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

Europe: five cities, five days (and the food)

Reggia di Venaria, Turin

I’m back from a whirlwind walking tour of Paris, the Chablis region of France, a factory in Germany, Turin in Italy and the World Expo in Milan. Let’s hit the highlights… Though I minored in French in college, this was my first time stepping foot outside the Paris airport and onto Parisienne soil. So, despite getting … Continue reading

Urban Farming (and me) on The Kojo Show


As my food nonprofit friend put it to our little book club, I’m GONNA BE ON THE KOJO SHOW, and I’d love for you to tune in Wednesday at 1 p.m. [UPDATE: You can listen to the segment on the show at this link. Enjoy!] After listening to Food Wednesdays for as long as I’ve lived in … Continue reading

Georgia (the country, not the state) on my mind


Have you heard? Georgian food — from the country south of Russia, not the state — is the next big thing. I had the pleasure of experiencing it recently and writing about it this week for The Washington Post food section. And now I’d like to suggest how to join in the fun (and what to do this weekend). … Continue reading

Must-attend food conferences and a very merry December


It’s beginning to look a lot like… the busiest month of the year. And, suddenly, Christmas is a week away! Maybe it was the late Thanksgiving that allowed this holiday to sneak up on me especially fast (Or the precious three-month-old I have at home. Yeah, let’s blame her.) I hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous … Continue reading

It’s Fall. Eat Soup.

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It’s fall! Time to get honked at for taking cell phone pictures of these gorgeous Virginia colors at stop signs! Time to call animal control for the inordinate number of deer that have taken up residence in your yard, one of which appears injured and aggressive (and then time to call your friends with crossbows and … 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

Cake pops are hard: lessons from a weekend of showers

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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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