Category Archives: Charlottesville


“Inspiration is for amateurs”

The advice I like to give to young chefs, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightening to strike in […]


Pickled Peaches

15 pounds. 3 hours. 12 jars of pickled peaches. In May, I took a class on hot water bath canning. Becky Calvert, a local canning experts, shared not only her lessons, but some of her pickled goods from seasons past. While the asparagus, green beans, and curry-flavored pickles were all delicious, it was the pickled […]


Zucchini Sweet Potato Fritters

As I’ve told you before, on Saturday mornings, I go to the Charlottesville City Market. Since April, these market visits have also been coffee dates with Sarah. We gab about recipes we have created recently and our ever-evolving life plans as we seek out our favorite vendors and discover new ones. A few weeks ago, when […]

Carnitas taco with cabbage slaw

“Homesick Texan” Carnitas and Slaw

Within the past few years, a really great grocery service has opened here in Charlottesville (and now serving Richmond and Northern Virginia, too!). Relay Foods sources their groceries from local vendors, including farms and bakeries as well as bigger grocery stores. You order online, and pick up at locations around town (or pay more for delivery). I […]

Kombucha – My Type of Homebrew

I remember the first time I tried Kombucha. I was home in Texas (perhaps for the summer?), and my mom and I saw bottles of GT’s in our local grocery store. Curious, we took some home, poured two small glasses, and tentatively took a sip. The vinegar smell was overwhelming, and we were not convinced. […]


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