I’m pleased to announce the debut of my new radio show: The Dish with Nancy Newcomer. My passion for fresh food, farmers markets, and family dinners are just the beginning of the conversation. I’ll share my favorite foodie finds, kitchen & entertaining tips and feature interviews with experts in cooking, health, nutrition, food, wine, & more. Provocative, informative, fun and fabulous, The Dish with Nancy Newcomer airs Tuesdays, 12noon PST and on-demand on Empower Radio. Thanks to my amazing sponsor, Go Cleanse for making it all possible! Also available on-demand through i-heart radio, i-tunes, & Stitcher Radio.

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Grab a copy of my e-cookbook,  The Best of Back to the Kitchen, Soups & Salads, Vol 1,  a collection of 16 of my most favorite recipes using fresh, farmer’s market bounty.  It makes for a perfect “go to” in the kitchen when you’re looking for a healthy meal to serve your family. Read it on your ipad, laptop, desktop or download in PDF form to print out.

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About Nancy:  Nancy Newcomer, is a food blogger, radio personality and an accomplished cook & creator of simple, healthy meals made from fresh, organic  ingredients. With an emphasis on local farmer’s market bounty, her Facebook blog, “Back to the Kitchen: Healthy Living with Real Food” is followed by people in more than 28 countries. She is a contributor to Empoweradio.comGeffner TV, and Santa Barbara Dining & Destinations Magazine.  Nancy lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and daughter. Her son attends college in southern California and visits often for a home cooked meal.  Nancy is featured on:

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Derby Pie

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by Nancy Newcomer

Derby Pie was introduced to our family when our cousins moved to Kentucky and they would ship this delectable dessert out to us in California.  In those days, it seemed very decadent and exotic to receive it special delivery and it always came from a special bakery in Louisville, KY. Not sure which one, but I remember the classic pink box. My Aunt Mabel would tell my mom that you could ONLY get this pie in Kentucky and I believe she thought it was some sort of “secret recipe”. That may or may not be true, but I remember my mom taking that as a challenge and saying, “I bet I can replicate that Derby Pie recipe…how hard could it be?” Of course my mom was a former home-ec teacher whose specialty happened to be pie making. Thus, the experimenting began.  She perfected it and everybody loved it, but I don’t think she ever wrote it down. In fact, she may have improvised on it every time she made it!  Several years ago when my parents came to Santa Barbara for Thanksgiving, I her requested her recipe. She didn’t have anything written out, but she grabbed my copy the Joy of Cooking , looked up the Pecan Pie recipe and changed it up on the spot. She wrote her own notes in my copy of the book and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.  You will LOVE this pie~ it’s a wonderful for Thanksgiving and Christmas  :) Cheers!

Derby Pie
(makes 1 pie)


2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted

3 eggs

2/3 cup sugar

3 TB unsalted butter, melted

3/4 cup light corn syrup

2 tsp vanilla or Kentucky bourbon

1/2 sea salt

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Once oven is heated, toast nuts on baking sheet for about 5 minutes until golden brown, pull out of oven and let cool. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, and salt until completely blended. Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips. Warm pie crust in oven until it is hot to the touch then pour in filling. Bake until edges are firm and center is set but still jiggly like jello when pan is nudged~ about 35 t0 45 minutes. Let cool on rack for about an hour and a half.  Serve warm or at room temperature. This is a great pie to make ahead of time, up to 2 days. Stores well in the fridge, but let it warm up to room temperature before serving. Freezes well too :) Serve with whipped cream or vanilla bean ice cream.
~Tips on Making the Perfect Pie Crust.




Before & After on Go Cleanse

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WHOO HOOooo!! Down 47 lbs on the Go Cleanse Program~ If you want to find out more, please pop over to the site and you can chat with the awesome coaches. If you talk to Rita, tell her “hi”–she’s my coach and she herself lost 50 lbs many years ago and has kept it off. […]

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Did you know that the Moscow Mule was invented in 1941?  Two alcohol distributors, one selling vodka, the other selling ginger beer, found that no one wanted to buy their products. The two sat down at the famed Cock n’ Bull restaurant on Sunset Blvd. in LA and conjured up a classic. Why the copper […]

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Barbara’s Red Beans

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This week, I had the honor of interviewing my long time friend, Lisa Brown Castaneda on my radio program. She shared a special recipe that was passed down by to her by her beloved friend Barbara.  In true “Bean Queen” style, she tweaked it just a little to make it all her own. Hear Lisa tell the […]

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Fresh & Easy Fridge Pickles

September 1, 2014

Yield: 2 quart size mason jars Ingredients: 8-10 pickling cucumbers or 5-6 regular cucumbers 6 cloves of garlic, cut in half 2 cups seasoned rice vinegar* large bunch of fresh dill, washed. Directions: ~Wash and trim ends off cucumbers and cut into ⅛ inch slices. ~Put garlic slices in each mason jar and fill halfway […]

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Order Nancy’s Cookbook

August 31, 2014
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Grab a copy of my e-cookbook,  The Best of Back to the Kitchen, Soups & Salads, Vol 1,  a collection of 16 of my most favorite recipes using fresh, farmer’s market bounty.  It makes for a perfect “go to” in the kitchen when you’re looking for a healthy meal to serve your family. Read it […]

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Tuscan Kale & White Quinoa Bean Salad

August 12, 2014
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How about a super easy salad that’s full of good, healthy stuff? You got it My Tuscan Kale & White Bean Quinoa Salad is loaded with vitamins, packed with flavor, and it’s vegan & dairy-free. Perfect for a summer barbeque or a fall potluck. Enjoy! Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 1 bunch Tuscan kale, washed, chopped in […]

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