My Stories

Sacramento Earns Green Award

November 3, 2009

My fair city, Sacramento, ranked 7th in an environmental survey by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Check out my full report:

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Veggie Libel Laws: Are You Cauliflowering Kidding Me?!

August 4, 2009

A USDA-funded nutrition program is barred from using the word “soda” in its published materials. After all, kids might get the impression that they should stop drinking the stuff for […]

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Foiled Again: The Great Melon Debacle

July 30, 2009

Last year, I toiled over my watermelons. I started out with about 14 ripe ones, so I had room for error. It took me all summer long to gain the […]

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Seed Madness

May 19, 2009

My friend just asked me, “Amber, do you do anything small?” I believe I responded, “Yeah, I get a little obsessed.” And I do. Let’s take my seed love for […]

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Making Fudge for Festa di Vino

April 24, 2009

Tomorrow, I will make fudge with a homeless woman. Patricia is a graduate of a job-readiness program for homeless women where I work. Over the last two months, I have […]

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Review of the Day on Yelp

February 22, 2009

I’m a Yelper. I got started last summer and have been doing it ever since. I have always been a writer, pen in hand till the wee hours of night […]

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Tasting Parties

February 19, 2009

Tasting parties are all the rage among my friends. We used to hold a typical happy hour gathering to swap stories and catch up. Yet, for the past year or […]

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Summer in the Seed Catalog

January 8, 2009

Oh dear! Where will I begin? My seed catalog has arrived from the Seed Savers Exchange. It’s better than strolling the grocery aisles on an empty stomach. It’s cold outside, […]

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Life Without Socks

December 4, 2008

I found this tale in the archives of my computer. This was written last Thanksgiving, but never posted. A year later, pizza memories still warm my heart. The Midwest has […]

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Hidden Kitchen

November 4, 2008

“I manage to keep my gun out of the water…” The evening begins with lively conversation the likes of which you won’t find at any traditional dinner party. At least […]

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July 28, 2008

Look, Mom! I’m on the Internet! For anyone who isn’t my mom, allow me to introduce myself (I’m Amber!) and my new blog: Awake at the Whisk. Born Baker I […]

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