Pick of the Week:

A Taste of the Hearth
March 7, 2009, 4-6 pm
Portsmouth, NH

Taste a meal the way your grandmother used to make....that is, your great, great,
great, great, great grandmother!  On Saturday, March 7 from 4 – 6 p.m., a hearth
cooked tasting menu will be prepared in a South End Portsmouth, NH home by
a local hearth cooking expert.  Participants will watch the meal being prepared
and then will have a chance to taste the bounty.  You must register for this event
and can do so by calling 603-436-3205 or emailing efarish@historicnewengland.
org.  Cost for the event is $40 for Historic New England members and $50 for non-

The chef will fix, over roasting coals, a turkey, crabmeat soup, scallops, potatoes
and fresh vegetables.  Cooking over hot coals was the way food was prepared
until the advent of the cookstove in the 19th century.  This is your chance to
know how to use a peel, or at least what one is, and be assured it has nothing to
do with carrots or potatoes.  Other than the basics of getting the food hot, hearth
cooks had to deal with keeping the right temperature, the limits of seasonal
ingredients, controlling an open fire, and keeping numerous dishes going at the
same time.  This program is a rare opportunity to learn about early cooking
techniques in an intimate and unique setting.  Hot mulled cider, local chutneys
and other condiments will accompany the feast.  
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Notes from the Heart...

Okay, I admit it: I'm tired of winter. While the snow looks mighty pretty outside,  
I don't even want to venture out in 12 degree weather anymore.  But, as Mr.
Pearson so astutely observed in 1966, March is quite unpredictable: the latest
scuttlebutt is that it will hit 50 degrees tomorrow!  But, that heat wave won't fool
us northern New Englanders: we know we'll be building fires in our wood stoves
until at least the middle of April. Never too late in the season to learn how to
build a good clean fire: here are some
tips for clean wood burning.

With cabin fever in full force, we all need a good laugh right about now, and
Rebecca Rule found it in the book
Cracks in the Foundation.  She reviews the book
this week, which she says, just cracked her up!

This week's recipe hails from south of us in Beantown.  Chef Jason Bond from the
Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro has combined two traditional flavors from Boston's
smoked duck and Hu Kwa tea.
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Our lighthouse tours are full of history and jam packed fun. Two exciting tours are being planned for 2009 - June 23 - 27 and August 4 - 10. Reservations must be made 4 months in advance. This early announcement gives you a chance to plan ahead.
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