Vita Vitals

February 16, 2011





Smoothie In A Bowl!

Chocolate Berry Mint

Serves Two

Toppings: Nuts About Granola chocolate mint cookie, coconut, coconut butter magic shell!


The frozen berries came from Whole Foods – their frozen mixed “Fruit Loot" that they sent me a coupon to try. This blend is a classic mixed berry – good as ever! All the necessary favorites.


I thought the chocolate mint cookie granola was really unique. It’s very strong on the mint – almost like chewing gum. My first bite was too much, but then it softened up and I really liked it on this chocolate smoothie base!


Last night I tossed and turned, which was directly related to having 1.5 cups of regular coffee yesterday. I am SO SENSTIVE to caffeine!! Normally we do 2/3 caf, 1/3 decaf, but with a new blend in the house, we went all caf. I always hope it won’t affect me and I am always wrong!


Still delicious :)


So about that giveaway…..


Continuing the awesomeness of OpenSky’s culinary generosity, win a Vita-mix!

If you’re already following me, SWEET! If you’re not, enter by subscribing on this page. Also, if you share with friends via Facebook, Email and Twitter, you can get free swag : )

Winner to be announced on Friday!!


Read our bakery opening announcement on Cville’s The Hook! Only mistake is that my last name is Younger, not Monson, which is Matt’s name!


I can smell spring!


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1 Katie February 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

I have that K mug from Anthropologie, too! :) Love it!


2 Meg February 16, 2011 at 10:10 am

Those are my FAVORITE frozen berries. Whole Foods has the best frozen produce 😀 Makes me think SPRING too 😀

Enjoy your day!


3 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin February 16, 2011 at 10:12 am

I looove the frozen fruit from Whole Foods. It’s one of their items that’s not too pricey, either! That looks delicious!


4 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 16, 2011 at 10:15 am

Oh man…lucky winner, whoever gets it! I LOVE my vitamix!!

I’m not a big fan of chocolate mixed with mint…I’d rather just have straight up chocolate! :-)


5 Gretchen @ Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! February 16, 2011 at 10:16 am

Holy amazing, that bowl looks deliiiiicious. I’ve been meaning to ask you for a while, what’s your opinion on the whole is-coconut-good-or-bad-for-you debate? I’ve been seeing more and more coconut butter making its way around the blogosphere lately, and while I loveloveLOVE coconut, the high saturated fat content makes me sqeamish. Obviously everything should be enjoyed in moderation, but as an RD are you of the mindset that coconut fat is a “different” kind of fat? So, better for you? I’m interested in your opinion!!


6 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 10:21 am

All saturated fat is not equal. Coconut has a high amount of medium chain triglycerides that can be absorbed directly into the blood stream and used for energy! Plus, you don’t eat coconut but the pint :)


7 Carrie @ TV and Dinners February 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Can you write this in a pretty note and send it to my mother? Every time I tell her I cook with coconut oil, she looks at me like I’m going to keel over from a heart attack any second. At least I finally got her to (mostly) stop using margarine! :)


8 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm
9 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan February 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

Awesome giveaway!! :-)


10 Krystina (Organically Me) February 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

I buy the same frozen blend from Trader Joe’s for much cheaper!


11 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

No Trader Joe’s here!


12 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 16, 2011 at 10:19 am

Yum that is quite the breakfast mix! I don’t normally mix chocolate with fruit flavours but yesterday I tried the Cocoa Raspberry Simply Bar and it was really good! Congrats on the article! :)


13 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) February 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

It’s great that your future business is getting all of this press! I bet your shop will be packed the first week of opening :) So exciting!


14 Melissa @ HerGreenLife February 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

I love the description of you as a, “beamingly healthy local entrepreneur” :) The recent giveaways here have been amazing — maybe this will be my lucky week.

Loved reading about your successful dentist trip via bike yesterday — I also chose a dentist within biking distance — so convenient!


15 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 16, 2011 at 10:21 am

Nice give way! I love mixed berries in cobblers! They make the best cobblers ever! I hope you ahve a great day…congrats on the article! I know you guys must be getting excited!


