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Up in the Old Hotel.

By Jenée Libby on February 23, 2017

In my career as a food writer, I sometimes do restaurant reviews. When I began 11 years ago, I did this exclusively. Over the years I’ve developed a love/hate relationship with the activity, especially since…

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Seven Layer Dip.

By Jenée Libby on February 10, 2017

There’s a horrible habit I’ve only become aware of since podcasting. When someone shares a traumatic story, something so painful I can’t wrap my head around it, I offer sympathy by commiserating with my own…

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Feed the Body.

By Jenée Libby on December 2, 2016

I had big plans this week. I was going to get ahead in my work after months of putting out proverbial fires. Begin a new blog based on a Christmas gift I gave long ago….

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Thank You, Leonard Cohen.

By Jenée Libby on November 11, 2016

I wrote the following in 2010. It all still applies. Rest in peace to a gentleman and a scholar. Ahimsa. Namaste. “I’m just another snowman, standing in the rain and sleet. Who loved you with…

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Fed.

By Jenée Libby on October 10, 2016

That’s how I feel after a weekend at the 3rd annual Appalachian Food Summit. Well fed. In mind, body, and soul. I almost called this piece “Community Revival” because it was that too. A congregation…

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Brownies.

By Jenée Libby on August 29, 2016

In the book, Stir, Jessica Fechtor writes: “You can cook for one. A fried egg and toast, a potato with cottage cheese, a single artichoke, steamed. Baking, on the other hand? I don’t care how…

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Be Like Charles.

By Jenée Libby on July 14, 2016

When I was 19, I dated a photographer at the School of Visual Arts in New York. By dated, I mean I took the train up to visit him in Brooklyn to hang out and…

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Soul Cycle.

By Jenée Libby on July 5, 2016

Life is so cyclical. A week ago I was too busy to pee but right now I’m sitting quietly in the attached courtyard of my hotel room sixteen stories up with a gorgeous view of…

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Club Church.

By Jenée Libby on June 13, 2016

Twenty years ago I wrote a short story for grad school chronicling one day in the life of an expatriate in Glasgow. March 13, 1996, to be exact, the day of the Dunblane Massacre where…

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Five Summers of Cancer.

By Jenée Libby on June 12, 2016

How was your Memorial Day? I’m lucky. Many of my family have served but I’ve lost no one in conflicts of that sort. I think the last family member was an ancestor during the Civil…

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The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions.

By Jenée Libby on June 12, 2016

Starting today, local food resource The Charlottesville 29  will be offering up one-of-a-kind food experiences to benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Sponsored by McGuire Woods and presented by C. Simon Davidson the food…