Red, White & Blue

June 27, 2011

Guess what the muffin of the week is!?

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Red, White & Blueberry! The sweets team made them both 100% whole wheat and 100% white to taste test. Guess which one won! The whole wheat! Woo hoo. That makes me happy. I had a taste after lunch – quality control and all Winking smile

Just got in from doing some house stuff and then Body Pump. Class was super hard today on the shoulders! I need a shoulder massage. Or a tennis ball!

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I just finished up lunch – a massaged kale + herb salad. I took some tender kale from the garden and dill + basil and squeezed them together (literally massaged them for 2 minutes) with lavender salt and olive oil. Plus green pepper, pumpkin seeds, almonds and a hard-boiled egg!

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On the side: Popeye bread! This was a funky misfit loaf – a bit stringy!?

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But great on the inside. We actually made this with 50% whole wheat flour and it was not as good Sad smile There’s just something amazing about the fluffiness of the white flour. At least 25% of those nutrients are in there – and the vegetables!! (Spinach + Red pepper)

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Afternoon plans:

-Make dog treats

-Make Cville Cluster granola

-Bag bread!

Happy Monday!

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1 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm

How fun – wishing I lived closer and could test out the Popeye bread myself!

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2 Chelsea June 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Schedule change. Rearranging my day to make muffins for breakfast now!

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3 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles June 27, 2011 at 12:25 pm

You’re going to make homemade dog treats? Wow. That is just above and beyond. You never fail to impress…

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4 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio June 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I LOVE red, white, and blueberry bread. Definitely a favorite of mine!

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5 Mallory June 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Looks amazing. It’s sad that sometimes the things that are bad for you taste better like the bread. Can’t always be perfect though. Right?

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6 Cait's Plate June 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Would using whole wheat white flour work better maybe?

I love that the muffin of the week is red, white and blue(berry) – I’ve been trying so hard to come up with a creative way to incorporate the colors into a baked good for the holiday. This might have to be the route I go ;)

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7 The Teenage Taste June 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Mmmm…I definitely would not be able to work at Great Harvest. I’d eat EVERYTHING! It all looks so good! :-P

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8 Lauren June 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Thanks for being so helpful at Body Pump today Kath! I really appreciate how nice you have been to me! I had fun even though it was hard….my lunch included some of your popeye too :D How funny! Thanks again for being so welcoming to me!

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9 KathEats June 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm
10 Kelsey June 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Those muffins are great! I definitely think whole wheat flour counts as white, right? Too bad the other bread didn’t do as well with wheat as the muffins!

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11 Krissy @ Shiawase Life June 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm

happy Monday indeed! Silly question, but what’s in the muffin? (Strawberries and blueberries? Raspberries?)

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12 KathEats June 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Raspberry, Blueberries + White Choco Chips!

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13 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm

It’s a berryfull day for the KERF world :) Love the muffins!! I would eat whole wheat over while any day!

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14 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes June 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Haha the Kale gets a massage, and you need a massage :) I like the taste of whole wheat flour better then white as well. More of a grainy-nutty texture!

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15 Kate @ NaturaStride June 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Ooh popeye bread sounds awesome! Love the idea of incorporating veggies into bread. :)

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16 Kristina June 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Love the popeye bread – I actually kind of like my bread a little mis-shapen and wonky, it feels more rustic. Feel free to send any reject loaves over here…winkity wink…

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17 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen June 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Love the looks of those muffins!

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18 Jenn@slim-shoppin June 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Hi Kath. What is the benefit of massaging the kale – does it make it taste better – or less bitter? I’m just starting to incorporate kale into my life and any tips will help!

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19 KathEats June 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm

It sort of “cooks” it. It breaks it down a little and makes it easier to eat.

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20 KathEats June 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Kind of like mashing a banana makes it all glossy!

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21 Baking 'n' Books June 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Is it just as beneficial to just steam it or saute it in a bit of water/oil? Sometimes, I pop it in the microwave…

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22 Rebecca June 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Can I just say I love the way you describe food? “glossy” bananas, “fluffy smoothies”, “marshmallowy” bleu cheese :) It makes my mind run in all kinds of creative directions!

