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Podcast Episode 21: Heirloom Cooking with Anna Gass

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It all started with a meatball – when Anna Gass realized she did not know how to make her Italian mother’s beloved meatball recipe, she embarked on a journey to hear the stories and dishes of immigrant women. On this episode of The Fine Cooking Podcast, we discuss some of these stories and our editors’ family heirloom recipes.

WWCN – Apples

Chris: Apple-Cheddar Scones—caramelize apples in a little butter and sugar, then fold into your favorite cream scone batter, with small cubes of cheddar.  He’s also a fan of Diana’s ravioli salad recipe, which has the surprising inclusion of apples.

Diana is on a crepe kick, so she has been sauteeing apples with butter and maple syrup and folding them into crepes.

Anna has a recipe in her book for appelkoken: it’s a pancake baked in a special cast-iron pan, like an ebelskiver pan. Learn more about it here.

Kathy likes to make a roasted apple-butternut squash soup: roast the apples and squash along with some garlic and chili pepper, then puree with broth and a splash of cream. You can use this recipe as a template for amounts, though the apple and squash are not roasted.

Anna is the author of Heirloom Kitchen: Heritage Recipes and Family Stories from the Tables of Immigrant Women and she blogs at http://www.annasheirloomkitchen.com/

Cleaning Tips from the Test Kitchen

Cream of Tartar + lemon juice makes a mild bleach for white fabrics. Just mix and rub it in with an old toothbrush.

Speaking of old toothbrushes, they are great for cleaning clogged igniters on a gas stovetop.

Denture cleaning tablets are also great stain remover, again especially for whites.

Barkeepers Friend – Diana’s favorite for polishing the exterior of metal pots and pans, as well as stovetops.


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