I’ve been a retailer, a marketing pro, an event planner, a consultant, a landscape designer.
Through it all, I’ve been a passionate cook. In 2009, I created Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Kitchen, where food preservation, seasonal, locally sourced foods, and maintaining my practical pantry are always the focus. Here you’ll find me cooking, baking, and canning to preserve the freshest foods of the season, teaching cooking classes, and visiting local farmers and producers.
I’ve been really fortunate – NPR’s Morning Edition sent Linda Wertheimer to can tomatoes with me, Al Roker made my Thanksgiving stuffing on The Today Show, two of my recipes are included in the first Food52 cookbook, and another will be in the second. Things really took off when my Sour Cherry Pie earned a blue ribbon for Overall Best Pie at our local farmer’s market. Later that same year, three of my holiday cookie recipes appeared in the Washington Post, followed by a feature story about Charcutepalooza.
Co-creating Charcutepalooza — a year long celebration of the ancient art of charcuterie — was an amazing experience. Through 2011, monthly challenges to make your own meat were published here on the blog and cross-posted on Food52, and an enthusiastic group of international bloggers joined in, all vying for a trip to France. The year changed me forever. I traveled to Gascony and my food vision was expanded and informed. I wrote often during 2011, and I cooked all the time. I had never been so happy, and so, in 2012, I took a big leap and set forth on (yet another) career, this time as a food writer.
These days, I am working on my first cookbook. It’s called Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry and will be published by W.W. Norton in Fall, 2014. I’m fortunate to be working with the legendary editor, Maria Guarnaschelli, and the truly remarkable team of Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton who are creating the extraordinary photography.
I live in Washington, DC, with my mostly vegetarian husband, Dennis, scruffy dog, Louie, and elegant white cat, Beans. We live next to Rock Creek Park and share the flower garden with too many deer, raccoon, fox, possum and the occasional coyote to even think about growing vegetables. The backyard bird activity is always exciting – all sorts of woodpeckers, hawks and even our resident barred owls visit. I have a flower garden at home and a community garden plot where I grow a few vegetables.
It’s peaceful here. Come on in and stay for a visit. My kitchen is how I express my creativity. There are always multiple projects going. It’s where all that I’ve learned and practiced - food preservation, ancient ways, modern techniques – mix with my ever present curiosity and practical need to just make dinner.
Contact: mrswheelbarrow AT gmail DOT com