31 Hours in Cincinnati in Lists

In a city of very nice people, here were some of the nicest: Courtney Tsitouris, a local food blogger and videographer who is chronicling the burgeoning food scene in this friendly city. Jose Salazar, the chef at renowned restaurant, The Palace in The Cincinnatian, who gave me some huge purple asparagus to bring home. Nick Dietrich, …

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57 Hours in Dallas in Lists

Times someone blessed my heart: Seven Great moment while teaching cooking class at Central Market in Plano: 12 year old boy, after tasting Miso Cod Fingers, said that this fish had “changed his life.” Dining experiences I shan’t soon forget: Insane-tasting dinner that Stephan Pyles‘ restaurant prepared at his eponymous restaurant. Let’s just say any meal that starts …

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4 Days in Washington, DC in Lists

This trip was thankfully a bit longer than others, in large part due to the fact that my sister, her husband, and two daughters live here, and we turned it into a bit of a family weekend with Gary and the boys coming down for part of it. Best reason for spending 4 days in …

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I Forget; Are Ramps Still Cool?

Ramps are a source of much pleasure for many, and some controversy. There has been a lot written about them in the past several weeks, as there always is in the early spring, in our seasonally-crazed food world. On the surface, they are a lovely harbinger of spring, wild leeks that are unable to be …

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33 Hours in Tulsa in Lists

Lovely people I spent time with: Jeff Martin, the founder of BookSmart, who hosted a “Moms’ Night Out” event at the adorable Blue Moon Cafe and Bakery April Brooks, who knows so much about Tulsa that she should be elected mayor of Tulsa, and is making me seriously consider living there. She makes amazing things out …

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A Mother’s Day Gift to Ourselves

Good god, have we gotten ourselves backed into a corner when it comes to feeding our families, getting dinner on the table, fighting the good fight. Open the paper, turn on the news, and there’s another scary missive about pink slime or childhood obesity or pesticides. It’s enough to make you want to curl up …

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