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

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

Food, Environment & free tickets to the DC Green Festival

The Green Festival. It’s like a trade show — for goods and ideas — for the eco-minded (read: lots of free stuff). And it’s coming to DC’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22. If you’re planning to go and are also into food (Who isn’t these days?), I’ve … Continue reading

#Canning summer’s bounty: up to my elbows in peach jam & tomato sauce

It’s 9 o’clock on a Wednesday night, and I’m elbow deep in peach juices, trying to recall the satisfying feeling I felt a week before when I sealed off the last few jars of tomato sauce. This time, it’s peaches. Millions of peaches, it seems. I’m not even halfway through my half bushel (it didn’t … Continue reading

Papalo: a new-to-me herb & salsa recipe

Papalo. I saw a bunch of this stuff at Farmer Jesus’ table at the market recently and I couldn’t resist. I always ask him what he does with things, only to remember that he’s basically too busy farming to cook much. So then he tells me what other customers tell him they do with it. … Continue reading

Summer’s not over — a few more food events for your calendar

I just got back from one of the best food-focused events I’ve attended in DC — the farm-to-street party at Union Market — the culmination of a great Eat Local First week. What made it great? In my opinion, it was the focus on local food businesses and the direct access to the entrepreneurs behind … Continue reading

Food Trucks, Farmers Markets, Pop-ups — discuss, DC

Ever been to the curated food-lovers’ mecca that is Union Market DC? Well, here’s your excuse. A publication I write for is co-hosting an event with Smart Growth America this Thursday night to discuss “Food in the City: how food trucks, farmers markets and more shape D.C.’s new dining scene.” Show up early and we … 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

Fermented foods: gosh, they’re cool

I have pickles on the brain these days. I know, it’s the time of year of farmers markets and fresh foods galore. And, trust me, I think about those enough, too. (Even on this rainy past Saturday, my family had to lure me away from my long stay at the market with a brunch of … Continue reading