March 20, 2013

We had a lovely weekend with both wonderful and not-so-wonderful weather. We spent time with friends, on the porch, tasting bourbon, cooking with wine, eating pizza and delicious desserts.




Friday night pizzas, kale salad and Italian Cream cake from Paradox that Karen brought over!


Bourbon tasting…Maker’s Mark won : )



Saturday morning walking


Chicken, sweet potato, spinach and olives for Saturday lunch




I’m working on recipes made with The Naked Grape wines – these two were fab!



Afternoon cooking = free dinner!


Sarah brought over cupcakes for dessert in exchange for an open bottle of wine we could not drink (since we had 2 open ones for the recipes!) We ate these after the baby went to bed while watching Portlandia. Love that show!


On Sunday I escaped to the country with Hillary to see Into The Woods, a musical starring my friend Alice! We snacked on trial mix, AnneP bars and popcorn.


Came home to happy boys playin’!


Sunday night we were too tired to cook, but luckily we had a fridge PACKED with leftovers to choose from! I had more fish, rice and a few bites of leftover pizza.

We went from 70* to a chance of snow, so I’m hoping this week brings some spring weather – after all, today is the first day of spring!

AND my mom’s birthday! Happy B-day Buzz!

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1 Lynn @ the actor's diet March 20, 2013 at 10:29 am

Happy bday to your momma!!!!


2 Mom March 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Thanks and happy first day of spring to everybody!


3 Anna @ On Anna's Plate March 20, 2013 at 10:41 am

We’ve had crazy mixed up weather here too– sun and 70’s some days, then a call for snow this Friday! Sigh. Summer has to come eventually!!

That grilled radicchio looks fabulous!


4 Leslie March 20, 2013 at 10:45 am

Could you please tell me what that delicious-looking fish recipe is? Thanks!


5 KathEats March 20, 2013 at 10:49 am

Cod in a Chardonnay curry sauce. Recipe coming in a month or so (sorry I have to wait)


6 Carla March 20, 2013 at 11:08 am

Oh, good, my question was going to be, please tell me we’re going to get the recipes for those yummy and interesting looking dishes??? Haha. It’ll be worth the wait :)


7 Kerry @ Totes My Oats March 20, 2013 at 10:46 am

What a lovely weekend! Cannot wait for that fish recipe!


8 Tonya March 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

LOVE Naked Grape wine!

Still trying to figure out what that cabbage-y looking red thing is? Cabbage? Is it cabbage? It’s got to be cabbage. 😉


9 KathEats March 20, 2013 at 11:17 am



10 Bruna @ morgbu.com March 20, 2013 at 10:58 am

No signs of spring over here yet :( I love new fish recipes! can’t wait


11 Jola March 20, 2013 at 11:08 am

The playdate picture is absolutely cute! I wish the weather changes until the next weekend here in Germany… I can’t see the snow anymore.

Have a nice day!


12 Lis March 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

what’s the strap across Mazen in the stroller shot?
I have a BOB, but it doesn’t buckle like that.
afraid I am missing something.


13 KathEats March 20, 2013 at 11:32 am

It’s our car seat security strap and I have a post about how fun it is as a toy holder!


14 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body March 20, 2013 at 11:28 am

What do you put in your kale salad? It looks delish!


15 KathEats March 20, 2013 at 11:32 am

Olive oil, lime juice and salt – plus avocado!


16 Grace @ Grace Dishes March 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I just left NYC early this week and it did not feel like spring at all. Now in Tampa, it’s looking rainy today but I know the heat is just around the corner :)

Nothing cuter than a bunch of babies in a room!


17 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Cupcakes for a bottle of wine? I’m not sure which side of that exchange I’d rather be on?! 😉


18 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats March 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Your pizzas always look so good! That looks like a great weekend, and I loooove going to see plays!


19 Morgan March 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm

That grilled radicchio looks amazing. I’m curious how you incorporated the wine though! Maze looks adorable as always. Thanks for sharing :)


20 Kristen @ Change of Pace March 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Everything looks so wonderful! Maze sure is getting big!


21 Anne March 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Beautiful food photos! Also, love the picture of Mazen out for the walk. SO cute!


22 Emily N March 20, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Makers will ALWAYS beat buffalo trace. and any of the other KY bourbons. I went to 6 distilleries and buffalo trace (separate trip) this fall running the Bourbon Chase relay, and Makers is definitely the big winner! Woodford Reserve is a close second (and they win for having a prettier distillery!)


23 Matt March 20, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I actually thought they were pretty similar but did prefer Maker’s a little more. It had just that extra bit of richness over the lighter BT


24 TeacherTeacher March 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm

If I may, I’d like to suggest Bulleit be entered in the next tasting of the bourbon. Delish!


25 KathEats March 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm

I just had it recently – loved!


26 Karen March 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Oooo…especially pretty photos of food, family and friends! And, I don’t want to hear any complaining from you, my weather-spoiled friend, as the wind chill here in Chicago has brought our temps down to the single digits! But, the upside is that the sun is shining brightly and the weekend forecast is for a balmy 40 degrees!

And finally, I wish Mama KERF the happiest of b-days! :)


27 Mom March 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm



28 sara @ fitcupcaker March 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm

yum cupcakes…just wondering what kind of camera do you use? Im looking to buy a new one and your pics are fab!


29 KathEats March 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Thanks! I have the Canon Mark II – more info in this post.


30 Erin @ The Elliptical Chronicles March 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm

That Italian Cream Cake looks to die for! I’ve never tasted Italian Cream Cake before, but I recently saw one in a bakery and thought it looked like my kind of dessert :) I’m definitely on a mission to try one now!

