Rainbow Over Yonder

April 4, 2012

Check out this beauty I observed while writing on the porch this afternoon!

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And speaking of weather, is it FALL!? Because the tree in our backyard is raining leaves everywhere.

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Matt had errands to run after work tonight, so I was in charge of dinner.

Oven = a faster hands-free version of cooking than the crockpot!

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I put a bunch of food on sheet pans and roasted dinner away.

Smoked paprika + cayenne plus olive oil, salt and pepper rubbed all over some Twin Oaks Tofu.

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And a mixture of apples and mushrooms. Apples in cinnamon and mushrooms in Garlic Gold!

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30 minutes later…dinner was served!

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The tofu was crunchy

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The apples were sweet

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And the Caraway Rye roll Matt brought home (new on the menu) was AWESOME! I love rye bread and this is 75% whole grain and packed full of caraway seeds!

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Who am I kidding – this dinner needed some YOGURT!

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I’ve been working on blog posts all afternoon, plus I had a conf. call about a second speaking event at BlogHer Food this year – for Stonyfield! Excited.

My to-do list is short right now, which is great because I’m working at the bakery a lot this weekend for the Easter rush.

Matt gets the KERF Father Of The Year award [sorry dad] for putting together our NEW GREY CRIB faster than it took me to do all the dishes!! It looks great – photos to come on BERF soon!!!!!

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1 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm

We had rainbows here in Bama, too!

Is the tofu already flavored?

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2 KathEats April 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Yes, it’s herby inside!

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3 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I’ll have to look for that here locally.

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4 Cait's Plate April 4, 2012 at 8:17 pm

They were predicting rain here in Charlotte all day but it never came! Maybe it’s still making it’s way down.

Those are the absolute best dinners – I love the roasted apples idea!

Congrats on getting the crib together (yay Matt!) – I know how hard those things can be from experience with my niece’s!

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5 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm

crunchy tofu and sweet apples…YUM! That tofu looks so firm; almost like tempeh. Like it doesn’t even need to be pressed. I have to try it!

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6 Sana April 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Every dinner needs yogurt!

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7 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

How exciting! The crib! Dinner looks perfect and that roll looks so delicious and chewy! Enjoy your evening Kath!

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8 Jacqueline April 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm

That tofu looks incredible!!! YUM!! Accompanied by a rainbow and a crib set-up, it all sounds great!

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9 Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm

That rainbow is so beautiful!!!

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10 Kathy W. April 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I love double rainbows.

fyi, the dark part of the sky between them is called “Alexander’s dark band.”

short explanation:
http://www.atoptics.co.uk/rainbows/adband.htm

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11 Kathy W. April 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm

(meant to add that your pic captured that band perfectly!)

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12 KathEats April 4, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Cool! Didn’t know that!

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13 Katherine April 4, 2012 at 8:41 pm

at what temperature did you cook the tofu/mushrooms/apples? looks good!

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14 KathEats April 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I almost always bake things at 400* :) Hot enough to roast but not burn

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15 Katherine April 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm

thanks so much!

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16 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! April 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I recently started liking rye and caraway!!! I bought some crackers in that flavor and they are SO good! Now I definitely have to try some rye bread!

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17 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Oh that will be fun to work at the bakery for Easter weekend! I bet you all have some great easter-themed things! I love holidays!

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18 Laura @ May Your Bobbin Always Be Full April 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm

That bread looks SO good!

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19 Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt April 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm

That tofu looks go good!

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20 Laura April 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

two questions:
where can you buy twin oaks tofu? does whole foods or earthfare carry it?
also, why doesn’t he make the rolls 100% whole wheat? do you need a little white flour to improve the density? obviously i know nothing of baking bread… just curious why most stuff is 50-75% whole wheat…

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21 KathEats April 4, 2012 at 9:22 pm

If you’re in the mid-Atlantic, you can probably find Twin Oaks at WF. Their website might have a where to buy?

And yes, it’s a texture thing. Most of our staple breads are 100% whole wheat, but this one needed just a touch of white for fluffiness

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22 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde April 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I recently tried baking sweet potato wedges on a rack after I saw that you prepared them like that recently, and they came out great!! Never thought to do that with tofu – good idea! Your entire meal looks absolutely delicious. I love that you baked everything in the oven. You’re exactly right, that is like a quicker version of a crock pot. Very smart.

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23 KathEats April 4, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Glad it worked well!

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24 Megan @ Megan's Munchies April 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Dinner looks great! I am carving tofu now!

