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KPBS Holiday Programming

Heirloom Meals Christmas

Airs Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 3 p.m. on KPBS TV

Heirloom Meals Christmas

Airs Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 3 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: A decorated table loaded up with a small Christmas tree, holiday treats including a sweet potato cake, holiday-themed lollipops and a closely guarded family eggnog. Hosted by culinary artist and public-radio personality Carole Murko, "Heirloom Meals Christmas" celebrates the holiday season by delving into America's rich and diverse culinary history and honoring tried-and-true recipes and dining traditions.

HEIRLOOM MEALS offers a multi-media culinary journey into the kitchens and gardens of anyone who has a treasured family recipe with the goal of exploring our diverse culinary history and preserving our ancestors' tried and true recipes and dining traditions.

In many ways the old ways of learning how to cook have been lost in the go-go world of our fast food nation. Our mission is to preserve the tradition of heritage foods/recipes by delving into the rich and diverse cultural food histories that make up the melting pot of the United States and paying tribute to the dying art of cooking from scratch.

Courtesy of American Public Television

Elle Green’s Sweet Potato Cake as featured in "Heirloom Meals Christmas."

Courtesy of American Public Television

Alex Elman's Plum Pudding as featured in "Heirloom Meals Christmas."

Hosted by culinary artist and public-radio personality Carole Murko, "Heirloom Meals Christmas" celebrates the holiday season by delving into America's rich and diverse culinary history and honoring tried-and-true recipes and dining traditions.

As she did in "Heirloom Meals Thanksgiving," Murko seeks to “savor yesterday’s traditions today” while paying tribute to the dying art of cooking from scratch. She contrasts the Mexican-American tradition of making tamales on Christmas Eve with the old-world Austrian-American custom of preparing a Christmas goose.

Other unique recipes include a sweet potato cake, holiday-themed lollipops and a closely guarded family eggnog. Murko also visits the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. to tour a special exhibit of works related to Charles Dickens and Christmas.

She ventures to Shelburne Farms in Vermont to chat with a cheesemaker about sustainable farming. To add to holiday cheer, the special also includes songs performed by world-renowned jazz singer and pianist Judy Carmichael in the comfort of Carole's home. View a list of Christmas recipes.

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Heirloom Meals Christmas Show Tease

Above: "Heirloom Meals Christmas" is an hour long show on public television, airing in December across the country. Here's a tease of what to expect. Check your local PBS listings for dates and times. Show Host and Executive Producer: Carole Murko; Director and Cinematographer: JP Lipa and Eleven 11; Editor: Derek Ambrosi.

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Heirloom Meals: Carole Murko makes Cabot Cheese Biscotti

Above: Carole Murko of HEIRLOOM MEALS shares her treasured family recipe for sharp Cabot cheddar cheese biscotti. For more HEIRLOOM stories, family recipes, and tips, please visit us at: http://www.heirloommeals.com

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Heirloom Meals: Carole Murko makes Walnut and Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Above: Carole Murko of HEIRLOOM MEALS shares her treasured family recipe for delicious walnut and raisin oatmeal cookies. Yum~! For more HEIRLOOM stories, family recipes, and tips, please visit us at: http://www.heirloommeals.com

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Heirloom Meals: Carole Murko shares her Nana's Sour Cream Pie Crust recipe

Above: Carole Murko of HEIRLOOM MEALS gives us the scoop on her nana's famous and family treasured recipe for sour dough pie crust. For further instruction on the blueberry pie, please look for the accompaniment video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z0eBU3WMJM&feature=youtu.be . For more directions on Heirloom recipes, stories, and tips, please visit: http://www.heirloommeals.com

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Heirloom Meals: Carole Murko shares her Nana's Blueberry Pie recipe

Above: Carole Murko of HEIRLOOM MEALS gives us the scoop on her nana's famous and family treasured recipe for blueberry pie. For further instruction on the sour dough pie crust, please look for the accompaniment video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Hwu9VStckY&feature=youtu.be . For more directions on Heirloom recipes, stories, and tips, please visit: http://www.heirloommeals.com