Morning on the Wissahickon

Everyone knows that Edgar Allan Poe lived in Philadelphia, but did you know that in the 1840s he penned an ode to one of our scenic waterways? We had a fun Edgar Allan Poe dinner and our second course was inspired by his ode to the Wissahickon – trout, spruce butter, cedar broth MORNING ON […]

Oyster with Sauternes

Oysters with Sauternes sorbet and horseradish mignonette– I have to serve oysters at The Gilded Age Luncheon They were crazy for oysters back then and especially the East Coast oysters that grew in such abundance and were so delicious. James Parkinson, Philadelphia’s greatest Chef, recommended serving them with a little horseradish, pepper, and vinegar, so […]

Maple Sugar

Apple Fritter inspired by a recipe from Martha Washington’s Family Manuscript tossed with Maple Sugar made from my brother at The Blind Pig Kitchen I recently did a private tea service where I wanted to add a little extra historical treat among my other offerings. I found this incredibly interesting: In Dave Dewitt’s book- Founding […]

Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Tale Dinner

Join us December 4th for a fundraiser for Roughwood Seed Collection. Dr. William Woys Weaver will be reading a Christmas story from his new book- Folk Tales of the Pennsylvania Dutch -and Chef Adam will be serving a dinner inspired by the book. Copies of the book will be for sale too. The Roughwood Center […]

Cape May Salt Oyster Farm Visit

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Cape May Salt Oyster Farms. Brian showed us the oyster flats from raising them to cleaning and boxing them for the market. It was a very informative day and Brian’s passion for aquaculture and oyster farming was infectious. It’s exciting to see the Cape May Salts […]

Forgotten History: Atlantic Sturgeon


Rebirth and renewal- Springtime means many things for all forms of life- plants that were long dormant burst through the soil to start a new year, bees leave the hive and start their search for nectar, Bears come out of hibernation to look for food, and let’s not for forget about one of the most […]

Forgotten History: Celery


Celery is often a maligned vegetable. Many call it useless, pushing it to mirepoix duty or weak crudités plates. But I’ve always felt that celery should be celebrated for its natural salinity and crisp, refreshing taste. In the Victorian era, celery was seen as much more than an unwanted vegetable. It was a status symbol […]