Aliza Green is with us this week to long and varied career in the food world. Aliza has been a pioneering chef, a culinary tour leader, and the author of fifteen cookbooks including Making Artisan Pasta, which made the Cooking Light’s Top 100 Cookbooks of the Last 25 Years list. Her career took off in the 1980s as Executive Chef at Ristorante DiLullo, where she earned a prestigious four-star rating. She was later inducted into the Philadelphia Culinary of Fame, which sited her as one of the ten most influential people in the city’s food industry. Her dream is to keep cooking, traveling, and learning while sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with others. Get Aliza’s Moroccan Chicken Tagine recipe below!

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Aliza’s links:

Website: https://alizagreen.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aliza.green

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alizagreen/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chefalizagreen/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chefalizagreen

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRERAR_3YZedWqmEJ1Jk0GA

Books: https://www.amazon.com/Aliza-Green/e/B001HCUB4U/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1

 

Moroccan Chicken Tajine with Artichokes, Preserved Lemons & Green Olives

Makes 6 servings

3 lbs bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed

Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 medium red onion, diced

3 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

 3 Tbsp Moroccan Tajine Spices (recipe follows)

1 cup chicken stock

1 cup chopped tomatoes

2 preserved lemons (recipe follows, or use purchased)

¼ cup pitted large green olives, cut in half

2 Tbsp chopped cilantro or parsley

  1. Season chicken lightly with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat half the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, brown chicken on both sides. Remove from skillet and reserve
  3. Add remaining olive oil to skillet along with onion, garlic, ginger, and Tajine spices and cook over medium heat until onions are soft, about 5 minutes
  4. Pour in chicken stock and tomatoes, bring to a boil. Arrange chicken thighs on top and cook over medium heat until chicken is cooked through, and sauce has thickened, about 20 minutes. Add preserved lemons and olives, cook 2-3 minutes more. Serve chicken with sauce over top. Garnish with cilantro.
  5. Accompany with steamed couscous, rice, or mashed or roasted potatoes.

 

 

Moroccan Tajine Spices:

Makes ¾ cup

¼ cup Moroccan sweet paprika

2 Tbsp ground ginger

2 Tbsp ground turmeric

2 Tbsp ground cumin

2 Tbsp ground true cinnamon

  1. Combine all and store tightly covered in a dark place for up to 6 months.

 

Preserved Lemons

Makes 12 lemons

12 large lemons

3 cups kosher salt

  1. Rinse lemons in hot water. Quarter lemons from the top to within ½-inch of the bottom; pull quarters apart but don’t separate. Generously pack inside of lemons with salt, push quarters back in place. Place a layer of kosher salt on bottom of a sterilized glass jar. Add a lemon, pressing down so lemon releases its juice. Add remaining lemons with salt in between layers.
  2. Allow lemons to cure at room temperature for 30 days, turning jar upside down every few days to redistribute salt and juice. As lemons soften, syrupy juices will form, which should cover the lemons. Keep packing lemons down, adding salt as they ripen so they are always covered with salt and/or juices.
  3. Refrigerate after 30 days. Lemons will continue to ripen, soften, and darken as the sit in the fridge but will still be perfectly good to use for up to 6 months.
  4. To use, rinse lemons as needed under cold water. Remove and discard inner pulp, which will be quite salty. Scrape off inner white pith and discard. Slice, chop or dice the yellow of the lemon to use in recipes.

 

Women Beyond a Certain Age is an award-winning weekly podcast with Denise Vivaldo. She brings her own lively, humorous, and experienced viewpoint to the topics she discusses with her guests. The podcast covers wide-ranging subjects of importance to older women.

