So I Married A Baker

April 23, 2012

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Me [while eating this yogurt + Oh’s snack]: “Hey Kanz, can you bring home a Saturday loaf of sourdough or cheddar garlic to go with the soup I’m making?”IMG_9536Blog

Him: “They all just went out the door to the food bank.”

Me: “Oh. Hmm. What else do you have?”

Him: “I could just make some new dough and bake it there?”

Me: “YES!”

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Freshly baked bread, yes please! I was in a total dough mood.

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Meanwhile, I was working a version of my Minestrone Soup

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Roasted veggies + wagon wheels + garbanzo beans + tomatoes + canned green beans. The soup, which was supposed to be pasta + veg floating in broth, turned into pasta + veg in a sauce. Matt ate it with a fork! No problem though, it was good.

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We both also agreed that we love canned green beans and should eat them more often. They taste buttery even though there’s no butter around!

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So about that bread…oh boy oh boy oh boy was it good!! Doughy in the middle, crusty on the outside. Husband knows how to make bread!

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We have TONS of leftovers, so you’ll be seeing this again!

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Many of you asked “what’s next?” the night we finished LOST.

It’s been farrrrrr too long since we had our evenings free for things like reading and walking, so we’re not planning to start another show for a long time. In fact, we kind of want to watch all the commentary and special features on LOST first. But for now, we’re sticking our noses in books! Enders Game for him and Ahab’s Wife for me!

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1 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries April 23, 2012 at 7:05 pm

oh my, that bread looks incredible!! i think i’d be in trouble if i married a baker. i love bread and baked good WAY too much!

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2 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious April 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm

What a lovely meal. I always find I don’t read as much if I am into a show. I love summer reading. So relaxing. Enjoy your night.

Bread & look fantastic.

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3 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I cannot remember the last time I had wagon wheel pasta!!! That looks so delicious!

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4 Kelley April 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Oh, that looks so good! Minestrone Soup has been one of my 3rd trimester cravings. Mmm!

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5 Larbs April 23, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Enders Game was Liam’s fav book and I read it in College!

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6 Mom April 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I’m glad you’re married to a baker, too. I had bread for lunch and more at dinner. Delish. Thanks for bringing it to us!

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7 Becca April 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Incredible looking bread! *Drools*

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8 Kristin April 23, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I made your minestrone soup tonight too! :P I have made it multiple times in the past year – it is my favorite “veggie detox” meal after a weekend of restaurant eating!
I never have enough broth either, though (perhaps because the pasta absorbs so much while it cooks), so I usually add at least a cup of water prior to adding the pasta (I use elbow macaroni!), and I will often add a mix of water and broth to the leftover servings on a bowl-to-bowl basis. Delish! Love this soup :) roasting the veggies first makes it sooo tasty!

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9 KathEats April 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Oh fun!! Dinner twins :)

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10 Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 23, 2012 at 7:23 pm

what a lovely loaf!

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11 marie April 23, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Once LOST was over I watched the whole Battlestar Galactica series. Most people don’t think they will like it because its Sci-Fi, but its really good, and the story is about the characters, not only space stuff. LOST and Battlestar Galactica are my two favourite tv series. You should also check out Breaking Bad and Dexter.

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12 Leatitia @ The Sweetest Year April 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Ender’s Game! My favorite book of ALL TIME! :)

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13 Meister @ The Nervous Cook April 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm

2 things:

#1: CHEESE IN THE DOUGH! That’s genius!

#2: “So I married a baker” is better than “So I married an axe murderer…” and tastier, for sure!

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14 Hillary April 23, 2012 at 7:34 pm

WHY does my boyfriend not bake? Why?!

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15 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio April 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I love it!! I really can’t wait to bake more bread after things settle down after the wedding!

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16 Jennifer April 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I read Enders Game in 9th grade English and I remember loving it but I can’t really remember what it was about now, haha! That soup looks AWESOME! Gonna go check out the recipe now!

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17 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 23, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I’m not even a “bread person” (I’m a cookie person….lol) but that bread looks…fabulous!!

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18 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 23, 2012 at 7:48 pm

I love roasting my veggies for soup…really brings out their flavour! Cheesey bread looks oh so cheesey! Yum!

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19 Simply Life April 23, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I’m reading Ahab’s wife right now! I think I got the recommendation from you?

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20 KathEats April 23, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Yeah it’s my favorite book! We’re reading it in my book club

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21 Björg April 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Hmm i need ti find me one!

Where did you find yourse ? Lol

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22 Sarah (I Dream of Beets) April 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Ahab’s Wife looks really great. I am reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and thinking of you Virginians being so lucky. So green is Virginia compared to Colorado.

That bread looks delicious!

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23 Paula April 23, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I made Minestrone soup today too. We like it served on top of a delicately browned piece of polenta( aka corn meal mush). My husband is southern through and through and he always crumbled his corn bread in homemade vegetable soup so I took it a step farther and made polenta to put in the soup. It is fabulous. But we like anything. Probably won’t win any awards for healthy or proper but we don’t care when it’s soup time.

