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:
Whether you chop it yourself or save even more time by buying it already chopped at Trader Joe’s, mirepoix is a great start to so many dishes. This is how I make it, store it, and use it. It may sound fancy, but mirepoix is something any cook can use to save time and add flavor. Cool Mom Eats, February 2019
This one is personal. I love to cook and my time in the kitchen is peaceful and centering. But that’s me. My mother, had she been less frugal, would have hired a private chef and never set foot in a kitchen again. And she was awesome. Cooking isn’t for everyone, and I think we’re putting a little too much pressure on ourselves. Learn more about my mom and why she (and I) fully support your desire to stay as far away from the kitchen as possible. Folk Rebellion, March 2018
My Pilates instructor shared a version of this recipe with me a while ago. It’s the perfect recipe for anyone who likes food, doesn’t have a lot of time, and wants something to eat for a few days in a row without getting bored. I tweaked it to make it super easy. (Instructions: Throw stuff in slow cooker. Leave. Come back and eat.) You need this chicken. The chicken is so easy, so delicious, and so versatile. It’s like magic. Cool Mom Eats, January 2019
It’s just too darn cold everywhere, even here in South Carolina. And when it’s this bitter, you need soup. And this soup from Camon, a tempura udon, is perfect. So go get it. Free Times, January 2018
Buying the ugly produce among the more perfect goods saves everyone money, because it cuts down on what the stores tosses or gives away at the end of the day. Here’s why you should do it, and how you can use the ugly stuff. For the record, monetizing ugly produce doesn’t seem to be helpful (even though in this country we monetize everything, don’t we?). Amanda Mull’s recent piece for The Atlantic is a good read about macro treatment of ugly produce. Good Life Blog, January 2019
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