 

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Nancie McDermott is back with us this week to continue our talk about facing uncomfortable truths, how white ignorance serves evil, and how we need to shut up, listen and learn! Start by watching “Reconstruction: America After the Civil War” on your local PBS station.  https://www.pbs.org/show/reconstruction-america-after-civil-war/

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Excerpted from Nancie’s Anti-Racism Facebook page:

“I'm Nancie McDermott, a white woman born and raised in North Carolina. I started this group as a place to look at how powerfully and stealthily racism and anti-Blackness are woven into our systems and institutions…We can move toward creating a place of justice and safety; of compassion and respect, of equity with opportunity for everyone. Knowing the truth can strengthen us to speak up, take action, examine our perspectives, and change things that seemed immovable. Silence means consent, so let's be loud and clear about where we are now, how we got here, where we want to go, and who we want to be: A nation of liberty and justice for all.”

 

Nancie’s links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancieMcDermott

Nancie’s Anti-Racism Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/435086244410173

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMeXbPSB2545WygzQxUOcTQ/featured

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nanciemacpix/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/nanciestable/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nanciestable

 

Nancie’s Resources:

READ:

Cookbooks and food books (in order of publication):

 

BRAND NEW BOOK on Juneteenth!

Watermelon and Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations, by Nicole Taylor

https://www.amazon.com/Watermelon-Red-Birds-Juneteenth-Celebrations/dp/1982176210

https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Watermelon-and-Red-Birds/Nicole-A-Taylor/9781982176211

 

Cheryl Day’s Treasury of Southern Baking, by Cheryl Day

https://www.amazon.com/Cheryl-Days-Treasury-Southern-Baking/dp/1579658415/ref=sr_1_1?crid=35TSRNNF4ZWZW&keywords=treasury+of+southern+baking&qid=1654185620&s=books&sprefix=treasury+of+southern+baking%2Cstripbooks%2C57&sr=1-1

 

Life Is What You Bake It: Recipes, Stories, and Inspiration for Baking Your Way to the Top, by Vallery Lomas

https://www.amazon.com/Life-What-You-Bake-Inspiration-ebook/dp/B08PY8ZTVB

 

Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking, by Toni Tipton-Martin

https://www.amazon.com/Jubilee-Recipes-Centuries-African-American-Cookbook/dp/1524761737/ref=pd_lpo_3?pd_rd_i=1524761737&psc=1

 

High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America, by Dr. Jessica B. Harris

https://www.amazon.com/High-Hog-Culinary-Journey-America/dp/1608194507/ref=asc_df_1608194507/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312068104930&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=613964457390760630&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1021225&hvtargid=pla-512300006634&psc=1

 

WATCH:

Available on streaming services

 

High on the Hog

Netflix Series

 

When They See Us

Directed by Ava Duvernay

 

Selma

Directed by Ava Duvernay

Amazon

 

Just Mercy

Story of Attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and director of Equal Justice Initiative (see below)

Amazon Prime

 

Black Panther

Marvel hero T’Challa played by the late Chadwick Bozeman

 

“I Am Not Your Negro”

Documentary on James Baldwin

 

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War

PBS Documentary Series by Dr. Henry Louis Gates

 

MORE RESOURCES:

The Equal Justice Initiative

https://eji.org/

https://eji.org/about/

Visit EJI’s two locations in Montgomery AL:

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice

The Legacy Museum

Sign up for Daily emails from EJI

https://calendar.eji.org/sign-up

 

The 1619 Project: A New American Origin Story, by Nikole Hannah-Jones

https://www.amazon.com/1619-Project-Born-Water/dp/0593307356/ref=pd_bxgy_img_sccl_1/130-0109168-1434738?pd_rd_w=Vnpek&content-id=amzn1.sym.6b3eefea-7b16-43e9-bc45-2e332cbf99da&pf_rd_p=6b3eefea-7b16-43e9-bc45-2e332cbf99da&pf_rd_r=PNRP5942HGGKK4SDR2Z4&pd_rd_wg=crjZq&pd_rd_r=3b079be2-80eb-4c81-980e-8dd9e7d95863&pd_rd_i=0593307356&psc=1

