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    Whitney Pipkin is a freelance journalist, food and farms lover and fitness instructor living in Alexandria, Va., with her husband and pup. She writes about food, local agriculture and the environment for publications like The Washington Post and the Chesapeake Bay Journal. Here, she writes about {all the eats} in between. Bon Appétit!
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A new mom & Mark Bittman’s new book on cooking FAST

My baby got to meet Mark Bittman this weekend. Or, rather, Mark Bittman got to meet my baby. However you want to think about it. He signed a copy of his latest cookbook, How to Cook Everything Fast, to Miss Cora, and I’m sure she can’t wait to tackle its 1,000 pages of recipes. Bittman was … Continue reading

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Life Update: Welcoming Baby Cora Virginia

So we had a baby… Cora Virginia was born on Sept. 14, two weeks after her due date but just when she wanted to arrive! She’s the most precious little thing who, like her Momma, likes to eat, sleep and play dress up (well, she doesn’t complain too strongly about all the bows). We are … Continue reading

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Oh the things you can do with local, whole wheat flour…

In the last month, I’ve visited about 10 farms for various stories and projects I’m scrambling to complete before baby arrives (less than two weeks!). Farms are among my favorite places, even if I’m rarely dressed appropriately (they don’t make pregnant farmer clothes, really), perpetually hot (yet thankful for this relatively mild August!) and always a long … Continue reading

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The hospitality of Virginia’s Northern Neck

If you haven’t had the chance, you should meet Dudley and Peggy. They are perhaps the most hospitable people on earth and the friendliest of purveyors behind The Hope & Glory Inn in Irvington, Va. The Inn is located near the Southern tip of Virginia’s Northern Neck, a marshy peninsula carved out by the Rappahannock River to … Continue reading

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Fried Chicken #ladieslunch & other highlights

Thursday was a great day. Sure, I didn’t exactly dig out from under the very large pile of work I’ve built for myself between now and baby’s arrival. But I did eat good food. So there’s that. Thursday was great because I spent the lunch hour (or two) eating homemade fried chicken and talking about … Continue reading

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Cake pops are hard: lessons from a weekend of showers

One time, we thought it would be a great idea to throw my sister a bridal shower and me a baby shower — in the same weekend. And then we did it. This past weekend. It was perhaps not the greatest idea ever, we decided on late night #2 when we were breaking down one … Continue reading

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The Faces Behind our Food: A New Project

It’s been a busy summer, y’all. For kids, in Virginia at least, it has only just begun. But, as I look out my window and watch the fireflies light up my yard at dusk — and think of how stinkin’ hot it was today — I’m reminded it’s in full swing. So, I guess you could … Continue reading

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Waffle grilled cheese — the cure for exhaustion

The J-pillow. The four extra pillows on my King-sized hotel room bed Tuesday night in Staunton (“Welcome, you’ve been chosen as our guest of the day. Here’s a Vitamin Water and keys to your upgraded King suite.”) Coffee. These little joys of the past week have gotten me through — but just barely.  I’m tired. Again. Third … Continue reading

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Green Festival DC — discounted tickets!

There will be a Tesla, free yoga, performances by Step Afrika and access to (and samples of) some of the best green products on the market (read: a purse full of Lara and Clif bars). The Green Festival is returning to D.C. for its 10th year on May 31 and June 1! The festival will fill a wing of … Continue reading

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Ramps + Morels + Asparagus = Spring Risotto

I was beginning to have farmers market withdrawal. We had three super busy weekends, two of them out of town, keeping me away from the Saturday markets that are now my best option. And I knew that some of my spring favorites were beginning to appear en masse. I needed to replenish some herbs that … Continue reading

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