Ida Sarah Burroughs 10/30/1914 – 11/15/2016
This picture brings tears to my eyes, even though it was taken 4 years ago, I call this picture dried apple Sarah. Sarah lived four more years after this shot and lived to be 102. Not unwell.
Never unwell. None of us can remember a time when she was sick. She broke her hip at 92, but recovered and lived 10 more years to tell the story.
You could say that Sarah was never a pretty woman, but even at 100 she radiated warmth of spirit. She was fiercely independent with strong cheekbones and and not afraid to work. She had boundless energy and could match just about anyone in the cotton field. Just don’t ask her to grab eggs from under a chicken’s behind. She had a fear of feathers. She was the oldest and had three brothers under her. [Read more…]
This recipe comes from my dear aunt Sarah. You should not attempt to make them before learning more about her first. They will taste so much better with Sarah’s memory by your side.
3 cups of dried apples
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 t cinnamon
dash of clove and nutmeg
Dry your apples in the back of your car in summer with the windows rolled up.
Put them in a pan with the water and sugar.
Stew until soft. Add and the spices.
Let cool before spooning onto the dough. [Read more…]
South Bay Magazine, 2016
“As award-winning tour operator Peggy Markel suggests, it is a “feast for the senses.” With two decades of deep experience in global culinary traditions, she personally hand-tailors each of her programs to lead her guests into cultural immersion through the sensorial pleasure of food in Morocco.
Her Moroccan adventure was developed in conjunction with the inception of the luxurious Jnane Tamsna guesthouse, a paradigm of Moroccan luxury and class in the Palmeraie and home to designer Meryanne Loum-Martin. Peggy’s personalized trip offers a complete experience of how cuisine, culture and the popular global Moroccan style can bring a sense of expansiveness and appreciation to our lives.”
South Bay Magazine, 2016, by Kara Mickelson
There are a lot of memories swirling around about this day, 50 years ago, better known as the Flood of 1966. There’s a small rectangular plack under the green shutter to the right of the Madonna that shows how high the water came up to.
This is my street in Florence, and my door. I live on the top 4th floor. If I didn’t have anywhere to go, would I have felt safe? There would be nowhere to escape.
Last week I felt the tremors and wondered if my building fell, would I survive? Doubtfully. My heart goes out to the ones who survived the flood and all the mud angels that came to help and all the people caught in the earthquakes over the last month.
Italy for all its charm and beauty, can really take a beating sometimes.
All of these people and more are lined up on Via dei Neri on both sides of the street for a panino of prosciutto e pane, because Trip Advisor said to go.
Is it worth the wait? I used to go occasionally because it’s near my house. It was simple and good, like so many other places in Florence. Now my fruttivendolo and dry cleaner have left. It’s become the street of the prosciutterie.
We were recently in the Aeolian Islands, surrounded by active volcanoes, delicious food and wine and wonderful friends at the table. What better way to reflect on the moment than sharing a poem?
This soulful poem by Naomi Shihab Nye, was written in 1952 but feels eternal just like the volcanoes around us.
Enjoy ~ and join us in our Culinary Adventure next year!
“So Much Happiness”, by Naomi Shihab Nye
“It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness.
With sadness there is something to rub against,
a wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up,
something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change.
Repost from Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School, August 3, 2016
“Visiting Case Vecchie for the first time in 1998 was like coming home. The approach through the green rolling countryside left a deep impression, as some places in the world will do. Rural beauty softens the heart. There was a noticeable feeling of falling into a familiar place, yet knowingly seeing it for the first time.” — Peggy Markel of Peggy Markel’s Culinary Adventures [Read more…]
Ruth Reichl from Gourmet travelled to Morocco with Peggy back in 2009. Watch the complete episode here.
First aired November 21, 2009 but still live (via reruns.)