 

 

Born on the Water (The 1619 Project), picture book by Nikole Hannah-Jones

https://www.amazon.com/1619-Project-Born-Water/dp/0593307356/ref=pd_bxgy_img_sccl_1/130-0109168-1434738?pd_rd_w=Vnpek&content-id=amzn1.sym.6b3eefea-7b16-43e9-bc45-2e332cbf99da&pf_rd_p=6b3eefea-7b16-43e9-bc45-2e332cbf99da&pf_rd_r=PNRP5942HGGKK4SDR2Z4&pd_rd_wg=crjZq&pd_rd_r=3b079be2-80eb-4c81-980e-8dd9e7d95863&pd_rd_i=0593307356&psc=1

 

 

Women Beyond a Certain Age is an award-winning weekly podcast with Denise Vivaldo. She brings her own lively, humorous, and experienced viewpoint to the topics she discusses with her guests. The podcast covers wide-ranging subjects of importance to older women.

 

SHOW LINKS

  • Website: https://womenbeyond.podbean.com
  • Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WomenBeyond/
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  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/womenbeyondacertainage/
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  • Email us: WomenBeyond@icloud.com
  • Denise Vivaldo is the host of WBACA. Her info lives here: https://denisevivaldogroup.com/
  • More of Denise’s info is here: https://denisevivaldo.com
  • Cindie Flannigan is the producer WBACA. Her info lives here: https://linktr.ee/cindieflannigan
  • Denise and Cindie’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Denise-Vivaldo/e/B001K8QNRA%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Find us on Podbean, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!

https://womenbeyond.podbean.com/e/culture-and-cakes-with-nancie-mcdermott/

 

 

 

 

The wonderful Nancie McDermott is with us this week. We talk cakes and anti-racism.

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Excerpted from Nancie’s Anti-Racism Facebook page:

“I'm Nancie McDermott, a white woman born and raised in North Carolina. I started this group as a place to look at how powerfully and stealthily racism and anti-Blackness are woven into our systems and institutions…We can move toward creating a place of justice and safety; of compassion and respect, of equity with opportunity for everyone. Knowing the truth can strengthen us to speak up, take action, examine our perspectives, and change things that seemed immovable. Silence means consent, so let's be loud and clear about where we are now, how we got here, where we want to go, and who we want to be: A nation of liberty and justice for all.”

 

Nancie’s links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancieMcDermott

Nancie’s Anti-Racism Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/435086244410173

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMeXbPSB2545WygzQxUOcTQ/featured

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nanciemacpix/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/nanciestable/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nanciestable

 

Nancie’s Resources:

READ:

Cookbooks and food books (in order of publication):

 

BRAND NEW BOOK on Juneteenth!

Watermelon and Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations, by Nicole Taylor

https://www.amazon.com/Watermelon-Red-Birds-Juneteenth-Celebrations/dp/1982176210

https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Watermelon-and-Red-Birds/Nicole-A-Taylor/9781982176211

 

Cheryl Day’s Treasury of Southern Baking, by Cheryl Day

https://www.amazon.com/Cheryl-Days-Treasury-Southern-Baking/dp/1579658415/ref=sr_1_1?crid=35TSRNNF4ZWZW&keywords=treasury+of+southern+baking&qid=1654185620&s=books&sprefix=treasury+of+southern+baking%2Cstripbooks%2C57&sr=1-1

 

Life Is What You Bake It: Recipes, Stories, and Inspiration for Baking Your Way to the Top, by Vallery Lomas

https://www.amazon.com/Life-What-You-Bake-Inspiration-ebook/dp/B08PY8ZTVB

 

Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking, by Toni Tipton-Martin

https://www.amazon.com/Jubilee-Recipes-Centuries-African-American-Cookbook/dp/1524761737/ref=pd_lpo_3?pd_rd_i=1524761737&psc=1

 

