Sweets + Colors

April 24, 2009

Boy this is going to be a monster post!!!

All the food lab experiments were very cool today. Remembering how I felt when I left lab last week, I kept it simple with just one small bite of each item – just enough to taste for the sensory analysis. Here’s a recap of the selections (and I wish I knew the details of each experiment, but unfortunately I don’t. Most of them involved replacing an ingredient with an alternative sweetener or other substitute)

Amy’s sugar-free + control toffees –

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Chocolate cakes – (with splenda, etc.)

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Cupcakes (with splenda)

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Corn muffins (with WW flour?)

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PB cookies with PB2 + Jif

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Ice cream with soy and control –

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Cara’s puddings

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Kelsey’s jellos! (See her experiment here!)

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Splenda fudge (go with the original. In fact, in all of these – just use the real thing! I can’t think of a single experiment that was better altered!)

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I actually left lab feeling good and not full at all – tiny bites, tiny bites!

We we got home, Larbs was here!!! Along with her friend Martha and later her friend KitKat (Katie) arrived with the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen (except for our wedding flowers :) ) Thank you Katie!!!

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They were the perfect centerpiece for a colorful lunch.

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Mom and Larbs got me presents while they were out yesterday. Four of these gorgeous totally-my-style placemats (from Bed, Bath + B I think)

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And a tiny bottle of Juicy Couture! Thanks B+L!

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The lunch had to be both gluten-free and vegetarian friendly, so I decided on salads, with optional croutons and optional chicken as toppings. (Kelsey, the veg, added beans to hers!)

Romaine tossed in balsamic + lemon olive oil plus cranberries, carrots, feta + walnuts.

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The side items included grilled cilantro pesto chicken (morphed from yesterday!)

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And homemade GH croutons (toast in oven tossed in olive oil, S+P until crunchy). Store air-tight for a few days.

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Plus fresh fruit

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And toasted buns for a few  -

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I had a salad topped with chicken + croutons

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And a cilantro pestoed half of a bun (of which I only ate half b/c dessert was served when I had half left and I wanted to switch my palate)

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Serving of fruit – antiox!

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After lunch Matt, who by luck was off work early today because he went in at 3 this morning, did a beer tasting for the group of his latest wheat beer.

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I drank half of my 6 oz glass and gave him the rest.

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And last but not least, we all shared a cut up Apple Turnover Savannah Bar!!!! DELISH!! I had 2 of the squares.

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I spent an hour cleaning up, just blogged (whew!) and am going to join my husband in the hammock for a swing. Kelsey is writing her Foodservice paper on a blanket in our yard!

We’re planning an early dinner at EarthFare to meet up with some readers in town for a concert, and then drinks with Kate and Nate.

SPEAKING OF NATE………

I give you: The Blog Stalker!!

Friday Dance!!

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1 Shannon (The Daily Balance) April 24, 2009 at 2:47 pm

I love your ‘monster’ posts! What a fun lab, not surprising that the real thing always won out over the imposters ;)

Beautiful flowers, beautiful lunch! Have a great evening!

HAPPY FRIDAY!

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2 Nate April 24, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Longest KERF post ever. I feel like I just ran a marathon. Thanks for the bloglove.

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3 JENNA April 24, 2009 at 2:53 pm

What a FUN FUN FUN lunch!!! :) such beautiful flowers!! I love them. Have fun tonight!

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4 Melissa April 24, 2009 at 2:55 pm

What a beautiful, colour lunch. I enjoy looking at the photographs you take of your food because they are done so well. :-)

I second the Happy Friday!

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5 tina April 24, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Fun afternoon!!!

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6 Julie April 24, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Sounds like the perfect afternoon!

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7 Moran (The Running Addict) April 24, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Wow so much fun!!! Enjoy tonight!

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8 Sarah April 24, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Those flower are too pretty! Lunch looks much better than what I had… have you checked out the voting for best food blog recently??? You’re winning!

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9 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) April 24, 2009 at 3:08 pm

What a fun and yummy afternoon. I love the abundance of color at lunch!

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10 Sharon April 24, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Oh wow, what a great time!

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11 Erin April 24, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Aw. A swing in the hammock. How dear!

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12 Marissa April 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Those flowers are gorgeous!

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13 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats April 24, 2009 at 3:22 pm

What a great afternoon – that bar looks SO good!!

