Power foods for a workout weekend

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The whirlwind weekend I’ve been planning for weeks starts tomorrow. And, just like when I went camping, I find myself the day before planning every detail of what I will eat. Tomorrow I ship out on a half-day boat trip with a handful of chefs from DC (and our fearless leader from the Department of … Continue reading

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The conflicted converted cereal craver

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It’s a gorgeous fall day. At a farmers market  yesterday, I squealed out loud at the bounty of autumnal offerings: dozens of apple varieties, leafy greens galore, butternut squash, acorn squash, sweet potatoes, oh my! I already have a list in my phone of all the fall-ish foods I want to make, to include pumpkin bread, … Continue reading

A foodie goes to a party

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Let’s just say I don’t go “out” a lot. It’s dinner at home and bed at 10 p.m. (OK, sometimes 9:30) at the Pipkin residence most nights. I like to say we’re old souls trapped in our mid-20s. So when the fabulous founder of LipstickRocks.com, a social networking site for women relaunching very soon, asked me … Continue reading

How to eat like a king whilst camping

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Oh, the Great Outdoors. Something about being outside makes me… hungry. And I think I’m not alone, seeing as our party of a dozen folks and a baby had exchanged almost 50 emails Re: “What shall we eat?” before we embarked on our trip to Shenandoah National Park this past weekend. As much as food … Continue reading

Think about clean: cleaning products that are harmful to your health — and don’t tell you

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The Environmental Working Group — creators of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists of pesticides in produce — released this morning another exhaustive guide to healthy and green living… this time regarding that bucket o’ cleaning supplies in your home. Duh, duh, duh… Does anyone else know, without even looking, that they’re probably guilty of haphazard … Continue reading

Chopped at home: how to avoid going to the grocery store — again

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It was Monday night. We were recovering from a long Labor Day weekend that involved far too much consumption of free food and a little bit of manual labor. As much as I didn’t feel like cooking, I felt even less like going to the grocery store — again. I had just gone late Saturday … Continue reading

Labor Day: laborious projects and nearly labor-free food

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I kicked off Labor Day weekend by reading a thoughtful column on the value and spiritual meaning of work, which got me thinking. For those of us who think or write for a living, getting a dose of down-in-the-dirt hard work can be a fitting rest from the mundane. I suppose that’s why I love … Continue reading

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