Hi, I’m Casey, the creator of Pith and Rind!
I live in Riverview, Florida, where I’m a yoga instructor, personal trainer, and home cook. I’m into big color and flavor—bitter arugula, sweet mango, smoky paprika—and I’m on my way to great things, like learning the names of every culinary plant that grows in the sub-tropics or learning to balance in bound, revolved half moon (harder than it looks!).
How it all started…
After years of joking with roommates that I was going to start a café out of our living room, COVID convinced me to do the next best thing: start a food blog. For nearly a decade, I’d taught myself how to cook from the wisdom of food bloggers everywhere. But it wasn’t just the recipes that fed my soul, but the stories that made each recipe come alive. In person, my friends and I cooked up the foods that made us feel good, at home, excited, occasionally disgusted (that one whole wheat mess…), and ultimately bonded. Food became a centerpiece of friendship.
About Pith and Rind
Pith and Rind is my home for kitchen experiments gone right. Here, you’ll find recipes featuring whole foods and tropical plants from my home of Central Florida. Look no further for ways to “spice up” (pun intended) your whole grains, salads, legumes, and more! Bottom line: I want your plates to look as beautiful as you are already! 🙂
The name of this blog refers to two parts of an orange: “rind” is the colorful, flavorful outside and “pith” is the nutrition-packed stem inside. Pith and Rind is a metaphor for thinking about beauty from the inside out and the outside in.
Connect with us!
- You can find us on Instagram at @pithandrind!
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- Visit our contact page to request proposals for recipe development, food photography, and freelance writing.
Are you vegan or vegetarian?
I know I’m always cooking plants, but actually I’m not vegetarian or vegan! Plant-based meals are simply what I know best and the most fun to make. It’s easy to make tasty meat dishes, but amazing plant-based fare is a lot harder to master and comes with a wider range of flavors. Besides, when I cook meat, it’s usually canned sardines plus hot sauce or chicken seasoned right in the air fryer! Once I develop enough tasty meat recipes, I’ll start to feature them here, too.
Do you follow any diets, like the keto diet, a gluten free diet, or Ayurveda?
I’m not anti-diet, but I am pro-lifestyle. In case it isn’t already abundantly obvious: I think everyone should eat more fruit and vegetables! You’ll find no shortage of recipes for this “diet” if you’re with me. I don’t follow the keto diet, but to the outsider, my diet might seem keto, since I don’t usually eat bread. My grandmother refused to serve bread at her dinner table, since bread was what her family ate when they couldn’t afford meat. Her guidelines make sense to my body, too—certainly more than the guidelines to fill your diet with cereal grains over proteins! And as for Ayurveda, I think the average Ayurveda practitioner would shudder at the amount of cold salads I eat. That said, I’m interested in all kinds of food guidelines. There’s a lot to learn!
Are you a wellness blogger?
Eh, I wouldn’t call myself that. Wellness might give us a prescription for what to include/not include in our diets and lives, but wellbeing takes into account a wider range of foods and practices that can sustain us. Whether or not they down spirulina, home cooks everywhere know how to serve up wellbeing to their families and communities.
Can I publish Pith and Rind photos or recipes on my website?
For each recipe, you may publish up to three Pith and Rind photographs on your blog and copy any recipe that you’d like as long as you credit me and, if applicable, the person whose recipe I adapted. Please don’t copy any pictures or recipes without linking to my blog!
How can I contact you?
Check out our contact page!
Do you accept advertising, sponsorship, or affiliate links?
If you are interested in partnering to advertise your produce on my blog, please get in touch! I will only feature your product if I really believe in the product and the business that produces it. I’m especially eager to feature products on my blog produced by small businesses, women-owned businesses, black-owned businesses, and indigenous-owned businesses.
Do you develop all the recipes yourself?
In my blog content, I mention whether I developed a recipe myself or adapted it from a pre-existing recipe. If I adapted a recipe, I am careful to credit the original recipe and mention how I changed it. Please drop me a line in the contact page if you have any comments or constructive critique on this procedure.