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14 *Andrea* April 24, 2009 at 3:27 pm

what a lovely lunch!! i love your interior of your home – if you weren’t studying to become a RD you should be an interior designer ;)

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15 AlliJag April 24, 2009 at 3:33 pm

How fun, what a great Friday afternoon!

LOL – I read the Blog Stalker after lunch and almost peed my pants – Nate is too funny!

Have a great time tonight!

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16 Casey April 24, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Kath! Where did you get your blue skirt in the picture above? I must know! I must have that skirt! :)

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17 thepinkpeppercorn April 24, 2009 at 3:44 pm

WOW!!! Love the monster post!! hehe, awesome stuff – and what a LUNCH!!!!!!!!

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18 Sara April 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm

What a fun lunch and afternoon!

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19 Runeatrepeat April 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I didn’t even realize it was long since it was interesting :)

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20 Kiersten April 24, 2009 at 3:52 pm

What a fun start to your weekend!

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21 Michelle Hisae April 24, 2009 at 3:54 pm

That looks like such a fabulous lunch spread! Dang, girl, you hit it out of the park. I bet there are going to be many summer parties in your future!

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22 Heather April 24, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Your food labs look like so much fun! It makes me wish that I was taking that class with you ;)

Wow, those ARE beautiful flowers! So summery and perfect for this gorgeous weather!

Glad to hear you enjoyed your company… have a fun time tonight!

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23 life coach jen April 24, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Those flowers are gorgeous and I’m glad you didn’t get too full from all that tasting in class!

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24 Angie April 24, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Beautiful lunch….and love the flowers!

Thanks for sharing your class’ lab experiments! 10 years ago, I did Kelsey’s exact experiment in my food science lab, but, as far as the others go, Splenda didn’t even exist yet.
It brings back good memories!

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25 Chelsea April 24, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Oh YAY! Blog Stalker!!!! That salad looks fab and you’re right those flowers are AMAZING.

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26 Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now April 24, 2009 at 4:39 pm

What a nice lunch!! I love the looks of it!!

Have fun tonight!!

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27 Jenn Hains April 24, 2009 at 4:43 pm

What a great looking lunch! Yum. I have to admit that dessert looks amazing. Was it homemade or store bought?

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28 Briana April 24, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Those flowers are gorgeous and your meal looks great too. I know all about that beer tasting. I mean I can’t drink yet but my dad has taken up brewing after stopping about ten years ago. Earlier this week, he took a sip of one of his brews and broke out into a little kid smile saying “That’s really good beer.” You could see his pride and happiness beaming from him.

Those labs look so intriguing too.

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29 Hallie April 24, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Dang that’s quite the spread! I need to make more friends who cook so we can have potluck parties :-P

So what did you think of the tastes in class? Particularly the corn muffins with the WW flour…that’s on my “list to try” so I’m curious what you thought.

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30 brandi April 24, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Happy Friday! what a fun afternoon :)

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31 K April 24, 2009 at 6:34 pm

What a fantastic Friday! Everything looks amazing from lunch – love the impromptu beer tasting!!

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32 The Duo Dishes April 24, 2009 at 6:45 pm

All that food tasting…yum. Those apple squares do look quite delish!

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33 sue April 24, 2009 at 7:20 pm

those really are the most gorgeous flowers! and what a fun class- thanks for sharing all the pics!

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34 Ellen M April 24, 2009 at 7:22 pm

homemade croutons are my absolute favorite! sooo much better than store-bought.

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35 Help Meghan Run April 24, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Beautiful! I want one of those buns *so bad*! :)

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www. HelpMeghanRun .com

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36 Meg April 24, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Loved every bit of your monster post.

Great new placemats! :)

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37 Bec April 24, 2009 at 8:42 pm

your classes always seem so interesting and lunch looks fantastic!

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38 Adi (oatonomy.com - repaired!) April 24, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Your lunch looks so tasty… and inviting! The chicken looks especially mouth watering… mmmm…

And yes, those flowers are gorgeous!

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39 Kath April 24, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Sarah ,
SWEET!

Casey ,
Target! They have all kinds of colors.

Briana ,
Aww fun!

Hallie ,
I think I mentioned in the post that all the originals were the best….but for that experi. I’m not sure what the original was because I preferred the WW. I could be mistaken about what the variable was. And I don’t have the recipe. Actually, I think it was another Splenda recipe now that I think about it….

Kath

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