“Established in 1990, the James Beard Foundation Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields, and emphasize the Foundation’s mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire.
Known as the Oscars of the food world, the James Beard Awards cover all aspects of the industry. The James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food professionals in America.”
I wrote, photographed, and created some hand lettering recipes for the feature story. I created the recipes on antique slate boards with chalk lettering.
The story includes three recipes, one of which includes the history and heritage behind our family heirloom Wild Plum Jelly recipe that’s been passed down for generations.
My grandparents transplanted the original native Texas plum trees on our farm over 30 years ago, from the original plum orchard (my grandpa’s grandparents) on another area of our farm over one hundred years ago. So, these trees began way back with my great-great-grandparents. I love knowing that and preserving this rich history through caring for the trees we have and transplanting even more.
Cooking is a passion that allows me to care for and comfort my loved ones through a beautiful, good meal made with love. It is an honor to celebrate our family’s heritage and to see this recipe in print.
Remember to eat local, and support our local farms, and food communities.