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Recipes

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 […]

Roasting Garlic for our summer eating

Roasting Garlic for our summer eating

Once in the spring and then once again in the fall I buy a big mesh tube of garlic heads and roast those suckers all on the same day for my quart of roasted garlic that lives in my fridge till it’s gone.  For ‘fresh’ […]

In which I make beef and venison hand pies

In which I make beef and venison hand pies

It was chilly and overcast today – a high of 42-ish. I remembered a recipe for Cornish Pasties I saw in a recent South Dakota magazine and someone on facebook posted a meat pie idea which jogged me into action. I defrosted the hamburger (from […]

Leni and Kip’s Turkey Pies

Leni and Kip’s Turkey Pies

I do hope each and every one had a wonderful feast on T-Day. There were 13 of us at the table this year and lots and lots of savory rich food! However I’ve never cared for the taste of the seemingly endless days of Thanksgiving […]

Twice-Baked Potatoes on a drizzly day

Twice-Baked Potatoes on a drizzly day

  About once a year I get the urge to bake up a huge batch of twice-baked potatoes for the freezer. It’s a simple operation but one that goes easier if you have everything laid out and ready when the hot potatoes come out of […]