hometown heroes

i recently attended food tank, an event-based "think tank" for all things food, where i was surrounded by individuals pushing the envelope for better food policy. it was so energizing to be packed into a room with people who have dedicated their lives to building better, more equitable, more sustainable food systems from the ground-up. those who lived with low-income mothers around the world for months on end to make sure their voices were heard when we talk about malnutrition. those who get their hands dirty in the plots of urban gardens. these are the change-agents who have made and continue to make dc the city it is.

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sugar and spice and everything nice

while admittedly this cake is in no way related to the women's march on washington, it was inspired by a group of kickass ladies who have some of the most beautiful, creative sites on the food blogosphere. they dreamed up a "cake toast" party, whereby they invited bloggers to bake a cake, slice it, toast it, frost it and dig in.it's a dense, rich cake (due to the sweet potato, greek yogurt and butter), made sweeter with brown sugar and vanilla and spicier thanks to fresh ginger, ginger tea bags and uncrystallized ginger on top. and ya know, the more i think about it, the more convinced i am it's the kind of treat you'll want to bake for your girlfriends when you're all getting together to plan your next world-changing movement. 

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new starts, new soups

i've been on a big ginger kick for about the past two years. i swear, my tastebuds have gone through some sort of massive upheaval. does that happen in your twenties? i've transformed into this girl who loves goses and hoppy hoppy ipas, zingy ginger, and fermented foods and drinks. all this talk of bittersweet change must've made me a person who craves bitter. hm. anyways, ginger is one of these flavors i now try to sneak in whenever i can. like in this soup. i have to think this soup is also quite healthy, so it's good to keep on hand this time of year when it feels like everyone is coming down with something.

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soup round-up

ahhh, fall! crunchy leaves, crisp air, warm cider. ps it's also really to hard to write about fall without sounding exceptionally basic. so we can all agree - yay pumpkin patches! yay corn mazes! yay sweaters! but, tis the season for soup. there's really nothing that can beat a warm, hearty bowl of soup on a brisk fall day, and coincidentally, one of my potluck pals asked me if i have any soup recommendations. indeed i do, so without further ado...the best of fall soups!

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go with your gut (or, the fizzy, fermented world of kombucha)

trying to explain kombucha to unfamiliar friends is a daunting task. i work in public relations and even i haven't been able to satisfyingly sell them on the flavor alone - something about "yeasty," "fermented" and "bacteria-laden" (the good kind!!) tea just doesn't seem to do it. breaking out your huge glass jar of tea with a big floating scoby on top didn't help my case either. however, what does work - and what initially sold me on kombucha - is leading with the massive purported health benefits of kombucha. 

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