Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Gina Hyams

Gina Hyams has a diverse history, both geographically and culinarily. She and her mother moved to California for a year to live in a commune. To this day, she still can't stand the taste of sprouts. Her mother did pass on a wonderful recipe for custard cornbread. Gina has had a fondness for giant New York roast beef sandwiches since her father took her to a Jewish deli. To her young eyes, the sandwiches seemed ten inches tall! He would also to make omlettes in the shape of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, complete with a grape jelly nose. She now resides in the Berkshires, where her love of pie has led her to another endeavor, "Pie Contest in a Box."