Looking at the world from my small rural acres in the Blue Ridge.

cooking

“Summer 1795: A James Hemings Dinner”

“Summer 1795: A James Hemings Dinner”

On Saturday, June 22, 2019 I will be celebrating the early summer 224 years ago when Chef James Hemings cooked at Monticello. Archaeologists have recently uncovered the original hearth and stew stoves on which Hemings taught his brother Peter the art of French cookery. Together […]

My Winter Turns to Spring

My Winter Turns to Spring

Perhaps because so much out in the world seems uncertain this winter has seemed a bit drear but I always look forward to spring . . . A wind swept beach was my Thanksgiving destination late last November. It was windy and chilly and blew […]

Prepping for the Holidays

Prepping for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is just about my favorite meal to cook. Under the guidance of my New Orleans born stepfather I cooked my first thanksgiving dinner when I was 9 years old and with few exceptions I’ve cooked one every year for 65 years! For the past […]

Celebrate Black History Month with Dinner at Indigo House

Celebrate Black History Month with Dinner at Indigo House

Celebrate Black History Month this year with a Southern Sunday Supper on a Saturday Night. On Saturday, February 24th, 2018 this dinner for eight will feature iconic African-American and Southern dishes. After a 1st course of “Pot Likker” soup accompanied by Hot Cornbread with Homemade […]

Monticello Hearth Cooking at the Heritage Harvest Festival 2016

Monticello Hearth Cooking at the Heritage Harvest Festival 2016

This coming Friday (Sept 9th) culinary historian Michael Twitty will join me at the Monticello kitchen hearth for a celebration of enslaved cooks Edith Fossett and Frances Hern; their skills and their lives. We will prepare a menu of recipes from Mary Randolph’s 1824 The […]