Curbing food waste (convictions) on the home front

IMG_0792

I often come home from interviewing a farmer or a chef or an environmentalist of some stripe and find myself convicted about where my food is coming from, how I’m cooking it and its impact on the world. As a writer, I don’t necessarily have to act on these convictions. If I acted on every one … Continue reading

Culinary professionals converging on DC this weekend @IACPculinary

DSC_0175

A food-focused conference is converging on Washington this week, putting DC’s still-under-discovered culinary scene in the spotlight and bringing national contacts within arms reach. And you can still register to attend! I remember following with rapt attention the tweets from last year’s International Association of Culinary Professionals conference and wondering if I’d get the chance to … Continue reading

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

DSC_0375

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

Farm visit with a baby — and snow

IMG_9658

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

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

photo 5

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

Fried Chicken #ladieslunch & other highlights

photo 4

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

The Faces Behind our Food: A New Project

DSC_0302

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

Raw milk: the ongoing story

Milk

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

A Preservation Party

DSC_0021

If I haven’t convinced you yet that ANYONE can can, maybe this will do the trick. Or perhaps the giant spread in the Post’s Food section today about the glories of food preservation. Or perhaps you just like Pinterest-ready photos of canned jars? Well here are some from a little Labor Day canning party we … Continue reading

Growing herbs: The Best Idea I’ve Had This Spring

photo 4

It began with a little basil. Last spring, I planted some in a window box on the side of our house. The side that apparently got more bugs than sun. It had a good run, providing me plenty to sprinkle into my scrambled eggs, but not quite enough for the giant batch of pesto I … Continue reading

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,976 other followers