The Curious Case Of Food + Buttons

February 11, 2011

Lots and lots going on today!

I raced to the gym – literally – in order to make a 10:20 BodyPump class. I made it just in time and had a great class. I don’t really love BodyPump, but it seems to be the first-ever weight lifting routine that I continue to not dread. And my muscles sure have improved since starting!


I raaaaced back home to shower [which includes showering|dressing|makeup|drying hair|jewelry|hanging up towels], hold a quick online meeting, make lunches, photograph lunches, pack up lunches, pack up bag, and walk to the hospital.


Karen and Matt were thrilled to have superb Great Harvest sandwiches for lunch. We all chowed down enthusiastically!

I packed turkey + avocado + red pepper + mustard + lettuce sandwiches on Honey Whole Wheat

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Apples for Matt and me


And a cookie piece for Karen! [The rest had already been eaten!]



All packed up


I spent a few hours here with Karen, who did really well today all things considered. She said it was much easier than she imagined, and luckily she doesn’t seem to have any immediate side effects from the medicine (good news!) Thank you so much for all of your thoughts and comments today!


Around 3:30 Karen started to get hungry, so I suggested I walk to the Corner to get her a smoothie.

As we debated her cravings for a flavor that she would like, smoothie turned into milkshake from Arch’s :-) That’s her banana, peanut, hot fudge milk shake on the right.


And my Berry frozen yogurt with banana and graham on the left!


The walk outside was glorious!


I walked back home later that afternoon and Matt picked her up when she was through.

I came home and did a bunch of computer stuff while my amazing husband made dinner! And even brought me a taste of his latest chocolate beer for taste testing!


At my recommendation, he blended up a head of cilantro and made cilantro pesto, although since we had no parmesan cheese or pine nuts, he used a few tbsp of nutritional yeast and walnuts along with garlic gold for the flavorings. Although we both agreed it wasn’t as rich on the tongue, it tasted just as fabulous in our pasta.


He tossed cooked whole wheat spaghetti with steamed swiss chard and red peppers and sauteed shrimp into the cilantro pesto.


It was amazing!


Especially when paired with his latest caramel-hoppy pale ale!

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1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I’m so glad that Karen is feeling okay after her treatment! have a great night!


2 Jen February 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm

That dinner looks delish! Glad to hear Karen is feeling well after her treatment today. How many chemo treatments does she have to do? I’m sure having you and Matt nearby to lean on will make this a much easier journey for her <3


3 KathEats February 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm

She has 6 in total, plus some radiation


4 jenn@ f&f February 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm

We are going to veritas and having dinner at c&o. Any recommendations?


5 KathEats February 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Those are my recommendations!


6 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 11, 2011 at 9:05 pm

congrats to natasha!

and so happy that karen is doing well and said it went better than expected.

caramel-hoppy pale ale = i dont even like beer and that sounds great!

Have a great weekend, Kath! :)


7 Kayla February 11, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Hi Kath, I started reading your blog a few months back and I really enjoy reading your blog. The dinner looks so good! I’ve never tried caramel-hoppy pale ale and chocolate beer before, and can’t help but wonder how it will taste like:) I have a question about nutritional yeast actually. I have read about the benefits of nutritional yeast, but was wondering if people who are allergic to baker’s yeast can eat nutritional yeast. How are they different?


8 KathEats February 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I don’t really know the answer to that, but Matt says nutr. yeast is dead (as opposed to live baker’s)


9 KathEats February 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm

But then he just said he’s not 100% sure. something to ask a doctor!


10 Baking 'n' Books February 11, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Don’t quote me – but I have read/been told that they are different. NOTE: I haven’t tried them!


11 Kristi February 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm

You can find more on nutritional yeast on MamaPeas blog (Snack Time at Huggy Bear’s)


12 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama February 11, 2011 at 9:09 pm

It must be so fun to test all of Matt’s beers. Seriously chocolate beer? Did I read that right?!


13 Lauren, colormehappygrrl February 11, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I’m glad you are in good spirits and the day went okay! :)


14 Estela @ Weekly Bite February 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

What a busy day! So glad to hear Karen’s spirits are up :)


15 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen February 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Ohh – that milkshake sounds awesome.


16 Amanda (Eating Up) February 11, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Meals look great as always!


17 Mimi February 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I got to have Great Harvest today, too! LOVE IT.


18 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 11, 2011 at 9:23 pm

i like the new buttons :)


19 Sarah February 11, 2011 at 9:28 pm

HI there Kath! I have been reading your bog for a couple years now and have surprisingly yet to comment. I used to have a blog back in 2007 but work/life sort of took over. I regularly follow a few blogs especially CarrotsnCake and ourself.
I just wanted to put myself out there and say ‘hello’!
I was particularly interested in the pesto you made… to me cilantro tastes like SOAP. My fiance LOVES it however.
Interesting that you and Matt found the non-traditional pesto to be not as ‘rish on the tongue’… cheese certainly adds that extra ”supmthn sumpthn’ right?
BTW I live in Boston in the Back Bay! I am a manager at an amazing hotel in Cambridge and hosted Tina and Mal on thie 2nd anniversary! If you and Matt are in town and need a gorgeous comfy hotel to stay at let me know!


