Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Wednesday December 15, 2010

Heirloom Meals Radio:
Elizabeth Bard

Elizabeth Bard is an American journalist who happened to fall in love with a frenchman and his cuisine.  In her memoir, Lunch in Paris, A Love Story with Recipes, Elizabeth shares her love and culinary journey by interspersing recipes among and as her memories.  What more can I ask for - another posterchild for Heirloom Meals.  She is the essence of my tagline: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today where she holds onto a key link to her past with her Mom's, Dad's, grandmother's, and Aunt's recipes with a nod to the future as she becomes immersed in french cooking and culture. And in particular through her french husband's concotions and his family's recipes.  An absolute treasure of a book and fantastic interview!!  Thank you Elizabeth.

Monday December 13, 2010

Ms Murky Mondays:
Reflecting on Serendipity

Life speeds by.  I am guilty of moving from one important task/client/responsibility to another.  While I am thankful, I rarely get to savor anymore. But my mind savors and my thoughts wander and create the "Nice Things To Do List." On that list, I want to thank Rick Iemolini for recommending my interior decorating services to Nancy Fernandez Mills last winter. In the serendipity category, it turns out that Nancy is a TV producer, had produced a show on PBS, and is now interested in health counseling, nutrition and food. And she writes the blog content for Liberty Medical which offers products for people with diabetes.  And the next thing you know, Nancy asks me if I'd be interested in developing some recipes and shooting some videos for Liberty Medical.

How cool is that!!  We've shot 16 videos.  But the topic of diabetes and its epidemic proportions is not lost on me.  My grandmother had diabetes.  My dear friend John Kaiser had diabetes, my new friend, Alex Elman had diabetes (she had a pancreas and kidney transplant it was so severe), and countless others are suffering.  And through Nancy, I have developed recipes that are diabetes-friendly.  WOW!

Here's a photo of Nancy and Me from the video shoot last week.  A big thank you to you Nancy. xxoo

Friday December 10, 2010

Carole’s Concoctions:
Writing Down the Recipe

One of the hardest parts of being from a concoction family is that we know the basic steps and principles but sometimes we add a little of this, a little of that, and we think we'll remember what we did. Are you guilty of the same? And when you go to make it again - you know the basic steps but you can't remember for the life of you what you added last time to make it so special. And guess what you do?  You add a little of this, a little of that and another concoction is born....

I am now trying to religiously write down and photograph what I do.  Fortunately, the Liberty Medical video series forced me to capture my chicken piccata concoction and it's a keeper.  There were zero, nicht, zip leftovers!!

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