Tuesday March 19, 2013
Sometimes you have to bring spring to the table to fight off the when-will-winter-ever-end blues! For me tulips and asparagus seem to do the trick. With asparagus as the spring vegetable that symbolizes the start of the gardening season and tulips as the mid-spring season flower, you can't help but have hope!!
And for me, I scored BIG at the Boston Design Center a couple of weeks ago and found a deeply discounted Victorian Majolica asparagus dish to finish off my happy table. I think in a prior life I made porcelain or pottery as I am drawn to dishes, pottery, plate ware, etc. any time I go into an antique shop. This plate is the icing on the cake as it shows off my asparagus polonaise while adding complimentary color and style.
What inspires your spring tabletop design?
Monday March 18, 2013
A great thing happened this weekend. My stepdaughter, Caroline and her boyfriend, Adam plus two of his friends all surprised us for a visit. Caroline did call an hour before arriving to let me know and ask if it were OK. OK?? It's more than OK - they are 150% welcome - ANYTIME!! An unsolicited visit is like a gift!! What made me giggle and my heart sing was that Caroline and Adam both sold the idea of coming to Boulderwood by using my cooking as the hook.
Who knew that 18 and 19 year olds would be interested in dining with adults, then playing some pool and ending the evening with a word association game of Apples to Apples. They were completely present. They relished their food, conversed with us and enjoyed sitting in front of the fire playing . Not once did any of them text, tweet, snap chat, instagram, FB etc..
I have such gratitude that all the years of homemade meals that seemed to be taken for granted actually made an impact on Caroline and they are now offered as a selling point for a visit. This, to me, is the definition of success.
Life is good!
And by the way, we loved playing the word association game and seeing the generational differences and similarities. It was the pop culture stuff where I saw the differences - like, one of them had no idea who Lucille Ball was. I guess I have some 'splanen to do!
And, on the menu: Homemade Organic Buffalo Chicken WIngs, Gluten free liguini with tomatoe sauce (canned last fall), homemade garlic bread, salad with homemade dressing. Dessert: s'mores at the fireplace in the Living Room.
Tuesday January 22, 2013
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Thank you for participating. I enjoyed baking with love and seeing everyone's creativity - inspiring!
Wednesday December 19, 2012
I had every intention of writing an individual post for each, but time and writer’s block necessitates I write one big blog post.
As many of you know, I just produced and hosted my 2nd public television special – Heirloom Meals’ Christmas. The process of conceiving, casting, filming, editing and promoting the show would not be possible without the support of my sponsors.
Our partnership with Orvis has been amazing. I knew it made sense when I walked into their headquarters and the welcome board had the following quote:
“There is no greater gift than tradition. It cannot be conceived in hurried afterthought, but is the living result of combined experience. One does not create tradition, but simply adds to the living patina and embellishes that which has existed for generations._ - Paul Ferson
Orvis’ commitment to tradition, quality and their customer are the values that I respect in a company. As you watch the Christmas show, you may notice many of Orvis’ products. Let us know if you can identify them!
Ancestry.com is a match made in heaven! Afterall, when thinking about family lineage, food is one of the first connections we all have to our past. It’s so fun connecting the dots of my family tree and then thinking about how my food roots evolved. Thank you Ancestry!
Pete and Gerry’s Heirloom Eggs is a natural fit for a sponsor. They are a multigenerational family farming operation that produces heirloom eggs. Not only are their chickens cage-free. They are the only certified humane egg producer in the country!! Tasting their eggs will convert you to the blue or chocolate brown colored eggshells and golden-yolked eggs forever!!
The Inn at the Round Barn in Waitsfield, VT offers a perfect blend of classic New England charm and sophistication. The Inn was founded by Jack and Doreen Simko and their daughter, Anne Marie DeFreest. Jack and AnneMarie are featured in the show making their Hungarian Kifli. Great food and hospitality are the hallmarks of the Inn.
Being a cheese-aholic, Cabot Creamery Cooperative was an obvious fit to me. It took a bit of convincing on my part to bring them on board but the combination of the family farming traditions of the co-op members and my love of their cheese tipped the scale in my favor. I love their sharp cheddar so much it is ALWAYS in my fridge!!
I love everything about Taza Chocolate – their chocolate is the obvious reason. But it’s their business principles that make my heart sing: company with a conscience. Taza Chocolate puts a premium on being sustainable – not just financially, but environmentally and socially too. They make 100% stone ground, organic chocolate using only the highest quality ingredients while compensating farmers fairly for their work. BRAVO!!
The Annie Selke Companies bring the lifestyle and tabletop component that complement serving an amazing family recipe! Annie Selke’s designs are inspired by vintage fabrics and her mother’s flare. It is an honor to have Annie on board!!
When I think of cookware that represents the heirlooms of tomorrow, one company comes to mind – Le Creuset! Their dutch ovens, roasting pans and even crockery have that made-to last-quality that all kitchenware should have.
While Analon provides bakeware that offers easy clean-up as well being equipped with state-of-the-art Anolon SureGrip® handles for superior control. Analon’s mission statement, in particular, resonates with my own values: “Our goal is to build public awareness about the many advantages of cooking with seasonal, locally grown food. We seek to encourage People to not only cook more frequently at home, but also to adapt a style of cooking that benefits themselves, their communities and our planet.”
And lastly, I owe a huge thanks to Centerpoint Advisors for sponsoring the closed captioning. Closed captioning “provides a critical link to news, entertainment and other televised information for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. For individuals whose native language is not English, English language captions improve comprehension and fluency.”
Centerpoint Advisors is a wealth management firm in the Boston area. They provide investment advice to individuals and families. And have many multigenerational clients.