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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, […]


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 […]


The root of the problem.

A beetroot salad, in British television, seems to be shorthand for punishment or penance. However, faced with a spring season where the calendar had gotten far out ahead of the weather, that’s precisely what we made. Cold days had prevented the emergence of sweet asparagus or spring onions, so we […]