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Sweet potatoes, bacon and a little ennui.

I’ve been feeling a little down. I blame it on Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes. Thanksgiving is the Superbowl of cooking. I’ve nailed turkey, and taken satisfaction from thick rich gravy. Traditional sides like perfect mashed potatoes, and my grandmother’s basic bread stuffing deliver comfort. However, each year I seek fresh […]


What kind of weather does a duck like?

“It’s a nice day for a duck.” Murmured through grumpily downturned lips, this phrase evokes images of human suffering on rainy days best reserved for supposedly water-loving ducks. But what kind of weather do ducks actually like? Last weekend, on a perfect spring day, the kind, quite frankly, I imagine a duck, paddling, […]


This is how you learn.

“They have farm camp?!” I asked my friend Pamela Hess. “That is the coolest thing ever!” To my complete delight, she invited me to do a cooking class with the campers at Arcadia, a cool, non-profit farm – where Pamela is the Executive Director – dedicated to reconnecting us with […]


Red, White and Waldorf. 3

“You’ve got to serve something red, white and blue,” says Valerie, a U.S.Department of State employee by day, farmer on nights and weekends (God, I love DC!). We were discussing the catering menu I was planning in celebration of a friend’s recent citizenship. “What’s blue besides blueberries,” I thought. “Besides, they’re not […]