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    Whitney Pipkin is a freelance journalist, food and farms lover and fitness instructor living in Northern Virginia, with her husband, toddler girl and beloved mutt. She writes about food, local agriculture and the environment for pubs like The Washington Post, National Geographic and the Chesapeake Bay Journal. Here, she writes about {all the eats} in between. Bon Appétit!
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My (10) Christmas Present(s) To You

It feels like we’ve had an extra week between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, though the calendar tells me it’s only a few days. That’s great for tackling the to-do list, but it makes me feel like a little kid painstakingly checking off the days until it’s here. Not to mention the walk to the … Continue reading

Summer days, driftin’ away

But, oh, those summer tomatoes. I have long been in love with them. But this summer was the first I really tried (and succeeded!) to grow my own. I’m now in the midst of a steady daily harvest of a half-dozen romas and at least as many sweet, yellow cherry tomatoes, which I end up snacking on while … Continue reading

Playing Editor for Edible DC’s Summer Issue

Freelancing and part-timing is great, great, great. But I’m always jumping from one project to the next, barely remembering to share the last story I wrote as I wade knee-deep into another. That’s why sinking into one bigger project for a few weeks sounded so appealing. Getting to help create a magazine devoted to all the local food topics I … Continue reading

Georgia: Cuisine, Culture, Antiquity Tucked Into One Wee Country

  My first taste of Georgia was at the table of a Southeast Washington apartment, which I wrote about in this story for The Washington Post. Since then, I’ve become something of a Georgia groupie, attending events where Georgian food or wine are served, meeting many others who are from Georgia or have spent time … Continue reading

May Showers Bring June Veggies

Now that I officially have not killed everything, it’s time to tell you that I started a garden. A pot garden. Well, a garden temporarily in pots. For now. We’re waiting to implement a grandiose landscaping plan, but I couldn’t wait any longer to grow some things. And, while I plan to write a much longer … Continue reading

Bah-bah-bah: spring babies on a farm

Good Friday was coming up and my friend Wendy came a’calling with another field trip idea. Last time, she wanted me to join in an almost irresistible trip to collect and “process” heritage breed turkeys for Thanksgiving. But somehow I did resist the urge to go (deadlines have a way of wrecking pre-holiday slaughter plans), and I’ve been kicking … Continue reading

Tasting the ‘world’s best water’ — and still being OK with tap

This blog post originally appeared at BayJournal.com, where I’m on staff, and is appearing here with permission. Twenty-one. That was the number of bottled waters — set as sips before us in glass stemware — we judges were tasked with parsing in just one round of the recent 26th annual International Water Tasting competition in Berkeley … Continue reading

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

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!

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