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I'm a cookbook author with Ten Speed Press/Crown Publishing, food writer and recipe developer. Currently, I co-host a cooking segment called "Heart of the Home" for the Virginia Farm Bureau's monthly television series "Real Virginia". My writing and recipes appear in Better Homes and Gardens, Food Republic, Virginia Living Magazine, Chile Pepper Magazine, DRAFT, Gadling, NPR, Eatocracy, Saveur, Away, We Network, Richmond Times Dispatch, Associated Press, Washington Post and Richmond Magazine. My second cookbook with Ten Speed Press, "The Southern Slow Cooker: Big-Flavor, Low-Fuss Recipes for Comfort Food Classics" is available for pre-order now.
In addition, I have served as a judge for The James Beard Awards 2011 and 2013 (Wine and Spirits) which was very cool. I have a master's degree in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University and also participated in the Symposium for Professional Food Writers at The Greenbrier (2004).
As a culinary instructor, I have created and taught over 350 cooking classes for Sur La Table and Williams and Sonoma, and I trained at ICE in NYC. I also had my own catering business called The Accidental Chef where, in addition to catering events and dinners, I offered in-home culinary instruction, corporate team building and public cooking demonstrations for events like The Southern Women's Shows.
Got some media experience as well, which includes television and radio, and I even co-hosted a show on TLC for a time. Other media include: hosting a cooking show pilot for Country Music Television's Country Fried Videos, appearing on several NPR podcasts, appearing on Sirius (The Frank DeCaro Show), Virginia This Morning and lots of national radio. I started Fatback and Foie Gras to connect with other folks who love good old fashioned country cooking and who don't take all of this food business stuff too seriously.