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Bhide in her home kitchen

Former Washington Post writer and blogger Kim O’Donnel recently struck a deal to write a bi-monthly column for USA Today, the Family Kitchen, which will debut Nov. 10 in the national newspaper.

Not to be outdone, last month local food writer and cookbook author Monica Bhide launched a weekly column, Seasonings, through the Scripps Howard News Service, which distributes content to hundreds of papers nationwide. As the title implies, Bhide focuses on a spice, herb, or seasoning each week and provides a recipe featuring the ingredient. She already has four columns under her belt, including a recent one on cinnamon.

Bhide landed the column not long after she hosted a Smithsonian food writing seminar in September. (Disclaimer: I was part of her panel, though no one asked me to write a nationally syndicated column afterward.)

“A reporter from Scripps attended my Smithsonian seminar on food writing and went back and told her boss. He contacted me,” Bhide e-mailed me.

She followed it with the emoticon:  🙂

As for O’Donnel, Family Kitchen will appear twice a month on Wednesdays in USA Today‘s new Health section.

“Every day has a different theme, and Wed is Nourish day,” e-mails O’Donnel, who recently released The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook. The “column will cover the many issues I’ve been writing about — child nutrition, school lunch, food safety, tracing the origins of our food & how it’s grown & raised — but mostly I see this as a mission to inspire folks to get back into the kitchen and cook for themselves and their families.”

O’Donnel notes there will be one recipe per month as well as “tips & tricks, seasoned with the KOD touch.”

Photo by Darrow Montgomery