Booze September 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I love breads and sweets wayyyyy too much. Everything here looks amazing!!!

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70 Angel7 September 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Would love to try the Virginia Rolls! Those would definitely be at our Thanksgiving dinner table :)

Color adds panache to rooms!!!

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71 Lindsey September 9, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I am the same way with turkey deli meat or any deli meat. I like to stick to “happy” turkey or chicken whenever feasible :)

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72 Lara @ TresLaLa September 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Wow – strange controversy that this post has created. All for a turkey sandwich. Amazing! I, too, only eat meat that I can verify that it lived a good (non-cruel) life and ate the foods that it was meant to eat (ie, no corn-fed beef). That said, sometimes a girl wants a turkey sandwich, and I haven’t found any organic deli turkey near me… :/

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73 Lindsay September 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I had a stressful day today (aren’t Fridays supposed to be easy and stress-free) and was pleasantly surprised to find my opensky order of your granola at my door. The Cville Crunch is out of this world!!!! Thanks for the delicious and mood-changing treat!

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74 KathEats September 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Woot!

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75 Sarah@The Flying ONION September 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm

It finally came to me what it is that I love so much about you and your blog. And that is your attitude. You’re so upbeat and positive, with work, exercising, eating, etc. Keep it up, girl! :D

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76 KathEats September 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Thanks Sarah

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77 Katie Robinson September 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I would kill for a sandwich like that right now. I should not be reading blogs about food at 20 past 1 in the morning night tie cravings are snapping at my heels.

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78 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I can’t wait to see what colors you paint! Since I still live at home, I’m pretty limited in what I can do with my room, but I want to move out solely so I can paint a wall mustard yellow. Doesn’t matter which wall, I just want one that color :)

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79 Ari @ Ari's Menu September 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm

This post made me so hungry! And inspired to bake some bread!

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80 Blessing@WorkingMomJournal September 9, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Oh, and my daughter loves the Rainbow scuffins. Matt basically met us at the door with some samples and she finished everything…..was surprised cus normally she doesnt like to try new food.

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81 Tiffany @ texan on the run September 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Bahhhhh looks so good!! I might have to fly there just for some of yalls baked goods and breads!!!!!!!

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82 Heather September 9, 2011 at 8:49 pm

A great way to end a crazy Friday … Coming home to my granola :) Are there any storage recommendations ? (assuming there will be any left to store ?! )

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83 KathEats September 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Tightly sealed on your countertop!

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84 Selena September 9, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I just ate large handfuls of clusters. No wonder you talk about them so much. Yum! I’m assuming they are supposed to be a little chewy/cookie like texture?

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85 KathEats September 10, 2011 at 8:43 am

Yum! Yes, it’s chewy like an oatmeal cookie.

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86 Hannah September 10, 2011 at 12:22 am

I still love hearing that your make bread with potato! I made cake with potato once, I must find the recipe again!

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87 seana September 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm

My handmade signs are no where to be seen :(

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