High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America, by Dr. Jessica B. Harris

https://www.amazon.com/High-Hog-Culinary-Journey-America/dp/1608194507/ref=asc_df_1608194507/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312068104930&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=613964457390760630&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1021225&hvtargid=pla-512300006634&psc=1

 

WATCH:

Available on streaming services

 

High on the Hog

Netflix Series

 

When They See Us

Directed by Ava Duvernay

 

Selma

Directed by Ava Duvernay

Amazon

 

Just Mercy

Story of Attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and director of Equal Justice Initiative (see below)

Amazon Prime

 

Black Panther

Marvel hero T’Challa played by the late Chadwick Bozeman

 

“I Am Not Your Negro”

Documentary on James Baldwin

 

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War

PBS Documentary Series by Dr. Henry Louis Gates

 

MORE RESOURCES:

The Equal Justice Initiative

https://eji.org/

https://eji.org/about/

Visit EJI’s two locations in Montgomery AL:

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice

The Legacy Museum

Sign up for Daily emails from EJI

https://calendar.eji.org/sign-up

 

The 1619 Project: A New American Origin Story, by Nikole Hannah-Jones

https://www.amazon.com/1619-Project-Born-Water/dp/0593307356/ref=pd_bxgy_img_sccl_1/130-0109168-1434738?pd_rd_w=Vnpek&content-id=amzn1.sym.6b3eefea-7b16-43e9-bc45-2e332cbf99da&pf_rd_p=6b3eefea-7b16-43e9-bc45-2e332cbf99da&pf_rd_r=PNRP5942HGGKK4SDR2Z4&pd_rd_wg=crjZq&pd_rd_r=3b079be2-80eb-4c81-980e-8dd9e7d95863&pd_rd_i=0593307356&psc=1

 

 

Born on the Water (The 1619 Project), picture book by Nikole Hannah-Jones

https://www.amazon.com/1619-Project-Born-Water/dp/0593307356/ref=pd_bxgy_img_sccl_1/130-0109168-1434738?pd_rd_w=Vnpek&content-id=amzn1.sym.6b3eefea-7b16-43e9-bc45-2e332cbf99da&pf_rd_p=6b3eefea-7b16-43e9-bc45-2e332cbf99da&pf_rd_r=PNRP5942HGGKK4SDR2Z4&pd_rd_wg=crjZq&pd_rd_r=3b079be2-80eb-4c81-980e-8dd9e7d95863&pd_rd_i=0593307356&psc=1

 

 

Women Beyond a Certain Age is an award-winning weekly podcast with Denise Vivaldo. She brings her own lively, humorous, and experienced viewpoint to the topics she discusses with her guests. The podcast covers wide-ranging subjects of importance to older women.

 

SHOW LINKS

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  • Denise Vivaldo is the host of WBACA. Her info lives here: https://denisevivaldogroup.com/
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  • Cindie Flannigan is the producer WBACA. Her info lives here: https://linktr.ee/cindieflannigan
  • Denise and Cindie’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Denise-Vivaldo/e/B001K8QNRA%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Find us on Podbean, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!

https://womenbeyond.podbean.com/e/more-stephanie-hersh-more-fun/ https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-beyond-a-certain-age-podcast/id1430084217?i=1000563116865

 

 

Our guest this week is Debra Freeman. Debra has written for outlets such as Plate Magazine, Epicurious, Garden and Gun, Pit Magazine, Gravy, Southern Grit Magazine, and Gastro Obscura, has had her work featured in Huffington Post and The New York Times, and has done cultural commentary for BBC Radio and other international outlets. Freeman writes about the intersection of race, culture, and food. Read Why Yellow Cake is so Important to Black Celebrations, along with some other pieces by Debra (links below)!

