It snowed. We survived — and met our neighbors.

For those of you who have been living under a rock — or are still waiting to be plowed out and have your newspapers delivered — it snowed in the Washington region. Quite a bit. What started with a traffic-snarling dusting on Wednesday evening turned into a nonstop deluge Friday night and lasted all day … Continue reading

Let’s Hit the Highlights: 2015

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It’s that time of year when sentimentality reigns. It’s OK to get all weepy at a Christmas movie or the thought of being “home” in a few days — or with thanks that I’ve made it through another year as a journalist. Yes, that last one is a real thing. It was with great endurance that … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours!

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The day devoted to cooking, eating and practicing thanks with family and friends — or even strangers — is here. My calendar has been pointing toward it for weeks, and I’m thrilled to press pause on life and celebrate. Whether we know it or not, we all end up making Thanksgiving resolutions of some sort; they’re not … Continue reading

Farm visit with a baby — and snow

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I’ve emerged from a steady stream of conferences mixed with (beloved) visits from two sets of Cora’s grandparents and a flurry of last-minute deadlines. Hello January; goodbye January. I once naively thought that January meant I could take things at a slower pace, you know, like the farmers (turns out, it’s a pipe dream for … Continue reading

#FarmersBreakTheInternet: Engaging With An Audience That Wants To ‘Know’ You

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Are you a farmer, producer, food entrepreneur or enthusiast who’s not sure how to make the most of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram — or even how to get started? Have you dabbled in the dirt with blogging about your farming ventures, only to let the site languish for lack of cultivation (how many farming metaphors can I … Continue reading

Thanks for a great year! 2014 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many … Continue reading

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

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

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