16 Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa February 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

I so need a new blender! Cracked mine the other day while pureeing soup…

Great article…minus the wrong name thing. People do that to me all the time as well! Question – was Matt okay with you keeping your name? When I told my hubs that I planned on keeping mine, he was kinds of mad/disappointed.


17 Matt February 16, 2011 at 10:28 am

I like my last name a lot, and I would never change it, so I ask people why should I expect the same from her? And Younger’s a cool last name!


18 Kiran February 16, 2011 at 10:47 am

Love your reply Matt! Spot on 😀 BTW, I am hoping (and praying) that Great Harvest makes it to Orlando someday.


19 Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa February 16, 2011 at 11:04 am

Whoop! Best response ever. I think my husband was just a little sad/caught off guard when I informed him of my intentions.


20 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey February 16, 2011 at 11:46 am

That’s great, Matt. A lot of men don’t feel the same way. :)



21 Amber K February 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm

That’s exactky what my husband said! We’ve been married almost five years and I still have my own last name :)


22 Amber K February 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm

*exactly 😉


23 Amy February 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I’m getting married at the end of the year, and have expressed to my husband-to-be that I would like to keep my own name or at least hyphenate/combine both names. The biggest obstacle/problem seems to be the name that our children would carry. He’s afraid our kids would be picked on if they had a hyphenated last name, which doesn’t make much sense to me.

If it’s not too personal to ask, Matt/Kath – are you guys planning to have children and if so, what’s your plan for their surnames?


24 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm

We really don’t know for sure what’s going to happen yet. But LOTS of kids are hyphenated these days. I seriously doubt they will get teased unless your names are both super long and/or funny together. We will likely end up hyphenating because it seems like the most fair thing to do. We know for sure we’re not going to just choose one of our last names – we want our kids to have both somehow. The question is how!


25 Christie {Nourishing Eats} February 16, 2011 at 10:23 am

I am also super sensitive to caffeine. I don’t drink coffee or tea anymore because of it. I even have to be careful with chocolate. If i have some after dinner, I am wide awake all night long. It kinda sucks 😀


26 Becky February 16, 2011 at 10:25 am

Looks yummy! Unfortunately we don’t have a Whole Foods or TJ’s around here. But we do have an Earthfare, I just haven’t been to it yet.


27 BB February 16, 2011 at 10:28 am

They are giving away a Vitamix?!? Dude, I just choked on my gum. I hope I win I hope I win 😀


28 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

Too bad about the name mistake — I changed my last name so I don’t know how I’d feel about seeing those types of mistakes.

I would so love to win the Vita Mix. I’ve got my fingers crossed big time!!!


29 Felicia (a taste of health with balance) February 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

coconut magic shell.. theee best!! if i opened a cafe that would totally be on the dessert/icecream/smoothie topping to choose from


30 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats February 16, 2011 at 10:33 am

Great article – though sorry about the name mistake. I did not change my last name when I got married, and people always assume I have and call me by my husband’s last name.


31 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

Mmmmm… this is almost exactly my pinky V-Day meal except I added a scoop of chocolate-hazelnut spread. I should have though to add some chocolate powder too!

Awesome give-a-way – thanks!!! :)


32 Heather (heathers dish) February 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

I never wold have thought to add mint but it sounds super refreshing!


33 Christine February 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

Woah — your giveaways have been pretty stellar lately. Except for the fact that I haven’t won — that’s a little less awesome…..


34 LauraLee @ Old Fashioned Vegan February 16, 2011 at 10:38 am

OhMyGosh I want a VitaMix, I’m pretty sure I’m not over stating here, but a VitaMix would be life changing. 😉
PS It smells like spring here in Prescott, AZ too!


35 Ashley February 16, 2011 at 10:38 am

Oooh, mint with breakfast sounds great. I put it in a smoothie once and it was awful…haha SO exciting about the article!!


36 Ashley (The Vegetable Life) February 16, 2011 at 10:41 am

That smoothie looks heavenly!


37 Asima February 16, 2011 at 10:42 am

I want a vitamix so bad! Is it open to Canadian followers as well?


