The Christmas countdown: food gifts worth giving

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Christmas came early in my kitchen this year. You see, it was Cyber Monday and there’s this feeling that the deals will just pass you by — and I just caved. I let my husband let me buy what I’ve wanted all year: a Vitamix. Oh man is it great. I read a bunch of reviews … Continue reading

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Ode to a Peaceful #Thanksgiving Prep

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As a journalist trained by daily deadlines, I am by nature a procrastinator. I do some of my best work (or at least most of my work) on deadline. But, when it comes to creative “work” — i.e. cooking or decorating or crafting — deadlines do not seem to work in my favor. I’ve learned … Continue reading

Thanksgiving prep: The Big Bird Decision

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Thanksgiving. I really like everything about the word, the holiday, the thought of a day centered on cooking and eating and family and thanking the good Lord. So imagine my delight when I was able to convince one set of my parents to come hither to Virginia for this year’s holiday! (Are you imagining it? … Continue reading

Guest Post from a weight-lifting vegetarian

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I first met Edouard Sooh when he worked at the Natural Healthway Foods store in Belle Haven. Between waiting on customers, he seemed to always have one of the store’s fat textbooks about natural eating open across the counter, researching at great lengths the details of how our bodies function and which foods might help them function … Continue reading

P.Y.O Pumpkins, Apples, Paw Paws & Recipes

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WE WENT TO THE PUMPKIN PATCH! And it was everything I’d hoped it would be. Fall-like, family friendly, and we even found a photographer to bring along! Thanks to Jami McDowell for taking these great shots! (And, yes, that is a hair flip in the above photograph. That’s apparently what I do while walking to … Continue reading

Fall Calls: Pumpkin (grain-free) Muffins & Other Seasonal Ideas

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It didn’t feel much like fall this past Saturday as we sat through a sweltering, 90-degree day to watch Navy beat Air Force in Annapolis. But that didn’t stop us from ushering as much fall flavor as possible into our breakfast tailgate and stop-by-the-car halftime lunch. My friend Christi (pictured below) made these to-die-for pumpkin … Continue reading

Food, Environment & free tickets to the DC Green Festival

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The Green Festival. It’s like a trade show — for goods and ideas — for the eco-minded (read: lots of free stuff). And it’s coming to DC’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22. If you’re planning to go and are also into food (Who isn’t these days?), I’ve … Continue reading

Madrid’s Mercado de San Miguel & a Seafood Paella Recipe

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It’s not hard to guess what crossed my mind when I found out we’d be gallivanting through Madrid for a couple of days on the back end of our trip: The f.o.o.d. I’ve been to Las Tapas in Alexandria and Jaleo in DC. I know that good things can indeed come on little plates. I … Continue reading

Expanding our belts & worldview in Turkey

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The thought of distilling more than a week in Turkey into a post — and the lingering jet lag — is enough to help me put this off a few more days… and then I realize it has been a few days since we returned. Our trip to the Cappadocia region of Turkey, mostly Nevşehir … Continue reading

Food Trucks, Farmers Markets, Pop-ups — discuss, DC

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Ever been to the curated food-lovers’ mecca that is Union Market DC? Well, here’s your excuse. A publication I write for is co-hosting an event with Smart Growth America this Thursday night to discuss “Food in the City: how food trucks, farmers markets and more shape D.C.’s new dining scene.” Show up early and we … Continue reading

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