Month: June 2013

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Road Trippin’ Southern Style

This weekend I’m taking a really cool road trip. In general, all road trips are pretty cool but this one is going to be something special. I’ve blogged before about getting addicted to Ancestry.com and uncovering all sorts of amazing pieces of information. In the last 6 months I’ve discovered: Charles Nelson, my great great great grandfather was a distiller from Nashville, Tennessee and at one point was outproducing Jack Daniels 17:1. My great grandfather is a descendent of Queen Catherine Parr of England.  She was the last wife of Henry VIII and outlived him. My great grand uncle was a brilliant chemist who worked under Wernher von Braun, father of the modern space program. My other great grand uncle was a Japanese POW during WWII and thankfully, returned home safely after four years in Japan. My maternal grandmother was born in the same hospital Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was pronounced dead in 30 years later. It’s been a really exciting journey for my family and I so we figured why not take it …






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Roots: Where Food Comes From and Where It Takes Us

I’ve got some exciting news today…my writing has been published in an anthology! How did it happen?  I submitted a post to BlogHer (a blogging and social media network for women) for their latest collection of stories centered around food, traditions, and memories.  I’m super proud to say the e-book, “Roots: Where Food Comes From and Where It Takes Us”  is available today! According to the press release, “Roots is an exploration of food’s rich interconnection with culture, memory and discovery, and includes writings from 36 different personalities and cookbook authors from the culinary blogosphere, selected from hundreds of submissions. The anthology’s deeply personal essays serve up family history, local lore and tantalizing stories of worlds newly discovered through food, accompanied by original photography…” Oftentimes my favorite parts of cookbooks are the authors little anecdotes before a recipe.  I love a good food story or discovering the history behind a dish.  This anthology is chock full of them and I can’t wait to read the other essays. It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for …