Meet Deanna Segrave-Daly of Teaspoon of Spice.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m born and bred from the Philly suburbs (grew up in Radnor, now live in Havertown) with one 6 year old daughter and one husband (so I have 2 kids- ha!) I’m a registered dietitian that loves to cook and co-own my business Teaspoon Communications with a colleague from Illinois. I’m a college football fan (Nittany Lion), love the Jersey Shore (Cape May) and happiest with a glass of wine, a good loaf of bread and any kind of cheese in front of me – and maybe something chocolatey + peanut buttery for dessert – all of that sitting on a beach somewhere.
What is your blog about?
Our blog tagline is “two dietitians who love food as much as you do” and we try to relay that through the recipes we use to feed our families.
Though we are dietitians, we are NOT the food police. We love fruits and vegetables but we also love bacon and donuts. We like to talk about the joy of food and how to prepare it instead just listing milligrams of calcium or grams of protein. We strive to cook healthy and delicious the majority of the time but guess what? Some nights, cereal is what’s for family dinner and we think that’s OK.
Is there a story behind your blog name?
My business, Teaspoon Communications was founded by me and two other food-loving dietitians in 2009. We all decided to give each other nicknames by picking our favorite spice. Being Italian-American, I became “Tsp Basil” which then became my social media handle on Twitter and Pinterest. When we started our blog a few years later, we picked Teaspoon of Spice (though basil is technically an herb, I guess!)
Who or what inspires you?
My entrepreneur dietitian colleagues and bloggers (like PSMM members!) that have made a niche for themselves, while wearing many different hats and achieving success in the blogosphere.
My parents continually inspire me as well as anyone who works for hunger relief organizations.
What is your favorite social network and why?
Pinterest because I like pretty pictures
What is your biggest claim to fame?
Hmmm – no book (ebook for 2014 is a goal!) Probably my biggest accomplishment/experience is I danced for 48 hours when I was a senior at Penn State for THON (you probably see the students canning for money in the fall/winter months.) It’s the largest student-run philanthropy worldwide raising funds to conquer pediatric cancer – it really was an amazing experience (today I marvel at what my body could handle 20 years ago – ha.)
When you were a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I honestly didn’t know – I went to Penn State originally as a business major (marketing, which I actually use a lot today) just thinking it was a safe bet. But I always loved cooking and was lucky to have grown up with my mother and grandmothers as such great cooks so I’m sure the seed was planted back then. Plus my mom’s side of the family are all health professionals so somehow I found a way to combine both loves as a profession.
What subject would you like to blog about but won’t?
Hunger advocacy efforts but I’m not as well versed as others in this field.
Or political views but that would just get my blood pressure up. So I watch The Daily Show instead.
What would be your dream brand to work with?
Where do I start? All-Clad or Le Creuset would be amazing. Let’s throw in Ritz-Carlton and the Travel Bureau of the Hawaiian Islands while I’m dreaming.
What is your favorite blog or blogger that is not your own, and why?
Along with the many food blogs I love, one I visit all the time is Enjoying the Small Things.
What is your favorite indulgence?
Brie, processo and bacon.