38 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

I’m sorry, but it’s US only :(


39 sara February 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

Smoothie looks incredible!!
And..a vita-mix!?!? I swoon. My fingers and toes are crossed :)


40 Stacy @ Every Little Thing February 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

Oooo a Vitamix! Awesome giveaway!


41 Natalie @ Will Jog For Food February 16, 2011 at 10:46 am

Vitamixes are AWESOME! My mom has one and I use it every chance I get.

That is a great article :)


42 Stephanie @ Thorns Have Roses February 16, 2011 at 10:47 am

I never realized you didn’t take his last name? Did you do a backstory on this??


43 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

There’s not an official story to it, but I wrote my senior thesis on Lucy Stone:

Also, I love my last name!


44 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm
45 Allison @ Happy Tales February 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Very interesting, Kath! I also love my last name…and middle name. Not sure what I’m going to do when that time comes for me!


46 Charise February 17, 2011 at 8:54 am

I love my last name it’s association with my family, too. And I wanted to actually USE my last name, not have it stuck as my middle name. I ended up hyphenating, bc I also wanted to include my “new” family with my husband in my name. It gets annoying sometimes because people don’t understand that I have ONE last name and think they can use one or the other. Or call me Mrs. Ryan X, which I haaaaate – there is no woman here by that name OR title, thanks!

We are going to go with just his last name for kids, though – I want them to have the option of hyphenating when they grow up, which gets messy if they already have a hyphenated name.

I always love hearing about what everyone does with their names and kids’ names after marriage – fascinating reasons and back stories!


47 Alaina February 16, 2011 at 10:48 am

I follow you on Open Sky! :-)

Congrats on the press! When are you planning to open?


48 Hope February 16, 2011 at 10:48 am

What an awesome giveaway! I hope I win!!! :)


49 stacey-healthylife February 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

nice looking article. That smoothie looks like one of the best combo’s.


50 khar February 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

Great press, but sad they didn’t get the last name right. I kept my name also and it can be frustrating to be called by the wrong last name.


51 Jordan Wandfluh February 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

Fingers are crossed for the Vita-Mix!!


52 claire February 16, 2011 at 10:53 am

Nearly 30 years ago my mom didn’t change her last name when she married my dad. It didn’t really bother her when people called her by my dad’s last name b/c she realised that it was an easy mistake to make. Her last name is my (and my sister’s) middle name.


53 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 16, 2011 at 10:58 am

Ooohh, I want that VitaMix so bad!!! All we have to do is subscribe to your blog??


54 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Yup – to the OpenSky newsletter on the KERF Shop page


55 Susan February 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I think I did that a couple of weeks ago. Should I be getting e-mails from your shop? The only e-mail I’ve received so far is one telling me I didn’t complete the sign-up process, but when I log in it shows I’m following you. I don’t know if I’m signed up or not.


56 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm

You should be getting emails. Try signing up again? If it doesn’t work – email me and I’ll send you to the right person


57 Allison @ PickyEatingRD February 16, 2011 at 10:59 am

Congrats on the feature for the bakery! I already follow you on OpenSky so cross your fingers!


58 Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat February 16, 2011 at 11:01 am

Ooh I hope I win! Exciting!


59 Johanna B February 16, 2011 at 11:02 am

As recently as 3 mos ago I would have sworn that I was not sensitive to caffeine. I was having sleep issues and I kept reading that you shouldn’t drink anything with caffeine late in the day. For a long time denial reigned and I refused to try to get off the stuff. Now I’m completely off caffeine and my sleep has improved a great deal. Coincidence? I doubt it.


60 Christa February 16, 2011 at 11:03 am

I love Vita-Mixes!


61 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 16, 2011 at 11:04 am

You had me until mint! Not sure if I’d like it with berries.

Awesome giveaway!!!


62 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles February 16, 2011 at 11:07 am

I’m very interested in try that mint chocolate cookie granola – so intriguing!I can’t believe there isn’t a TJ’s in your town – you should open one up along with GH…a perfect combo! :)


63 Lauren at KeepItSweet February 16, 2011 at 11:11 am

Congrats on the bakery opening announcement!


