Friday, February 13, 2015

Eating Local in the Lou has MOVED to Taste and Sprout

Eating Local in the Lou has moved to its new home, Taste and Sprout.

Taste and Sprout will feature fresh, fast and fabulous recipes that are good for you and your whole family. Please be sure to check out Taste and Sprout ( to see what it's all about!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Fond Look Back and An Excited Look Forward

After much anticipation, I’m super excited to introduce to you, my new bundle of joy:

(handing out virtual cigars)

“Birthing this baby” was truly a labor of love. From picking out the name and tagline, to creating a new icon and banner; from figuring out what domain provider and web hosting service to use, to building the website from scratch; from working out the technical bugs, to figuring out how to keep all of the archived recipes from disappearing.   It was a bold move to completely change names and risk losing followers, but I hope you will agree the effort was worthwhile in the end.

You might be wondering why the change from Eating Local inthe Lou to Taste and Sprout. After a few months of deliberating, I decided it was time to rebrand, and merge my blog and Nutrition Consulting services under one umbrella. I also saw the change as a way to broaden the focus a bit to potentially have a more universal appeal.

I am such a proud mama of this new website and blog, yet the accomplishments and proud moments with “big sis” blog, Eating Local in the Lou are not diminished.  Even though I will no longer be broadcasting from the Lou, I was able to bring over all the published posts, along with the archived recipe collection from the last three+ years.

And just like pulling out baby books to look back on great memories, I was able to revisit each post, reminiscing on good times and great recipes! Here’s a look back to the Top 9 most popular posts from Eating Local in the Lou (in no particular order):
Black Bean Sloppy Joes
Blueberry Brie Tartlets
Roasted Cauliflower and Olives
Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms
Apple and Pork Roulade
Lebanese Pickled Turnips
Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice Snack Mix
Chunky Monkey Refrigerator Oatmeal
Brussels Sprout Salad with Avocado and Pepitas
I look forward to many more fun years ahead and I hope you will join me on the journey! Be sure to subscribe to email updates or add Taste and Sprout to your Bloglovin feed. You can also show some love by following Taste and Sprout on Facebook, Pinterest  and Twitter.

and for the last time...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Maple Cheddar Kettle Corn with Apples and Walnuts

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Let’s play the association game…Popcorn goes with cheddar; cheddar goes with apples; apples go with walnuts, and walnuts go with maple. Mix it all together and you’ve got a healthy “big game” party snack that is easy to assemble and even easier to munch!

Maple Cheddar Kettle Corn with Apples and Walnuts is a healthy riff on two popular flavors of popcorn: cheddar and caramel corn. In place of corn syrup, I used organic maple sugar to caramelize and coat the popped kernels. Rather than fake cheddar cheese powder, I kept it real by adding chunks of Cabot cheddar cheese. Any variety of Cabot cheddar would work splendidly, but I chose to use the Farmhouse Reserve premium white cheddar this time.  

Most party snacks are far from healthy and it's often easy to overdo it.  Not this Maple Cheddar Kettle Corn with Apples and Walnuts, nuh-uh. You can feel good eating handfuls of this popcorn, as each ingredient is nutritiously-notable.  To pop the corn, organic coconut oil is used, rather than vegetable oil or butter.  Popcorn is a whole grain, amped with dietary fiber. The apples and walnuts are of course nutritious add-ins. And the Cabot cheddar cheese is a superb protein and calcium source. Also, did you know that certain cheeses, including Cabot cheddar are good alternative dairy choices for those that suffer from lactose intolerance?

Regular readers of this blog know Eating Local in the Lou is a big supporter of local farms and companies that practice sustainable farming. It is good to know Cabot Creamery is a co-op of family farmers in the New England area, and that all of the profits go back to supporting these family farms.

Oh! And before you go…in my last post, I mentioned that exciting changes are coming soon.  Over the past month, I’ve been working hard behind the scenes, creating a new logo and designing a website that I cannot wait to show you! So, next time you hear from me, I’ll be “broadcasting” from a new site, with a new name. At that time, Eating Local in the Lou will be redirected to my new home. I hope you will join me on this nutritious and delicious journey to see what lies ahead!

until next time...

Maple Cheddar Kettle Corn with Apples and Walnuts (makes about 3-4 servings)

Cooking Directions
  1. In a Dutch oven, heat coconut oil on medium heat.
  2. Add popcorn kernels to oil, then add maple sugar. 
  3. Stir to assure all corn kernels are coated with melted oil and sugar.
  4. Place lid on pot and shake pot over heat. It will take a few minutes for the kernels to pop, but continue to shake the pot over the heat to prevent burning. (keep shakin', its a good workout!)
  5. Once the corn popping begins to slow, remove from heat, allow to cool slightly, then add salt to taste.
  6. Add in cubed Cabot cheddar cheese, apples and walnuts. Then dig in!
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