Per usual, your weekend looks like a lovely mix of fun times, great company, and excellent eats :)


31 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane March 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Catoctin Creek Distillery is a place you should check out! It is so much fun to hand-bottle & label the organic liquor products ( & taste of course)!


32 Mary Catherine March 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Kath, do you know what happened to the Method baby dryer sheets that smell like marshmallow!? I’m not finding them online or in stores anymore! Miss them!


33 KathEats March 20, 2013 at 3:57 pm

They were discontinued because of questionable ingredients!! Another reader shared this with me. I’m soooo sad!


34 Karen March 21, 2013 at 6:35 am

Still mourning…


35 Kate March 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Oh dear, can you share a link? I have a half-used packet in my laundry room right now!


36 KathEats March 21, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I don’t know if there was one – it might have been a rumor. I continued to use mine though. I don’t think they turned out harmful – just not as eco as Method’s standards


37 melissa March 20, 2013 at 4:36 pm

What is on the pizza, it looks amazing!


38 KathEats March 20, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Pesto cheese from Trader Joe’s!


39 Jeanie March 20, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Happy birthday to your mom!


40 Mom March 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm



41 Jess March 20, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Your food all looks so epic! Whats in that salad? Looks like it was truly a perfect little family & friend weekend!

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42 Maria Tadic March 20, 2013 at 7:20 pm

The pizza and kale salad look awesome! Are those your recipes? If so, what are they called – I’d love to make them!


43 KathEats March 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm

They are more concepts than recipes – although you can find Matt’s crust here.

The kale salad was just raw kale massaged with olive oil, lime juice, salt and avocado/tomato


44 Kate March 20, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Every time I travel and talk to people about Portlandia they always assume it’s an exaggeration to make a point. The funniest part for those of us who live here is that the show is, if anything, an understatement of just how bizarre, silly (and sometimes obnoxious) it can be here.


45 Megan March 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Seriously!!! Every time I watch Portlandia I just shake my head because living in Portland really is like the show. :)


46 Kristi March 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Had some great porch weather in NC too. Loved it! Is the pollen as bad there as it is here?? I left my keys on the porch while chatting with a friend for a couple hours and when I left they were already lightly coated in pollen! I would be tempted to take your cushions and new rug inside until the worst is over! What did you do last year?


47 KathEats March 20, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Not yet, but I have to hose them off in April


48 Renee March 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Hey Kath! I notice you have mentioned a few alcoholic beverages you’ve had, but you’re also breastfeeding. What are your thoughts on that? I’ve been told beer can actually help increase your milk supply, but more often than not people say to avoid alcohol entirely when breastfeeding. I’m sure you researched before having Mazen, and wondered how you decided drinking some was ok. (Ps – This is a totally non-judgmental question. I’m honestly just interested in knowing. Just wanted to make sure you knew I wasn’t wagging a finger at you!) :)


49 KathEats March 21, 2013 at 7:02 am

I just keep it to one drink or so and plan around nursing


50 Rachel March 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Is there a trick to eating raw kale? Your salad looks amazing, but if I don’t steam or sauté it, then it’s a little rough on my stomach.


51 KathEats March 21, 2013 at 7:03 am

Massaging it breaks it down some but it’s still a bit tougher than sauteed


52 Katy March 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm

What’s that laptop type baby toy you have there?


53 KathEats March 21, 2013 at 7:02 am

It’s by vtech


54 Allison k March 21, 2013 at 6:49 am

Mazen looks so cute surrounded by pillows! Is he still toppling over when sitting? Anderson never fell over quickly it was like a slooow lean and fall, he’s taken plenty of falls since learning to pull up and cruise though!


55 KathEats March 21, 2013 at 7:01 am

He can fall pretty fast if we’re looking the other way


56 Liz @ iheartvegetables March 21, 2013 at 7:01 am

Ohhh I love Naked Grape wine!!! :) I can’t wait to see what those recipes are!


57 Susan H @ The Food Allergy Chronicles March 21, 2013 at 7:14 am

Pizza looks devine…cakes and cupcakes look tempting…spring flowers look heavenly! :) With another potential snow squall for today…I am desparate for spring to start!


58 Lee March 21, 2013 at 7:24 am

The weather is such a tease this time of year. Here in Atlanta, we had temps in the high 70s last weekend and now they’re saying a possibly wintry mix is coming. Argh.

Happy Birthday to your mom!


59 Mom March 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm



60 Katherine March 21, 2013 at 7:32 am

oh my word, girl! all your posts look delish but this one certainly does!



61 Beth @ CraveableCleveland March 21, 2013 at 8:57 am

A bourbon tasting! I never thought I was into the stuff but I had some with apple pie the other week and now I’m hooked! I like this idea – good to know Makers Mark takes the cake in this round :)


62 Mandie March 21, 2013 at 10:10 am

Maker’s Mark has always been my favorite whiskey. It wins every time in my book. Also love Portlandia and Into the Woods! My all time favorite musical. Sounds like a fun weekend!


63 Lisa @bitesforbabies March 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Saturday’s lunch was 4 of my favourite foods…never thought to eat them altogether though! 😉


64 katie perkins March 22, 2013 at 9:42 am

You should give New Hollands Beer Barrel Bourbon a try, it’s amazing.
Also Few Spirits has a great bourbon as well!


65 Mommypage March 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm

That Italian Cream cake looks amazing!! Also, the kale salad looks so fresh. I hope you had a great weekend.


66 Neil Butterfield May 7, 2013 at 8:58 am

Nothing like left over pizza to round a stunning weekend off.


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