North vs South: We Can’t Choose

  I was so lucky to get to take back-to-back trips this spring. The first was a work-related trip to Banff, Alberta; the other was to Savannah, Georgia for my sister’s birthday. Maybe everything just tastes a better in stunning settings, like gorgeous mountains and historic trees dripping with moss. But I could go for one…

Do you share my shame?

Americans reportedly waste more than 130 billion pounds of food a year. If everyone else’s refrigerator looks like mine, then I’m not surprised. As a woman living on her own, but who comes from a big family, I have some deeply embedded buying habits that just don’t apply to my singular life. And until recently,…

How is charcuterie like Kleenex?

They’re both frequently misrepresented. Not every tissue is Kleenex. And not every delicious spread of finger food is charcuterie. So what is it? Charcuterie (shahr-cute-uh-ree) is a French word for dry-cured, smoked or cooked meat. That’s it. No tasty brie. No crunchy nuts or sweet spreads. Just the meat. Why does it matter? It doesn’t really,…

How to enjoy the summer blues

Tonight, I ate an entire 3 ounce wedge of blue cheese for dinner. I did it for you, friends. But also for this incredibly delicious photo. Can I tell you a secret? I didn’t used to like blue cheese. But one summer night, as I picked at a cheese plate with friends, I hesitantly rolled…