Bad Blogger

Hi Friends,

I mentioned the a grilled cheese party in my post last Friday and promised a post on said party.  Well, my friends came and went and as I was loading the dishwasher I noticed that I had neglected to move my camera off the microwave, my designated “put-the-camera-here-so-you-remember-to-take-pictures” spot.  GAH!  I get so wrapped up in talking to my friends and other hosting duties that I totally forget to document the experience.  Does anyone else do this?

The party was super fun and my girlfriends seemed to enjoy it.  I went to the co-op and bought a five different small chunks of cheese from the cheese end bin.  I hit up the neighborhood Great Harvest and bought three different half loaves of bread.  The girls each came with a different ingredient to jazz up the grilled cheese.  We had pesto, jam, apples, tomato, avocado, and caramelized onions.  Everyone made a sandwich and cut it into piece to share with each other.

The leftovers made for a nice Sunday night dinner so you will be provided with some visual aids of what the food looked like:)

Raw veggies and homemade olive hummus for aps.

Grilled cheese!  This one contained horseradish havarti, tomato, and caramelized onion.

Green bean and Sweet Corn Salad with Summer vinaigrette from the Clean Food cookbook.

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade.   This actually had vodka added to it on Friday night but being that it is Sunday night after a slightly boozey, carb filled weekend I decided to do without tonight ;)

The only thing missing is the yummy triple berry cobbler my friend Anne brought for dessert and the smiling faces of my girlfriends.  We sat picnicked on the floor of my apartment and caught up on life.  A very nice way to spend the evening.

What are your favorite theme party activities?  Any that have been total flops?!



Cookie Dough Hummus

Hi Friends,

After drooling over all the yummy cookie dough inspired dip recipes on the blogs lately I decided to try my hand at making my own.  My girlfriends from college get together once a month and I usually bring dessert.  Prefect excuse to test out a new recipe :)

Cookie Dough Hummus

– 15oz can chick peas, drained and rinsed

– 1/4 cup agave nectar

– 1/2 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut

– 1 TB vanilla

– pinch of sea salt

– 2 TB peanut butter

– 2 TB Almond Milk

– 3 oz dark chocolate bar, chopped

– Place all ingredients except chocolate bar in food processor.  Blend until creamy and well combined.  Scoop into a bowl and stir in chopped chocolate.

I was pleased with how this turned out.  I intended to not used any peanut butter.  I hoped that the coconut would provide enough fatty/buttery texture but it did not.  Hence the last minuet pb addition.  Can you really go wrong with the peanut butter chocolate chip combination tho?!

I served the hummus with strawberries, banana chips, and Food Should Taste Good Chocolate Chips.  My friends didn’t gobble this up the way I anticipated.  I came late due to work so either they feasted before I got there or they didn’t care fo it too much.  Who knows?!  More for me to take home at the end of the night :)

For the first time in a while, I have a weekend day completely and utterly off!  Woohoo.  I plan on doing nothing.  YAY!



More Fun Fall Food

Hi Friends,

Came up with a few fun things this weekend!

Pumpkin Hummus

– 1 cup chickpeas

– 1/2 cup canned pumpkin

– 1 TB canola oil

– 3 TB maple syrup

– cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and ground cloves to taste

– Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. 

I served the hummus with carrots, apples and some ginger snaps from the bulk bins at the co-op.  The ginger snaps and apples complimented the hummus the best.  I brought the tray to a party with my coworkers from the store.  It is hard, and slightly intimidating, to make food to serve to other foodies and chefs!  The hummus was well recieved so I am marking the recipe as a keeper.

Yesterday afternoon I got the idea for muffin smoothies.  I like muffins and I like smoothies, so why not combine the two?!  First up, the pumpkin cranberry muffin.

Into the blender went 1/4 cup canned pumpkin, 1/4 cup frozen cranberries, 1/3 a frozen banana, 1 TB vanilla protein powder, 1/2 cup Almond Breeze, 3 ice cubes and a powdered ginger.  After blending, I topped with some ginger snap crumbs and granola.  The results?  Only ok.  I miss the texture that more frozen banana would have given the smoothie but I didn’t want the banana taste.  I think the highlight for me was the crumbled ginger snaps on top.

