Thanksgiving side dishes to bring — from the farm

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Here’s a post from the archives to inspire some farm-based dishes for your Thanksgiving feast. Also check out the NY Times’ recipes from 50 states — but use my sweet potato casserole recipe below instead of the one they suggest from Kansas!  Today was the last day for my ’round-the-corner farmers market in Mount Vernon, the last … Continue reading

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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

The ‘Enchanted Woodlands’ Nursery

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Every day, several times a day, I sit in this chair and think, “Man, I love this nursery. I should put pictures of it on Pinterest so I can ‘pin’ it and show the world how much I like it.” Hence, this departure from the usual food-themed blog post to show you The Nursery… The … Continue reading

A new mom & Mark Bittman’s new book on cooking FAST

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My baby got to meet Mark Bittman this weekend. Or, rather, Mark Bittman got to meet my baby. However you want to think about it. He signed a copy of his latest cookbook, How to Cook Everything Fast, to Miss Cora, and I’m sure she can’t wait to tackle its 1,000 pages of recipes. Bittman was … Continue reading

Life Update: Welcoming Baby Cora Virginia

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So we had a baby… Cora Virginia was born on Sept. 14, two weeks after her due date but just when she wanted to arrive! She’s the most precious little thing who, like her Momma, likes to eat, sleep and play dress up (well, she doesn’t complain too strongly about all the bows). We are … 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

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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

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

The Faces Behind our Food: A New Project

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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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