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23 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Mmm…you know, I’m not surprised– I feel like sometimes people are so biased against whole wheat or think that it’s going to taste too “healthy” in a baked good, but I think it tastes even better than white flour– so dense and delicious!

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24 Rebecca June 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Yummmm!!! Those muffins look incredible!

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25 Becki @ Becki's Whole Life June 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm

It all looks good. I like sweets with some whole wheat…I think it actually brings out the sweetness. I went over to the GH in Cary yesterday because its close to my TJ’s…and when I got there it wasn’t open. I said to myself – I should have known, since you always have Sunday off! Oh well, I will get over there again one of these days. My daughter visited there with her daisy troop…so cute!

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26 Margo @ peanut butter trees June 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Hi Kath! I have been reading your blog for a few years not and am just hopping on the bandwagon with my own food blog, so have stepped it up and started to finally comment on your posts :) I’ve been wondering about the AMAZING looking popeye bread – what else is in it besides spinach and red peppers? It looks so good. And the muffins look amazing too :) Thanks for being such an inspirational blogger each and every day.

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27 Estela @ Weekly Bite June 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Love the themed muffins!! & that popeye bread looks yummy :)

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28 Hannah (Balancing on Two Feet) June 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Dog treats? I can’t wait to see these!

Try a lacrosse ball instead of a tennis ball. Much more ow factor but oh so good in the end!

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29 Mary Legare Whaley June 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Those muffins are festive little nuggets! Thanks for the inspiration…sounds like the perfect side dish for a 4th of July beach party!

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30 Susan (Oliepants) June 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I can totally get behind the Popeye bread!! Delicious – talk about great sandwich material.

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31 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I want a muffin! Those look amazing!

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32 Kristen @ Change of Pace June 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I’ll have to try the massaged kale. This isn’t the first place I’ve seen it so it must be good! I hate to say it but white flour is just better in bread and sweets… I’m surprised the whole wheat muffin won!

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33 Grace @ Healthy Dreaming June 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Patriotic muffins! What a fantastic idea :)

Lunch looks delicious as usual!

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34 kaila @ healthy helper! June 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Yay for whole grains winning!

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35 Emily @ Savory and Savage June 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Those muffins look great!

I have yet to gather enough courage to try ‘massaging’ my kale :-)

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36 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm

What cute and festive muffins! I need to make some for the 4th of July :)

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37 Aine @ Something to Chew Over June 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Blueberry muffins are my favourite – I always try to include them in baked goods cos I love the way they ‘explode’ ;)

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38 Angie June 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Are you going to make any Red White and Blue bread this week? Star Spangled Swirl is the BOMB!!

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39 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Let the red, white, and blue food this week begin!

Glad you got a great body pump class in…and hopefully you get a shoulder massage later. Or find a tennis ball :)

The bread looks delish!

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40 Christine June 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Do you guys come up with the recipes for the things you bake at GH, or do you get them from the company? Or both?

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41 KathEats June 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Both!

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42 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Sounds like a fun afternoon ahead! The muffins look gorgeous and I’m just sitting here imagining how good popeye bread must taste!

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43 Cait @ Urban Fencepost June 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

That Popeye Bread looks amazing! It actually looks like there is quite a bit of spinach in there, which I would love!!

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44 Jessica@vivalaveggies June 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm

That popete bread looks very delicious! I love when there is other pieces of food incorporated into bread, it most certainly adds flavor! Yum :)

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45 Erin June 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Kath- I think I remeber when you first posted about making
dog biscuits in the bakery. It’s a great idea, because people like me
love to spoil their dogs! Ever thought about making
flavored biscuits? Like adding peanut butter or chicken broth to the mix?

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46 KathEats June 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm

We don’t have either of those in stock right now – maybe almond butter?

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47 Erin June 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm

I’m sure a little almond butter would work too! Also, if dog biscuits become something you are buying ingredients for instead of just using what’s in the bakery, dogs are able to eat carob chips and are a fun addition as well.

