My (10) Christmas Present(s) To You

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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

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

Cake pops are hard: lessons from a weekend of showers

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One time, we thought it would be a great idea to throw my sister a bridal shower and me a baby shower — in the same weekend. And then we did it. This past weekend. It was perhaps not the greatest idea ever, we decided on late night #2 when we were breaking down one … Continue reading

Ramps + Morels + Asparagus = Spring Risotto

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I was beginning to have farmers market withdrawal. We had three super busy weekends, two of them out of town, keeping me away from the Saturday markets that are now my best option. And I knew that some of my spring favorites were beginning to appear en masse. I needed to replenish some herbs that … Continue reading

Fish, food rules & pregnancy

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Last week, I had the pleasure of hanging out at this super innovative fish farm and research facility for a half-day. Well, it would have been more of a pleasure had it not smelled like fish… and had I not been four months pregnant. But I’ve gotten really good at not breathing through my nose these days, so … Continue reading