Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Tuesday January 03, 2012

Heirloom Meals Radio:
Agnes Djaha

As Agnes Djaha shares the story of her parents rich life sharing food with family and friends in their Brooklyn neighborhood in the 1920's, 30's etc. it beckons us back to that time when life was about connecting around the table, cooking was a constant and socializing in person was the norm.

Please listen here as we walk down food memory lane with Syrian-American Agnes Djaha. 

Wednesday December 28, 2011

Heirloom Meals Radio:
Cindy Reynolds Part II

What struck a chord with me when I met and interviewed Cindy was how similar, yet different our memories are. She has keen memories of her Italian grandmother cooking and the importance of food and the kitchen in their family. She shares how Christmas Eve on the North Shore of Boston was celebrated with the same dish every year - Lobster Sauce served over Linguine Noodles.  Simply stated her ingredients were: Grandpa Joe's canned tomatoes from the garden, hand grinded, fresh caught lobster from Gloucester, olive oil, garlic, onion, Italian spices, Grandma Millie's handmade linguine, Romano cheese.  And then the pizzelles made proudly with an iron from Italy.

While this isn't our menu, the feeling and sentiments are the same; the theme is similar - everything hand made from scratch. The perfect match of an ingredient is LOVE.

Thank you Cindy Reynolds!! Here's part 2 of her interview.

Wednesday December 21, 2011

Heirloom Meals Radio:
Cindy Reynolds

Who can argue that this isn't one of the cutest photos of some very proud kids who decorated the table and threw a party? And it epitomizes Cindy Reynolds today!!  She is a daughter, a mom, a wife. She relishes her memories about setting the table and shopping at the farmer's market with her Mom in the 60's.

Listen HERE as Cindy reads two heartwarming essays about her memories of both and tune in next week to here about Cindy's connection to her Italian, Colombian and Dutch roots!


Wednesday December 21, 2011

Heirloom Meals Radio:
Martha Cortina

The theme is the holidays...and Cuban-American Martha Cortina shares her memories and reflections.

Martha Cortina was born in Cuba and moved to the United States when she was 11 years old. She grew up with the authentic flavors of Cuba. As an adult, Martha was determined to keep the traditions and chronicled her mother's recipes so she could make them for her family. Martha is passionate about cooking and her heritage so much so she has just published a cookbook called Authentic Cuban Cuisine.  It's a lovely book in which Martha not only shares her recipes but recipes that she has collected and added her unique Cuban touch!

Listen to the radio show HERE!

Wednesday November 02, 2011

Heirloom Meals Radio:
Sherri Brooks Vinton

With the following dedication in her book, Put 'em Up: "For all of the home cooks who nourish family and friends, culture, and tradition," you can see why I wanted to interview Sherri on my radio show.  Sherri dispells myths about the water bath canning method and also shares that there are many ways of preserving your harvest - freezing, stringing hot peppers, fermenting and canning.  Her book is approachable, easy to follow and full of great recipes.

I am about to make a few jars of her Apple Chutney for holiday gifts.  Sherri tells me it will be a HUGE hit!!  I'll blog about it soon!

Listen to her interview here - so fun!

Wednesday October 26, 2011

Heirloom Meals Radio:
Sara Baer-Sinnott

It was such a treat to interview Sara Baer-Sinnott, President of Oldways, an organization at the forefront of the sustainable food movement with a focus on heritage foods and heritage food pyramids. Sara shares some sage thoughts about being a parent - she raised 2 children who are now 22 and 24.  She reflected that it is a parent's job to raise responsible adults.  One way to accomplish this is to make meals a priority!!

Here's a quote from Oldway's mission:

"At Oldways, we are more determined than ever to help everyone, everywhere, live longer and healthier lives. We will do this by continuing to encourage people to seek out the joys and pleasures of good foods and drinks, well prepared and consumed with pleasure, in the company of family and friends. That is the profound and worthy mission that drives us and our partners every day."

Oldways and Heirloom Meals are on a similar journey.  Listin to Sara's interview here .

Exciting news: Oldways is launching an African Heritage Pyramid in November - it will get you thinking about your heritage pyramid!!

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