My enthusiasm for sustainable food systems and nutrition education has taken me from Northern California to Brooklyn, NY to Greensboro, NC and many other places in between! I love to interact with people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures, and I get to do this each week in the ESY kitchen. I have degrees in nutrition and public health from UC Berkeley and UNC Chapel Hill, and I am a proud Registered Dietitian. Outside of work, I’m an avid distance runner and I love to explore new places with my own two feet. Contact me at mdavis@gcmuseum.com.

pies and sides

The holidays are upon us, which means entertaining season is in full swing. This November, GCM hosted cooking classes for kids, teens, and adults focused on two main staples of any good holiday meal — pies and sides. Thanks to the generosity of The Fresh Market, class participants made showstopping pies and crowdpleasing sides featuring…

featured recipe: honey ball cookies

ingredients: 1 cup rolled oats½ cup mini chocolate chips½ cup ground flax seed¼ cup dried shredded coconut½ cup peanut butter1/3 cup honey1 teaspoon vanilla extract   directions: Combine oats, chocolate chips, flax seed, shredded coconut, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla in a bowl. Stir to combine. Form the mixture into small balls using your hands.…

featured recipe: blueberry muffins

ingredients:makes 10 standard muffins 5 tablespoons (71 grams) unsalted butter, softened½ cup (100 grams) sugar1 large egg¾ cup sour cream or plain yogurt½ teaspoon grated lemon zest1 ½ cups (191 grams) all-purpose flour1 ½ teaspoon (7 grams) baking powder¼ teaspoon (1 gram) baking soda¼ teaspoon (2 grams) salt¾ cup (105 grams) blueberries, fresh or frozen…

featured recipe: jerk spiced nuts

ingredients:makes 5 cups5 cups mixed raw nuts3 tbsp coconut oil1 tbsp brown sugarjuice of 1/2 lemon, optional1 Tbsp ground dried red peppers1 Tbsp ground allspice1 1/2 tsp smoked sea saltzest of 1 lemon1 tsp fresh thyme leaves1/4 tsp ground ginger1/4 tsp ground cloves1/4 tsp cinnamon1/2 tsp garlic powder directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place…