Started Early

June 28, 2008

I couldn’t take it any longer. It was 6:00 and I was still not done with my project!! I had to do a diet analysis on an athlete and chose my sister’s boyfriend Matt, who is a soccer star and triathlete . It took FOR-ev-er to finish entering in his food diary into my software, creating recommendations and writing a report on it all, but I am finished!!

But I had a big swig of the husband’s New Castle (probably my favorite beer of all times) around 5:30…

And a glass of wine with ~30 minutes to go –

DONE!!!

= More wine. Just a splash :)

Karen brought over shrimp she got from a boat in Charleston and ingredients for pesto shrimp pasta . Fabulous!

We decanted the red –

Pesto Shrimp Scampi over Linguine

Plus a spinach salad with a Panko-crusted baked goat cheese round, red pepper, zucchini, dates, walnuts  and homemade dressing.

From above –

More wine! (Another splash)

Karen was craving dessert big time and wanted to take us out – how could we refuse!?

I wanted a port , but I ordered a cappuccino , knowing it would have better effects on me in the morning.

We ordered a Currant Bread Pudding with Honey Gelato ! I probably had 25%? The husband ate most of it –

Watching the Simpsons then, good night. Gotta study all day tomorrow too, until the symphony that is. Tomorrow is the last one!

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1 coco June 28, 2008 at 8:50 pm

great dinner Kath!

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2 sarah! June 28, 2008 at 8:51 pm

Hey Kath, long time reader, first time commenter :D Lovely blog you’ve got here! I’ve made countless amounts of your recipes and because of you i LOVE wheatberries (ahh the cheeww) One question that you can take your time in answering: is it possible to make over night oats (muesli) using the steel cut variety? I’m assuming no, but wasn’t sure if you’d tried. Keep on runnin girl, I think you should train for a marathon. It’s the best thing I ever did.

Peace, Sarah

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3 Jessica June 28, 2008 at 9:01 pm

Sarah!,
That’s a really interesting idea on the museli steel cut oats…and I just used our can up last weekend. My hubbie and I LOVE museli – I think it worth a shot! I would suggest maybe a little extra liquid than with rolled oats and maybe a few more hours for it to absorb.

Kath,
You are amazing -really! You have such motiviation and will power on keeping balanced habits!! I don’t know how you spend countless hours a day on papers and studying. I guess I did too in college; but it’s right in my awareness as I read daily how much time it takes! Your dinner looks perfect , btw. Oh, definetly eat a fresh apricot! ;)

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4 Suzanne June 28, 2008 at 9:07 pm

wow – that shrimp linguine and dessert look SO good. Glad that you had a nice time – you deserve it after the long week you’ve had!

I had Ekiziel bread for the first time today(cinnamon raisin). Well, actually, I had the kind that they keep in the freezer at Whole Foods a while back. But, it tasted really bad to me.

What is the difference between the ones in the bread aisle and the ones in the freezer?

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5 Suzanne June 28, 2008 at 9:08 pm

oops forgot to mention:

To those of you who are waiting for the shipping issue for the HONEST FOODS web site to be resolved: I just got an email back and they’re still working on it. Apparently, the problem is not as easy to fix as they thought. :(

I’ll update again when I have some more news. Happy Saturday night, all!

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6 coco June 29, 2008 at 5:11 am

hi Kath, i have a short question. Do you have an idea of how much fat should we take daily? I’ve been using fitday to calculate my daily intake and i’m afraid that i might not take enough. thanks

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7 Lauren June 29, 2008 at 7:47 am

I can’t beleive the symphony doesn’t go on all summer :( Enjoy the show tonight.

Two questions. When you eat cereal for snack or dessert how much milk and cereal do you use? Do you find cereal like puffins filling? They look more like air than substance, but everyone on blogs seems to love them.

