That Cotton Thing…and Food….

Friendly Reminder:  Sunday May 6th at 11:59 pm our campaign is done.  Its going to mean cutting places, venues, community service opportunies, and losing time to do genealogical research if we don't make our goal--so please please please don't take my work here for granted and all the sweat our team has put into this …

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The New Family Heirloom: My Mom’s Pot Roast

There are things that came down to us through slavery and there are things that we perfected as a family in freedom.  This is one of the best things I've ever eaten and it was a mainstay of our Sunday Dinner's growing up.  As much as I want this project to document our culinary journey …

My Mother’s Heirloom Apple Crisp

Heirloom Apple Crisp  My mother's recipe. My source for heritage apples is and always will be Vintage Virginia Apples.  You can visit them at www.vintagevirginiaapples.com.  They are fantastic people and have other good stuff for ya.  Tell Ms. Charlotte I said hello! This recipe is my mother, Patricia Townsend's own.  I'm mister heritage apple and all …

The Cooking Gene in the Media

I hope that the many people viewing this blog--we are going about a hundred views a day--know about The Cooking Gene (www.cookinggene.com) and the Indiegogo.Com campaign we've been launching ( http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Cooking-Gene-Project-The-Southern-Discomfort-Tour )---we REALLY need your help! You don't have to be a big spender to donate--donations start at ten bucks! However, the more you donate …

“Slave Food” The Sweet Potato Pumpkin

SWEET POTATO PUMPKIN Although it sounds exotic, the sweet potato pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata) was the late fall glory of the African Virginian’s table and as our ancestors were sold South they carried its seeds with them.  Thomas Jefferson stated clearly that it was "On account of the extreme resemblance of its taste to that of the …

My Grandmother’s Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes: Grammy Style According to my Mother, "Mama raised some beautiful, fist-sized tomatoes.  We'd go out to the garden at Kennedy Street in D.C. and get baby squash, a few green beans, greens, and one time you wanted to plant like the Indians, so we planted broccoli each with a sardine."   INGREDIENTS 2 …