Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Tuesday November 23, 2010

Tabletop Tuesdays:
Thanksgiving Themed

What can I say, I am a sucker for cute and sometimes borderline tacky table accoutrement!! These suit my fancy and are fun for a day or two to set the stage for the real tabletop decor - the FOOD!!

Thanksgiving decor

Thanksgiving Turkey tabletop

Sunday November 21, 2010

Life at Boulderwood:
Burtee’s Dinner

Ever wonder what the king of all dogs gets to eat in my household?

The wait is over.  Burtee, as you might expect, does not eat canned or store bought dog food.  Every week a new batch of homemade food is cooked up fresh.  Generally, I get 5 pounds of organic ground turkey and 3 pounds of a combination of organic sweet potatoes and regular potatoes.  I cook the ground turkey on top of the stove until well done and simultaneously boil the potatoes.  Then, I mash the potatoes and add the meat and mix them together.  I serve it with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
I also make, boiled chicken breast with rice and carrots.  Jim knows that if he's ever hungry, Burtee's food, which is stored in the fridge, is fair game!!

One of these days I'll share with you why I make his food. But until then -- BONE Apetit!!

Friday November 19, 2010

Carole’s Concoctions:
Turkey Talk

Wow, Thanksgiving is less than a week away and I am now just beginning to think about my menu.  In many ways, cooking a meal for friends and family is a snap compared to preparing for 8 video shoots or catering a party for 125 people.  In fact, I think it might be down right relaxing - how about that!!

Here's my menu:
15-18 lb turkey to insure LEFTOVERS!!
Italian Sausage and Bread stuffing
Wild rice stuffing for my love, Jim
Roasted Brussel sprouts
Whipped Potatoes and Celeriac
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow Topping a la Matt
Caramelized shallots a la Paul Finnerty
Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Raisin Pie a la Paul
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Thanksgiving 2009

Thanksgiving 2009 - Meredith and Me

Thursday November 18, 2010

Heirloom Breeds & Seeds:
Berkshire Grown’s Holiday Farmers’ Market

...should not be missed!!

Vendors at the Great Barrington market include Allium Restaurant + Bar, Asia Luna, Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Berkshire Orchids, Berkshire Organics, Berkshire Wildflower Honey, Cedar Farm, Consider Bardwell Farm, Cricket Creek Farm, Earthborn Garden, Farm Country Soup, Farm Girl Farm, Farm House Bakers, Foggy River Farm, Good Dogs Farm, GooGoo Gourmet, Indian Line Farm, Jaeschke’s Orchard, Justamere Farm, Klara’s Gourmet Cookies, Leahey Farm, Lorna Herbals, Maiden Flower Farm, Markristo Farm, Mayflower Farm, Maynard Farms, Moon in the Pond Farm, North Plain Farm, Ooma Tesoro, Shaker Mountain Canning Company, Taft Farms and Zehr & Sons Mushrooms. Berkshire Grown will also be present.

WHEN: Holiday Farmers’ Markets will take place at the Williams College Field House on Latham Street in Williamstown (10 am – 2 pm) and the Searles School Gymnasium on Bridge Street in Great Barrington (9 am – 1pm.) PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION FOR THE GREAT BARRINGTON MARKET.

Wednesday November 17, 2010

Heirloom Meals Radio:
Julia Usher’s Journey to Cookie Swapping!

Sometimes the pull of the kitchen, the love and memories of one’s childhood, and a desire to do what you love is so strong that it lures you away from a successful career, complete with graduate degrees and status. I write these words, not about me BUT of Julia Usher, baker and author of Cookie Swap.
Spend an hour hearing Julia share her story....how the influences of her Mom, grandmother and great grandmother, and of her Dad’s work ethic, all combine to provide Julia with a varied and interesting life full of family, cooking, education, engineering, consulting, wedding cake making and now inspiring others to bake and share through her gorgeous book, Cookie Swap.
You can buy the book on Julia’s website www.juliausher.com. I can’t wait to have a cookie swap party!! Thank you Julia and I look forward to your cake and cookie decorating book.

Monday November 15, 2010

Ms Murky Mondays:
Lights, Camera, Action

Kitchen transformed into a set to shoot 8 videos for Liberty Mutual - making heirloom recipes diabetic friendly.  We are rolling.  Four videos on Monday,  four on Tuesday.  And, guess what?  The recipes are delicious and healthy!!  What a concept.

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