Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

AnneMarie DeFreest

My best friend, AnneMarie DeFreest, joins me in Stockbridge for Part 1 of her 2 part show.   While AnneMarie's most vivid food memories are passed to her from her father Jack Simko and his Hungarian heritage, the pleasure and importance of gathering at the table with cloth napkins and everyone in their specific seat, has left its own important set of memories and practices for her.  As she and her siblings grew up and her father took over the cooking from her mother AnneMarie was able to experience again the smells and tastes she remembers of her Grandfather's cooking of recipes like Kifli and Kalacs and expose her own children to these recipes which had been so important to her upbringing.