Since 2000, my food writing and recipes have appeared in many national magazines, newspapers and websites. I also write profiles, off-the-beaten-track travel and lifestyle stories. Narrative essay is my passion.
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Oregon Stories: 6 Ranch Grass-fed Beef – Travel Oregon, September 2013
Liza Jane’s Farmstand is perched on State Highway 82, which winds its way to Wallowa Lake in Northeastern Oregon. The weathered Dutch door is always open and offers local eggs, bread, honey, vegetables and grass-fed beef for sale — all on the honor system. No larger than a child’s playhouse, this small farmstand represents the big vision of a mother-daughter ranching team doing business as 6 Ranch. Over morning coffee, Liza Jane McAlister remarks that the partnership with her daughter, Adele Nash, began at birth. She says she raised her daughter and son, James, in the pickup and on horseback. Sitting next to her mother, Nash nods and remarks that from an early age she and her brother had a real stake in the whole operation. Read more
Eating Alone in Italy – Leite’s Culinaria, April 2013
Daily, I walk a two-mile stretch of narrow road in Tuscany. Lined by still-green fields of wheat, it shimmers like coal from heavy spring rains. Two hulking, shuttered stone farmhouses sit on its shoulder, stern-faced. The road curves, passes over a creek, and sidles through a cluster of homes where only once do I see anyone—three old men sit on a low wall, conversing. They stop and watch me walk by but do not greet me with the “Buon giorno” I hold ready on my tongue. Instead they stare, expressionless. When I’m past them, I exhale “Buon giorno” to myself to break the silence. Read more
The Culinate Interview: Langdon Cook, forager – Culinate, May 2013
In the spring of 2007, while hunting morel mushrooms deep in the Washington Cascades, the forager and writer Langdon Cook had a startling encounter. Not with any grizzly or wolf known to dwell in that wilderness, but with two rough-and-tumble mushroom pickers each hefting 80 pounds of morels. “There I was, with my five pounds of morels in my Guatemalan woven basket,” says Cook. “I wanted to know how they did it, what skills they had. And they seemed like great characters.” Read more