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Pumpkin Pecan Pie Bites

My mom is THE pecan pie lady.  At any family gathering, church function or holiday meal you better believe she will be baking a pecan pie from scratch and there won’t be a crumb left to take home.  With all the corn syrup, brown sugar, pecans and butter-each slice comes in at a hot 500 calories or more.  WOAH.  Most individuals can’t afford to consume that many calories on dessert alone, especially after a holiday meal where we all tend to overindulge a bit….or a lot. Guilty as charged! Mama just might have a little competition this year.  I made these mini pumpkin pecan pie bites for a cooking demo and they were a hit! The filling is made with real pumpkin puree mixed with almond butter and cinnamon then placed in mini phyllo dessert shells, which you can find in the frozen section at most grocery stores.  Tip: I piped the filling into the mini shells from a sealable sandwich baggie where I had snipped off the corner with scissors.  Cleanup is a dream! C Then I topped the shells with pecans, maple syrup, …

Farm to Table love

Disclosure: I attended a sponsored farm to table tour. I was not compensated for my time in writing this post. All opinions are my own. Helloooo November! The pumpkin spice craze has come and gone and holiday season is almost in full swing.  I’m finally settling into my position with a new company after literally hitting the ground running since August.  I recently had a moment where my love of foodie field trips and passion for educating audiences on healthy eating completely collided. During the annual October Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo that took place here in Nashville, I attended a Farm to Fork tour sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA). We visited the Hatcher Family Dairy farm located in College Grove, several miles south of Nashville.  There we were treated to a full breakfast utilizing farm fresh and locally sourced ingredients, followed by a tour of the farm led by the Hatcher family themselves.  In a recent educational session focused on shopping smart and buying locally sourced foods, I was able …

My First FNCE!

It’s been a week since attending my first FNCE (Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo for those of you not in the nutrition field).  WOAH! I loved every single second of the experience, and living in the host city made it extra special. I’ve never felt more assured of my career choice, nor have I ever completely GEEKED out so many times in one weekend.  Spotting Robin Plotkin and Regan Jones wandering the expo floor on Tuesday before the closing session was the icing on my FNCE cake (or should I say ‘brulee’? #lifegoal)! I’m not sure how I let almost six years pass without attending this conference, but rest assured that won’t happen ever again.  Not only was I able to sample the latest and trendiest items in the nutrition market and hear from experts in the field at countless educational sessions, but I had the opportunity to network at a few fun events surrounding the conference.  I’m still in awe of the whole thing, but behold me in all of my nerdiness below: Perhaps …

Fall Foodie Field Trip

It’s not often that I have a four-day weekend with no plans to travel ANYWHERE! I’m glad I’ve had a few days to relax and indulge in one of my favorite past times-food (shopping for it, eating it, baking it, reading about it, watching it, writing about it…you get the idea).  I’ve also been obsessively watching documentaries on artisan-ing (yes, artisaning should be a word), urban gardening and organic farming. As I try to focus on living simply and spending more time on what really matters, the idea of growing my own food and becoming less of a ‘consumer’ is appealing.  So naturally, a field trip was in order to a community of artisans and food growers that I’ve visited a million times over as a child.  This community of Mennonites is in Southern Kentucky, just 20 minutes from my home town north of Nashville. What is a Mennonite? I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, but Mennonites are a particular Christian group of the Anabaptist denomination.  This is the same group that the more well know …

Fire-Grilled Corn with Homemade Jalapeno Aioli

I recently made the hour-long trek to my parents’ farm in northern Tennessee for some deliciously fresh home-grown potatoes, tomatoes and corn…oh my! That’s right ya’ll; I’m a closeted country girl. I remember moving back in at my parent’s house the summer after graduating college before moving to Dallas for my internship, lamenting the idea of harvesting corn and potatoes and selling them off the back of my dad’s pick-up truck.  The produce coming from my parents’ “hobby” farm was so good that locals would approach my dad and ask to buy it, so naturally my younger brother and I were put to work. Today, I would jump at the chance for such a gig-oh how times have changed! Since returning from our wedding/honeymoon in Key West, I had been dying to recreate the fire roasted corn on the cob I had eaten numerous times there. It’s so simple and delicious you will be dying to make it ASAP as well! Fire-Grilled Corn on the Cob with Homemade Jalapeno Aioli 4 fresh ears of corn, husked and …

Almost Back On Track

Woah! My food splurge on NYE consisted of 3 courses and a bottle of wine with my fiancé at Mere Bulles in Brentwood, TN. Nearly three days have passed, and my stomach is still telling me it’s full. As a Registered Dietitian, I am often judged by the food on my plate, which is understandable. You will find that I am in no way defined by any one style of eating; I eat to provide my body with the vitamins and nutrients it needs, but I do love to indulge every now and then. New Year’s Eve was one of those times. That being said, I’m grateful the holiday season is coming to an end and I can get back on track! Mere Bulles has been a tradition for many in the middle TN area for nearly 20 years. That is quite a long run by present restaurant standards in the Nashville area. I understand why folks keep coming back-the food is great and the atmosphere eludes to an era of the past. Charming antiques …