Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Friday May 04, 2012

Carole’s Concoctions:
Meatless May

I was inspired by EatingWell Fast & Flavorful Meatless Meals: 150 Healthy Recipes Everyone Will Love (EatingWell), Eating Well Magazine's idea of using their book,  to eat my way through May without consuming meat.  I ordered the book a little late and it should be arriving soon, so I have had to improvise.

Here's what I concocted using Italian Kale and the first herbs from my garden: Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup.

Tuesday May 01, 2012

Heirloom Meals Radio:
Stephanie Plunkett

Sometimes it is the stories our relatives tell over and over and the ensuing laughter that helps to create the indelible bond to our family food heritage.  This is the case for Stephanie Plunkett, niece of Agnes Djaha who I interviewed a few months ago.  Although Stephanie does not remember being at a celebration for St. Barbara Feast Day(which her Aunt talks about in her interview) she has heard many of the stories of her family's past celebrations, allowing her a glimpse into the experiences of her relatives.  Stephanie joins Heirloom Meal's Radio to tell us about how everything in her household growing up was about food and the ways she shares her Syrian and Lebanese food traditions with her own son today.

Monday April 30, 2012

Heirloom Meals Radio:
Beth Bader

Beth Bader, author of The Cleaner Plate Club: Raising Healthy Eaters One Meal at a Time joins me to talk about her upbringing in rural Missouri.  Describing herself as "one of the first of the latchkey generation" Beth's story of transitioing after her parent's divorce and moving to a farm at age 10 was truly a transition between the burgeoning canned/convenience food life and a life where everything was raised or grown locally or on the farm where her family lived.  Later, on her own journey into motherhood she became even more concerned with the source and quality of what she was feeding her children and how to handle the challenges of encouraging kids to try new foods.  Listen in to hear Beth tell us her story of growing up and share tips and advice for getting kids to try new foods and expand their palates!

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