Frequently Asked Questions

My real name is Maggie, but my husband calls me Magpie, + our last name is Gentile (jen til e). When we were picking a wedding hashtag and designing our koozie favors, we decided on "Gettin silly with the Gentiles," a slogan my oldest friend Laura jokingly came up with.  My dear friend Ryan said it was like a public service announcement on how to pronounce my new last name- we think he was right!
While I love my day job (and I do!), I needed a creative outlet.  This blog is a way for me to share and chronicle my productions.  As a social media laggard and somewhat of a private person, everyone is just as surprised as I was that I pursued this blog.
Along with my business partners, fellow registered dietitians Beth and Lindsay, we run a boutique food policy company called Food Directions where we provide strategic counsel and recommendations to food and beverage companies on issues facing the food industry.
I am a registered and licensed dietitian (RD, LD) with a Master's of Science in Nutrition (MS).  These credentials certify I have met the strict educational and experiential standards set forth by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
As a dietitian I believe in moderation- and that all foods can fit into a healthy diet.  While not every recipe on this blog is healthy, many are.  When I relaunched my site in August, I made a commitment to include nutrition info for all my recipes moving forward so you have transparency on what you are eating- and can make your own alternations to meet your specific needs.
The information presented on this website is not intended as either medical or medical nutrition advice or counseling, nor is it specific to any particular individual. It is not intended to replace counseling, medical nutrition therapy or treatment. Contact a health care professional if you are experiencing problems that seem health related.
My husband and I live in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, District of Columbia.  We bought our house in 2015, about six weeks before our wedding.  As a wedding gift for Mr. Magpie, I did all the historical research on our home + neighborhood.  The permit to build dates back to 1894 and it was completed at the turn of the century.
Understanding my husband may not share my desire in making the personal things public (and he works in politics!),  I started calling him Mr. Magpie to give him a bit of privacy online.  I think his colleagues would love to know what he had for dinner last night though, don't you?