Travelog: Keeping up with the Fork

the ridge at upland dairyIt’s probably not surprising to you that I tend to plan travel, at least somewhat, around dining. And of course, dining around travel. It doesn’t matter where we are, or why we’re there, I will want to find the local specialty. In fact. I’m fairly well-know amongst friends for learning how to say “Bring me the best?” in every language. It’s not important to me whether it’s high food or low, but I want local recs, and I want to try it all. In fact, long before I started writing this blog, a good indicator of my destiny would have been time and money attributed to seeking out good food while traveling, as well as the amount of space on the pages of my travelogs dedicated to describing the gastronomic outcomes of my quests. Marc and similarly situated travel companions (see Gabe of Gabe and Erica) have long joked that living with me is a bit like regressing to a hunter and gatherer society. I don’t just want coffee, I want THAT coffee. With that in mind here are little bits of my travels along the way. And of course check out my Restaurants of Influence page.

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Fieldtrip! Uplands Cheeses in Wisconsin

Posted on Oct 23rd, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

Today, you get a little insight into some of my many foraging expeditions: Fieldtrip! Uplands Cheeses in Wisconsin. This August, I got to go to…

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door county sugar maples

Fall in Wisconsin

Posted on Nov 4th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

This year, I had the good fortune of heading to Wisconsin for Fall Festival weekend. It was amazing to be back; I ran into old friends, visited my…

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The Decoy a.k.a. Scotch and Red Fruit Cocktail a.k.a. Duck, Duck, Drink with hibiscus

The Decoy Cocktail

Posted on Mar 17th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 3 Comments

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, one and all. For your Monday night Happy Hour pleasure, I give you The Decoy Cocktail a.k.a. Duck, Duck, Drink. So…

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Millinery Lesson Pink Roses Derby Hat finished

Millinery Lesson: Pink Roses Derby Hat

Posted on Apr 30th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 2 Comments

As a seasoned Kentucky Derby and Derby Party goer, over the years I’ve had need for a lot of hats. I bought my first real hat from Linda Campisano…

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Californian Dreaming Saling on the Bay our motley crew

California Dreaming

Posted on Jun 5th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

It turns out that moving away from California is a traumatic experience. It's taken me a long time to get over it, and while I have loved every…

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Hiking Shiloh and the Dish

More California Dreaming

Posted on Jun 7th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

My week in sunny CA was filled with hiking and sailing. Two of my favorite hikes were Shiloh Mountain in Sonoma and of course, I jumped at the…

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Blue Ridge Mountain Benedicts for dinner

Blue Ridge Mountain Benedicts

Posted on Jun 30th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 16 Comments

This Spring, one of our mini adventures was a weekend trip to Charlottesville, VA. It’s a gorgeous town, situated at the base of the Blue Ridge…

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Croquet Party Portraits the crew

Croquet Tournament

Posted on Jul 16th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 1 Comment

The croquet party was a huge success. We all looked amazing in our dress whites. It was a wonderful day of family and friends, in the beautiful…

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Croquet Party Table leaning tower of plates

Old Fashioned Croquet Party Décor

Posted on Jul 19th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 2 Comments

Full disclosure, the Old Fashioned Croquet Party started with my desire to shoot a garden party in my parent's garden. It's incredibly beautiful…

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Sumac Lemonade sumace drupes

Urban(ish) Foraging: Sumac Lemonade

Posted on Jul 26th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 1 Comment

One of life's supreme joys is pretending you're capable of living off the land. As a city dweller, we have to take our opportunities to experience…

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Cherry Picking in Philly big cluster

Sour Cherry Picking in Philly

Posted on Aug 9th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 2 Comments

My dear friend Tracey belongs to one of Philly’s lovely community gardens. I count on her for mint and other lovely things from her plot, but best…

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Mail Order Herbs sage

Mail Order Herbs

Posted on Sep 5th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

While I was home in June, I saw the very beginning of my dad's herb garden. Things were just taking off and I cut the first of the lavender just in…

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Canlis Parsnip Soup Hazelnut Gremolata

Canlis Parsnip Soup Hazelnut Gremolata

Posted on Oct 29th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

This lovely Canlis Parsnip Soup Hazelnut Gremolata came from, you guessed it, Canlis Restaurant in Seattle. It also came with a lovely story. I was…

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Olive Oil Sculpture with cheese

Olive Oil Sculpture

Posted on Jan 22nd, 2015 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 2 Comments

When there are really talented artists in your family, and you're really lucky, you get amazing homemade gifts. This year, for my birthday, my dad…

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Dulce de Leche Tiramisu

Dulce de Leche Tiramisù

Posted on Jan 24th, 2015 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 10 Comments

All over both Brazil and Argentina, dulce de leche was all the rage. Pastry chefs filled croissants, cream puffs, and crepes with the delicious…

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Crawfish Boil crawfish and corn

Crawfish Boil and Cajun Dinner

Posted on May 19th, 2015 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

My wonderful friend Kevin, and his partner Juliet host an amazing Crawfish Boil every year. It's one of the best parties of the year and such a…

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Veuve Clicquot Polo Pictures

Veuve Clicquot Polo Pictures

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2015 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 1 Comment

I've been wanting to go to the Veuve Clicquot Polo Match for an entire year. Some good friends live in Jersey City, right on the Hudson near Liberty…

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Daisy Crowns for Midsommars Eve

Daisy Crowns for Midsommars

Posted on Jun 21st, 2015 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 2 Comments

Growing up in a Scandinavian community, especially a Northern one that can relate to the Scandinavian obsession with light and sun, you learn about…

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Cedar Plank Salmon with Cherry Glaze ready for grill

Cedar Plank Salmon with Cherry Glaze

Posted on Jul 3rd, 2015 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 2 Comments

Cedar Plank Salmon with Cherry Glaze is quite straight forward, in terms of recipe; there's just not much to it. Most of the drama and the flavor…

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Baltimore Orange Crush at the Os game

Baltimore Orange Crush

Posted on Jul 10th, 2015 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 10 Comments

This weekend I'm headed to Baltimore for an Oriole's game and I'm quite sure I'll have a Baltimore Orange Crush or two. My dear friend Kate lives in…

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Swedish Gjetost Fondue with sliced fruit and crisps

Swedish Gjetost Fondue

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2015 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 12 Comments

This Gjetost Fondue is another great easy to make ahead hors d’oeuvres that’s perfect for any Thanksgiving, but I served it as a started for my…

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