• Cooking,  Other Writings

    29 Bottles of Wine

    Last week we finished bottling our first home winemaking experiment.  I say “we” in the fondest sense because Greg is by far the wine expert in this domestic partnership. I drink what he pairs with my food and visit the wine shop with his notes on what to buy. We have great success in winemaking with our friends at Vine Park Brewing in St. Paul. However, this spring it was time to go at it alone.  End result:  29 bottles of German Müeller-Thurgau and a full wine fridge. Müeller-Thurgau was described to us as a mild white wine; it was the most popular grape variety in Germany before the Riesling…

  • Books,  Cooking

    Channeling Julia Child

    I am finishing up my first draft for my Women in Leadership final exam and have decided to write about Julia Child. I’m reading My Life in France as well as a new collection of her correspondence with Avis DeVoto called As Always, Julia. Both books have helped me in the writing process and in realizing how much can be attained from studying the life of my favorite culinary legend. What Julia has taught me today: 1. Be patient. Julia’s greatest achievements came well into her 40’s which runs contrary to my anxiety that because I haven’t “found my calling” by my mid-twenties I have essentially failed. She was patient…

  • Other Writings

    Hear the news…I love food!

    Welcome to my personal writing on how I utterly adore all things local food. I have many plans for this site and hope that you’ll return often, leave your unguarded comments, and enjoy what I love most about the locavore life: the people I share it with. Things to look for in the future: Updates on what I am cooking and learning in the kitchen. Recipes & Guides to Kitchen Technique Food Adventures (visits/dining/interviews about local food) Food photography – I am an amateur but will post as I learn.