When all else fails, make breakfast

The last two weeks were a bit of a departure from my usual I-can-take-on-the-world outlook. They were a bit rough — dotted with the wonderful highs of this season of life with a new baby — but rough. There were several work days that ended with me feeling like a perpetually-behind failure. The only deadlines that got … Continue reading

Green-ish smoothies & powerhouse turmeric

I’ve been doing a lot of blending lately. It’s the time of year to take healthy things and make them palatable enough that maybe, just maybe, you’ll keep eating them past January 31st. And if the breakfast smoothie weren’t the best idea ever invented in that category, then I don’t know what is (wait, are … Continue reading

Guest Post from a weight-lifting vegetarian

I first met Edouard Sooh when he worked at the Natural Healthway Foods store in Belle Haven. Between waiting on customers, he seemed to always have one of the store’s fat textbooks about natural eating open across the counter, researching at great lengths the details of how our bodies function and which foods might help them function … Continue reading

Virginia wine country — revisited

Isn’t Virginia beautiful? This is a view from the winery we stayed at now two weekends ago, Veritas Vineyards. Perhaps you were among the thousands of people there, too, for the last Starry Nights concert of the season, featuring Love Canon and some beautiful first-of-fall weather? I am fairly obsessed with this wine-growing region near … Continue reading

Fighting the Summer Sweet Tooth with a Recipe I’ve Loved All Year

We somehow ended up with a boatload of bananas this week. Call it an online order gone wrong — or right. It’s a good thing I happen to find bananas extremely handy. I tend to keep a cluster of them in the freezer for smoothies and another on the counter, just waiting for them to … Continue reading

Too many vegetables, too little time

You know, working from home as a food, etc. journalist can be a conflict of interest. In theory, I have the flexibility to take my time mid-morning at the Wednesday farmers market, perusing, chatting, “researching,” if you will. I have conducted interviews for stories while getting my groceries, but I’ve also gotten carried away and … Continue reading

Pre-vacation tips for cleaning out the fridge & Ground Beef & Veggie Hash Recipe

After completing what felt like 100 but was probably only 12 hours of scuba training (online), doing my best to eat everything in the kitchen and doing even better at procrastinating on packing, the time is almost here. Tomorrow we leave for a little vacay to Cozumel, which we have deemed our spring-break-for-grown-ups (since we … Continue reading

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