Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Wednesday December 22, 2010

Heirloom Meals Radio:
Nat Bacon

How does a Jewish boy from Cambridge, MA end up as the head cheese maker at Shelburne Farms? Simple, he had a keen interest in environmental studies and took a job working on a farm when he was 18 years old.  A few more stints on some farms, a degree in dairy farming from the University of Vermont and a summer apprenticeship at Shelburne Farms and the rest is history.

Nat shares his memories of nudel kugel, brisket and other jewish fare but he was smart enough to get the secret ingredient (aka TIP) from his Nana on how to make his kugel taste likes hers - fresh squeezed orange juice!!

The interview is fun and informative.  Nat defines cheddar - it's a place, a cheese and a process.  The pasture to palate, sustainable farming that is practiced at Shelburne Farms is inspiring.  Nat also shared some of his favorite recipes from the Cooking with Shelburne Farms, Food and Stories from Vermont.  I can't wait to make the Shepherd Pie!!  Shelburne Farms is well worth the visit and check out the cheesemaking and Nat at work, cheddaring!!  Can't wait to go back in the spring!!  Thank you Nat!

Listen to the interview here.

Tuesday December 21, 2010

Tabletop Tuesdays:
Simple Says it All

For right now, my everyday before Christmas tabletop is a fantastic 12 Days of Christmas cookie jar from Williams-Sonoma, combined with a table runner that I made this summer with feathers and eggs.  The red color does the trick for me.  I add a hint of green with the candles in my antique English barley twist candlesticks.  Simple is good. And the hidden treat is better!! 

Happy Solstice!!

Monday December 20, 2010

Ms Murky Mondays:
To Our Health!

Having just shot 16 videos with a focus on healthy, diabetes-friendly recipes I exist in the extreme consciousness of healthy eating/living.  So when I had a weird pain in my right calf for days - it didn't feel muscular, or charley-horse-like - I began to worry.  My symptoms were deep below the muscle, a slight burning and a nuisance.  And as most of us do - I go to WebMD and input my symptoms and I get "CALL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY" I read more - oh my, it could be a blood clot.  So I was convinced for the past 3-4 days that I had deep vein thrombosis.  I am happy to report, a doctor's visit and trip to the hospital for a ultrasound later, I am OK!!!

Tears of JOY!! Merry Christmas. Thank you angels!

So I can go back to sharing my diabetes-friendly recipes.  And go back to working hard and loving life.  Don't take your health for granted!! Please eat well!!

So please check it out, the first of 16 - click on the cheesecake torte.

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