My second question is why do you like wine? I feel like it’s one of those things I am supposed to like, but don’t. To me, it doesn’t taste sweet and just taste too alcholy (made up word). I’ve tried alot of reds and whites- I don’t like any of them. I know I can do wine tastings and find one I am ok with- but what is it that everyone loves? Does it have more to do with wine be an “adult” sophisticated drink than the taste itself?

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8 MS nutrition student June 29, 2008 at 8:49 am

Congrats on finishing your report! I remember doing those, and you are right, it takes forever to input food recalls into software!

Dinner looked fabulous, too, by the way. :-)

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9 Tina June 29, 2008 at 9:02 am

Hey, Kath– just curious, what part of Boston did your sister move to?

Happy Sunday!

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10 Molly June 29, 2008 at 10:59 am

Looks so delish! Everything

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11 Kelly L. June 29, 2008 at 11:23 am

Do you have a recipe for this shrimp and pesto pasta?

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12 Serena June 29, 2008 at 11:46 am

Lauren, you might try a Reisling or a Pinot Gris (both white wines) if you want something a little more fruity/sweet. I love wine for the taste and how it compliments food but I say if you don’t like it, don’t worry about it! For a really sweet dessert wine, you could also try Muscato di Asti – it’s bubbly like a sparkling wine and super tasty.

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13 Tina O. June 29, 2008 at 11:47 am

Lauren~ I thought I would share my experience with wine. I used to not like it either. I also thought the whole ‘adult’ thing. I started drinking white zinfadel-my husband calls it the kool-aid of wine. I started trying different ones. I like sweet wine, not dry. I can’t drink red, it gives me an instant headache. I also don’t drink beer and any mixed drinks I have need to be sweeter. So basically the only wines I drink are Piesporter, Reisling, or a sweet Pino Grigio. Try those. And if you don’t like wine at all, oh well. There are plenty of other things to drink!

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14 Emily June 29, 2008 at 12:40 pm

I too would love the recipe for the shrimp and pesto pasta if you can find the time, which I know is a lot to ask of you right now! Glad you enjoyed it!! :) By the way, I just finished the last of the Greek Quinoa Salad from the beginning of last week. I shared it with my mom and sister and they too are huge fans and now have the recipe as well! Now I’ve made myself hungry… guess it’s lunch time. Enjoy the symphony tonight!!

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15 nicole r June 29, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Lauren–
You must try rose!!! (Said: rosay) most are light, sweet, and fruity and perfect for those who aren’t winos :) very summery and refreshing. Also as someone else suggested, reislings and pinot grigios are nice. Reislings are sweeter and pinots are quite quite light. Enjoy and good luck!

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16 Sammy June 29, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Analyze this (or maybe I am guilty of overanalyzing). I read food blogs everyday. I check at least 5, but sometimes more, and I check them more than once a day. Okay, in and of itself that is moderately embarassing, I mean c’mon, I’m a busy girl and have plenty of other stuff to do, but I’m still always curious in the back of my mind as to what so and so’s day is like (more about people’s days or more about people’s food? I can’t decide). Here is the real kicker though—I would be super embarrassed if people knew that I read food blogs, despite that I am such a fan of them. Whenever someone comes into a room when I’m looking at one, I immediately switch to a new tab/close the computer/exit out/etc., any tactic to not let it be known what I am looking at. I was wondering how/if many of you feel the same. Be honest. Especially if, say, a boyfriend knew you looked at food blogs. It’s almost a sense of guilt I have, so then I just think to myself, if you wouldn’t want to admit to a behavior, then you probably shouldn’t be doing it and/or have an unhealthy relationship with said behavior. Thoughts? and thanks!

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17 Kate M June 29, 2008 at 1:20 pm

coco –

I went to a dietitian a few months ago and she suggested that 30% of my daily calories come from fats. My carb intake is usually 50% and my protein 20%, although those numbers shift slightly day-to-day. (I use FitDay to keep track.)

