Food Wine Conference 2017 *Discount Code*

I am tickled pink to say that I will be attending this year’s Food Wine Conference from May 19-21 in Orlando, FL as a Brand Ambassador! I have had my eye on this conference for the past 2 years but something else has always come up and I haven’t been able to go. This conference is basically every local foodie/blogger’s dream. Two days filled with a mix of food industry knowledge and blogger knowledge. I can’t wait!

The Food Wine Conference is put on by Sunday Supper, which is a community of family and food bloggers. From their site: “We strive to create a better future for families, by partnering with brands and services that help families feel good, eat better, and interact with each other. We want our mission to reach the homes of all families and inspire people across the world to spend time around the family table.”

The Food Wine Conference is held at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL. I’ve been to this resort once before and it is an absolute dream. The first night of the conference there will be a Taste of Shingle Creek, where the chefs of Rosen Shingle Creek will display dishes from all of Rosen Shingle Creek’s admired restaurants. Definitely can’t wait for this great kick off to the conference!

There are a plethora of knowledgeable speakers headlining the conference this year. It’s hard to say what sessions I’m most excited to attend, but a few are definitely peaking my interest more than others. 

Keynote speaker, Ina Pinkey, is a chef and cookbook author who ran a restaurant for 30 years. She has won numerous awards and seems to have a true passion and drive for her career. I can’t wait to hear her story.

I have become an Instagram fanatic and being in the marketing field I know how important social media presence can be. So I’m equally excited to soak up some knowledge from multiple speakers on this topic, including Amanda Rettke, Dorothea Bozicolona-Volpe and Stefani Pollack.

And being the true foodie I am, I’m also interested to see what Debbie Lyons-Blythe has to say during her talk about food sustainability.

Oh and did I mention that the Saturday awards dinner theme is ’50s sock hop??? Fun fact: My favorite musical growing up was Grease and I must have seen it no less than 100,000,000 times. Now should I go poodle skirt a la Sandy or Greaser a la Rizzo?

Have I convinced you yet that this conference is THE place to be May 19-21? I did? Awesome! When you’re ready to sign up just go to and make sure to use discount code: KatieM2017 That puppy will get you $50 off the ticket price! The site also has the full schedule up so you can see all of the speakers that will be attending and what they’re all about.

Hope to see you fellow foodies there!




Foodie Finds April 2017

foodie finds

Trader Joe’s Red Lentil Pasta

trader joe's

Even though I’m not gluten free I’m still intrigued with alternative pastas. Mostly because they pack more nutrients than plain ol’ pasta. This red lentil pasta caught my eye in Trader Joe’s and I had to try it. My plans for these pretty things? Cauliflower alfredo sauce, peas and chicken sausage…mmm.

Found at: Trader Joe’s



These little morsels are as addictive as they look. Popcorn is one of our favorite snacks at home. When I saw Pipcorn was on sale at Whole Foods I grabbed a bag of Salt & Vinegar and a bag of Truffle. Because if a food product has “truffle” on it, I need to have it. Both flavors were SO good and make for the perfect snack while snuggling on the couch watching movies.

Found at: Whole Foods

Trader Joe’s Matcha White Chocolate Bar

trader joe's

As Jon stated, “It tastes like matcha caramel”. Jon is not a big white chocolate person, but it was hard to get him to save me a few pieces of this bar. The matcha and white chocolate are the perfect combo for a sweet treat.

Found at: Trader Joe’s

Red Ace Beet Shots

red ace

My acupuncturist has told me that potassium is gold and these Red Ace shots were on sale at Whole Foods so I thought I’d give them a try since beets are high in potassium. I took one before a workout the other day and it made me feel awesome. I have some minor heart issues that potassium is said to help with and I do feel like the shot helped me. And they taste great!

