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carterThis fine page onto which you’ve stumbled is the outlet for my Generation-Y-induced need to share and document everything about my life. Or, well, my life as it results to cooking. And gardening. And sometimes to what I’m listening.

I have a confession, though.

I hate “about” pages.


Seriously, I hate them with the fire of a thousand suns. A thousand suns that are… on fire.

So, the basics: the name is Carter and I live in Richmond, Virginia, with my husband. We don’t have a dog — YET — but when we do, I plan to give him/her something totally unsuitable for a name. Like Steve. Or Scarlett O’Hara.


Eleven questions from friends and family that I ordered to question me randomly:

  1. Breakfast or brunch?   Brunch served early. I like it when there’s no line at a restaurant, and it’s still quiet. Before the hungover people arrive.
  2. What place do you really enjoy going to/visiting in the city in which you live?   The farmer’s markets. My favorite is the South of the James farmer’s market here in Richmond. But even when I travel, I will make it a point to visit the farmer’s market in whatever city I’m in. I went to the Greenmarket in the middle of January in New York City, when it was POURING down rain, and bought a pound of salsify. Just to say I’d been there.
  3. What place would you like to visit in your lifetime?   I would love to visit Ireland. I’d come home with 1143 pictures of green hills, and love every single one of them.
  4. If neither time, nor money, nor education mattered, what would you do for your career?   I’d be a mom.
  5. What was the one CD that you were embarrassed to say you had in your car in the 90s?   Lindsay Lohan, “Speak.” I don’t want to talk about it.
  6. If you can be remembered for 3 things, what would they be?   Oh goodness. I would love to be remembered as a person who was a good person, and who was fun to be around. I hate to be hated. So I guess I just don’t want to be hated after I’m gone.
  7. Do you have any fetishes?   I’m absolutely 100% addicted to ginger ale. It is the sweet, sweet nectar of the gods. Please don’t show up to my house with chocolates, show up with a six pack of ginger ale.
  8. If you could acquire one skill, real or imagined, what would it be?   To be able to say no and not feel guilty about it. Or, alternatively, if someone could volunteer their Italian grandmother to teach me how to make gnocchi, that would be awesome, too. (I often wish someone would apprentice me to their non-English-speaking grandmother who will teach me how to make authentic cultural-specific food that only grandmothers seem to know how to make perfectly. Gnocchi, tamales, pupusas… I’m not picky.)
  9. If your remote breaks, which TV channel do you hope your TV is tuned to?   NHL Network. (I am a die-hard Blackhawks fan. It is in your best interest to never mention the Vancouver Canucks in my presence.) Or ABC Family, so I don’t miss Jane by Design. (I have a heavy affliction for poorly-acted teenage dramas.)
  10. Favorite adult beverage?   Classically, I prefer the gin and tonic. But given the opportunity, I’m partial to any beverage made with lots of flavors layered into the drink – the type of drink that has a fancy name and at least 5 ingredients. My top two favorite bars that I’ve ever been to were Clock Bar in San Francisco, where I had a Tennessee Sour Smash (whiskey, fresh blackberries, orange curacao, fresh lemon, egg whites, and peach bitters, served over crushed ice in a mason jar); and Patterson House in Nashville, where I had some delicious drink made with bourbon, ginger ale, and a touch of absinthe, and was served in a lowball with a giant ice spherical cube. It was mind-blowingly delicious.
  11. What is the one thing you wish you could accomplish in your life but know, without a doubt, you never will?   I hope by the time I’m 87, I have learned to accept the decisions I’ve made in my life. Or, if I can’t have that, it’d be really nice to finally figure out how to answer “what’s your favorite thing to cook?” since I get asked that like, once every day.

So there you have it. Everything that’s worth knowing about me!

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