Member Spotlight: Brittanie Duncan

Brittanie Duncan writes Three Diets One Dinner, balancing a Paleo lifestyle with her family.  Brittanie is also the busy new social chair for the Austin Food Blogger Alliance. afba_spotlight_bduncan

Tell us about yourself! Where are you from? Why do you blog? What is your focus?
I was born and raised in Houston, went to New York for school, to Virginia for my husband’s law school and have finally settled here in Austin by choice. We had been married two years when we moved to Virginia, and I couldn’t boil an egg to save my life. I didn’t cook. About two weeks after moving to Virginia, my husband and I were craving Mexican food, but it was not available in any respectable capacity. He turned to me, steadfast and determined, and said, “Honey, this is as good a time as any to learn to cook.”  From that day on, cooking became my challenge, my path to bettering myself and a new way of expressing love for my friends and family.  When my diet took a turn towards paleo, so did my cooking.

How did you start blogging?
After a night of drinking, my friend, Chaz relentlessly insisted that I share the recipes, trials and tribulations behind the struggle of feeding three different diets with only one dinner. We drank a lot, and the nagging worked. The next morning, I had a congratulatory registration confirmation with blogger, “Dear Brittanie, Congratulations on your new blog, threedietsonedinner.”

As they say that a drunk man’s words are a sober man’s thoughts, I thought the same must be true regarding drunk registrations and sober intentions. So I went with it.  And here we are, a year later, with a blog that has quite literally changed my life.

Through my blog, I have met so many new people who want to take control of their health, lovers of food and new friends. Without this blog, I would never have been a part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance, PaleoFX or Paleo Pen Pals. I would not have written a cookbook (coming soon!). I would not have learned so much about paleo, food, photography, writing, social media, the blog community and myself. My blog audience has offered so many loving comments that have motivated me to love my family, friends and self better by encouraging nourishing, quality foods every day.

What items are always in your fridge or pantry?
Coconut milk, at least three dozen eggs, pork rinds, and LaCroix.

If you could share dinner with anyone, who would you host and what would you eat?
Honestly, my friends. I have lived in Houston, Austin, New York, Spain and Virginia. My friends are from all over the country, some across the world! If I could get all of them together in one spot, I could think of nothing better than to cook for them all at once.

I would cook dishes inspired by all the places I’ve lived.

  • From New York, I would make something gastronomically thrilling, inspired by The Staunton Social, namely, the French onion dumplings.
  • From Virginia, wine, because I worked at the local purveyor in Lexington and loved hosting tastings on Friday nights.
  • From Texas, BBQ, duh!
  • From Spain, a delicious tapas spread of spicy charcuterie, Spanish olives and marinated figs.

What is your favorite AFBA memory?
One of the most special experiences I’ve had with the AFBA was at our cookbook potluck at Springdale Farms. The idea was to test out each others’ recipes we submitted for the AFBA cookbook. I was assigned a spicy mango salsa from another blogger and a different blogger was assigned my coconut sriracha cauliflower rice. It was a moment of sharing and intermingling with fellow bloggers, with an opportunity to walk in each other’s shoes through food.

The setting was gorgeous – an urban farm with a rustic home. We set up the most eclectic mix of our bloggers’ dishes buffet-style on the wrap around porch. We sat at picnic tables and on tree stumps on a beautiful summer evening and sampled all kinds of delicious food. It was a foodie’s dream and I can’t wait to do it again!

What is your most popular post?
My most popular post is a close draw between Loaded Paleo Turkey Burgers and The Best Paleo Banana Bread Ever.

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