Coconut Porridge Recipe & The Great Grains Debate

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about grains lately. We all know that, if you’re going to have them, whole grains are better than their overly processed relatives. And, for some reason, the weirder and more obscure the grain, the better I feel about eating it (hence the kamut, farro, barley, wheat berry (above) … Continue reading

Small town famous & a food site you should love

First, I wrote about the great small town food I discovered in Sedan, Kan. — population 1,200 — for you all here at the blog. Then I wrote about it for American Food Roots, this fabulous new site launched in the fall by four storied food journalists, one of whom happens to be my neighbor. … Continue reading

The fruit-n-veggie “cleanse” experiment

For three days, my Instagram feed, typically resplendent with photos of meat-centric entrees, turned very green. My husband and I — to help kick off his I-rolled-my-ankle-now-back-to-the-gym “diet” — decided to try just veggies and fruits for a few days. Originally, we thought we might last a week. We didn’t do a lot of research, … Continue reading

Cathal Armstrong’s Alexandria

It all started on a boat in the Chesapeake when a DC chef asked me, “Have you been to Cathal Armstrong‘s restaurants?” I’d been living in the DC area a few months and my food writing career had been focused mostly on my comfort zone of agriculture stories. I could barely feign to be some … Continue reading