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“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 […]

“What to do with what you have” Pie

“What to do with what you have” Pie

My current binge watch is The Great British Baking Show beginning all the way back with season one. Drooling over all those desserts inspired me to make a pie I’m calling “What to do with what you have” Pie. In the freezer I found a […]

The Challenge of Cooking Over Fire

The Challenge of Cooking Over Fire

    Fires and hearths are what I’m thinking about this week as I put together my talk for the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello on Sept 21st!                                   […]