Playing Editor for Edible DC’s Summer Issue

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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

Let’s Hit the Highlights: 2015

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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

Can I fall back now? And farmer stories you don’t want to miss!

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Just in case it snows this winter, Washington is on a dead sprint to get all its events and restaurant openings and panel discussions out of the way Right. Now. Food Day and James Beard Foundation and Stone Barns all planned their big educational events for the this month, and a million others have been … Continue reading

GO MONDAY: Chefs as Catalysts for Change 2015

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You know it’s fall in Washington, D.C., when there’s a panel discussion every afternoon and a new restaurant opening (or reopening) every night of the week. It’s our annual, pre-hibernation fall fest, and we do it well. Still, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be this time of year, when the leaves tempt us with their … Continue reading

Off to the Expo…

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Early this summer, I was moping a bit about how our every-other-summer overseas trip was not likely to happen. Last summer, I was too pregnant to justify a 10-hour flight somewhere (or so the doc said), and this summer was getting away from us quickly. There’s the we-have-a-10-month-old thing, which is entertainment enough to never … Continue reading

Small Farms Making a Living on Leased Land

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This past summer, I had the pleasure of traveling across Virginia’s Piedmont region (and a little south) to capture the stories of eight farms. My photographer friend Jami McDowell traveled with me for most of them, capturing these beautiful photos (despite very real fears that she might have to deliver my baby on that last … Continue reading

Food, wine & water: Things to do in April (that don’t all have to do with cherry blossoms)

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With April flowers come… lots and lots of DC tourists. They know that Washington is one of the best places to be this time of year, and not just for cherry blossoms. But, it turns out, the best events are mostly for us locals. There are cherry blossom donuts to be eaten, cherry blossom cocktails … Continue reading

Glorious lamb — what’s on your Easter table?

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I have lamb, spring and Easter on my mind, so I thought I’d reshare a post from two springs ago, when I wrote about lamb four ways for NPR’s Kitchen Window. We will be joining these same lamb-loaded friends for Easter this year, and I’m still deciding on the side dishes. Until then, enjoy some lamb-spiration … Continue reading

Oh the things you can do with local, whole wheat flour…

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In the last month, I’ve visited about 10 farms for various stories and projects I’m scrambling to complete before baby arrives (less than two weeks!). Farms are among my favorite places, even if I’m rarely dressed appropriately (they don’t make pregnant farmer clothes, really), perpetually hot (yet thankful for this relatively mild August!) and always a long … Continue reading

The hospitality of Virginia’s Northern Neck

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If you haven’t had the chance, you should meet Dudley and Peggy. They are perhaps the most hospitable people on earth and the friendliest of purveyors behind The Hope & Glory Inn in Irvington, Va. The Inn is located near the Southern tip of Virginia’s Northern Neck, a marshy peninsula carved out by the Rappahannock River to … Continue reading

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