20 KathEats February 11, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Hey Sarah! Thanks for your comment :) I think the cilantro = soap thing is genetic – I definitely can see how it would be similar though :)

Hopefully I can get to Boston soon enough!


21 Kristen, Sweetly February 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm

It is genetic! My friend and her brother have that going on, and I think it’s got something to do with the smell of it… I can’t get enough, though.


22 Kasey February 11, 2011 at 9:28 pm

That milkshake looks wonderful (as does your fro yo) :) I’m dying to try GH, any chance the franchise is in Canada as well?


23 faith @ gracefulfitness February 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Give Karen my love!


24 Brandy February 11, 2011 at 9:32 pm

You have the best life ever (as I am obviously the authority on such things) I have decided :-)

Best wishes to Karen through this tough time. Thank GOD she has both of you amazing people to take care of her!


25 KathEats February 11, 2011 at 10:03 pm
26 Christine February 11, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Glad to hear Karen is doing okay. But just remember when the side-effects start – if you think it hurts, think of how much more it is hurting all those bad cancer cells!!


27 KathEats February 11, 2011 at 10:03 pm

That’s a good way to think about it!


28 Amanda (tomboy that wears makeup) February 11, 2011 at 9:39 pm

We are going to a brewery tomorrow to taste some fun beer! Cant wait. Have a good weekend!!!


29 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 11, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I’m glad Karen is doing ok. I love that she got that milkshake — a woman after my own heart!

I finally bought some Nutritional Yeast and I can’t wait to try it out.


30 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 11, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Ahhh milkshakes:) Those sandwiches sound delicious! I love avocado..and pesto!

I’m so glad karen handled it so well! Stay strong girl!


31 AJ @ Flowing to Fifty February 11, 2011 at 9:49 pm

WOW! You were flying through your day. Hope things continue to go well with Karen.


32 Jess (Sweet Potato) February 11, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Busy day! I’m glad that Karen hasn’t experienced any side effects!


33 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles February 11, 2011 at 9:54 pm

LOVE the new buttons – they look so good with your blog theme!


34 KathEats February 11, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Thanks! It took me forever to pick them out :)


35 hippierunner February 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I’m glad Karen is doing alright, happy she got to enjoy that yummy looking milkshake!


36 kristi (sweet cheeks) February 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm

What a good hubby, making you such an awesome dinner! Wish I could have joined in on that, yum!


37 lynn @ the actor's diet February 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm

i’m glad karen is doing okay. i remember when my dad had chemo/radiation the hospital had the most INSANE spread of food for the families. maybe that’s just a NYC thing?


38 Kiran February 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Glad Karen is doing alright :)
And love the new icons honey, suitable for the whole theme layout and colors!


39 Natalia - a side of simple February 11, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Oh I’m so happy to hear about Karen. I’m glad she’s off to a good start. And her milkshake sounds like the best milkshake…ever?!

Have a great night!


40 Ariffa February 11, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I like Karen’s style.
hope she’s doing good, xx


41 Elizabeth @ The Sweet Life February 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Still sending good thoughts her way!


42 Kristen, Sweetly February 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm

this post made me smile… i think all the food just looked delicious. i’ve decided to work on a seitan sandwich to cure my insane two-years-running craving for turkey and cheese. AND, i think i’m going to try a pilates class at my gym tomorrow. :-) classes always make me nervous when i don’t know what to expect. but if it’ll get me worked out more than a few minutes on the elliptical, i’m up for it.


43 natalie (the sweets life) February 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Ryan’s out of town, picking him up from the airport soon, so I too, get to play tomorrow and used tonight for work :)

Great choice on the shake for Karen, yum!

Have a good weekend Kath!


44 Victoria February 11, 2011 at 10:56 pm

So glad Karen isn’t experiencing any adverse side effects and seems to be in good spirits!


45 Beatrix @ Beaglebea February 11, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Glad everything is going well. Best wishes.


46 Kathy W. February 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm

thinking of Karen & hoping she continues to feel well!


47 Heather (Heather's Dish) February 11, 2011 at 11:40 pm

i love the shots of the pasta rolled around the fork…heavenly!

and that’s so amazing that karen didn’t have any immediate reactions to the drugs…i’ll be praying it stays that way!


48 Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 11, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I’m glad that Karen seems to be doing well with her treatments! Her banana, peanut, and hot fudge sunday sounds AMAZING!
Your dinner look quite delicious as well!


49 Lissy February 11, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I was just wondering about the fresh veggies on the sandwich. When my grandmother was having chemo she was told not to eat fresh veggies/fruit due to the bacteria that could be found on them. I’m sure Karen’s immune system is fine b/c she just started, but just wondered if anything had been mentioned.


