Growing herbs: The Best Idea I’ve Had This Spring

It began with a little basil. Last spring, I planted some in a window box on the side of our house. The side that apparently got more bugs than sun. It had a good run, providing me plenty to sprinkle into my scrambled eggs, but not quite enough for the giant batch of pesto I … Continue reading

A week in food photos

I take a lot of pictures. My husband knows by now that, if I’ve cooked and plated something with particular care, it’s paws off until I snap a pic. Instagram sees most of my food shots, but the ones I take with my Nikon usually end up stored in the bowels of my computer, never … Continue reading

Farm to School grants and a Top 10 B&B in Virginia

I wrote about the recipients of a first-ever round of Farm to School grants from the USDA for The Washington Post‘s food blog on Wednesday. More than $280,000 is destined for programs and farms in the Washington area and Baltimore, including DC Central Kitchen’s school-feeding programs (one pictured above). Four of the 68 projects nationwide to share … Continue reading

Power foods for a workout weekend

The whirlwind weekend I’ve been planning for weeks starts tomorrow. And, just like when I went camping, I find myself the day before planning every detail of what I will eat. Tomorrow I ship out on a half-day boat trip with a handful of chefs from DC (and our fearless leader from the Department of … Continue reading

Food for the eyes

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about living in “the other Washington” is the abundance of food writing for me to peruse. Granted, I have accepted this somewhat in exchange for an abundance of from-the-farm food from my favorite Skagit Valley farm CSA… but I digress. I am learning to savor exactly what this … Continue reading