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

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Fish, food rules & pregnancy

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Last week, I had the pleasure of hanging out at this super innovative fish farm and research facility for a half-day. Well, it would have been more of a pleasure had it not smelled like fish… and had I not been four months pregnant. But I’ve gotten really good at not breathing through my nose these days, so … Continue reading

Food Innovator Awards

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It’s been a crazy week, the sort of week that makes a pregnant woman need to sleep for a week to recover. But I wouldn’t trade one minute of it (OK, I would totally trade the minutes spent scrubbing the bathtub in the house we moved out of, but I digress). We moved from the … Continue reading

Sipping chocolate & chocolate chili ~ Cocoa Bella

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Last night we actually watched the Oscars. The whole thing. Until midnight. That was mostly because my husband knew he had a snow day in the bag for today, and I needed something for my eyeballs to do while I packed up the house. (Yes, we are moving this coming weekend to a different house … Continue reading

Why Food Has Been Gross for 3 Months

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It’s been a rough three months. Or should I say 12 weeks? First there was the this-isn’t-so-bad stage. Then there was the I-can’t-get-out-of-bed stage. Quickly followed by the chocolate-milk-and-cereal stage (though not together). Then there were salt and vinegar chips (I’m still in that one) and the enduring chicken-is-gross period. (Unless it’s chicken salad or … Continue reading

Olympic Pot Roast — because this winter may never end

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The winter Olympics are in full swing, which means there is no time to cook. No point in trying, really. We’ve got the whole shebang — figure skating, cross-country skiing (my new favorite), snowboarding, you name it — filling up our DVR, waiting for us every night. Although I can fast forward through commercials, I tend … Continue reading

Because bad days are made better by turning them into funny stories

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So funny story. Who knew that these ridiculous-looking pudgy ski gloves I’ve been wearing everywhere to brave the ongoing D.C.-freeze can also inadvertently lock my car with the keys in it? Who knew? On the way to teach one of my exercise classes this morning, I swung by the church parking lot where I pick … Continue reading

Raw milk: the ongoing story

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I’m not sure what first got me into the idea of writing about raw milk and its devoted followers. The beverage, legal in some states, not so much in others, seemed to be the centerpiece of so many debates about our food system: Whole fats or low fat? Should government be able to tell people … Continue reading

Eat This List: 5 things to cook up in a deep freeze

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Originally posted on Eatocracy:
This is the seventeenth installment of “Eat This List” — a regularly recurring list of things chefs, farmers, writers and other food experts think you ought to know about. Pictured above: supermarket shelves plundered in anticipation of a blizzard in January, 2011. Weather outside? Frightful. Inside? As delightful as you care…

Crosscountry Christmas (& a book worth reading)

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After driving from Virginia to Kansas (a mere 20-hour, two-day excursion) to drop off the dog at “grandmas,” then flying to El Paso, Texas, for my brother-in-law’s wedding, then back to Kansas, then driving back to…. well you get the point. ‘Twas a lovely wedding though…   And a lovely Christmas! We’re back in Virginia … Continue reading

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