Right about this time of year – when you can count the days of school left on one hand (if you live in DC, where we like our school years practically bumping up to Independence Day) and when we’ve traded short-lived, temperate spring days for humid-and-nearly-unbearable – I begin digging in my cabinets for my ice pop molds. You know the ones. [click to continue…]

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Farm to Doorstep

June 9, 2014 · 1 comment

A few years ago, I tried out a share in a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program to ensure a summer-long stream of local, farm-fresh vegetables and fruits. I thought it might challenge me to come up with creative ways to use foods I may not necessarily choose from the farmers’ market or grocery store. I registered for the smallest box and eagerly waited for gorgeous heads of lettuce, peaches and herbs to appear on my front porch. [click to continue…]

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When my first son was three, his favorite food was mussels. I don’t even like mussels. But somehow this kid had developed a taste for salty, briny, strong and pungent. I was admittedly smug though not openly boastful about it, as I knew most parents of toddlers struggled with mealtime. But I took credit, proudly assuming his love of complex flavors resulted from my attentive and excellent parenting. Yes, this was my doing. I patted myself on the back for having produced a child with an adventurous palate. [click to continue…]

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