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 Meet vIRGINIA WILLIS - Author, cookbook writer & james beard Award Winner

 I first met Virginia in October of 2017 at White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, GA.  I was there with the National Peanut Board, experiencing harvest first-hand, learning about the latest irrigation technology, and cruising up and down the Flint River learning about the local ecosystems.  Virginia, on the other hand, was creating a peanut-centric banquet for 30+ peanut fans on a hot, humid, post-hurricane, gnat-intensive day without AC, and slinging some serious joy and positive attitude. I loved her immediately before I even tasted the delicious courses of food placed before us.   Fast forward to an event at  Melissa's Organic Produce  headquarters (the largest organic produce dealers in the US), and there she was, again, cooking for the masses (this time with AC and no flies), slinging tips and tricks, exuding joy, knowledge, and friendship.  I was honored when Virginia agreed to be this edition's interview subject, and I am proud to share some of her recipes and help promote her endeavors.  One of the opening quotes of her book says it all:   "Welcome to the global Southern kitchen - pull up a chair. EVERYONE is welcome at my table."    Without further ado,  CLICK HERE  to enjoy Virginia's interview.

I first met Virginia in October of 2017 at White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, GA.  I was there with the National Peanut Board, experiencing harvest first-hand, learning about the latest irrigation technology, and cruising up and down the Flint River learning about the local ecosystems.  Virginia, on the other hand, was creating a peanut-centric banquet for 30+ peanut fans on a hot, humid, post-hurricane, gnat-intensive day without AC, and slinging some serious joy and positive attitude. I loved her immediately before I even tasted the delicious courses of food placed before us. 

Fast forward to an event at Melissa's Organic Produce headquarters (the largest organic produce dealers in the US), and there she was, again, cooking for the masses (this time with AC and no flies), slinging tips and tricks, exuding joy, knowledge, and friendship.  I was honored when Virginia agreed to be this edition's interview subject, and I am proud to share some of her recipes and help promote her endeavors.  One of the opening quotes of her book says it all:  "Welcome to the global Southern kitchen - pull up a chair. EVERYONE is welcome at my table." 

Without further ado, CLICK HERE to enjoy Virginia's interview.

 

meet TANYA MEMME - Host, Entrepreneur, Mom....

July 12, 2018

 A great friend, with a huge heart, and very big aspirations! Meet Tanya Memme!

A great friend, with a huge heart, and very big aspirations! Meet Tanya Memme!

 

MEET SHIRLEY BOVSHOW - EDENMAKER

June 16, 2018

 My bestie,  Shirley Bovshow,  at work in the garden - her home away from home!

My bestie, Shirley Bovshow, at work in the garden - her home away from home!

 

IT'S SWEET TO BE DIANA SPROVERI!

June 8, 2018

 Meet the original creator of Lollibakes cake pops by clicking the button below.

Meet the original creator of Lollibakes cake pops by clicking the button below.

 

SOPHIE ULIANO - GORGEOUSLY GREEN

May 28, 2018

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LINDA GRASSO- veteran journalist

May 9, 2018

 

CRISTINA FERRARE - host, humanitarian, author & survivor

April 18, 2018

 That's CRISTINA on the left, and yours truly on the right.  Cristina was one of my idols as a kid - a supermodel larger than life, later at the center of the news spotlight with a controversial first husband, and since then, a she's been at the helm of a long and successful career as a TV host, passionate cook, and even more passionate advocate and spokesperson on behalf of those with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. She's about to publish a new book, Food For Thought, featuring dishes based on eating for health and memory. She is a survivor, a fighter, and most importantly, a source of inspiration, and a great friend. Read my interview with Cristina  here .

That's CRISTINA on the left, and yours truly on the right.

Cristina was one of my idols as a kid - a supermodel larger than life, later at the center of the news spotlight with a controversial first husband, and since then, a she's been at the helm of a long and successful career as a TV host, passionate cook, and even more passionate advocate and spokesperson on behalf of those with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. She's about to publish a new book, Food For Thought, featuring dishes based on eating for health and memory. She is a survivor, a fighter, and most importantly, a source of inspiration, and a great friend. Read my interview with Cristina here.

 

 

Meet TAMMI LEADER FULLER

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MARCH 17, 2018

   TAMMI LEADER FULLER   - the Visionary behind CAMPOWERMENT

TAMMI LEADER FULLER - the Visionary behind CAMPOWERMENT

 

 

Be INSPIREd by KRISTIN SMITH

February 15, 2018

 Photo of KRISTIN SMITH by Troy Jensen at @itstroyjensen

Photo of KRISTIN SMITH by Troy Jensen at @itstroyjensen

 

Be INSPIREd by EDESIA

i am so proud to be a member of the medical advisory board of this amazing organization. The founder, navyn salem, was in uganda 2 weeks ago and put together this little film. for more information about edesia, and what this company does, click here.

February 7, 2018

 

Meet Sharon Graves

FOUNDER AND OWNER OF BLVD KITCHEN

February 1, 2018

 SHARON GRAVES and her daughter, RACHEL

SHARON GRAVES and her daughter, RACHEL

 

lA ART SHOW

january 14, 2018

Talk about a wild and crazy show, this year's LA Art Show attracted a very diverse group of talent - with mixed media pieces as superstars. From Living Art (in the form of a sound bath emitting from crystal bowls held by dozens) to realistic crime scenes, from emojis to exquisite paper pieces, the show was very INSPIRing!


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January 9, 2018

 

Check out this recent podcast I recorded with Linda Grasso, editor of Ventura Boulevard Magazine. Her podcast series, SheSez, focuses on the inspiration and aspiration we can all share with the women in our lives.