64 Katy (The Singing Runner) February 16, 2011 at 11:16 am

Awesome Giveaway! 😀 Maybe I’ll win. 😉

Your smoothie looks amazing! 😀


65 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 16, 2011 at 11:16 am

I’m really sensitive to caffeine too! Not only does it make me jittery, I feel sick to my stomach too. I always have to get decaf!


66 Judy February 16, 2011 at 11:17 am

Great article! Looks like the community is excited to have you both:)


67 Amy February 16, 2011 at 11:31 am

So exciting! I love your t-shirt in that picture, too. I can’t wait for you to open!


68 Elisabeth February 16, 2011 at 11:32 am

Yay! A Vitamix – one of the few kitchen appliances I’m still wanting :)


69 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 16, 2011 at 11:32 am

I love it when berries turn breakfast cereal purple!! Absolutely makes my morning more sunny and delicious:) Congrats on the article girl!


70 lynn @ the actor's diet February 16, 2011 at 11:34 am

it’s the giveaway i’ve been waiting my whole life for!!!


71 RJ February 16, 2011 at 11:48 am

I just bought a few packs of Vega smoothie mixes – can’t wait to try them! You’ve totally converted me to oatmeal – next stop: SIAB! And I’m a little belated – but when I got my O magazine in the mail last week, I was flipping through and saw the oatmeal piece and thought “this sounds just like KERF” and then I saw that you had written it! Congrats!!


72 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey February 16, 2011 at 11:48 am

I like the slightly new layout today.
And oh my goodness, a Vita-Mix? I’ve been subscribed since you started doing the Open-Sky newsletters and offers, so fingers crossed! :)



73 Jen @ February 16, 2011 at 11:55 am

Sad that Matt isn’t in the pic with you. Funny that you are kissing the bread.


74 Amber February 16, 2011 at 11:55 am

Just curious, why didn’t you take Matt’s last name when you got married?


75 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Because I like my last name and don’t feel pressure to do what society tells me to do :)


76 Katie February 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Right on ; )


77 Susan February 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Right on, is right. :) I love that you didn’t take Matt’s last name just because society says you were supposed to. And I love that he’s so cool with it.

My bf and I don’t plan on getting married, but I’ve already told him I’m keeping my last name if we change our minds.


78 claire February 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

That mug is from Anthropologie and I want one oh so badly! :p


79 Laura February 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm

That smoothie looks delicious! Oh, and I kept my last name too. 😉

Are you going to continue with giveaways? Or will they stop once you reach a certain number of followers on OpenSky?


80 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I’m going to keep going until they tell me I have to stop!


81 Laura February 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Awesome :)


82 Natalia - a side of simple February 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Congratulations on the announcement in The Hook! I’m really loving the updated layout, by the way!!


83 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm



84 [email protected] February 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm



85 oatmealSavage February 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I just subscribed yesterday. I was impressed that you were a registered dietician. I should have looked around a bit more. I’m not impressed with the product push. Vega whatever isn’t a food. And that bag of greens you bought yesterday is not cheaper than buying the equivalent amount of fresh. That’s misinformation that you’re putting out here, and no matter how convenient it may be (we all like convenience) I’m not interested in reading what amounts to advertising passing as editorial. Yes, I have now read your disclaimer that you won’t praise something you don’t like. Not good enough. Is there a professional association for Virginia RDs? They should be notified about what you’re doing.


86 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Seems a bit harsh to me. $1.99 is most definitely cheaper than $6-9 for the greens – think of them once they cook down. I will continue to buy the product! You don’t have to continue reading here..


87 Kaci February 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I love learning about multiple things from blogs. Healthy food, saving money, fun daily activities, exercise, etc. so I would prefer for these topics to remain in the posts. Love your blog, Kath. :-)


88 Julie February 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Kath, I have to tell you I’ve been following you for a year + and finally have something I have to say, besides that I want to steal your life!

