ITALIAN-AMERICAN “MAC & CHEESE” AND NOODLE KUGEL
A Zoom Cook-along with author Margaret Hathaway of Ten Apple Farm
Sunday, February 21st | 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Free! Register by Tues. Feb. 16th.
Registered participants will receive the Zoom link, recipes and ingredient list on Tues. 2/16.
Noodles with cheese are a classic comfort food that can take many forms. In this cook along, we’ll make variations from the last century’s Jewish and Italian immigrant communities of Maine. In the 1930s and 40s, Steven Quattrucci’s family owned the popular Balboa Cafe on Portland’s India Street, and his grandmother Nana Q’s “mac & cheese” mixed leftover provolone from the cafe with other cheeses, noodles, and red sauce. Further north, the first Jewish cookbook of Maine was compiled by the Levine Chapter B’nai Brith/Waterville Chapter Hadassah in 1951. In this 90 minute Zoom, we’ll make Nana Q’s “mac & Cheese” and classic Luchen Kugel from 100 Selected Recipes, plus a slightly embellished version of kugel that our family makes at home.
Margaret Hathaway is an author, unabashed foodie, and goat farmer. She is the author of six books, including three cookbooks. Her most recent book is the Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook, published in summer 2020. Since 2006, Margaret and her husband Karl Schatz have raised three daughters, many dairy goats, poultry, and assorted other animals on Ten Apple Farm, their homestead in Southern Maine, where she teaches workshops and cooking classes.
About the Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook:
The Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook celebrates Maine’s rich culinary traditions—old and new—exploring indigenous foodways, hearty Yankee cuisine, community cookbook classics, and favorite dishes of new Mainers. This collection of more than 200 recipes spans kitchens across the state: pulling dishes from grandma’s recipe box, award-winning chefs, Maine personalities, and rustic fishing camps. Celebrating the state’s whole community with recipes form all 16 counties, this cookbook includes heartwarming stories and dishes from both prominent and everyday Mainers, and is beautifully illustrated with family photos, handwritten recipe cards, and historic community cookbook covers. Working with food security advocates within the state, $2 from every book sold is directed to support organizations fighting hunger in Maine. Since June 2020, more than $12,000 has been distributed.
The Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook is available at https://www.maine200cookbook.com/