Can I fall back now? And farmer stories you don’t want to miss!

Photos by Conni Leigh James

Just in case it snows this winter, Washington is on a dead sprint to get all its events and restaurant openings and panel discussions out of the way Right. Now. Food Day and James Beard Foundation and Stone Barns all planned their big educational events for the this month, and a million others have been … Continue reading

GO MONDAY: Chefs as Catalysts for Change 2015

Food Day

You know it’s fall in Washington, D.C., when there’s a panel discussion every afternoon and a new restaurant opening (or reopening) every night of the week. It’s our annual, pre-hibernation fall fest, and we do it well. Still, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be this time of year, when the leaves tempt us with their … Continue reading

Off to the Expo…

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Early this summer, I was moping a bit about how our every-other-summer overseas trip was not likely to happen. Last summer, I was too pregnant to justify a 10-hour flight somewhere (or so the doc said), and this summer was getting away from us quickly. There’s the we-have-a-10-month-old thing, which is entertainment enough to never … Continue reading

Small Farms Making a Living on Leased Land


This past summer, I had the pleasure of traveling across Virginia’s Piedmont region (and a little south) to capture the stories of eight farms. My photographer friend Jami McDowell traveled with me for most of them, capturing these beautiful photos (despite very real fears that she might have to deliver my baby on that last … Continue reading

Food, wine & water: Things to do in April (that don’t all have to do with cherry blossoms)


With April flowers come… lots and lots of DC tourists. They know that Washington is one of the best places to be this time of year, and not just for cherry blossoms. But, it turns out, the best events are mostly for us locals. There are cherry blossom donuts to be eaten, cherry blossom cocktails … Continue reading

Glorious lamb — what’s on your Easter table?

Lamb chops

I have lamb, spring and Easter on my mind, so I thought I’d reshare a post from two springs ago, when I wrote about lamb four ways for NPR’s Kitchen Window. We will be joining these same lamb-loaded friends for Easter this year, and I’m still deciding on the side dishes. Until then, enjoy some lamb-spiration … Continue reading

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

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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

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

Fried Chicken #ladieslunch & other highlights

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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

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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