Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Friday March 18, 2011

Carole’s Concoctions:
Boston Flower Show - Come See Us - Sunday, March 20th - NOON

Here's what Mom, Jen and I have concocted to demo at the Boston Flower Show:

Out of the Container and Into the Pan  -  Recipes for the Boston Flower Show

Tarragon Chive Pasta Salad

1 lb Tri-color Rotini
3/4 cups olive oil - 1/4 cup to toss with pasta, 1/2 for the dressing
1 cup Scallions, sliced
3/4 cup Chives, minced
1/4 cup Tarragon, minced
1/4 cup Champagne vinegar
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp sugar
4 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Red Pepper Flakes to taste

Cook pasta until al dents. Drain and toss in a large bowl with 1/4 cup f olive oil. Cool. Add scallions, chives and tarragon.
Whisk together the mustard, vinegar, garlic, sugar, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Slowly add in the 1/2 cup of olive oil in a stream until incorporated well. Pour over pasta and mix.

Best if pasta sits at room temperature for at least 4 hours or chill overnight and bring to room temperature before serving. Enjoy!

Serves 8-10 as a side.


Pork Tenderloin with Pesto Rub

2 Pork Tenderloins
8 garlic cloves
2 cups basil gently packed
4 cups parsley, gently packed
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Place tenderloins on a plate. Pat dry.
In a food processor, first process the garlic, then add in the basil and parsley, then the walnuts, cheese, salt, pepper and oil. Do not over process. The pesto should be light green. Rub the pesto all over the pork, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.
Grill the tenderloins to desired doneness. Slice to desired thickness and enjoy!!
Serves 4-6 as an entree, 8-10 as an appetizer.


Strawberries with Mint Simple Syrup and Lemon Zest

1 cup sugar
1 cup sugar
A handful of mint
4 cups strawberries
1/2 cup Mint simple syrup
Zest of one lemon

Simple syrup is simple - it’s one part sugar to one part water. Cook sugar, water and mint over medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved and water boils. Remove and let cool. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.

Clean and cut up the strawberries. Add the syrup and lemon zest to strawberries and let sit for a few hours. (AKA macerate). Serve strawberries over vanilla ice cream for a refreshing dessert.

Serves 4-6.

Wednesday March 16, 2011

Heirloom Meals Radio:
Cooper Boone

What I love about Heirloom Meals is that it has allowed me to be in places where I get to meet people like Cooper Boone. Cooper is a treasure of a human being. He has spent his life “giving back” by helping people through his psychology practice. But he also brings joy to the stage through his country music. And if that isn’t enough, Cooper is passionate about cooking and can often be found mixing great food and music together - be it a cooking demo and performance for the Country Living Fairs or his new tour - called "POT LUCK TOUR". Cooper encourages you to ask people to bring a covered dish of food to share with the hopes of creating a vibe that is communal and organic. Cooper will be playing with his band from Nashville (guitar, vocals, fiddle and mandolin). I am booking him for an evening - stay tuned for more information!!

Listen and be inspired!!


Thursday March 10, 2011

Heirloom Breeds & Seeds:
It’s Raining Lambs!!

Lambs keep coming..... and so does the rain. At least the snow is washing
away - now we can begin to inventory the spare parts to the hoop house in
order to begin to reconstruct it after its snow load collapse. Well, maybe
we'll wait until the rain stops....

Sump pumping out the barn gutters has become a regular occurrence with the
rain. We think there must be a gopher hole or rabbit hole right up again the
foundation of the barn which is letting all the water in, since it has never
happened before in its 75 year history.

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