Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Tuesday May 26, 2015

Anti-Inflammatory Cooking for Body and Soul with Susan Guillory and Carole Murko July 7th & 9th

Inflammation is the root cause for many of the modern ailments.  It triggers autoimmune diseases, as well as cancer.

There are foods and cooking techniques that can help tame inflammation and heal your body and your whole being!

Come join two food mavens: Susan Guillory and Carole Murko to learn 2 delicious menus and to tap into their collective wisdom.

Susan Guillory was responsible for creating the first natural foods supermarket with her ex-husband.  She has also been at the forefront of using food as medicine since the 1970’s. For over two decades, Susan was the co-owner of Bread & Circus Wholefoods natural food supermarkets. She is considered to be a major contributor to the health foods and nutrition industry.  Inspired by her passion for macrobiotics and natural foods, Susan studied cooking in China, Japan, and France. In addition to her responsibilities as co-owner and executive vice president, she developed and was the head of Bread & Circus natural food cooking schools in London, Dublin, and Boston. In 1992 Wholefoods of Austin, Texas purchased Bread & Circus.

Susan has been a member of the Dining Services Visiting Committee at Harvard and Board of the Women’s Culinary Guild of New England, founded by Julia Child. Presently Susan is enjoying retirement, and continues her volunteer work in fundraising cooking classes for various organizations. Susan is a current member and past Chairperson of the Nutrition Roundtable at the Harvard School of Public Health and a past member of the Board of the Boston Public Market which will soon be opening a permanent, year-round farmer’s market in downtown Boston. Susan contributes recipes for a blog based on the best-selling book, SAVOR, which was co-authored by Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung.

Carole Murko is the founder and host of Heirloom Meals, a storytelling platform she created to celebrate heirloom recipes and stories, and explore the connection we have to our ancestral foods.  Carole became keenly aware of the connection between food and disease when her husband, Jim, developed Celiac Disease in 2006.  The simple elimination of wheat/gluten from his diet healed him.  Then, Carole began to suffer from migraines and modern-day stomach issues (triggered by over-use of aspirin for her migraines) such as GERD and heartburn.  Determined not to pop pills, Carole became a student of anti-inflammatory foods and digestion.  Carole has cured her GERD and stomach with food.  Carole has been active in the local food movement in the Berkshires and sat on the board of Berkshire Grown. She is currently a member of Les Dames Escoffier, and the Food Journalists Association.  Carole has a weekly radio show on a local NPR station where she interviews people about their food memories. She produced and hosted two nationally televised PBS specials and is currently writing her food memoir. Carole grew up in the suburbs of NYC, has degrees from Smith College and NYU.


Two Class. Two Menus.

July 7, 2015: 10am – 3pm

July 9, 2015: 5pm – 8pm

Day 1

Miso soup

Sprouted brown rice with kombu and turmeric

Green veggies with capers

Roasted veggies

Asian style steamed fish with ginger and scallion

Japanese kanten fruit dessert

Day 2

How to make medicinal stock

Buckwheat with medical stock

Kohlrabi salad

Cooked veggie salad with umeboshi dressing

Poached chicken

Fruit clafoutis for dessert

The classes are being held at Boulderwood Farm, Carole’s Berkshire estate, 15 Ice Glen Road, Stockbridge.  The open kitchen with breathtaking views is ideal for cooking demonstrations.  Susan and Carole will lead you through the creation of the menu and then will sit down and dine with you.  Over lunch or dinner, we will offer a question and answer and get to know one another.

Cost: $100 per class. $180 for the two.

Tuesday May 26, 2015

The Pen and the Pot with Nancy Aronie and Carole Murko - October 22-25, 2015

What’s your food story? Have you ever wanted to get it on paper along with the recipes?

Join Nancy Aronie and Carole Murko for a 3-day writing and cooking from the heart workshop.  We will write to prompts that will stir up your food memories. We will do some creative scrapbooking with your old family recipes and photos. We will cook and share our stories.

Your hosts bring their two passions together.  Nancy will lead the writing part of the workshop.  Carole will be walking down food memory lane and share her process of developing recipes from her Mom’s and Nana’s  “non-recipes” as well as teach you how to make a few of her family’s treasured recipes.

