Writing a food blog has been something I have wanted to do for such a long time. My friends have always been very encouraging, but I was not sure if I would be successful at it. However, not trying at all would be failing, so I decided to throw out any hesitation and just finally go for it! My main focus is to highlight my own experiences in the kitchen as well as my adventures within the Knoxville food scene. Given that I am a Registered Dietitian, nutrition will be a main focus of mine, but I will not dwell on calories, dieting, and the like. Instead, I will work to educate and empower my readers by providing sound nutritional knowledge that stems from 8 years of undergraduate and graduate work within the field of nutrition.

What’s in a name? Why is this blog entitled ‘Gypsy RD’? My first job as a Registered Dietitian was as a Consultant RD in long-term care, which required that I commute outside of Knoxville to work at several facilities. Upon talking to one of my very best friends about this, she said that it was though I had become a gypsy RD. I absolutely loved it! Thus, the name stuck, and when deciding on my blog title, I knew I had to use it.

I wanted to keep this short and sweet, and I felt that before going any further, I should give a few shout-outs to bloggers who have inspired me over the years. I began reading Kath of http://www.katheats.com at least six years ago now, and I always looked forward to reading her posts daily. She makes nutrition approachable to all, and she always provides great recipes and ideas. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her and visiting her and her husband’s Great Harvest Bread Company in Charlottesville, VA, and she always is so sweet and accommodating! Emily of http://www.dailygarnish.com has shared her growth in the kitchen, starting out being fearful of cooking all the way to earning her degree in culinary arts. I love how willing she is to be open about her successful and not so successful moments, allowing me to relate in many ways. I love her recipes as well, and I have enjoyed making them for special occasions. Lastly, I came across Erin’s blog http://www.wellplated.com several months ago, and I immediately loved her writing style that incorporates humor throughout. Food shouldn’t be taken so seriously, and Erin gets that. You can trust that if you need a recipe in a pinch, you will have so many to choose from on her blog. I hope you continue to check-in and enjoy what I have to share! -Kori

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