I hate that I am saying this but I have been counting down the days to April 1 — aka the end of my #cook90 challenge. The cooking part hasn’t been too bad but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this experience it’s that my next kitchen needs to have a dishwasher. Who knew one person could create so many dirty dishes? I want to say I’ve spent at least a half an hour every single day in March washing dishes, and I’m #overit. Overall, I’ve really enjoyed #cook90. I tried my best to cook things that were outside of my comfort zone and I’m excited that I’ve added a few more recipes to my repertoire. I’ve learned that making pasta from scratch isn’t really all that hard, but you do need a decent amount of counter space. And apparently, I like baking a lot less than I thought I…

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I’m an avid listener of the Bon Appètit Foodcast and in late January I listened to an episode featuring the editor of Epicurious, David Tamarkin. Most of the episode was spent talking about this cooking challenge where readers of Epicurious challenged each other and themselves to cook every breakfast, lunch and dinner for the month of January. Well, I missed the memo on the start of the challenge in January, so I’m going to be doing the #Cook90 challenge in March. Here’s how Epicurious describes #Cook90: The #cook90 challenge is simple: Cook three meals a day, every day, for a whole month. Cooking 90 meals requires organization. And creativity. And Tupperware. Lots of Tupperware. But they aren’t that crazy, you do get three “cheat” meals because well, life happens and sometimes you just HAVE to go to a work lunch or dinner with a friend to decompress after a tough week. If you’re super into…

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The holiday season is filled with opportunities for indulging. From potlucks with friends to office holiday parties, there are a number of occasions this time of year featuring food that’s delicious but not always the most healthy. In case you need a break from the heavy hors d’oeuvres, we put together a list of five healthy snacks we’ve been enjoying lately. Note: “healthy” is a loose term around here, by healthy, we mean these are not donuts and french fries. Cranberry Chèvre Log and Pretzel Thins I’m the kind of person that loves to bring chips and salsa to a potluck because I’m strapped for time or I get too nervous about trying to make something complicated for a group that I’m trying to please. Enter my go-to shareable snack: Trader Joe’s Cranberry Chèvre Log, served with pretzel thins. This festive (thanks to the cranberries) holiday treat looks pretty and…

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If making a decision about what to make for dinner is a constant struggle, finding a meal kit service that fits your needs can be a great way to try new recipes without breaking the bank and creating a lot of food waste. I think we’ve all been there, you find an awesome sounding, somewhat adventurous recipe online (on Pinterest perhaps?) and those recipes always call for very small amounts of very specific ingredients, that are mysteriously sold only in large quantities — meaning they just sit in my cabinets taking up space never to be used again. Because of that, my favorite meal kits have been the ones that individually portion out ingredients for each recipe meaning you are only given what you actually need. My one issue with many of the online meal kit services is that they aren’t great for people cooking for one. I love HelloFresh, but I…

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One of my favorite activities when the weather is warm is packing a sandwich (or salad), a beverage (La Croix or rosé) and a picnic blanket (or two) and heading to one of my favorite places to picnic in Richmond. Living in the city, I’m lucky to be close to so many scenic and historic parks, most of which are prime locations for a little break from #saddesklunches or an evening spent watching the sunset with friends. Here are my five favorite spots to picnic in Richmond — hopefully a few of them are new to you! Libby Hill Park Libby Hill Park is one of Richmond’s original parks and it’s where the city got its name. More than 150 years ago, the view to the east overlooking the James River reminded William Byrd II of a view of the River Thames in Richmond, England. There’s plenty of picnic real estate in Libby…

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