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DEBRA’S LINKS:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/audiophilegirl/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/audiophilegirl

Why Yellow Cake is so Important to Black Celebrations: https://food52.com/blog/26915-boxed-yellow-cake-mix-black-celebrations

A Fruitful Journey: https://www.southernfoodways.org/a-fruitful-journey/

Here’s Looking at ‘Cue: https://www.southernfoodways.org/heres-looking-at-cue/

 

Women Beyond a Certain Age is an award-winning weekly podcast with Denise Vivaldo. She brings her own lively, humorous, and experienced viewpoint to the topics she discusses with her guests. The podcast covers wide-ranging subjects of importance to older women.

 

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  • Denise Vivaldo is the host of WBACA. Her info lives here: https://denisevivaldogroup.com/
  • More of Denise’s info is here: https://denisevivaldo.com
  • Cindie Flannigan is the producer WBACA. Her info lives here: https://linktr.ee/cindieflannigan
  • Denise and Cindie’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Denise-Vivaldo/e/B001K8QNRA%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Steps Toward Contentment

  1. Wake up early and take the time to be grateful for the tiniest things. If you’re tired, go to bed early. If you can’t, try taking a nap. I was never able to nap until I turned 60. Now every other day I take a 45-minute nap. I am refreshed.
  2. Only watch the news in the morning. Hit the high points and get out. If you feel powerless, write a letter to your congressman. Complain to the people in charge. Donate 10 bucks to The World Kitchen. Go through your drawers and donate stuff you never wear. You have power, use it.
  3. Have you tried meditation? Or just take 10 minutes to say a prayer for yourself. I read a little prayer every morning with my cup of coffee. Or write down your own word for the day. Lots of days I read from an old Daily Word from the original Betty Ford Clinic. “I can have the day I want.”
  4. Engage in any type of exercise. Whatever it is: walking, swimming, riding a bike, window shopping. Every step counts.
  5. Put a step counter on your phone or use the one on your smart watch. It will make you accountable. I have double my steps by doing this. I walk to manage my anxiety, which, if left alone, eventually turns into depression. Exercise helps me focus my thoughts.
  6. I worked with Richard Simmons about 100 years ago. He’d say, “Denisey, move more, eat less.” How simple is that? Eating is about needs, habits, obsessions, filling the void, social contacts. It’s huge. If you eat too much and you want to change, write down what you eat every day. A food diary is the only way to know what you really consume. Start with accurate amounts and then tackle calories.
  7. Lisa suggested going sober for the summer…Let’s not be silly…I can agree to one glass of wine instead of two.
  8. Cull your friends list on social media. Negativity is bye-bye. Do you have friends on FB or Instagram that always complain about the same thing? Why aren’t they learning? Worse yet, why are you listening? Would it be helpful if you pointed it out to them? If you do and they are upset, let them block you! Real friends change your life for the good and are there for the bad.
  9. Visualize where you want to be. I am learning to visualize my retirement. It has taken me two years. I loved my work, but I am finally able to say I love not going to work!
  10. And, lastly, if you have mixed feelings about life, or can’t find a happy or contented peace, try talking to a friend that listens, a pastor or a therapist (find one on a sliding scale that can help you). Yes, life is hard and tedious. But it’s also wonderful and exhilarating.

Lisa Stollman's newsletter always gives me food for thought. I got the idea for this episode from her. You can sign up to receive her newsletter for free here: https://lisastollmanrd.com/newsletter

 

Women Beyond a Certain Age is an award-winning weekly podcast with Denise Vivaldo. She brings her own lively, humorous, and experienced viewpoint to the topics she discusses with her guests. The podcast covers wide-ranging subjects of importance to older women.

 

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Stephanie Hersh is back with us to continue her chat with Denise! She tells us her favorite Julia Child saying, “It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.”

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While interested in food from an early age, Hersh recalls that pursuing a career in food was not always viewed with esteem, respect, and a degree of celebrity, but rather as invisible, manual labor. Regardless, after receiving her undergraduate degree, Hersh studied at the Culinary Institute of America, and happily began working in Boston-area hotel kitchens and as a private chef. While taking a course to augment her administrative skills, Hersh got word that Julia Child was looking for an assistant. “I never in a million years would have pictured myself with Julia,” she says. “It was a dream job.” 

