Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Monday January 03, 2011

Ms Murky Mondays:
Hope Springs Eternal

I am using the restart of our seasonal spring as a symbol and metaphor for the new year.  Afterall, it started on the 31st which I thought was quite telling.

The water is pure and delicious!!  And so should the food that we eat.  I am also starting a bit of a diet - although I hate that word.  We are revising our intake.  As 2011 gets off to a start, I want to offer you a little more content each week. I am also going to start putting up weekly menus so I can help all of you move toward the pure and delicious. I will let you know how successful I am at trimming down and I hope that you will let me know how you are doing!!

One of the things that I find works wonders in the winter is soup.  It warms your tummy, satisfies your hunger and is generally really healthy and lower in calories.  So, I will make up batches of soup with my spring water.  I just started some onion soup....

Look for this week's menu later today in my menu section.

Monday December 27, 2010

Ms Murky Mondays:
Blizzard Aftermath - Preparing for New Year’s Eve

Just wait a few hours and look at the difference!! 

Amazing that these 2 photos are from the same day!!  During the time that it took for the weather to transform from stormy to sunny, I planned and wrote/typed my recipes for the segment I will be doing this coming Thursday on WWLP-22 News in Springfield, MA on the 11 am show of Mass Appeal.

Here's my menu:

A New Year's Eve Menu

Simple, yet sophisticated, this do-ahead menu will allow you to enjoy your guests and ring in the new year with style! And in keeping with Heirloom Meals, I am sharing recipes that my Mom, sister, Jen, and I have used, developed and refined over the years for various parties that we throw.

Creative cheese platter - local cheeses, olives, sliced fruit, nuts
Guacamole and chips
Beef Tenderloin en croute with mustard sauce
Savory Sauteed Shrimp
Arugula Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
Mom’s Mystery Dessert

Monday December 20, 2010

Ms Murky Mondays:
To Our Health!

Having just shot 16 videos with a focus on healthy, diabetes-friendly recipes I exist in the extreme consciousness of healthy eating/living.  So when I had a weird pain in my right calf for days - it didn't feel muscular, or charley-horse-like - I began to worry.  My symptoms were deep below the muscle, a slight burning and a nuisance.  And as most of us do - I go to WebMD and input my symptoms and I get "CALL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY" I read more - oh my, it could be a blood clot.  So I was convinced for the past 3-4 days that I had deep vein thrombosis.  I am happy to report, a doctor's visit and trip to the hospital for a ultrasound later, I am OK!!!

Tears of JOY!! Merry Christmas. Thank you angels!

So I can go back to sharing my diabetes-friendly recipes.  And go back to working hard and loving life.  Don't take your health for granted!! Please eat well!!

So please check it out, the first of 16 - click on the cheesecake torte.

Monday December 13, 2010

Ms Murky Mondays:
Reflecting on Serendipity

Life speeds by.  I am guilty of moving from one important task/client/responsibility to another.  While I am thankful, I rarely get to savor anymore. But my mind savors and my thoughts wander and create the "Nice Things To Do List." On that list, I want to thank Rick Iemolini for recommending my interior decorating services to Nancy Fernandez Mills last winter. In the serendipity category, it turns out that Nancy is a TV producer, had produced a show on PBS, and is now interested in health counseling, nutrition and food. And she writes the blog content for Liberty Medical which offers products for people with diabetes.  And the next thing you know, Nancy asks me if I'd be interested in developing some recipes and shooting some videos for Liberty Medical.

How cool is that!!  We've shot 16 videos.  But the topic of diabetes and its epidemic proportions is not lost on me.  My grandmother had diabetes.  My dear friend John Kaiser had diabetes, my new friend, Alex Elman had diabetes (she had a pancreas and kidney transplant it was so severe), and countless others are suffering.  And through Nancy, I have developed recipes that are diabetes-friendly.  WOW!

Here's a photo of Nancy and Me from the video shoot last week.  A big thank you to you Nancy. xxoo

Monday December 06, 2010

Ms Murky Mondays:
Loving WNYT

Stepping into the WNYT studio is now almost old hat.  But what is now so flattering is the greeting I get from the entire crew - Ben Gorenstein, the producer, Dan Bazile, the anchor and Tim Drawbridge, the weatherman.  Hugs, High Fives and jokes abound.  All I can say is thank you for embracing me!!

And, here are some photos of the Sugar Cookie Trees and some behind-the-scenes at the studio. 

Oh and here is the recipe for the sugar cookies.

Monday November 29, 2010

Ms Murky Mondays:
Many Hands Make Light Work

Even though I had to ask....the troops performed!! My step-daughters, Meredith and Caroline and their Aunt Madeline and Uncle Paul washed, peeled and chopped sweet and regular potatoes in record speed for our Thanksgiving fete.
Paul pitched in with his caramelized onions and Matt performed his magic on the sweet potatoes.

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