A Day in the Life of a Dietitian During the Holidays


Yes, we’re real people too. I promise I’m not the girl walking into my parent’s house for Thanksgiving carrying kale and carrot sticks. I love this time of year because it brings together my three most favorite things in the world: Family + Friends & Food. Continue reading “A Day in the Life of a Dietitian During the Holidays”

Irresistible Holiday Pies

My holiday memories consist of baking with my mom, gathering with loved ones around the table and a decadent turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  But what I always looked forward to the most (and still do!) was dessert…specifically pie.  Nothing beats the smell of a freshly baked pie, except, of course, the taste of a freshly baked pie.

Now that the holidays are upon us, I wanted to share some favorite seasonal recipes so that you too can incorporate an enticing dessert into your holiday menu.  Choose one of these unique variations of traditional pecan or pumpkin pies or opt for something a little more unexpected.

If you’re thinking that baking a pie is too hard, rest assured because I chose easy-to-make recipes including a simple Best Ever Pie Crust recipe.  If you don’t feel up to the task of making your own crust, I recommend the Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust.

Best Ever Pie Crust

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • ½ cup water
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt.  Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.   Stir in water until mixture forms a ball.   Divide dough in half, and shape into balls.   Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight
  2. Roll out dough on a floured surface with rolling pin.   Roll out into a circle that is one inch larger than pie dish, but don’t over work it.  Use as directed in recipe.

Walnut Crunch Pumpkin Pie: With its own unique variation, this pumpkin pie makes a spectacular appearance at the table and is almost too pretty to eat! Continue reading “Irresistible Holiday Pies”