Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Sunday March 01, 2015

In Like a Lion

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 Making Workshop - Sunday, March 22, 2015, 1-5 PM

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.

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Winter Wonderland

Howdy from snowy Massachusetts!

Here's what's on tap:

1. A great Zester Daily article on cures for what ails you.

2. Another Zester Daily Article with a fabulous GLUTEN FREE VALENTINE's MENU.

2. I just uploaded a series of radio shows. Stories range from a local chef to a Swedish bread-maker.

3. Tune in to Newschannel 13 (Albany, NY's NBC affiliate) on February 22nd at 8:30-ish. Not sure what I am making yet. Send me some ideas!!

Monday January 26, 2015

Ms Murky Mondays:
The Hardest Thing

As many of you know, I just hosted a magical writing workshop with the amazing Nancy Aronie.  Truth be told, it's a few weeks later and I am still beaming from the experience.  A group of 14, thirteen women and one man, gathered together as strangers, but left forever in love, having shared deep and oft-hidden morsels of our souls.

Here is a piece I wrote in 10 minutes with the prompt: The hardest thing.....

I was told it is universal. I would love your comments.  Much love to everyone!

The hardest thing…..

The hardest thing is watching my parents age.  What is it about life that tricks us into thinking we stand still?  That we, ourselves, are not aging.  I carry around pieces of so many of my own stories.  Sometimes I am the 15-year old full of innocence, other times I am the beat up career warrior with lawsuit scars, back stab wounds, and self-doubt.  Then I am fat, skinny, beautiful, ugly, loved, hated, adored, gregarious, and shy.

I am my parents – tangled up in their stories.  Their parts are my parts.  It’s like from the time we are born, we are working on combing out the dreadlocks of connections – to find our own way, yet remain an integral part of theirs.  Sometimes the comb gets stuck in a nasty knot of confusions and sadness – a mess.  Then, like magic the comb slips through the now silky locks.

My parents have always been my true north.  They have given me so much and, I guess, I received it.  I welcomed their advice.  I studied their warts.  I fought to be my own compass.

And now, as I see them become vulnerable to the ravages of time, I get sad.  Where will I be when they are gone?  Have I done my job of honoring them and myself, equally, so that when the time comes, I am whole, and they are not a tangled mess of memories but a beautiful part of my forever fabric of being.

I love you Mom and Dad!! (And Jen, too!)

Wednesday January 14, 2015

January Jottings

Happy 2015!

I am happy to announce I have teamed up with the National Onion Association to share some yummy onion facts. 

Click HERE to learn if onions can cure the flu?

Click HERE to listen to the Onionista, Kim Reddin share her story.

Stay Tuned: I will be announcing my Cooking Class Schedule, our first-ever Heirloom Meals Storytelling Retreat and much more!!

Monday January 12, 2015

The Curative Power of Onions

Last winter I contracted the flu. And oddly enough, it was indeed a contract.  It held on so long, I thought I might never be well again.  Would my legs always feel like leaden soldiers? My doctor even told me to lean into the flu, embrace the convalesence. And I did.  What I learned during that bout of the flu changed my life.  It was time to take care of myself and I knew food would be my first line of defense. Food and nutrition would become my medicine.

I want to be perfectly clear to you, I am not a nutritionist. What I am is a skilled home cook who believes food is medicine. I have an interest in understanding the healing qualities of foods and have personally experienced this power by changing my diet.

I am working with the National Onion Association and we thought sharing the healing benefits of onions would be great for January as we are solidly in cold and flu season.  

Let's begin by thinking about onions, just for a second. If slicing an onion can make you cry, then there must be some potent vitamins and minerals contained in that sphere.

Before we delve into how onions can heal us, I wanted to refute an old wive’s tale that cut onions absorb germs.  Again, I want you stop and ponder this.  If cut onions absorb bacteria, then millions of us would be sick from the cut onions we store in the fridge.  My guess is if people think placing a peeled, sliced onion by their bedside keeps the flu away, it must be psychosomatic, the power of suggestion or a placebo effect. But they do NOT, I repeat, do NOT absorb germs.

With that said, onions pack a serious nutrient punch and eating more of them can boost your immune system. Here are just a few of the nutrients that can make a difference with your health:

  • Quercitin – It is a flavonoid. Flavonoids are what laymen call antioxidants. It is the skin that contain them so next time you make vegetable broth or chicken soup, toss the skins into the pot. (of course, remove them before serving.) Red onions have the most and I use them in my soups this time of year.
  • Sulfur – According to Harriet Sugar Miller, an expert in the nutrition-cancer connections, and her sources, sulfur attaches to molecules that take carcinogens out of your system. She suggests western yellow onions have the most sulfur. If you are going to eat onions for health, it is good to know which ones offer the best healing qualities.
  • Other nutrients – Onions are high in vitamin C, B6, calcium and a host of others. For me, I am so happy to know that this seemingly mundane, daily staple holds so much power in my diet.

So, I admit, I might even contemplate putting sliced onions in my socks to potentially draw out the toxins if I had a really bad case of the flu again. Afterall, desperation is part of the flu experience.  And by all means give it a try if you are feeling punk. And maybe, just maybe it would work. Far be it from me to be the naysayer about old remedies. 

But, I think it wise to take obvious precautions during the cold and flu season. Wash you hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.  And then boost your immune system with foods that are high in vitamin C and have antiviral and bacteria fighting qualities.  Onions are on the top of my list. Chicken or miso soup anyone?

Disclosure: I was compensated by the National Onion Association for this post. All opinions, text and photographs are my own.

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