This is the part where I’m supposed to write charmingly about my life. It makes me squirm because, to paraphrase Ron Swanson, a character in Parks and Rec, “I never want anyone to know anything about me at any time.” So here’s my story:
I’ve been an event planner throughout my career, when I wasn’t being a fulltime mom. I’ve worked for think tanks, political campaigns, private individuals, and companies, sometimes full-time and sometimes from my home with a baby hanging over my shoulder. In 2004, I worked in the George W. Bush administration, where I found Laura and George W. Bush to be grateful and kind bosses – and gracious hosts. I wrote a book last year called “Treating People Well” with my friend and former Obama social secretary, Jeremy Bernard, about our experiences in the White House and the helpful things we learned about treating others with civility. But this blog isn’t about politics, it’s about the pleasures of cooking and entertaining, with a dash of White House tradition thrown in.
Other things you should know: I’ve been happily married for 37 years, have two grown daughters and three fluffy rescue dogs – Auggie, Teddy, and Alfie, and I’d like to share what I’ve learned over the last few decades with others. One of the things I learned at the White House is that people love American food and today’s constantly expanding culinary repertoire. Not everyone has time to live on the cutting edge of American cuisine, so I hope this site will be a good stop for you to surf cooking trends without having to dive into complicated or overly-exotic recipes. I veer toward healthy foods, but we can’t change how we eat overnight, so there’s plenty that falls into the category of traditional American favorites. Sometimes I write about manners because they’re the thin veneer of civilization that separate us from the beasts. Etiquette is not just about knowing which fork to use, it’s about treating each other with kindness – even (and especially) in the anonymous abyss of the internet. I’d love to hear your comments, criticisms, and ideas.