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  1. Whoa! Huge but exciting news! I’m going to have to try and catch you in the city before you head out. PS—The thing I love most about blogging is it moves with you and gives you an instant community wherever you go. Made our latest move a little less lonely at first.

  2. Hooray for the big news!!! How exciting and this slaw looks amazing. I love broccoli and grapefruit and love this idea.

  3. Congrats on the big move! I hope so many good things come from it. I was wondering what you were going to do with that caramelized grapefruit and the slaw looks divine!

  4. Soooooo liberating to leave NYC! Good luck with everything, and please keep us updated. I will be country living vicariously through you!

    • Hi Alexa, Thanks so much! It does feel liberating, but I’m also vaguely afraid that I’ll melt or something when we leave. I promise to share as much of the country life as I can here too, so you can get your fix.

  5. Suzanne

    Virginia welcomes you! (Yes, you have readers here too!) Keep the recipes coming!

  6. How exciting (though I know sad too)! Best wishes to you and your fam! Can’t wait to see where this takes you :)

    And this broccoli slaw looks so fresh and amazing.

  7. Congratulations on deciding to move! I hope it all works out brilliantly for you. Virginia sounds like a wonderful place to raise a family, so I’m sure you are going to love it.

  8. This is such exciting news, Elizabeth! Brooklyn (and I) will definitely miss you, but I’m eager to see all the good things to come for you and your family in Virginia!

  9. Hello, there! I just read your post and it took me back…about 2 years. At that time we were renting in Prospect Heights (and then briefly Greenwood Heights, aka South Park Slope). We were living in about 600 square feet when our first son Otis was born, and I too left the workforce due in part to the cost of day care and in part because my assignment came to an end. After the birth of our second son, our quality of life went downhill…fast. The decision to move on a practical level was easy. But moving away from our entire family (my great-great-great grandparents arrived in NYC around 1880– so the roots are deep) and our large circle of friends was difficult. There were tears. But now it’s been about 20 months and we just bought our first home. It’s an 1895 historic house in the beautiful Congress Park section of Denver. And I’ve never been happier. We’ve got a willow tree in our backyard, a soon-to-be herb garden, tomatoes, strawberries…and we hosted our very first outdoor dinner last week (PS: not on a fire-escape “terrace!”!) It’s the real deal. We’ve got some real characters here– perhaps because they are all moving out of NYC and SF and other costly cities. I’ve said many times that there isn’t much left in NYC that reminds me of my childhood (except for the museums)…but you’re right– cities change. And so do we. We found happiness in Colorado. I hope you find the same sort of thing in Virginia.

    • Hi Batya, I can’t thank you enough for sharing your story here. It fills me with optimism. We are in such a similar situation. With our toddler now walking/running/climbing everywhere, our 700 sq. foot apartment seems to be shrinking by the minute. Thank you so much for the encouragement and for sharing your terrific success story! It sounds as though you’ve built a wonderful home for you and your family out there.

  10. Exciting news for your fam! Any pursuit of the good life is 100% proper in my books. A little space, a garden and freed up time sounds pretty lovely. And you are so very right about NY. My man and I have been visiting friends and doing projects there a lot over the last 3 years and just in those in between spaces, it’s crazy how things shift.

    And obviously I’m into this salad. 3 of my favourite ingredients! Lovely, Elizabeth.

  11. Gail {A Stack of Dishes}

    Congrats on the move! I too am leaving NYC after a raising my three kids and heading for Louisiana. I love NY, but there is a season…

    I hope that this move opens up your time and creative space to new and wonderful things.

    No taking the Brooklyn outta the girl!

  12. Now I’m even sadder that I won’t be at Altnyc! But it sounds exciting and it sounds right for you. This part of your life (the living in Brooklyn part) will end but as you note, the relationships and friendships will ep on goin.

    I’m excited to see what impact a move to Virginia will have – I’m sure there’ll be all sorts of creative inspiration.

  13. All the best to you, Brian and Elizabeth!!
    I took my leave from NYC early last year when the time was ripe for me… So hard, but happy to be making the transition, albeit a slow hard one!, to a different life in the midwest. So glad for the Williamsburg experience – met so many of the best folks* -you guys!


    p.s. so nice to see you wearing that ruby necklace in your bio pic. : )

  14. Gosh, what huge news! I can’t even imagine how you two juggle everything, and it sounds like Virginia will be a great place for your family (and your sanity!). Five years ago I moved from LA to Portland, for a lot of the same reasons. It’s hard, but it’s good..

    In any case, all the best of luck with the move!

    Oh, and the recipe? Fabulous, as always.

  15. WOW! this dish is sure to impress. It sounds amazing

  16. Made this today and it was lovely! Thank you!

    • Hi Erin, Thanks so much for sharing your experience with the recipe! Even though everything but citrus is in season right now, I am looking forward to trying my hand at a few more caramelized citrus recipes in the winter.

  17. Love this broccoli slaw and the caramelized grapefruit-avocado with it. Perfect for the grilling season in the next few months. Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth!

  18. Ooops, sorry, I clicked the ‘submit’ button too soon. Best of luck on your move! I hope we still see each other at food events? Take it easy :-)

  19. That is one good looking salad! A definite must try for me…thanks for sharing it.


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