fANNEtastic Facebook, RD’s, Recipes, and Pies

Hello friends! Most random blog post title ever, eh?

Well, I’ve had a VERY productive few days regarding the blog! First things first: fANNEtastic food now has a Facebook fan page! If you’re on Facebook, please “like” the page? Pretty please? I don’t want my page to be sad and lonely :)


In other news, guess what I finally wrote:

As you guys know, this fall I started UNC’s Masters of Public Health in Nutrition, which is a 2.5 year program of coursework and internships that will result in my being a Registered Dietitian (RD).


I get a ton of questions about the going back to school process (especially for those starting from scratch with the prerequisites like I was), so I thought it would be helpful to create a whole page of info about the process! It’s a compilation of my email responses and everything I know I would have found helpful when I was beginning my journey back to school. I hope those of you interested in becoming an RD will find it useful! Click here to view the page, and for the future, it’s also accessible from my “About Me” page.



I also finally updated my recipe page! All my recent recipes are now up there, plus lots of fun new photos. Check it out! :)


Here are the recipes I created special new recipe pages for:

I also updated my 5 Minute No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars recipe page with the nutritional stats of the bars, by popular demand!


Thanks to reader Nadia for calculating the stats for me and leaving the info in the comments :)

And now — on to this week’s Food Science lab recap! Best class ever. Last night, in honor of this being Thanksgiving week and all, we made PIE!


Bourbon Chess Pie, to be exact!


Sadly, we didn’t have enough time in the class to make our own crust, though. Boo!


My friend Elle and I have decided we need to have a from scratch pie-making party — stay tuned ;) I especially want to try to make the pretty criss-cross dough topping on apple pies. Heh.

So, what’s Bourbon Chess Pie, you ask?


Well, there’s Bourbon in it. Heh. Our professor was a bit nervous to be handing us a handle of Bourbon, I think ;)


And a LOT of butter, creamed together with a TON of sugar and a teeny bit of flour:


Mixed with some eggs, vanilla, the bourbon, and condensed milk:


And then — voila! Pour the batter into your (um… homemade, cough) pie crusts:


PIE everywhere! We made 6 — one for each member of our group (we got to take them home after class):



Then we popped them in the oven at 350 for an hour. Sadly a lot of them fell in — no pretty crust — boo!


We sacrificed one of the pies for taste-testing purposes — yikes, soooo sweet! I liked the bourbon flavor but can’t say this was my favorite pie. It’s kind of a pecan pie type filling — which I’m not a huge fan of. I wish we had made pumpkin or apple instead ;) Oh well — a challenge for later!


I’m off to class — I have a full day ahead and then Matt and I will be packing up to fly to Pittsburgh tomorrow morning to spend Thanksgiving with his parents! I’m super excited — his family gets really into Thanksgiving and his Dad even creates a pretty paper menu for everyone. Last time I was there a number of years ago, he served us soup in mini pumpkin bowls as the appetizer — remember when I did that for the dinner party Project Food Blog challenge (“How to Host an Awesome Dinner Party”)? Well, Matt’s dad is where the original idea came from :)

Have a wonderful day, friends! If you’re traveling for Thanksgiving — have a safe and speedy trip :)


  1. 1

    Congratulations on the birth of you Facebook page. I have been making Chess Pie for years, now I will start sneaking bourbon in it. Good idea. Love this post. Hope you and your have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

  2. 2

    This is the 5th new FB fan page I’ve come across in the past 24 hours. I have been toying with making one for Faith Fitness Fun. Perhaps this is a sign. LOL

    I of course liked you. :D

  3. 3

    I LOVE Pittsburgh! Have a good time there and happy Thanksgiving!

  4. 4

    Yumm those pies look so delish! Have a great thanksgiving in Pittsburgh :)

  5. 5

    Liked it on Facebook :) You know you’re an addict when you want to click the notification flags at the top of someone else’s page, haha. Have a safe trip!!

  6. 6

    Aw, I thought your class might bake “healthy” thanksgiving pies…I guess I will have to try it out myself!

    Have a great thanksgiving! Safe travels!

  7. 8

    Your chess pie looks amazing, that crackly top is to die for!

  8. 9

    That class looks so fun! Have fun in Pittsburgh, we’re doing a Pennsylvania style Thanksgiving here in Texas this year. I’m used to different dishes.

  9. 10

    Made the No bake Peanut Granola Bars this morning and I just ate one for my afternoon snack and they are delicious. Thanks

  10. 11

    I ‘liked’ your fb page, personally AND with my blog page ! :D

    I have never had a chess pie? sounds interesting, but if it’s super sweet I may not like it either… okay well maybe a small slice… ;)

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING !! Safe travels! <3

  11. 12

    Great fun – but I’m with you: pumpkin would be the ticket. Any chance of providing a good recipe for that before T-giving? :-)

  12. 13

    I soo wanna be a RD!!!!!!!!! Am going to read that right now. Oh and the pie looks awesome

  13. 14

    No fair tempting us with the photos of the chess pie and not sharing the recipe!

    • 15

      Haha did you not read when I said it wasn’t that good?? Way too sweet and kind of soupy almost? Blech. Maybe it was just me but I wasn’t a fan!

  14. 16

    You should definitely do a post or email me how you made a facebook fan page for your blog. I’m pretty sure I attempted to do it awhile back and it was an epic fail! haha!

  15. 19

    Woohoo, Pennsylvania Thanksgiving is the best! ;)

  16. 20

    I became a fan on FB! :)

    I can’t wait to try those recipes!

    Have a great and safe trip! :)

  17. 21

    what a delicious blog! here is so many uncanny inspirations!

    have a nice time,

  18. 22

    Great recipes, and great work on the blog. Most impressive!

  19. 23

    Love the Facebook page–keep up the awesome work! :-)


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