As I was closing my eyes last night a late night idea popped into my head that I couldn’t ignore! I happen to have some crushed pineapple and “Humingbird cake” oatmeal suprise this morning fit the bill and my delirous pre-dreams! Thanks for all the oat inspiration! ( I hated oats before following your blog!).

That berry smoothie looks divine and just appropriate for all of us biting at springs tails to hurry up and get here!

And also couldn’t help but think that Vitamix blender would have made fabulous whipped “hummingbird” oats!


89 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Hmmm – so like pineapple, oats and ?? Honey?


90 Julie February 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Pineapple, bananna, oats, and coconut oil with sunflower seeds and Cinammon! Couldn’t stop myself from a little nut butter for some extra body!

Yayyy! you made my day! 😀


91 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Wow, that does sound amazing!


92 Sunya February 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Kath, you breakfast looked awesome this morning. I am going to have to start trying the smoothies as the weather gets warmer here.

I wanted to share with you a big thanks. I found your blog around the first of the year and I have become a hug fan of you and your oatmeal. I now have the oatmeal most mornings during the week and I love all the crazy toppings I have come to love. It makes each bowl different and is my morning adventure. But most of all…it has helped me lower my cholesterol. In September is was 200 it is now 186. My LDL was 133 it is now 125. Plus I have lost 25 pounds. I am using your blog to try new salad toppings and love the variety of exercise you do. I joined a 10k step challenge at work and I am now walking everywhere.

So thanks for all the great advice and continued success with your writing and the bakery!


93 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Bravo Sunya!!


94 Sarah @ One Love Sarah February 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I’m a follower! and I love your blog! I don’t feel like your pushing any products just stating your opinion! Plus I love those mugs from Anthro.


95 Julie February 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Hi Kath!
This morning while I was reading your blog I had the TV on the cooking channel watching Food Crafters and Justin’s Nut Butter was on! He seems very cool and I love his products. I don’t know if you watch that show or are even interested but I thought of you when I saw it and thought you might be interested. They usually re-run the episodes so maybe you could catch it on later.


96 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I do like his nut butters! I’ll have to keep my eyes out for it :)


97 Katie February 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Congrats on the article write up of GH !! I love the pic they used!!! lol, so cute!

I would seriously pass out of happiness if I won the Vitamix!!!!!!!!! omg! Such an awesome giveaway!!!

Love the ‘K’ Mug ! I need one!

Have a great day! : )


98 Jane February 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Just read the article and they corrected your last name. :)


99 PAM February 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm

they corrected your name in the article. have a good day


100 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Open sky is so so sooo good to your readers! I’m glad I am a follower!


101 Sophie February 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Whenever I get married, I hope to keep my last name too. Love to see strong women keeping their last name!


102 dee February 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I need to win this vitamix!

that article is too cute! I want to taste great harvest bread so bad!

ooh, I see changes on your site! very cool!


103 Paige(Running Around Normal) February 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm

That article’s pretty cool! Love that pic of you! haha :)


104 JunieB February 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

What I want to know is where can I get a I Eat Real Food tshirt!?


105 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm
106 Erin @ Big Girl Feats February 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I can’t wait to get a Vita-Mix someday!


107 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Oh me, oh my. I could use a vitamix in my life. If not now, then I plan on saving up and buying one for my graduation gift to self. :mrgreen:

Fun giveaway! 😀


108 Jessica February 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Just started following you on Open Sky last week…providence I hope?? Been coveting a Vitamix for about a year now. Just can’t justify that $$ on a blender when I have 2 kids in school!


109 Lauren, colormehappygrrl February 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Congrats on the press! What an exciting time for you guys! :)


110 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather February 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Caffeine effects me so much too! I have any past noon I have such trouble sleeping.


111 Rebecca February 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm

That smoothie looks like it would make an awesome dessert as well!


112 [email protected] February 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I bet that smoothie baked would be amazing! Cool giveaway, as per usual!


113 Emily @ Savory and Savage February 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Ohhh, a Vitamix give away!!! *fingers crossed*


114 Anne W Falk February 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Bummer that we do not have a Whole Foods close to us. While I am not fond of the prices, it’s the variety of good foods available that I wish we had. I am going to look at the freezer section of our market for frozen greens. I want to make that soup! I am also excited about that Vita-Mix. Oh gosh I really am.