Found at: Whole Foods

Amazing Grass Bars

amazing grass

These bars were BOGO at Whole Foods so I couldn’t resist, plus I love trying new bars. The ingredients in these bad boys are top notch…they’re chock full of goodness. However, their taste leaves something to be desired. Needless to say, I don’t think I’d grab these again.

Found at: Whole Foods

What are some of your recent foodie finds?

Chicken “Alfredo” With Quinoa, Pancetta And Peas

Cauliflower and I weren’t always good friends.

Looking back, I was too judgmental of cauliflower. I didn’t like the way cauliflower “looked” or smelled. I would see it and audibly turn my nose up at it. 

Then one day I finally caved. A friend and I were out to eat and the trendy Buffalo Cauliflower was on the menu. She  said we just had to order it. I wasn’t so sure, but I also will eat just about anything covered in buffalo sauce. So I gave it a whirl. And wouldn’t you know it…it was delicious!

From there I took baby steps to fully liking cauliflower. Mashed cauliflower, cauliflower rice and finally good ol’ plain roasted cauliflower. It’s safe to say cauliflower and I are buds now. Sorry it took me so long to come around, dear cauliflower.

So now that me and cauliflower are tight, when I saw recipes for Cauliflower Alfredo popping up I was all, “Oh, I have to jump on this train!” And you guys…this is definitely a train you want to be riding.

chicken alfredo with quinoa

One of my favorite guilty pleasure dishes is pasta with grilled chicken, pancetta and peas. All covered in wonderful, creamy alfredo sauce. So when making Cauliflower Alfredo, I only thought it appropriate to pair it with a healthier version of this pasta dish. Hi quinoa! 

chicken alfredo with quinoa

Quinoa and Cauliflower Alfredo give this dish a deliciously healthy makeover, but it does NOT skimp on flavor. This alfredo sauce is just as creamy and cheesy tasting as it’s not-so-artery-friendly cousin. 

chicken alfredo with quinoa


Are there any vegetables that you used to hate, but now you love?

Chicken "Alfredo" With Quinoa, Pancetta & Peas
Serves 4
Creamy cauliflower alfredo sauce and quinoa creates a healthier version of the original pasta based dish.
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Total Time
45 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 4 chicken breasts
  2. 1 cup dry quinoa
  3. 1 cup pancetta, diced
  4. 1 cup frozen peas
  5. 2 TBSP olive oil
  6. Salt & Pepper
For the sauce
  1. 1 head cauliflower
  2. 5 garlic cloves
  3. 1/2 large yellow onion
  4. 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  5. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  6. 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  7. 1 TBSP olive oil
  8. Salt & Pepper
  1. Prep ingredients. Cut end off of cauliflower and cut into florets. Remove skin from onion and slice thin. Remove skins from garlic cloves, leave whole. Dice pancetta.
  2. Add quinoa to small saucepan with 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Stir then simmer for 10-15 minutes. Set aside and keep covered until ready for use.
  3. While quinoa cooks make sauce. Add cauliflower to small saucepan and cover with water. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Cook until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain pot and set cauliflower aside.
  4. Heat oil in pan over medium high heat. Add garlic and onion. Saute until onions are golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  5. To blender, add cauliflower, garlic, onions, milk and broth. Season with salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
  6. Wipe pan used for garlic and onion. Heat oil on medium high heat. Add pancetta and peas and cook until pancetta is fully cooked, about 8 minutes. Put in a bowl and set aside.
  7. Wipe pan clean and heat oil on medium high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides and add to pan. Cook 6-8 minutes per side or until center reaches 165 degrees. Move chicken to cutting board.
  8. Add quinoa to pan along with pancetta and peas. Mix until incorporated. Add 2 cups of sauce and mix until combined. Add more sauce if desired.
  9. Slice chicken into 1/2 inch slices. Spoon quinoa mixture into a bowl and top with chicken.
  10. Enjoy!
  1. The quinoa will absorb the sauce quickly. If you have leftovers I suggest adding a bit more sauce before heating up!
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