Saturday June 13, 2015
One Big Table
The American tradition of cooking at home is a practice that has been threatened by our modern-day mindset of emphasizing convenience as our primary goal. Molly O’Neill spent ten years collecting recipes and stories from across America, investigating whether or not this custom had really been destroyed. Thankfully, through her many miles covered and the countless stories shared with her, Molly discovered that across the country, Americans are still honoring their heritage with the foods that give their family a place on the map.
She compiled these findings into her book One Big Table. It is part-cookbook, part-reference guide, and party-history book. However, Molly herself gives the most comprehensive definition, describing it as a well-balanced portrait of American cooking.
My favorite section is titled “Bread: An Unrefined History”, which highlights one of my favorite spots as a student as Smith College, Hungry Ghost Bread. It dedicates an entire page to the bakery’s history, and goes into detail about the steps the owners, Jonathan Stevens and Cheryl Maffei, have taken to establish themselves as a self-sustainable business. The book’s dual focus on recipes and stories is shown in Molly’s supplementing the bakery’s background with a recipe for the owners’ friend’s, Jamie Pagana's, Rich and Herby Cornbread. The experience of enjoying this “soul-satisfying companion to hearty soups and stews” will be enriched by knowing the story behind its creation.
This is the ultimate Heirloom Meals cookbook. Not only does it share the foods indicative of a nation ground in culinary history, but it also includes their stories, advertisements of ingredients from the period, and the family photos which show the many people a recipe can touch.
Thursday June 04, 2015
Don't you just love that Frank SInatra song? It just gets me swayin'....
Things at Heirloom Meals are heating up. I was away for 2 weeks in May, writing the beginning of my food memoir. That was amazing and quite a process.
I have two wonderful Smith College interns this summer, Isabelle Eyman and Charlotte Dzialo. We are working on videos and radio shows. Our BIG project, however is the soft launch (aka pilot) E-course: The Heirloom Meals Family Recipe and Storytelling Project. It begins June 15th for 8 weeks.
Tuesday May 26, 2015
What’s your food story? Have you ever wanted to get it on paper along with the recipes?
Join Nancy Aronie and Carole Murko for a 3-day writing and cooking from the heart workshop. We will write to prompts that will stir up your food memories. We will do some creative scrapbooking with your old family recipes and photos. We will cook and share our stories.
Your hosts bring their two passions together. Nancy will lead the writing part of the workshop. Carole will be walking down food memory lane and share her process of developing recipes from her Mom’s and Nana’s “non-recipes” as well as teach you how to make a few of her family’s treasured recipes.
You will leave with your story written and ready to be digitized into a family heirloom cookbook.
Dates: October 22-25, 2015 at Boulderwood Farm, Stockbridge, MA
Arrive in the afternoon and get settled
7pm – Welcome Dinner and Cooking Demo
12-1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 – 4:30 Cooking Demo and Dinner Prep
4:30 – 7 Break with time to do some homework
7 PM Dinner and Storytelling – Each person will share a recipe and story that they wrote during break
12-1:30 Lunch and Break
1:30 – 4:30 Writing and Scrapbooking
6 PM – A walk through creating a recipe and making it for dinner
9-12 – Writing and Wrap Up
- 8 spots
- Rooms and Meals included
- $1695 per person. Click HERE to pay. Or feel free to call Carole 413-298-0173 for more information.
Wednesday April 08, 2015
Those of us living in New England weathered an epic winter and are enjoying the sweet smell of the soil, the bird songs and the many green shoots that are appearing on a daily basis.
We are working on some excitng new things - our green shoots, if you will!
1. We will be launching The Heirloom Meals Recipe and Storytelling Project - an 8-10 week online program designed to capture your family food story, collect and curate your family recipes and produce a family heirloom cookbook. Details will be trickling out over the coming weeks.
2. We are also exploring a monthly membership opportunity. At Heirloom Meals, we are about savoring traditions as well as creating traditions. Imagine a monthly menu and entertainment guide - we supply menus, recipes and a guide to throwing memorable dinners for friends and family - creating tomorrow's heirloom meals.
Sunday March 01, 2015
The icy grip of winter continues....but hope springs eternal!
Here are a few things to help welcome spring:
1. I am attending TEDx Manhattan, Changing the Way We Eat - Saturday, March 7th - I will share insights but keep an eye on my twitter and FB feeds.
2. WRITING WORKSHOP: Presented by Amy Hale-Auker/ Hosted by Heirloom Meals with a cowgirl-themed lunch at Boulderwood Farm - March 15th, 10 am - 2 pm.
3. PASTA-MAKING workshop - March 22nd, 1-5 pm.
4. I was selected as a panelist for the Smith Women's Leadership Conference, "Taking the Right Risks." March 27-28.
5. Tune in to Newschannel 13 (Albany, NY's NBC affiliate) on March 29th at 8:30-ish. THINK SPRING!!
6. SAVE the DATES: April 19th for a Spring Menu Cooking Workshop and Wine Pairing - details to come. And, June 14th for an Artisinal Sourdough Bread-making Workshop - details to come.
Sunday March 01, 2015
PASTA! PASTA! PASTA! Let's make some pasta!
Come join Carole in the Heirloom Meals Kitchen in Stockbridge, MA, for a fun filled afternoon making pasta!
- We will make a GLUTEN FREE pasta first (so we don't contaminate the space.)
- We will make traditional FETTUCCINE
- We will make spinach LINGUINE
Lastly, we will sit and enjoy a fresh bowl of pasta with a light tomato basil cream sauce, a glass of wine and a toast to this simple heirloom recipe!
March 22 - 1pm - 5pm $75 per person, limited to 8 participants. (I am keeping the classes intimtate so we all get hands on instruction.)
Click here to pay, call 413-298-0173, or email to reserve your spot, or send check to Heirloom Meals, PO Box 628, Stockbridge, MA 01262. Once you are signed up, we will send you the address and directions.
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