115 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) February 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I have been wanting a vita mix forever!


116 kell February 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm

i am officially praying to the vita mix gods!! awesome giveaway!!


117 Carla February 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Vita mix, Vita mix, come to me in my dreams or Friday will be fine too!
I think you should have a “I Eat Real Food” tee-shirt giveaway! I want to buy one but can’t decide on the size to choose. I think I should just choose a M and eat less if it’s too small.
Soon I’ll be on a trip with a Trader Joe’s- anyone that wants to give suggestions I should buy would be wonderful!


118 Caitie February 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm

TJ’s dried fruits and nuts are awesomely priced. Also, I recently tried the Chile Spiced dried pineapple and am in heaven. The frozen fruit is reasonably priced too!! And peanut butter!! :)


119 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I’m thinking about making some new shirts soon!

Trader Joes favs are sunflower butter, peanut butter, cinnamon almonds, salty peanuts, smoked herring, smoked sardines, big slab of dark chocolate, nuts over raspberries trail mix!


120 Annette February 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm

yumm-looking tasty Kath!


121 Nana Phyllis February 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Your SIAB looks delicious! I need that vita mix – I’ve been coveting one for a LONG time! Would love to win.


122 steph February 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I’m glad I followed – I recently purchased the FUL bag and was amazed how fast I got it.

Would love to see husband KERF on OpenSky for home brewing products and ingredients.

Speaking of homebrewing – have you ever tried to do anything with the beer sediment/trub? I’ve baked a couple of times with it, and will usually try to throw ingredients (cherries, cacao nibs, etc) from the boil or from the bottom of the carboy post transferred fermented product to bottle/keg into loaves of bread or other baked goods just for fun. Would love to hear if you or your husband have ever tried this?


123 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Home brew stuff would be fun, but I’m not sure there’s a demand for it since my audience is mostly female. You know more about it than I did with terms like carboy :) I’ll ask Matt to read your comment.


124 steph February 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Awesome – Thank you!!


125 Matt February 16, 2011 at 5:27 pm

You’d be surprised to hear that I’ve never done any cross-over between brewing and baking besides making beer bread. The thing I’d be most interested in would be spent-grain bread but after the mash the grains are so bland that you’re really only putting them in bread for some texture.

But beer bread is really fun, and I don’t mean the kind with baking soda/powder – I’m talking about yeasted beer bread. You can pretty much take any bread recipe and substitute beer for all the water and it’s delicious. In March at Great Harvest Charlotte we brewed up an Irish Dry Stout to make Stout and Gouda bread. It was AMAZING compared to the version we made with Guinness. So flavorful.

If our market can handle it, I’d like our GH to have beer bread on the menu frequently – I’m thinking a sweet, caramelly amber ale with white sharp cheddar…


126 Christine February 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I, as one female, would love more posts on home brewing!


127 Kori February 17, 2011 at 9:27 am

I love to cook w/wine and beer on occasion, especially adding a beer to a pot of chili, so your beer bread recipes sound AMAZING!! I can’t wait for you and Kath to open your Great Harvest! =] Btw my sis and I live in Oak Ridge, and we just recently tried a dozen bagels from Hot Bagel Co, and they are the best we’ve ever had. Bread making skills must run in your family. :-)


128 steph February 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I appreciate the reply! I really enjoy this blog and I like when quality beer (pumpkin or moose drool haha) pops up around here.

My boyfriend and I are fairly new to brewing, going on about 6 months now since our first initial brew, and we’ve really enjoyed the whole learning process. Our “on the side baking” experiments are done to supplement our knowledge of the chemistry behind the beer and just to try out crazy things we hear about on brew forums or from books. Right down we are just brewing from kits, but have been busy researching recipes and scouring all resources to start doing most the process from scratch. None the less, we learn something new every time we brew.

The Stout and Gouda bread sound stellar – y’all should also try some cherry stout brownies! I think any sweet, caramel amber ale with white sharp cheddar would pair well when topped with a granny smith apple and possibly some almond butter….

