Just returned from Nashville, where I kicked off my book tour.
There probably aren’t too many people that head to the grocery store as soon as they get off the plane, but in my case, that is exactly what I did in order to prepare for my cooking segments the following day.
Got started with a visit to Tennessee Mornings, followed by a spot on Talk of the Town, where I made a recipe from Friends at the Table: Quinoa Corn Salad with Mint Vinaigrette.
Had a fantastic week, exploring the shops and restaurants of nearby Franklin and Leiper’s Fork. I fell in love with the beautiful rolling hills, and charming tree lined streets. Though I didn’t spot any of the celebrity local residents like Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, or the Judds, I did discover a few menu items that were new to me.
Have you ever heard of the Meat & 2? I enjoyed barbeque, sweet potato fries, and turnip greens~so good!
It turns out there are restaurants devoted to the concept…..where have I been?
And then there were the fried pickles, also new to me, and surprisingly delicious! We had them mixed together with fried jalapenos, which created an amazing flavor contrast that had me reaching back into the basket for more.
And then there was the chocolate chess pie…it’s a good thing I brought my running shoes with me!
I also had the chance to experience Music City at its finest, attending a music showcase at 12th & Porter.
I finished off the trip with a cooking demonstration and book signing at the Viking Culinary Center in Franklin. Thanks to the wonderful staff at Viking for spoiling me! Walking in with all of the prep done is something I am not used to…at all.
Spending time with my awesome publicists, Lola Honeybone (on my left, and yes, that is her real name!) and Beth Hood (on my right) completed the trip. They are the best!
I will be headed to the Philadelphia area, teaching another class at the Bryn Mawr Viking Culinary Center on May 5th. If you are in the area, I would love to meet you! You can find out more about this Cinco de Mayo inspired menu/event by clicking here.
I will also be teaching a class at the Garden City, NY Viking on June 25th; details to follow~