Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Sunday April 29, 2012

Life at Boulderwood:
War Horse, No Way - I want Peace Horse!

I finally watched War Horse last night, well kinda.  I have to say, while the cinematography was amazing, i found it difficult to watch the slaughter of young men and fine horses.  War is truly a detestable thing. The futility. The loss.  I so wanted to stay until the end, well-knowing there was a "happy" ending.  But was it? Self interest, war, killing, death.  Are those happy themes?  The bond between animal and man was clearly shown but reduced to a mere indulgence when war became the goal. The softer, loving side side of humans was bulldozed by the aggressive, hateful side.

I don't know why this hit me so hard.  Maybe that was Speilberg's objective.  I am personally avoiding the newspaper and netwrok news these days as I am sick of sensationalized bad news!  If we all focused on the good, the beauty and the miraculous, we would all be at peace with oursleves and therefore with everyone else.

So as I watch my three horses enjoying themselves in the pasture, eating grass, drinking spring water, and being horses, wild and free, I feel happy. We don't put them in stalls, we allow them to be in nature as they would be naturally. They know us and come running  when we go down to their pasture, they want affection and of course, treats! They are not afraid. They are my Peace Horses. And I am grateful.

Sunday April 29, 2012

Carole’s Concoctions:
Spring Vegetables

Hope springs eternal and oh, so happy for those first green vegetables of spring - asparagus, watercress and artichokes.  While not all are grown here in Massachusetts, they are the spring veggies that you can find in abundance in the grocery store. Over the last few days, I have enjoyed making watercress soup, asparagus polonaise and baby artichokes.

I hope you enjoy these and please share your concoctions and versions!

Wednesday April 25, 2012

Heirloom Meals Radio:
AnneMarie DeFreest Part 2

Listen in to Part 2 of Food Memory Lane with AnneMarie DeFreest as she illustrates the importance of paprika to her favorite Savory Hungarian recipes  - Goulash and Chicken Paprikash and talks about the importance of knowing what kind of paprika(smoked, sweet, hot and more) and where it came from would go into different Hungarian recipes.  She also tells us about her favorite Hungarian sweets – Kifli and Kalacs -  whose recipes, techniques, and variations she learned as a child from her Aunt Betty.

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