I'm a freelance writer, editor, and recipe developer who loves the challenge of writing about something new. There's a book in here somewhere, and one day I'll write it. Until then, you'll find me writing and blogging about family and parenting, food and cooking, books and movies, etiquette and entertaining, and the occasional travel brag or political opinion.
Recent Published work:
Patricia Moore-Pastides, first lady of the University of South Carolina, has figured out a thing or two about staying healthy and throwing a heck of a party. After a visit with her at home, I shared Moore-Pastides’ tips for staying healthy during the holidays — and she gave us a recipe to include, which I’ve made and eaten three times since getting it. Free Times, December 2018
Do you like to party? I like to party. But this time of year, it can be hard to keep up. It can feel like you need a filing cabinet (or at least more than that one side of your fridge) to keep up with all the invitations. Here’s how to manage your schedule so you can actually enjoy it! Columbia Living, Charleston Living, and Wilmington Magazine, December 2018
My recipe for salted lavender shortbread is one of my favorites, and one of the easiest things I make. (Besides, it was once approved by a chef friend, who asked for my “secret recipe,” which charmed me beyond belief.) It’s on Cool Mom Eats and is featured as part of this year’s Pinhole Press holiday baking contest. Hooray! P.S. Head on over to that contest, because you can win serious prizes, like a dang 5-quart KitchenAid mixer. Cool Mom Eats, November 2018
All year long, I turn everything that’s almost stale and also remotely bread-like (this includes potato chips, of course, because I will not eat stale chips, unless it’s an emergency) into bread crumbs. I store them in the freezer in a bag marked “Breadcrumbs 2018 (or whatever year)” and use as needed. Read my latest for the Good Life Blog to find out why I’m breading everything right now. And learn how to make easy baked and breaded cutlets, with any kind of meat, fish, tofu, vegetables, or whatever you feel like breading and baking. The Good life Blog, November 2018
Are you southern? Was this pretty much on your table every holiday meal? Even though I’m told we can eat oysters year-round now, since farmed oysters are actually good for the environment, November is when it gets just cold enough to bring on a mad craving for oysters. Add butter and saltines, and you have one delightful (and super easy) oyster pie! Cool Mom Eats, November 2018
My hometown of Columbia, South Carolina hasn’t always been a Mecca for food. And, um, I still wouldn’t call it a Mecca! But one thing has changed: there are plenty of good places to eat here, and I’m never at a loss. I love doing the occasional Bite of the Week for our local alternative weekly, because it makes me get out there and try things. Free Times, November 2018