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24 elizabeth April 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm

You are the only two people I know that love canned green beans.

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25 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! April 23, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Nothing like fresh baked bread to make a dinner special!!!

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26 jenna k April 23, 2012 at 8:29 pm

clearly i’ll be trolling the bakeries for eligible bachelors tomorrow… :)
i had a very kerf-inspired breakfast this morning: greek yogurt with “fried” (microwaved) apples, cinnamon, and walnut granola. it was fantastic!

i’ve really been wanting to try overnight oats (i haven’t found a way i like oatmeal yet, but i’m not giving up!), but i have a couple questions…
it’s ok to leave the chia seeds out as long as i leave the liquid on the lower side, right?
what is the point of the banana? i usually eat a banana before my evening workout, so i don’t really want another one.

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27 KathEats April 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Yes you can omit the chias. Just do equal parts oats, milk and yogurt. The banana is for bulk and sweetness but you can certainly leave it out

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28 Megan's @ Megan's Munchies April 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I am so craving canned green beans now

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29 Maria April 23, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Such a cute couple you are…

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30 Kristen April 23, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I’m totally not a regular commenter so the fact that I’m leaving two in one day is unheard of for me but I was just reminded by this post! My boyfriend and I took a “daycation” to Charlottesville the other weekend for shopping and wine tasting and we also stopped in at GH. We ended up buying four loaves of bread because all of them sounded too delicious! We agreed that the garlic cheddar was by far the best bread we’ve ever had! That bread alone was totally worth the hour and a half trip :)

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31 KathEats April 23, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Aww so glad! It sure is a cloud of dough and cheese!

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32 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Nothing better than fresh bread with a nice bowl of soup! That looks like a perfect meal!

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33 Catalina @ Cake with Love April 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Sourdough is my favorite bread you are so lucky to be married to a baker, I agree the soup is more veggies in a sauce but it still looks delicious, I can imagine myself dipping that fresh bread into the sauce!!!!

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34 Allison k April 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I LOVE canned green beans…it’s the salt I think. My mom NEVER fed us canned vegetables…I am pretty sure I was the only kid at summer camp who asked for 2nds on green beans!
Also, my husband loves Ender’s game. I read it…it’s not usually a book I would pick up, but it’s a good book!

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35 Colleen April 23, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I know you’re not ready for a new show, but when you are I strongly recommend The Wire. It’s amazing.

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36 Emily @ the doodlebug. April 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm

That bread looks fantastic! I just read The Weight of Silence for book club – very good, but now I need a funny book to balance the sadness of that one!

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37 Darien April 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Enders game is one of my favorite books! Enders shadow is EQUALLY as good- it follows Bean’s story!

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38 Annette @FitnessPerks April 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm

OH my goodness that bread looks ahhhhhmazing!! YUMM.

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39 Khushboo April 23, 2012 at 11:08 pm

I’m craving bread more than ever before now!

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40 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles April 23, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Oh my gosh that bread looks divine. Now this pregnant lady is craving cheesy bread, and I happen to be near our Great Harvest tomorrow afternoon…hmmm…

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41 Marie April 23, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Hey Kath, Love your blog and have been a reader for awhile now. I am a fellow RD/blogger as well. Your soup looks absolutely delicious! But I just wanted to point out one thing about the canned green beans…. In the past couple of years there has been more and more uncovered about BPA and canned foods. Luckily many food companies are going/will go BPA free. Canned green beans and soups tested positive for the highest levels of BPA, see consumer reports link: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/december-2009/food/bpa/what-we-found/bisphenol-a-what-we-found.htm. So using fresh or frozen (like in your previous recipe) would likely be better/safer, especially since you are pregnant. A list of BPA free canned goods/brands can be found here- http://inspirationgreen.com/bpa-lined-cans.html. So sorry to be a downer but just wanted to pass on the info that I think is important. Look forward to more posts, pics and recipes from you and hope your pregnancy continues to go well! :) Marie

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42 KathEats April 24, 2012 at 6:28 am

Thanks

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43 Tiffany April 23, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Kath, You’ve got me hooked on House Hunters and House Hunters International! It was on the other day and I thought of you so I watched it. Love it! I know its kind of fake (as the home owner has to be under contract…so they obviously know which house they are buying) but its still fun to see different homes in areas I’ve never visited.

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44 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl April 24, 2012 at 12:10 am

The meal looks absolutely fantastic! Wish I was married to a baker. ;)

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45 jojo April 24, 2012 at 12:33 am

I love that book, Ender’s game. It’s hard to stop reading.. :)
Freshly baked bread.. not many things could beat that!

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46 Michelle (Peachy Palate) April 24, 2012 at 1:10 am

Nothing better than freshly baked bread yum! Canned beans are so good, and the fact that they’re super handy is just a wonderful bonus! :)

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47 Sarah @ RunningChickago April 24, 2012 at 2:05 am

that bread looks incredible! wish i could find bread like that where i live!
i’ll definitely be trying out your soup recipe though :) I love how you can eat it with a fork.. that sounds perfect to me!

