Saturday June 13, 2015
One Big Table
The American tradition of cooking at home is a practice that has been threatened by our modern-day mindset of emphasizing convenience as our primary goal. Molly O’Neill spent ten years collecting recipes and stories from across America, investigating whether or not this custom had really been destroyed. Thankfully, through her many miles covered and the countless stories shared with her, Molly discovered that across the country, Americans are still honoring their heritage with the foods that give their family a place on the map.
She compiled these findings into her book One Big Table. It is part-cookbook, part-reference guide, and party-history book. However, Molly herself gives the most comprehensive definition, describing it as a well-balanced portrait of American cooking.
My favorite section is titled “Bread: An Unrefined History”, which highlights one of my favorite spots as a student as Smith College, Hungry Ghost Bread. It dedicates an entire page to the bakery’s history, and goes into detail about the steps the owners, Jonathan Stevens and Cheryl Maffei, have taken to establish themselves as a self-sustainable business. The book’s dual focus on recipes and stories is shown in Molly’s supplementing the bakery’s background with a recipe for the owners’ friend’s, Jamie Pagana's, Rich and Herby Cornbread. The experience of enjoying this “soul-satisfying companion to hearty soups and stews” will be enriched by knowing the story behind its creation.
This is the ultimate Heirloom Meals cookbook. Not only does it share the foods indicative of a nation ground in culinary history, but it also includes their stories, advertisements of ingredients from the period, and the family photos which show the many people a recipe can touch.
Wednesday June 10, 2015
Preserving your family food memories into a tangible legacy for future generations.
- Have you ever just wished you had asked your Mom or Grandmother for that special family recipe?
- Are there stories that you vaguely remember your grandfather or uncle telling during family dinners or holidays?
- Have you been talking about collecting your family recipes together in one place but never do it?
- Can you recall snippets of your family mealtime? How about your grandmother’s kitchen?
The Heirloom Meals Recipe Project will bring your pens and your pots together.
Putting pen to paper and writing about family food memories is a lofty goal. Many would rather do laundry than sit down and write. A blank page is intimidating!
How many times have you looked at your recipe box/folder/binder you created OR the one you inherited, and longed to have them in one place to SHARE?
What about those recipes that aren’t written down – how do you preserve those intuitive concoctions that take you back to your childhood table?
The Heirloom Meals Recipe Project is an 8-week program designed to help you write your family food history, organize your recipes and result in YOUR Heirloom Meals Recipe Book.
MORE THAN JUST RECIPES
Unlike most online options, our program and template has ample space for your narrative story, recipes, family photos and scans of stained recipe cards. While recipes are wonderful, it’s the stories that give them their full flavor.
In the workshop, I will guide you through the process of writing your family food narrative, headnotes for your recipes, and collecting all the supporting photos that will result in a treasured book to share with your family. Think of me as your Edible Legacy Coach!
Each week, I will email you a workbook with writing prompts and other exercises. We will have an hour-long live call. We will have a private facebook page to build community, post our progress and share our stories.
The goal is to chronicle your family food history. Your written story will emerge as a result of responding to the prompts. We will ultimately combine that with your recipes with headnotes, and photos, and build it into your very own hard copy Heirloom Family Cookbook.
The workshop is designed to produce an end-product. It provides that accountability we all crave to keep a project like this on track, and to get finished!!
Email me if you want to be on the list for more information as the details become available.
Thursday June 04, 2015
Don't you just love that Frank SInatra song? It just gets me swayin'....
Things at Heirloom Meals are heating up. I was away for 2 weeks in May, writing the beginning of my food memoir. That was amazing and quite a process.
I have two wonderful Smith College interns this summer, Isabelle Eyman and Charlotte Dzialo. We are working on videos and radio shows. Our BIG project, however is the soft launch (aka pilot) E-course: The Heirloom Meals Family Recipe and Storytelling Project. It begins June 15th for 8 weeks.
Tuesday May 26, 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
Arrive in the afternoon and get settled
7pm – Welcome Dinner and Cooking Demo
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
12-1:30 Lunch and Break
1:30 – 4:30 Writing and Scrapbooking
6 PM – A walk through creating a recipe and making it for dinner
9-12 – Writing and Wrap Up
- 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
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
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.
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