The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined
Food and DrinkJul 13, 2017

People have strong feelings about mushrooms -- mushrooms and cilantro. One might overhear a conversation about them and mistake the subject for politics or religion. There are words like "hate," "disgusting," and "adore." I happen to love them. The earthy, umami taste of mushrooms is something I crave. Some of my favorite ways to eat them are in…

Food and DrinkJun 8, 2017

My relationship with food is nothing like my relationship with people. They say that, if a person shows you who they are, believe them. It’s that age-old belief that you can’t change people -- so why try?Food is the polar opposite. Take Brussels sprouts, for instance. When you’re six years old and somebody gives you what tastes…

Food and DrinkMay 11, 2017

As I sit here typing, I am coming down from the inevitable sugar high that occurs when these bars are in my kitchen. I had two of them fresh out of the oven, because of course I did. And that was after I had several bites while kneading the butter in the mixture of flour, oats, and nuts.…

Food and DrinkApr 13, 2017

I think and talk a lot about the power of interpretation. When I left college to become a professional musician, one of the things I did to put food on the table was singing jingles and demos. With the jingles, I had to sell products -- anything from clothing to Taco Bell. If I didn't…

Food and DrinkMar 9, 2017

Tasting new foods with people I love accounts for many of my favorite memories. I think of baking a pie with my dear friend Shannon, after we were inspired by the "Pie-Maker" from a show called Pushing Daisies. It was filled with a white chocolate ganache, orange zest, macadamia nuts, and a drizzle of dark chocolate on top. It was delicious and whimsical.Before my…