 

She currently lives in Christchurch, teaching adult education cooking courses and a twelve-week food technology course to New Zealand school children, 11 to 13 years of age. This food technology course is required across the country and serves as a pre-cursor to home economics courses, which are taken in high school. She teaches students how to use kitchen equipment, the basics of food processing, and creative, critical thinking skills.

 

Hersh advises all students, “Go with passion, absolute passion in the study of food. If you’re not, there’s no point in doing it. When you are happy, it becomes infectious.” She quips that while she has no idea what her future holds, “Whatever I’ll be doing, I’ll be happily doing it—and I’m proud and delighted that the Gastronomy program is carrying on so well.”

 

[The above is excerpted from “Celebrating Julia Child’s Centenary with her Assistant and BU alumna, Stephanie Hersh” by Emily Contois.]

 

 

Stephanie’s links:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-hersh-46884511/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.hersh.543

 

Women Beyond a Certain Age is an award-winning weekly podcast with Denise Vivaldo. She brings her own lively, humorous, and experienced viewpoint to the topics she discusses with her guests. The podcast covers wide-ranging subjects of importance to older women.

 

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  • Cindie Flannigan is the producer WBACA. Her info lives here: https://linktr.ee/cindieflannigan
  • Denise and Cindie’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Denise-Vivaldo/e/B001K8QNRA%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

 

 

This week we have the indescribably delicious Stephanie Hersh as our guest! Denise and Stephanie go way back. These days she is the onboard chef instructor on Oceania Cruises. You can watch her videos on Oceania’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oceaniacruises/videos/1178549419210379/

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While interested in food from an early age, Hersh recalls that pursuing a career in food was not always viewed with esteem, respect, and a degree of celebrity, but rather as invisible, manual labor. Regardless, after receiving her undergraduate degree, Hersh studied at the Culinary Institute of America, and happily began working in Boston-area hotel kitchens and as a private chef. While taking a course to augment her administrative skills, Hersh got word that Julia Child was looking for an assistant. “I never in a million years would have pictured myself with Julia,” she says. “It was a dream job.” 

 

She currently lives in Christchurch, teaching adult education cooking courses and a twelve-week food technology course to New Zealand school children, 11 to 13 years of age. This food technology course is required across the country and serves as a pre-cursor to home economics courses, which are taken in high school. She teaches students how to use kitchen equipment, the basics of food processing, and creative, critical thinking skills.

 

Hersh advises all students, “Go with passion, absolute passion in the study of food. If you’re not, there’s no point in doing it. When you are happy, it becomes infectious.” She quips that while she has no idea what her future holds, “Whatever I’ll be doing, I’ll be happily doing it—and I’m proud and delighted that the Gastronomy program is carrying on so well.”

 

[The above is excerpted from “Celebrating Julia Child’s Centenary with her Assistant and BU alumna, Stephanie Hersh” by Emily Contois.]

 

 

Stephanie’s links:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-hersh-46884511/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.hersh.543

 

Women Beyond a Certain Age is an award-winning weekly podcast with Denise Vivaldo. She brings her own lively, humorous, and experienced viewpoint to the topics she discusses with her guests. The podcast covers wide-ranging subjects of importance to older women.

 

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Ramin Ganeshram is back with us to talk about her passion for food history as a doorway into the bigger issue of American history and culture and how it effects current events. We also discuss doing what you f-ing got to do, and the problem with pigeon-holing your expertise. We even quote Shakespeare!

