Ananda Restaurant in Maple Lawn / @takeonelizabeth / #hocofood

Ananda Restaurant in Maple Lawn

“I think this is it.” “Really? But there’s no sign.” “Yeah, I know, but look at the map.” I show him my phone. We have apparently arrived at…

Squash and Leek Gratin with Fig Goat Cheese | @TakeOnElizabeth

Squash and Leek Gratin with Fig Goat Cheese

If life has taught me anything, it’s that things don’t typically work out the way you’d planned. Life throws you curve balls, lemons, wrenches, and sometimes — plain…

Fat Canary, Williamsburg, Virginia, AAA Four-Diamond Restaurant

Fat Canary in Williamsburg, Virginia

It’s a typical work day: I’m standing in front of my computer, typing, reading, editing, and listening to Friends on Netflix — my background noise. Then, the phone…

Hurricane Cake | @takeonelizabeth

Hurricane Cake

Here’s the thing. Up until a few weeks ago, I thought I could control the weather. Not in a Storm-from-X-Men kind of way, but in a hippie-dippie, if-I-wish-it-enough-it-will-happen…

Food in the Garden: Science and Sustenance at the Smithsonian

How often do you get to walk around a world-renowned museum after hours, sipping on a gin cocktail, rubbing elbows with plant geeks, academics, and foodies alike? Well,…

Creepers, Trolls, and Body-Love Warriors: Here’s What Happened When Ashley Graham Featured My Photo on Instagram

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently spent a week at the beach, and wore a different Swimsuits for All suit each day —…

Something to Chew on…

We do not demand good food in public, and when we eat upon an object that moves, such as a train or a boat, we expect, and generally…

Something to Chew on…

The formal Washington dinner party has all the spontaneity of a Japanese imperial funeral. — Simon Hoggart {image source}

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So we grew together, Like to a double cherry, seeming parted, But yet an union in partition; Two lovely berries molded on one stem. — William Shakespeare {image…

Howard County Restaurant Weeks July 24 – August 7, 2017

It’s the (other) most wonderful time of the year! It’s Howard County Summer Restaurant Weeks! (And that other most wonderful time of the year happens to be Winter…

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I personally see no significant difference between a lobster and, say, a giant Madagascar hissing cockroach … I do not eat lobsters, although I once had a close…

This 5-ingredient blueberry cucumber salad is the PERFECT quick, easy summertime side dish! Plump blueberries, crisp cucumber, and a light and zesty lemon-olive oil dressing! SO EASY!

5-Ingredient Blueberry Cucumber Salad

Oh, the zucchinis that have crossed my threshold over the past few weeks—there have been too many of them to count. That’s not a euphemism—we’ve had at least…

Free Summer Meals for Children in Howard County

I have a confession to make. This may shock some of you, who know me as the gal who knows how to pronounce “quinoa” and “kamut” and gushes…

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I love chocolate cake for breakfast. It sets me up for the day. A little decadence is good for the soul. — Peggy, in Menna van Praag’s The House…

plum cucumber salsa

Fresh and Spicy Plum Cucumber Salsa

My home has been inundated with fresh fruits and vegetables. As part of my “I’m short one organ so I’d better get my ass in gear” healthy eating…