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25 Megan @ Megan's Munchies April 4, 2012 at 9:22 pm

LOL! Just read my comment! I meant “craving” not carving.

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26 Jen April 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Yum. I never would of thought of roasting (baking?) the apples with dinner. How do you come up with what you want to eat each night?!

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27 Allison k April 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Those probably aren’t leaves…at least I don’t know of any trees that lose leaves in the spring. Most trees are just leading out. All trees have flowers, we just don’t notice them…those could be part of the flowers. They also kind of look like samaras (seed pods) but….I don’t think it’s the right time of year for free to lose them. Ummm….I like trees.

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28 Lara April 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Yes Allison is right, those are samaras, likely from an ash tree. Maple trees (double seeded samaras) have already fallen too (the kids call them helicopters). I like trees too!

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29 Kristi April 4, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I think those are seeds from a tulip poplar tree. (Or a similar species – I have a tulip poplar in my backyard and those look like the seed pods.)

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30 Allison k April 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Liriodendron tulipifera! One of my favorite trees! They aren’t native out west. In fact our trees have only just started budding here in Wyoming… We are a long way from samara season!

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31 KathEats April 5, 2012 at 8:33 am

I meant leaves in the generic “things that fall from trees” sense :) You are right, they are indeed seed pods!

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32 Isabel April 4, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Do the racks roast veggies better than straight on the sheet pan? Where do you get them?

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33 KathEats April 5, 2012 at 8:34 am

Yes, more airflow. Any kitchen store!

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34 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm

yum! That looks so good! Did you put anything on the apples besides cinnamon?

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35 KathEats April 5, 2012 at 8:34 am

Nope! I should have sprayed the bottom of the pan because they stuck!

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36 Khushboo April 4, 2012 at 11:14 pm

I’m sure Matt is the only guy your dad wouldn’t mind losing “Father of the Year” title to!

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37 jojo April 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm

That’s so exciting that you are speaking about food&nutrition!
Beautiful rainbow :D

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38 j3nn April 4, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Now I feel like it should be Thanksgiving instead of Easter with the leaves falling and the baked apple. :)

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39 Lauren April 5, 2012 at 6:01 am

As I was eating my dinner last night (quinoa, beans, canned salmon, spinach) I suddenly thought that the bowl needed a big scoop of greek yogurt and said to my husband, “I just pulled a Kath.” :) You’re so right, definitely better with some plain yogurt.

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40 KathEats April 5, 2012 at 8:34 am

Haha. Husbands across America deal with my name at mealtime : )

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41 Jen April 5, 2012 at 9:56 am

So funny – I told my husband, “Kath’s pregnant”, and he’s like, “Who?”. And I said, “You know, my favorite blog?” It was funny because I just assumed he’d know who I was referring to automatically!

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42 KathEats April 5, 2012 at 9:57 am

:)

Matt knows all the bloggers by name!

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43 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count April 5, 2012 at 6:30 am

Your dinner looks Great! I’ve never roasted tofu. I need to try that!

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44 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 5, 2012 at 6:34 am

I really need to add more tofu to our meals…I really like it…roasting on racks sounds perfect! Unfortunately, caraway seeds are the one flavour I can not seem to wrap my flavour buds around…the bread looks good though!

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45 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope April 5, 2012 at 7:09 am

Beautiful rainbow picture! :) I’ve only tried baking tofu once and it didn’t come out very crispy. I’ll have to try it again because your dinner looks delicious!

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46 Molly @ RDexposed April 5, 2012 at 7:19 am

Roasting is 83% of all my dinners!

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47 Angel7 April 5, 2012 at 8:37 am

It must be nice to have fresh yummy breads brought home almost everyday :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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48 Lara @ TresLaLa to TinyLaLa April 5, 2012 at 9:53 am

As I made dinner last night (sauteed chicken breast), I was topping it with some Garlic Gold, and thought to myself, “Hmmm, wonder why Kath doesn’t use Garlic Gold any more?!?” Wondered if garlic was on the do-not-eat pregnancy list (your own list, not one because it’s bad for you…) :)

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49 KathEats April 5, 2012 at 9:54 am

Garlic hasn’t been my fav, but it’s coming back!

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50 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie April 7, 2012 at 12:12 am

Dyin to try twin oaks tofu! I keep hearing about it as being the best around, and bonus: it’s sold in the farmers’ market i’m headed to tomorrow! do you find it better than ordinary tofu?

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