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Ramim Ganeshram wrote the brilliant book, The General’s Cook. She dedicated 7 years to researching and writing this intriguing and suspenseful novel and continues to pursue leads into the elusive life of America’s first celebrity chef, Hercules Posey. The time: 1793. The place: Philadelphia. Hercules, President George Washington’s chef, is a fixture on the Philadelphia scene. He is famous for both his culinary prowess and for ruling his kitchen like a commanding general. He has his run of the city and earns twice the salary of an average American workingman. He wears beautiful clothes and attends the theater. But while valued by the Washingtons for his prowess in the kitchen and rewarded far over and above even white servants, Hercules is enslaved in a city where most black Americans are free. Even while he masterfully manages his kitchen and the lives of those in and around it, Hercules harbors secrets-- including the fact that he is learning to read and that he is involved in a dangerous affair with Thelma, a mixed-race woman, who, passing as white, works as a companion to the daughter of one of Philadelphia's most prestigious families. Eventually Hercules’ carefully crafted intrigues fall apart, and he finds himself trapped by his circumstance and the will of George Washington. Based on actual historical events and people, The General's Cook, will thrill fans of The Hamilton Affair, as they follow Hercules' precarious and terrifying bid for freedom.

 

Ramin is a veteran journalist with a master’s degree from Columbia University. She worked for eight years as a stringer for the New York Times, and another eight years for New York Newsday as a feature writer and food columnist. She has been honored seven times with the Society of Professional Journalist Award. Ramin is also a professionally trained chef who specializes in writing about multicultural communities from the perspective of food, history, and culture. She is the executive director of the Westport Historical Society in Connecticut and the recipient of a 2018 New England Museum Association Excellence in the field for her critically acclaimed Westport exhibit, Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport, which also won the national American Association for State and Local History Award in 2019.

 

Ramin’s links:

Website: TheGeneralsCook.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nibblescribblenyc/

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Generals-Cook-Novel-Ramin-Ganeshram/dp/1950691977/ref=sr_1_1

 

Women Beyond a Certain Age is an award-winning weekly podcast with Denise Vivaldo. She brings her own lively, humorous, and experienced viewpoint to the topics she discusses with her guests. The podcast covers wide-ranging subjects of importance to older women.

 

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Ann Gentry is back! This week we’re talking about life after restaurants, slowing down and just being you, and appreciating the quiet inside yourself.

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Twenty-five years ago, Ann opened the first organic vegan restaurant on the West Coast. Real Food Daily grew into five locations and setting the bar very high for all the restaurants that followed in her footsteps. She now guides women in eating for optimal brain health and aging. Ann wants women to have a positive and lively transition from their midlife years to their third act by awakening their physical and cognitive strength and wisdom. She also works in early-stage development of health products and consults for health-minded food and restaurants concepts.

 

Ann’s links:

Website: https://anngentry.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/agelikeagoddess/

Buy Vegan Family Meals: https://anngentry.com/product/vegan-family-meals-real-food-for-everyone/

Buy the Real Food Daily Cookbook: https://anngentry.com/checkout/

 

Women Beyond a Certain Age is an award-winning weekly podcast with Denise Vivaldo. She brings her own lively, humorous, and experienced viewpoint to the topics she discusses with her guests. The podcast covers wide-ranging subjects of importance to older women.

 

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Ann Gentry is with us this week! Twenty-five years ago, Ann opened the first organic vegan restaurant on the West Coast. Real Food Daily grew into five locations and set the bar very high for all the restaurants that followed in her footsteps.

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She now guides women in eating for optimal brain health and aging. Ann wants women to have a positive and lively transition from their midlife years to their third act by awakening their physical and cognitive strength and wisdom. She also works in early-stage development of health products and consults for health-minded food and restaurants concepts.

 

Ann’s links:

Website: https://anngentry.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/agelikeagoddess/

Buy Vegan Family Meals: https://anngentry.com/product/vegan-family-meals-real-food-for-everyone/

Buy the Real Food Daily Cookbook: https://anngentry.com/checkout/

 

Women Beyond a Certain Age is an award-winning weekly podcast with Denise Vivaldo. She brings her own lively, humorous, and experienced viewpoint to the topics she discusses with her guests. The podcast covers wide-ranging subjects of importance to older women.

