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

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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

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

A Preservation Party

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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

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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

A week in food photos

Lunch today: golden beets and gruyere grilled cheese, with goat cheese smeared on the other piece of rye and a little ham in between. It was a good decision.

I take a lot of pictures. My husband knows by now that, if I’ve cooked and plated something with particular care, it’s paws off until I snap a pic. Instagram sees most of my food shots, but the ones I take with my Nikon usually end up stored in the bowels of my computer, never … Continue reading

Farm to School grants and a Top 10 B&B in Virginia

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I wrote about the recipients of a first-ever round of Farm to School grants from the USDA for The Washington Post‘s food blog on Wednesday. More than $280,000 is destined for programs and farms in the Washington area and Baltimore, including DC Central Kitchen’s school-feeding programs (one pictured above). Four of the 68 projects nationwide to share … Continue reading

Power foods for a workout weekend

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The whirlwind weekend I’ve been planning for weeks starts tomorrow. And, just like when I went camping, I find myself the day before planning every detail of what I will eat. Tomorrow I ship out on a half-day boat trip with a handful of chefs from DC (and our fearless leader from the Department of … Continue reading

Food for the eyes

A recent food section from the Washington Post.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about living in “the other Washington” is the abundance of food writing for me to peruse. Granted, I have accepted this somewhat in exchange for an abundance of from-the-farm food from my favorite Skagit Valley farm CSA… but I digress. I am learning to savor exactly what this … Continue reading

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