Our lives are wacky and our house is messy these days. Our days are packed and sometimes awfully hard … but they are rich and full and often very, very funny.
I work in fund raising and marketing, with long-time experience in the food and non-profit communities. I’ve been lucky to work on some great projects since leaving my last full-time gig:
- City Market, for the 2009 EatLocalVT 100-mile challenge.
- Red Wagon Plants, to help launch Julie’s excellent blog, and to promote the excellent plants she sells. We had planned for me to do some blogging as an amateur enthusiast, but realized that no one really wants to read about an untalented gardener. (Though I’ve gotten better, thanks to Julie and her awesome plants and support!)
- Institute for Sustainable Communities, to help coordinate the Wine & Swine wine auction and tasting.
- Vermont Fresh Network, helping with fund raising, marketing, and social media.
- Freelance writing for the Burlington Free Press (including the new Kids Taste Test series, which so far has compared local strawberry ice creams, pancake mixes, and frozen pizza) and Vermont Woman.
But this blog is primarily about the intersection of family and food of all sorts. In my cooking, as in much of my life, I would submit that curiosity and enthusiasm carry me farther than technical proficiency; I like to think that any knife skills, etc. I lack are compensated for by my love for good eats. A good meal for me is not only (at least somewhat) nutritious, but also delicious, interesting, and treats its ingredients with the respect and tenderness that good foods deserve. If there’s an associated story or history, so much the better. That all describes my parenting philosophy pretty well too.
I can’t imagine a more perfect summer meal than a sandwich of Gerard’s sourdough bread, Doe’s Leap chevre, and sliced tomatoes and lettuce from Burlington’s Intervale. Winter means braises and baking and roasting all sorts of good things, and reliving summer’s preserved bounty.
Of course, what really makes food taste great is who it’s prepared for and eaten with. What could be better than a really good meal made with love, and consumed with laughter and warmth and affection (and a glass or two of good wine)?
Thanks for stopping by. Let’s eat.
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