 

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Lisa Stollman is back with us to talk about inflammation. The pesky condition that can affect your health, life, and happiness in so many ways. Visit her website to download her booklet free!

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Lisa is a nutrition expert specializing in diabetes, sustainable weight management and food sensitivities. Lisa is the CEO of Lisa Stollman Nutrition and NutritionWellth. In 2015 Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDCES, CDN, CLT was honored as the Outstanding Dietitian of The Year by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Lisa's passion is helping people live healthier and more fulfilling lives. She obtained both her B.S. in Foods and Nutrition and her M.A. in Clinical Nutrition from New York University.

 

Lisa’s links:

Website: https://lisastollmanrd.com

Newsletter: https://lisastollmanrd.com/newsletter

Email: lisa@lisastollmanrd.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/4WeekNutritionReset/

 

Women Beyond a Certain Age is an award-winning weekly podcast with Denise Vivaldo. She brings her own lively, humorous, and experienced viewpoint to the topics she discusses with her guests. The podcast covers wide-ranging subjects of importance to older women.

 

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Ramin Ganeshram is with us this week to talk about her brilliant book, The General’s Cook.

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She dedicated 7 years to researching and writing this intriguing and suspenseful novel and continues to pursue leads into the elusive life of America’s first celebrity chef, Hercules Posey. The time: 1793. The place: Philadelphia. Hercules, President George Washington’s chef, is a fixture on the Philadelphia scene. He is famous for both his culinary prowess and for ruling his kitchen like a commanding general. He has his run of the city and earns twice the salary of an average American workingman. He wears beautiful clothes and attends the theater. But while valued by the Washingtons for his prowess in the kitchen and rewarded far over and above even white servants, Hercules is enslaved in a city where most black Americans are free. Even while he masterfully manages his kitchen and the lives of those in and around it, Hercules harbors secrets-- including the fact that he is learning to read and that he is involved in a dangerous affair with Thelma, a mixed-race woman, who, passing as white, works as a companion to the daughter of one of Philadelphia's most prestigious families. Eventually Hercules’ carefully crafted intrigues fall apart, and he finds himself trapped by his circumstance and the will of George Washington. Based on actual historical events and people, The General's Cook, will thrill fans of The Hamilton Affair, as they follow Hercules' precarious and terrifying bid for freedom.

 

Ramin is a veteran journalist with a master’s degree from Columbia University. She worked for eight years as a stringer for the New York Times, and another eight years for New York Newsday as a feature writer and food columnist. She has been honored seven times with the Society of Professional Journalist Award. Ramin is also a professionally trained chef who specializes in writing about multicultural communities from the perspective of food, history, and culture. She is the executive director of the Westport Historical Society in Connecticut and the recipient of a 2018 New England Museum Association Excellence in the field for her critically acclaimed Westport exhibit, Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport, which also won the national American Association for State and Local History Award in 2019.

 

Ramin’s links:

Website: TheGeneralsCook.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nibblescribblenyc/

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Generals-Cook-Novel-Ramin-Ganeshram/dp/1950691977/ref=sr_1_1

 

Women Beyond a Certain Age is an award-winning weekly podcast with Denise Vivaldo. She brings her own lively, humorous, and experienced viewpoint to the topics she discusses with her guests. The podcast covers wide-ranging subjects of importance to older women.

 

SHOW LINKS

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  • Email us: WomenBeyond@icloud.com
  • Denise Vivaldo is the host of WBACA. Her info lives here: https://denisevivaldogroup.com/
  • More of Denise’s info is here: https://denisevivaldo.com
  • Cindie Flannigan is the producer WBACA. Her info lives here: https://linktr.ee/cindieflannigan
  • Denise and Cindie’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Denise-Vivaldo/e/B001K8QNRA%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

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