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18 Tina O. June 29, 2008 at 1:23 pm

I read lots of blogs. Food & celeb gossip (that is the one that I hate to admit to!) I really don’t tell people about the celeb blogs/sites. I do tell people about the food blogs and most people do give me an odd look. For example, I will say “on this food blog I read, I saw this great recipe/idea…”. But then my sister in law reads blogs about her interests and my husband does too. So at least they ‘get it’.

I also check a couple of times a day, especially if there is a discussion going on that interests me or I am participating in. You are not the only one. I mean lots of the names on here are regulars. I do see why you could be embarrassed, but I don’t think it is anything to be embarrassed about. You’re getting ideas and feedback from other people you wouldn’t otherwise meet. There are lots of discussions about things that obviously interest you, so how could that be bad?!

I’m sorry if I am rambling, I got interrupted a few times-I hope it makes sense!

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19 Tina O. June 29, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Oh, I also have to close my laptop and move away from it every night, or I will be on it constantly! (and my husband sits with his in his lap all night-he is obsessed!)

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20 Kath June 29, 2008 at 1:39 pm

sarah,
I’m not sure about muesli with steel cut because they take so much longer to cook and might also need heat to soften, but if you like them chewier, then give it a try.

I would like to run a marathon, but since I am a former foot surgery patient I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to run that much on my foot (more than training than the marathon itself).

Jessica ,
Thanks :)

Suzanne ,
I think all EZ bread comes frozen and the ones in the aisles are just thawed. Maybe it had freezer burn? I find that 15 seconds in the microwave does wonders for the rolls and buns, so try that next time.

coco ,
The recommendation is 15-30% with no more than 10% of kcal coming from saturated fat. Try to get more healthy ones like nuts, nut butters, avocado and monounsaturated oils.

Lauren ,
I usually have about 1 cup of cereal with 1/2 a cup of milk. I do think the high fiber cereals are more filling, which is why I save things like puffins for snacks when I just need it to hold me an hour or so.

I agree with the others on wines – try Reislings! Also, the more wine tastings you can go to the better – they’ll help you learn more without committing to a whole glass of something you don’t like.

Tina,
She and Matt found an apt. in the Back Bay – just a few blocks from Northeastern. I can’t wait to visit (and meet you!)

Kelly L. and Emily,
It’s just homemade pesto tossed with wholewheat linguine and shrimp seared in olive oil and butter (light on both). For the pesto, I processed 2 handfuls of basil, 2 tbsp grated parmesan, 2 tsp EVOO, 2 tbsp walnuts, and half a lemon.

Sammy ,
I sometimes check up on blogs at Kiosks at school and also am a little embarrassed if someones big meal is on the screen and people are walking by. I guess i just don’t want to have to explain why I’m looking at food! But I’m not at all embarrassed to tell people I have a food blog or that I read them. It’s very interesting!

Kath

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21 Emily June 29, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Thanks for letting me in on your pasta recipe! I will have to try that sometime! About how many people does the pesto serve using those measurements?

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22 Kath June 29, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Emily,
We only used about half of the pesto we made, so you could reduce that a bit. Just coat until you think there’s good flavor and save the rest for sandwiches!

K

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23 CourtneyS June 29, 2008 at 5:49 pm

Your sister and Matt will love Back Bay! We’re neighbors since I’m on Beacon Hill, but Boston is so small that we’re all neighbors anyway.

I read food blogs every day and my boyfriend totally gets it. He reads sports blogs and silly celeb sites, so we both check in on our blogs after dinner, share interesting tidbits, and that’s that. My point is that healthy eating/cooking is one of my interests – I spend A LOT of time making sure we eat well – so I don’t mind admitting it. The Internet is creating new ways of communicating all the time and blogging is one of them.

Kath, I hope you enjoy the symphony tonight and feel good about all the work you’ve gotten done this weekend.

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24 Danielle June 29, 2008 at 8:48 pm

Hey Kath! I love your blog (its very entertaining)! I hope you do well on your assignments. I hope to study the same things once I’m in college.

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