Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Monday February 14, 2011

Ms Murky Mondays:
Changing the Way We Eat

TEDxManhattan - Changing the Way We Eat was an amazing and inspiring day. Two days later, I still feel the energy and am energized to be part of the revolution. Oh wait, I am already part of the revolution.  I buy local, grow some of my own veggies, belong to a CSA, raise chickens and cattle and am working on Heirloom Meals which embraces sustainable agriculture, cooking and family meals and exploring the old way of cooking and dining.

Here are some of the people who inspired me:  Laurie David, Ken Cook, Karen Hudson, William Li, Michel Nischan, Britta Riley, Melony Samuels, Josh Viertel to name a few - really - all the speakers were amazing, compelling and AWESOME!!

Stay tuned as I think about a project to enter into the TEDxManhattan Challenge!!

Here's the link to the webcast of the event.  Enjoy!!


Monday February 07, 2011

Ms Murky Mondays:
TEDx Manhattan - Changing the Way We Eat

I am one of the lucky few that were selected to participate in the audience of TEDxManhattan - "Changing the Way We Eat" this coming Saturday, February 12th.

TED, as many of you know is an organization that provides a forum for ideas worth spreading.  The "x" is for independently managed forums with the blessing of TED.

TEDxManhattan's theme is right up my alley - according to their website,"The one-day event will highlight several aspects of the sustainable food movement and the work being done to shift our food system from industrially-based agriculture to one in which healthy, nutritious food is accessible to all.

Speakers with various backgrounds in food and farming will share their insights and expertise. Relevant clips from the TED conference will be shown. And, hopefully, we’ll have a few surprises during the day. A highlight of all TED and TEDx events is the ample time given for attendees to meet each other and look for new synergies and new ideas to help bolster the sustainable food movement.

I am so excited to hear all the speakers and look forward to the possibilities!!

Monday January 31, 2011

Ms Murky Mondays:
Soup’s On

Chicken soup entrees are in the house and I need to get cookin'! And there isn't a better time for chicken soup for me as I have been having some odd ball health issues. Basically my life is out of balance. And cooking is therapy for me - it's meditative, relaxing and nurturing. So, I'll keep you posted as I seek balance through chicken soup. And may the best man win the "Souper Bowl!"

Monday January 17, 2011

Ms Murky Mondays:
I Have a Dream!

This is a day to reflect on Martin Luther King's message of tolerance and equality. His dream is a noble one and one that we should all strive to embrace. I often think that the best way to live is by being kind, honest, and generous of mind and spirit.  I love the notion of paying it forward - i.e. when someone does something nice to you, you turn around and do something nice for someone else.  Imagine a world where everyone behaved that way.

In the context of the human spirit, I just read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. It is a MUST read for many reasons - as an historical account of the atrocities that occurred in the Pacific Theater of WW II, the strength of the human spirit and will to live, the importance of dignity and the power of prayer. What is horrifying is what humans are capable to doing to others - the physical and mental brutality seems surreal and inconceivable.

So, as I ponder my dream of sharing the old ways of cooking and eating through the stories, I am thankful that I can pursue a passion.  Let us not forget how quickly civilized people can turn into ogres. Let's celebrate King's message of tolerance and equality - any other option is not an option!!

Monday January 10, 2011

Ms Murky Mondays:
Similar but Different

How many recipes are out there in the family archives that are similar to others but are different as well.

I find this notion fascinating and am about to embark on an exercise to capture from my social network and physical network as many chicken soup recipes as possible, compare, contrast, categorize etc and offer a prize - a recipe box with all the recipes!!

On that same theme, I realized that even I have several recipes for lentil soup.  I have my grandmothers; I have a curried lentil soup that I concocted; I have a great recipe for red lentil soup and I am sure I can round up many more.

So stay tuned as I organize this event.  I will announce the terms etc soon - so keep an eye on my Facebook, blog and twitter feeds!!  Hope you all participate.

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