Episode 14 is live! Available at Edacious – Food Talk for Gluttons, on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and your regular podcast outlets. Real food isn’t processed food. It isn’t created in a lab with flavor chemicals. It doesn’t contain preservatives. It’s tasty, healthful, and doesn’t require a culinary degree to prepare. And yes, it can contain fat and sugar. Kath Younger, a registered dietician, is one of the earliest and most well-known healthy lifestyle bloggers. Since 2007 she has chronicled her daily meals at KathEats.com and for many years, blogged each meal three times a day.
The discipline required for such a feat is astounding to me and I couldn’t wait to talk to her about it, and about how she was able to take a hobby and turn it into a profitable online business. What are her challenges and triumphs? When you’ve been blogging for eight years, and your life changes, how does it affect content? And how do you evolve your content without alienating your readers? Is there a secret junk food she doesn’t include in the blog? And why does she put “junk food” in quotes?
We cover all of that, moving on to small changes you can make to improve your health, and why she believes an “addition” philosophy is better than one of “subtraction”. We gush over our shared love for butterscotch, and spend a ton of time grieving the loss of Eppie’s Santa Fe Salad. We also talk about how we deal with the sometimes vitriolic nature of the Internet, and how advice from Pëma Chödron might help.
What began as a conversation on eating healthy, ended up a therapy session for me on how to exercise more often! There may or may not have been a beer tasting. I wax poetic about Overnight Oats, and how it changed the way I start my day. And I say “insane” a lot. How many times? A prize for someone who can tell me ;) Enjoy! As always, I appreciate your constructive comments and suggestions.
This episode is sponsored by In A Flash Laser Engraving.
SHOW NOTES – Links to items discussed within the episode:
The Squiggly Line Effect – Kath Younger’s Approach to Weight Maintenance
Pocket Yoga – I use this app to design/build my own yoga routine, great app!
Amy Tan’s Quote Regarding Unkind Internet Comments
Episode 13 is live! Available at Edacious – Food Talk for Gluttons, on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and your regular podcast outlets. To quote NoBull Burger spokesperson Elizabeth Raymond, “Most veggie burgers taste like the cardboard box they came in.” Not NoBull. These are not punched-out soybean patties people. You can see the lentils, beans, barley, and vegetables depending on the kind you choose – NoBull has four including a gluten-free option. Throw them on the grill. It’s an organic meal in under 15 minutes. Only 3 points on Weight Watchers but tastes like 20. Coming soon, a NoBull crumble for tacos or spaghetti sauce or to throw into eggs. I can’t wait!
Crissanne Raymond developed the concept of the NoBull Burger 35 years ago while growing up in The Virgin Islands, because 1) you couldn’t really eat the meat there, unless you loved mutton, and 2) the hippie movement and Bob Marley’s One Love philosophy made vegetarianism a popular concept.
In five years they’ve gone from selling at farmer’s markets to appearing in restaurants, grocery stores, and university and hospital cafeterias nationwide. All the while their advertising has been mostly word of mouth. Is having a family business all hearts and butterflies? Is Charlottesville finally ready for a dedicated vegetarian restaurant? Listen to find out, and to discover how NoBull is working to change that food behemoth Sysco one veggie burger at a time.
This episode is sponsored by In A Flash Laser.
Episode 12 is live! Available at Edacious – Food Talk for Gluttons, on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and your regular podcast outlets. Remember how our grandmothers created different flavors of cake simply by mixing up whatever was in the pantry? Apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg would become an Apple Dapple Cake. Add black walnuts and it’s Nutty Apple Dapple. After talking with Laurie Blakey of Pearl’s Bake Shoppe in Charlottesville (and Richmond), I’m convinced this needs to become a thing. The next dessert trend.
Laurie’s love of cake comes from her grandmother, Pearl, who had a farm in Greene County. Laurie herself is from Albemarle, and first opened a Pearl’s in Richmond with partner Laura Condrey before tackling another shop here on West Main Street. Her commitment to quality and her concept of “Pearl’s Perfect” stems from her grandmother’s passion for baking and attention to detail. And it’s not just cupcakes. Pearl’s creates scrumptious pies, tarts, macarons, cakepops, you name it! The “Yam Ham” biscuits (country ham and sweet potato) are not to be missed, and Pearl’s wedding cakes have won awards. Virginia Living named Pearl’s cupcakes the best in the state. Laurie firmly believes if you cannot do a perfect vanilla cupcake, you might as well not do any others, and after tasting it, I wholeheartedly agree.
Pearl’s is also dedicated to making sure customers with dietary needs enjoy her cupcakes by spending countless hours researching ingredients for her gluten-free and vegan options. One of the first awards earned was “Most Accommodating to People With Dietary Needs” and this award remains the most precious to Laurie. Her gluten-free and vegan options go beyond just meeting the requirements, but taste sinfully close to something loaded with butter and flour.
We spent so much time talking about our grandmothers, sharing stories, and pouring over old cookbooks some of which are pictured below. Laurie is an awesome storyteller in her own right, and her tale about her 7th birthday is one not to be missed. I hope you’ll join us!
This episode is sponsored by In A Flash Laser.