Thank you! And a Look Ahead…

roasted chickenIt’s been about a year since I sent out my first version of this newsletter. It’s been something like two-and-a-half years since I penned my first blog post. And gosh a lot has changed in that time.

But you know what hasn’t? You.

Since I scribbled my first food column for The Roanoke Times, many of you have been loyal readers through all the updates and recipes and articles and classes and lists and links. I cannot say Thank You! enough. Readers are what keep me cooking (well, you and those four people who live in my house and constantly ask: What’s for dinner?) and writing and researching. As I map out my next steps forward, it’s so good to know that you’re here. So, one more time: Thanks so much.

Of course, there are more changes on the horizon. (Change is that one constant, right?) Looking ahead, I’m feeling more drawn than ever to write for outlets beyond this site and to reach even more people than I am at this moment.

What that means is a move to monthly rather than weekly newsletters. (Still delivered to your email inbox on Thursday evenings, just not as often.) And also a shift in focus on the website. I’m renaming the blog “Eat Healthy/ Eat Local” to highlight what I’m writing about there. (Same website, just new blog name.) I’ve also added resources to the site — a growing list of web pages with content similar to mine; a new place to collect the tips and directories I’ve been creating in a form that’s easier to print and pin. (FYI: all recipes at are printable and pin-able if you like to save yours either way.) I’m expanding my cooking class options. If you are part of an organization or business that’s interested in learning to eat healthier, I’d love to lead a class to help your group or coworkers meet their healthy-eating goals.

So, take a moment and peruse what’s new at Perhaps something there can help you or someone you know.

What won’t change is my dedication to growing my collection of recipes that can point you toward eating healthy and local.

If there’s an over-riding theme to these changes, think of them as a way to shift my website to be a little less about me and a little more about you. If there are suggestions you have — for classes, for recipes, for resources — reach out, I want to hear them. And if you’re a local farmer, a local food organization, someone who is passionate about healthy, local food, drop me a line. I’d love to explore ways for us to work together. I’m hoping to use my newsletter to spotlight events happening in the local food world, so if you host local food events, let me know. I’d like to have your efforts seen by a few more eyes.

In the meantime, I do have a class on the horizon. I’ll be tasting, talking about and cooking with the amazing bounty of apples available to us in Southwest Virginia. If you’ve ever wanted to know the difference between a Honeycrisp, a Jonagold and a Yellow Delicious, plan to drop by the Roanoke Co+op on Saturday, Sept. 30. We’ll explore apples together — in the tastiest way possible.

Till then, I hope you’re eating healthy and eating local. I look forward to connecting more than ever in the coming months.