50 KathEats February 12, 2011 at 7:46 am

I think different drugs are immunosuppressant so that’s where the concern enters. Her doctors have told her she doesn’t have any dietary restrictions though.


51 Lissy February 12, 2011 at 10:01 am

That’s great! Healthy fruits and vegetables help everyone feel so much better. Hope she is doing well today!


52 [email protected] February 11, 2011 at 11:51 pm

So happy to hear Karen is doing so well! That pasta looks delish!


53 Namaste Gurl February 12, 2011 at 12:02 am

What a sweet hubby you have to make you dinner after a long hard day. And a healthy, yummy, nutritious dinner, for that matter! What a double bonus :)


54 Annette February 12, 2011 at 12:09 am

Lucky you to have a husband that cooks so well! My husband could really care less what is for dinner as long as it tastes good, has cheese in/on it, and fills him up! ha 😉


55 Maggie February 12, 2011 at 12:10 am

Sending good thoughts to Karen. I know she’s in great hands!


56 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 12, 2011 at 12:24 am

I’m glad to hear that Karen is doing well! I hope you guys have a good weekend :)


57 Roberta February 12, 2011 at 12:31 am

why is Karen eating these sugar filled things? also, has she looked into going on a plant based/juice diet?????


58 KathEats February 12, 2011 at 7:45 am

It was her first day of chemo – give her a break! She eats a really good diet 95% of the time.


59 jenny eats nutella from a spoon February 12, 2011 at 12:39 am

i want shrimpies!!
that green apple looks really good and tart. i think i will get some to feed my apple addiction.


60 Emily @ Savory and Savage February 12, 2011 at 12:51 am

Ok, gonna say the obvious – tons of prayers to your MIL.

But after going through something similar in my own family – the reset to normal is priceless – so that being said – your designating certain items (with labels) to each family member – gotta love it.

Having people around at the good times? Well, that is easy.

People that will be around for the bad bits? PRICELESS.


61 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 12, 2011 at 2:03 am

Glad Karen’s treatment went well!

Those shrimp are gorgeous!! Yum!!!


62 Hallie February 12, 2011 at 2:38 am

I’m glad that Karen is doing okay! I had chemo last summer, and if I could go back in time and tell myself one thing it would be to stay hydrated and to make sure to drink fluids with electrolytes in them, so maybe that might help her? She’s so lucky to have friends like you and Matt. :)


63 Hannah February 12, 2011 at 3:58 am

Aw, love heart sandwich bags! But it’s the spaghetti that really, truly looks amazing :)


64 megan @ blackberries for jam February 12, 2011 at 7:45 am

Sending good thoughts for Karen!

And how the heck do you and Matt just throw together such amazing, creative meals on the fly?!


65 Allison @ OneWhiteTulip February 12, 2011 at 7:52 am

Mmm, those sandwiches look so delicious!

Kath, my gym has a Body Pump class, and I started going to it after seeing it on your blog. i’m only going once a week, but my scrawny arms are actually getting toned and stronger! Plus it’s exciting, since I never thought I’d use a barbell (is that the right word for it?

Sending warm thoughts to Karen and you guys!


66 KathEats February 12, 2011 at 7:54 am



67 Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen) February 12, 2011 at 8:14 am

Glad to hear that Karen is doing well after her first treatment. She is so lucky to have you and Matt. Karen made a great choice with that milkshake too! Nothing like PB, Hot Fudge, & Banana to lift her spirits! isn’t Archers the place that makes that brownie topping?? What exactly is that? Do you think you can recreate that at home?


68 KathEats February 12, 2011 at 8:32 am

Yeah, that’s the place with the gooey brownie. It’s just brownie batter – so you could make that a topping at home (egg-free!)


69 Rachel ~ Dressed to Dish February 12, 2011 at 8:41 am

I may have to try this chocolate beer! His dinner looks so YUMMY! Mmm cilantro pesto and shrimp…my mouth is watering! :)


70 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 12, 2011 at 9:13 am

That’s great to hear that Karen is doing well after her treatment. That milkshake must have been such a nice treat afterward! 😀


71 Ashley J February 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Good for her to get that milkshake! After chemo, sometimes it is hard enough to get someone to eat ANYTHING! She needs to eat what sounds good, and it looks like she did just that!


72 Mary Frances February 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Natasha H. – Happy for you… I’m sure you’ll love your Breville Juice Fountain. You sure are lucky!


73 Natasha February 14, 2011 at 8:31 am

So excited to receive the juicer!!! I can’t wait to put it to use making all sorts of delicious things. Thanks again!!! :-)


74 Kelly - February 14, 2011 at 11:53 am

Never thought of making a pesto with anything other than basil.. what a good idea! (okay – I’m done stalking your blog with comments for today!)


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