The hospitality of Virginia’s Northern Neck

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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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Attending a Passover Seder

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As a journalism student at the University of Oklahoma, I was once assigned as homework what would become one of my favorite pastimes later in life: go participate in a cultural or religious ceremony that is outside your realm of experience. For the assignment, I attended my suite mate’s African American Southern Baptist church. It felt … Continue reading

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

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

My First Food Swap

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As you may know, I was bitten by the canning bug this year. What you may not know is that the logical next step (after hosting a preservation party) is attending a Food Swap. And it’s a great step, perhaps my favorite so far (and certainly better than the peel-50-peaches step). I had the pleasure of … 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

Virginia wine country — revisited

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Isn’t Virginia beautiful? This is a view from the winery we stayed at now two weekends ago, Veritas Vineyards. Perhaps you were among the thousands of people there, too, for the last Starry Nights concert of the season, featuring Love Canon and some beautiful first-of-fall weather? I am fairly obsessed with this wine-growing region near … 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

Happy Anniversary to my favorite person!

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Happy anniversary to my husband of four whole years! I can’t quite describe the awesomeness that is this man. I mean, I knew he was great when I decided to marry him, but I had no idea how great. Truly! I have been amazed more and more every year at what a great decision I … Continue reading

Summer’s not over — a few more food events for your calendar

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I just got back from one of the best food-focused events I’ve attended in DC — the farm-to-street party at Union Market — the culmination of a great Eat Local First week. What made it great? In my opinion, it was the focus on local food businesses and the direct access to the entrepreneurs behind … Continue reading

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