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48 Rachelle June 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I love your store and you blog!! I am visiting Cville from Norfolk and my husband grew up in Montana near the original Great Harvest so I had to check it out. I love that you have samples of everything!! My husband had the turkey and cheese on honey wheat and I had the tofu pesto…and we shared a blueberry cream cheese scuffin (dangerously good). I was hoping you would be in so I could say hi!

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49 KathEats June 27, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Aww sorry to have missed you!!! I got here about noon. Glad you had a delicious time!

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50 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn June 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Hahaha quality control ;) When I was cooking for my grad party (for a straight 24 hours mind you) I literally taste tested everything. No dinner was necessary that night, let’s just say that.

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51 Hadley June 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm

The muffins look amazing!

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52 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Oh my gosh those muffins looks great!

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53 Angel7 June 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm

That is funny that you say you are making “dog treats,” granola and bagging bread :) I think it is cool that you are feeding the dogs as well as people at your Great Harvest Bread, Co. :)

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54 Glenneth June 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm

WOW! Those red, white, and blueberry muffins look incredible. Wishing I lived anywhere close to your bakery so that I could have some.

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55 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Massaged kale is one of my favorite leafy green preparations. Yum, yum!

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56 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Everytime you post about that popeye bread, my stomach growls.

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57 Katherine June 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Can I PLEASE come work with you?

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58 Julie H. June 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I want to reach into my computer and take that piece of bread. Looks sooooo YUMMY!

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59 Christine (The Raw Project) June 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm

What a cute muffin, it wounds wonderful! Great pics!

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60 lynn @ the actor's diet June 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm

sometimes i prefer the whole wheat muffins and wish more places made them!

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61 Molly @ RDexposed June 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm

In December, I made homemade dog treats for all the RDs in the office with dogs. I was instantly labeled as the crazy dog lady and I’m ok with that!

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62 Sonia (the Mexigarian) June 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I want those muffins. And that Popeye bread looks yummy, no matter how misfitty it seems. Anything with spinach is gold in my book :D

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63 Hannah June 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Popeye bread! Ooooh!

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64 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass June 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Sometimes nothing but white flour will do! :)

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65 Stephanie @cookinfanatic June 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm

That popeye loaf catches my eye everytime I see it on yours and Ali’s blogs! Oh I bet it’s so good, can’t wait to visit to try some myself!

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66 Sarah@The Flying ONION June 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Making dog biscuits?!? So fun! :D

The muffins look wonderful! I’ve always been a fan of whole wheat muffins, as I think it lends such a nice, nutty texture. Except, maybe, for lemon, when all I want is the fluff! :D

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67 katie @KatieDid June 27, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I wish my day revolved around food as much as yours does! lucky! You just inspired the dessert I will make for the 4th of july :)

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68 rumfunandsun June 27, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I am still thinking about dinner….I am at a loss, unless it’s ice cream or sorbet? Hmmm, it’s bother me lol.

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69 Alaina June 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm

I LOVE finding new muffin combinations! I’ll have to try this out sometime. :-)

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70 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I almost always opt for WW breads, but sometimes there’s nothing better than a big, fluffy, white piece. Especially when it’s freshly cooked from a bakery!

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71 Jackie @ That Deep Breath June 27, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Those muffins look delish!! & the sald looks so yummy! I really need to try kale

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72 Khushboo June 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Those muffins are making my mouth water- what a killer combo and they are so festive too! I think they should remain on the menu post-July 4th!

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73 Lindsay June 28, 2011 at 12:30 am

Perfect muffins for an American week! Does your company ever donate/send bread to a military support group or soldiers overseas? My husband (a Marine) was eyeing your page from behind me this morning and wanted me to ask you. He went on a lot of deployments and said they would love to get some fresh things like your bread over there:) Just wondering!

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74 KathEats June 28, 2011 at 8:40 am

Lindsay,
I’d love to do something like that, but I just don’t think any of our products would survive the overseas shipment. Granola maybe, but definitely not the breads or sweets.

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75 Foodie June 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm

It’s interesting how some things taste better made with whole wheat flour,and some just need the lightness of white flour. I find that in many cases, white whole wheat flour is a good compromise.

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