I’ve got a few more muffin smoothie combos that I am playing with in my head.  The lovely Special K sent me a link for pumpkin feta muffins that sound super yummy so I might have to do some muffin baking too!  And luckily Mondays and Tuesdays have becoming my new weekend so…… :)



Lovely Eats, Lovely Company

Hi Friends,

After the fun we had last Friday, my friend Kelly and I decided to cook dinner together last night.  We lived in the same dorm freshmen year of college and have been friends since.  If the two of us were to have our own reality show it would be titled “The Misadventures of Kate and Kelly.”  That should tell you a lot about some of the ridiculous situations we get ourselves into.  And yes, we enjoy taking photos with our mouths open like that.  It is a very accurate testament to the excitement we have for life in general ;) 

Anyway, we decided on a Mediterranean inspired feast to be enjoyed in Kelly’s gorgeous backyard.  After a glass of wine and few instructions from her boyfriend Adam, we fired up the grill and got to business.

Kelly made a raw kale salad with walnuts and lemony dressing.

We arranged a tray of olives, feta, tomato, basil, and a trio of hummi.  (I officially declare hummi to the plural of hummus.)

I grilled slices of eggplant, zucchini, onion, and pita bread that we drizzled with olive oil and dried herbs.

My plate of goodness!

Doesn’t that just look pleasant?  Thrown in a good friend to yap with and you truly  have a perfect evening.

In true Kate and Kelly form, we decided to follow dinner with a little science experiment.  You know that green thing that we are holding in first photo?  It is a the fruit from the black walnut tree that Kelly has in her back yard.  We decided to crack one open and see what is inside.

A bunch of weird, oily, fleshy stuff!  GROSS!  I was honestly expecting to find a recognizable walnut hanging out inside.  We were both hoping to have a free supply of walnuts growing in Kelly’s backyard.  My next internet research project is figuring out how to make this wish a reality :)

Kelly,  thanks for the pleasant evening!  The food was lovely and the company even lovelier!

Time to find out who is voted off SYTYCD!


Shmuvs and Shmnoyances

Hi Friends,

In college my friend Allison and I would replace the first letter of each word with the “shm” sound when talking to each other.  How annoying would we have been to listen to?  We got super fast at it and prefered to converse with each other in our “shm” language.  For those of you not so well versed in this language, todays post features a list of luvs and annoyances :)

Thing that have been annoying me lately 

1.  Minnesota Department of Transportation.   I don’t know how they did it, but the seem to currently be working on and closing all major road ways in the metro area.  Lovely.   

2.  Small children with mohawks.  Ish.  I have yet to meet a well-behaved child with a mohawk.  I wonder if the mohawk makes the kid naughty or naughty kids like mohawks?

3.  The weather.  We had a really big storm on Saturday night.  I was at Art’s and unable to move my plants to safety.  One of my little green tomatoes and two of my baby bell pepper blew away ;(

And my list of LUVS!

1.  Dogs.  I want one really, really badly.  Each time I see someone out walking one I want to stop and ask if they would like me to dog sit for it.  I have yet to actually do that as I think it may make seem a little strange. 

2.   Ice Cream.  Do I really need to explain :)  I know I said yesterday that I was working on a raspberry chocolate chip recipe that I would share today.  It didn’t really turn out great so I am not going to.  Don’t worry tho, I am making some more ice cream later in the week to bring to a friend’s house on Friday.

3.  School will be starting in 7 weeks!  Yes I know that this means summer is over, but I am really antsy to get back in class.  My brain needs some exercise.

4.   Dreaming.  Stick with me on this one.  I think I’ve always forced myself to think pracitally.  For example, I think it would be so cool to open a center with fitness, nutrition, and mental health resources available to those in need.  I’ve never let myself actually consider doing this as it would cost a lot of money and what to I really know about running a business and could a place like that really make money and……..   So I never really let myself consider doing something like that.  As I was thinking about Sebastain Joe’s ice cream this weekend, I realized that Sebastain Joe was some dude who decided to make his ice cream, open up a shop and sell it.  He didn’t know whether or not he was going to be successful or not.  If he could do something like that, why can’t I?  If I don’t let myself dream a little, I will never know what I could potentially accomplish.  Therefore I am going to let myself dream big :)

Fun Meal of the Day

I bought some Friendship Whipped Cottage Cheese at the store this weekend.  I didn’t really know that such a product existed.  I wasn’t really paying attention and just grabbed so I was a bit surprised by the texture when I opened the container at lunch today.  It is pretty good actually!  I spread some a Rudi’s Spelt English Muffin and threw a few blueberries and honey and half.  I rounded out the meal with some raw veggies from the Farmer’s Market served with hummus mixed with pesto and red pepper flakes.  Light but satisfying.