You will leave with your story written and ready to be digitized into a family heirloom cookbook.

Dates: October 22-25, 2015 at Boulderwood Farm, Stockbridge, MA


October 22:

Arrive in the afternoon and get settled

7pm – Welcome Dinner and Cooking Demo

October 23:

9-12 Writing

12-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30 – 4:30 Cooking Demo and Dinner Prep

4:30 – 7 Break with time to do some homework

7 PM Dinner and Storytelling – Each person will share a recipe and story that they wrote during break

October 24:

9-12 Writing

12-1:30 Lunch and Break

1:30 – 4:30 Writing and Scrapbooking

4:30-6 Break

6 PM – A walk through creating a recipe and making it for dinner

October 25:

9-12 – Writing and Wrap Up

The Details:

- 8 spots

- Rooms and Meals included  

 - $1695 per person. Click HERE to pay. Or feel free to call Carole 413-298-0173 for more information.

Wednesday April 08, 2015

Sweet April

Those of us living in New England weathered an epic winter and are enjoying the sweet smell of the soil, the bird songs and the many green shoots that are appearing on a daily basis.

We are working on some excitng new things - our green shoots, if you will! 

1. We will be launching The Heirloom Meals Recipe and Storytelling Project - an 8-10 week online program designed to capture your family food story, collect and curate your family recipes and produce a family heirloom cookbook. Details will be trickling out over the coming weeks.

2. We are also exploring a monthly membership opportunity.  At Heirloom Meals, we are about savoring traditions as well as creating traditions. Imagine a monthly menu and entertainment guide - we supply menus, recipes and a guide to throwing memorable dinners for friends and family - creating tomorrow's heirloom meals.

Sunday March 01, 2015

In Like a Lion

The icy grip of winter continues....but hope springs eternal!

Here are a few things to help welcome spring:

1. I am attending TEDx Manhattan, Changing the Way We Eat - Saturday, March 7th - I will share insights but keep an eye on my twitter and FB feeds.

2. WRITING WORKSHOP: Presented by Amy Hale-Auker/ Hosted by Heirloom Meals with a cowgirl-themed lunch at Boulderwood Farm - March 15th, 10 am - 2 pm.

3.  PASTA-MAKING workshop - March 22nd, 1-5 pm.

4. I was selected as a panelist for the Smith Women's Leadership Conference, "Taking the Right Risks." March 27-28.

5. Tune in to Newschannel 13 (Albany, NY's NBC affiliate) on March 29th at 8:30-ish. THINK SPRING!!

6. SAVE the DATES: April 19th for a Spring Menu Cooking Workshop and Wine Pairing - details to come.  And, June 14th for an Artisinal Sourdough Bread-making Workshop - details to come.

Sunday March 01, 2015

Pasta Making Workshop - Sunday, March 22, 2015, 1-5 PM

PASTA! PASTA! PASTA! Let's make some pasta!

Come join Carole in the Heirloom Meals Kitchen in Stockbridge, MA, for a fun filled afternoon making pasta! 

- We will make a GLUTEN FREE pasta first (so we don't contaminate the space.)

- We will make traditional FETTUCCINE

- We will make spinach LINGUINE

Lastly, we will sit and enjoy a fresh bowl of pasta with a light tomato basil cream sauce, a glass of wine and a toast to this simple heirloom recipe!

March 22 - 1pm - 5pm  $75 per person, limited to 8 participants. (I am keeping the classes intimtate so we all get hands on instruction.)

Click here to pay, call 413-298-0173, or email to reserve your spot, or send check to Heirloom Meals, PO Box 628, Stockbridge, MA 01262.  Once you are signed up, we will send you the address and directions.

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Winter Wonderland

Howdy from snowy Massachusetts!

Here's what's on tap:

1. A great Zester Daily article on cures for what ails you.

2. Another Zester Daily Article with a fabulous GLUTEN FREE VALENTINE's MENU.

2. I just uploaded a series of radio shows. Stories range from a local chef to a Swedish bread-maker.

3. Tune in to Newschannel 13 (Albany, NY's NBC affiliate) on February 22nd at 8:30-ish. Not sure what I am making yet. Send me some ideas!!

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