But I am so sincerely excited for the y’alls GH success. We have a GH near by, but I love the mission of the company and support smaller operations. I always enjoy reading updates and wish the best of luck. If and when I make my way through Charlotte, I will hopefully be stopping on by!


129 Allison @ Happy Tales February 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Whoaaa bessie, a VitaMix?! Holy WOW I’m excited for this giveaway!!!!


130 marie February 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Personally I’m not going to change my last name when I get married. My last name is part of me and heritage and I want to keep that.


131 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm

already following you and how cool that you’re giving away a vita!

a few years ago, I changed my entire name, first, middle and last. Never liked my given name, so i changed them all.

And changed our daughter’s last name to my last name.

My husband was thrilled. He doesnt like his last name either :)


132 Allison K. February 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I took my husband’s last name. He asked me too..but the choice was completely mine, and he would have been ok with it if I had kept my maiden name.
What I HATE though…is when people address things to me as “Mrs. Husband’s First and last names” like “Mrs. John Smith.” MY name isn’t JOHN!

I have an aunt and uncle who when they got married instead of one of them taking the other’s last name, or hyphenating both of their names, they both changed their first names to symbolize their union as a new family. Her name went from Sue Anne to Suzanne, and his from Jeremy to Jeremiah. I always thought that was sort of cool…


133 KathEats February 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Funny because Mrs. Matt Monson doesn’t bother me! It’s like saying I’m the wife of Matt Monson, which is true. But Katherine Monson is completely untrue.


134 Charise February 17, 2011 at 9:01 am

I’m anti-Mrs. in general. Men’s titles don’t indicate marital status, why should women’s? Plus the lack of a first name for the woman bothers me – what, we get married and lose our identities?

That IS funny that it doesn’t bother you when Monson isn’t part of your name at all!


135 Baking 'n' Books February 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm

No way!!! Oh my gosh Kath – what an amazing giveaway. Wow. Going to “like” you now.


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137 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy February 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I had a SIAB today too!

I would LOVE to win the vitamix -my fingers are crossed!


138 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen February 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Dannng – look at all these amazing giveaways!!


139 Vivi @ MyBeautifulAir February 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Great new footers!! thanks for the inspiration! I’ve been teaching myself wordpress, the technical stuff can get complicated!


140 Joleen February 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Love the opp for a Vita-mix! Been wanting one for so long! You’re recipes are inspiring and I’m addicted to my oatmeal now! I miss it in the mornings when I don’t get to have it.


141 Hannah February 16, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I love how generous you are with the coconut butter! I’m still getting used to the taste on its own (still reminds me a little of suntan oil) but I’m slowly working up to more generous portions :)


142 Stephanie @ Living and Loving February 16, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I have been eying the Vitamix for a while now… I make a smoothie almost every morning! One day I watched an entire infomercial about it! It was entertaining to say the least… Fingers are crossed :)


143 Emiko February 17, 2011 at 2:15 am

Oh how I’d love to win that Vitamix! I’d be having smoothies every morning :)

Had my first taste of GH bread last weekend – the honey wheat was amazing! I enjoyed it toasted with a small smear of honey butter.


144 Carla February 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Thanks for the Trader Joe suggestions. And I like to hear about beer making even though I don’t brew.
Today’s weather was wonderful- doesn’t everyone feel happier Today!!


145 Sarah Leigh March 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Hi Kath!
I made this for lunch today and me and my hubbie loved it! That coconut butter shell is to DIE for!!! What a great idea!


146 Nichole March 18, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I took my hubby’s name 6 years ago, and I will still catch myself telling people my maiden name.
It’s kindoff hard to change something you were given from birth.


147 Nichole March 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm

I was wondering if you love your vita-mix? I’m trying to convince the hubby and want to make sure it’s amazing before spending that much money. Since we seem to cook and eat similar I thought you would be a great person to ask!


148 Stephanie August 16, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Where can u buy the Vega Choc-a-lot


149 KathEats August 16, 2014 at 9:32 pm

At health food stores like whole foods. Check vegas site too


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