What have you been loving on/annoyed by lately? 



fun with eggs, pesto and friends!

Hi Friends,

I have been having lots of fun with eggs and my  homemade pesto lately.  Pesto is one of those foods that says summer to me.  It feels wrong to have some in the middle of the winter.

Green Eggs and Fake Pork Product


Yesterday for lunch I scrambled one egg with a blob of pesto.  I cooked some of my Light Life Smart Bacon and made an open-faced sammy for with some tomato and romaine lettuce.  The pesto flavor wasn’t as strong as I would have like it to be.  I could definitely have added more pesto.

Pesto Egg Salad

I have a tub of Whole Foods Spinach Hummus that I am very unimpressed with but I just can’t throw is away.  I decided to put it to use in an egg salad creation.  I chopped one hard-boiled egg and one egg white and mixed it with    1 1/2 TB hummus, 1 TB pesto, half a chopped green onion, a little roasted red pepper, and some red pepper flakes.  The results?  Only sort of meh.  Not outstanding but not awful.

Last night I went to out with Art’s extended family to dinner at an Indian restaurant and to a Todd Snider concert.  It was my first time meeting his older sister and her kids so I was a little nervous.  Per usual, I won them over with my natural charms ;) 

 After I hit publish, I am meeting one of my fav bloggie friends at my fav ice cream joint in Minneapolis.  Expect drool worthy food porn  ice cream in the near future!

Later gators!


Fun with Food!

Hi Friends,

Only had to work one job today so after lunching with Art and working out, I decided to dedicate the late afternoon to cooking.  Plus So You Think You Can Dance is on tonight; the weather is lovely; and The Current is dedicating the weekend to playing music by my favorite, local rap duo, Atmosphere.  I am one happy Kate!

I was browsing my cookbooks last night and found a recipe for Ira’s Lunch Spread in my Moosewood Low Fat Favorites cookbook.  It was the first cookbook I purchased at Half Price Books four years ago when I first started getting into cooking.  I’ve been intrigued by this recipe but haven’t made it so I thought I’d give it a whirl today.  However, the co-ops lack of spiced tofu and my inability to spend $5.00 on a jar of mayo that I probably wouldn’t finish before it expired prevented me from making the real thing.  Enter a little creative substitution and I give you my Italian Tofu Salad.

Italian Tofu Salad

– 7 oz firm tofu

– 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced

– 1 shallot diced

– 1/3 cup plain low-fat greek yogurt

– 2 Tb brown mustard

– 1 TB chopped fresh basil

– 1 TB chopped fresh parsley

– 1/2 TB dried oregano

– 1 tsp garlic powder

– salt and pepper to taste

– Wrap the tofu in paper towels and squeeze out any access water.  Crumble the tofu into bowl and lightly mash with a fork.  Add all other ingredients and mix well. 

Easy peasy and pretty tasty.  You could use fresh oregano too if you had some on hand but I didn’t.  I served the salad on a piece of multi grain flax bread with homegrown lettuce and tomato slices.  I rounded out my dinner with some asparagus and homemade red pepper hummus. 

I busted out the ice cream maker again this afternoon for yet another attempt at the tangy froyo with a swirl of honey.  My first creation tasted pretty good but got really hard in the freezer, like spoon bending, get your arm workout in hard.  I hypothesized that perhaps the greek yogurt was too thick so I tried regular yogurt today. 

I simply put three cups of Low Fat Plain Stonyfield Yogurt into the ice cream maker and let it do it’s thing.  After 15 mins of mixing, I squirted in some buckwheat honey and mixed for 5 more mins.  Again, it tastes good but not what I was hoping for.  I have visions of a ribbon of honey Ben and Jerry’s style  rather than mixed in.  Any ice cream makers have tips for me?  How do I get more “tang” and a honey ribbon?  I am currently enjoying the pictured cup with some blueberries and hazelnuts. 

Lastly, I rocked a great breakfast this morning and am planning on doing it again tomorrow.   I picked up some cottage cheese at the grocery store since it has been forever since I’ve last had it and decided to create a little breaky cup of goodness.

I drizzled some honey on 1/2 cup of Low Fat, Low Sodium Friendship Cottage Cheese and 1/2 cup blueberries.  After sprinkling in a little cinnamon on, I crumbled a vegan banana muffin on top.  Yum!  Balanced, tasty breakfast ready to be consumed on the way to work!

I’m off to watch SYTYCD and blog read.  I’m predicting that Melinda will be kicked off.  What do you think?




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