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48 Amy @ amy loves food April 24, 2012 at 3:48 am

I love that you make reading a priority of your evening, so many people (like myself) just turn the box on and sit in front of it all evening! I think i may follow your lead and switch the box off tonight and finally read my Hunger Games Trilogy!

PS that bread looks amazing, i would not be safe around bread like that, i would be getting up in the middle of the night to raid the bread basket! Your soup/pasta looks delicious, where do you keep finding inspiration for new recipes or do you just throw it all in and see what happens?

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49 Birgitte April 24, 2012 at 4:46 am

Hallo there,
This brad looks soooooo good – how about a recipe? I would just love to try it.
Living in Denmark, we still wait for proper springtime and there is a need for hot soup and nice bread.
Best
Birgitte

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50 Molly @ RDexposed April 24, 2012 at 6:35 am

That reminds me how I go over to the boyfriend’s house and ask him if he has any good beer to drink. He gives me the look that says, “have you not seen my fridge, cooler, and cellar room??”
Relationships have their little bonuses! :)

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51 KathEats April 24, 2012 at 6:36 am

Haha!

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52 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope April 24, 2012 at 6:38 am

It must be amazing to be married to a baker! All the bread you could ever want! :) Yum!

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53 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count April 24, 2012 at 6:46 am

Dinner looks delicious and the bread…Wow! Books are a good choice for evening entertainment.

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54 Amy April 24, 2012 at 7:18 am

So Kath? I can’t stop thinking about that Spicyrita. Does it taste like a normal lime one that has jarred jalapenos muddled in? That’s what it looks like. Help me out since I am no where near there and will have to make my own.

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55 KathEats April 24, 2012 at 7:42 am

I believe it’s limeade, roasted jalapenos and pickled jalapenos with their juice

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56 KathEats April 24, 2012 at 7:43 am

(minus white tequila and spicy vodka :) )

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57 Matt April 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

Here’s how they make it: 1) grill jalapenos, cut into slices, put one pepper into the bottom of a pint glass 2) fill with ice 3) pour white tequila in until the liquid level is at the 3/4 mark 4) pour triple sec in until 90% mark 5) top with limeaid type margarita mixture. Done!

This is all coming directly from a bartender telling/showing me how to make it.

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58 Amy April 24, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Many thanks. I’ve learned so much about good food choices from these blogs and now I’m learning to make good cocktails.

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59 mary @ minutespermile April 24, 2012 at 7:26 am

Cute pasta! I always go for the fusilli sprials :)

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60 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City April 24, 2012 at 7:50 am

The bread looks heavenly- yum!

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61 Valerie April 24, 2012 at 7:59 am

WAGON WHEEL NOODLES ARE THE BEST!!

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62 Lynn April 24, 2012 at 8:14 am

The bread looks AMAZING! And the soup looks good too!

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63 Angel7 April 24, 2012 at 8:27 am

That bread looks amazing–my mouth is watering :) I love the doughy inside!!! I could eat that yummy ball of bread in two days. And with the help of my husband and our daughter… We could eat it in one day.

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64 Allyson April 24, 2012 at 8:59 am

Ender’s Game is a total guy book. I really liked it as well, but nearly all my guy friends have read it and loved it!

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65 Courtney April 24, 2012 at 9:02 am

So thanks to your suggestion, my husband and I are now into Lost! Neither of us had ever seen it so it’s fun to get into together. We’re on Season 1, episode 18 and SO HOOKED!!

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66 KathEats April 24, 2012 at 9:29 am

YAY!!!! so good!

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67 SkinnyRunner April 24, 2012 at 9:05 am

i thought it was awesome that i married a guy in IT so he could help me when my computer crashes, but fresh bread for dinner far trumps IT. jealous.

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68 Cait's Plate April 24, 2012 at 9:14 am

My sister LOVED Ahab’s Wife. I’ve actually always meant to read it myself. Excited to see what you think of it!

And gah! That bread! It looks so completely perfect.

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69 Laura P April 24, 2012 at 11:50 am

Ahab’s wife is sooo good!!! Enjoy it!!!

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70 Cait April 24, 2012 at 11:59 am

oh that bread looks so tasty!!

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71 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth April 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

That bread looks so amazing I want to hop on a plane and come get some now!

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72 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Wow! That’s amazing! Maybe I need to find me a baker to marry. Know any cute, single male bakers? ;)

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73 Ashley April 25, 2012 at 9:41 pm

If you guys do decide to watch a new show I highly recommend Friday Night Lights. My Fiance and I just finished it and we loved it! It’s a totally different vibe from lost

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74 Suzanne April 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I just finished Ender’s Game and loved it. It was great. I highly recommend Divergent by Veronica Roth. I liked it as much as I liked The Hunger Games. Really good.

For TV shows, I recommend Doctor Who (my favorite show of all time), The Hour, Downton Abbey, and Sherlock (BBC). You might also like Battlestar Galactica.

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