Wednesday, May 2, 2012

New Food Contributor Shannon Houlihan

Food Writer Shannon Houlihan Please join us in welcoming our newest contributor here at the Almanack, Shannon Houlihan. Shannon’s family was among the first settlers of a wide stretch of the Adirondacks from Warrensburg through Brant Lake and Bolton, and across Lake George to Hulett’s Landing. Shannon grew-up a city girl in Schenectady, but over the past 20 years she’s been exploring foods from all over the world. Her return to the Adirondacks 10 years ago sparked a new interest in raising and eating local foods from local gardens, forests, and waters.

Anyone who knows Shannon will tell you she’s an amazing kitchen raconteur and culinarian. I will tell you, (and I should know, Shannon and I have been together for 18 years) that she’s also an inventive cook without the pretense so common in today’s foodies. Her stock and trade is locally sourced foods using fresh ingredients, made from scratch. She makes the kind of food we all eat, but with an astoundingly fresh creativity, and an abiding interest in easily found local foods. Shannon is also a Warren County long-term care visiting nurse whose work brings her into contact with the food traditions of the old-timers she cares for – she’ll also be sharing some of those.

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John Warren

John Warren has been exploring the woods and waters of the Adirondacks for almost 50 years. After a career as a print journalist and documentary television producer he founded Adirondack Almanack in 2005 and co-founded the geolocation services company Adirondack Atlas in 2015.

John remains active in traditional media. His Adirondack Outdoors Conditions Report can be heard Friday mornings across the region on the stations of North Country Public Radio and on 93.3 / 102.1 The Mix. Since 2008, John has been a media specialist on the staff of the New York State Writers Institute.

John is also a professional researcher and historian with a M.A. in Public History. He edits The New York History Blog and is the author of two books of regional history. As a Grant Consultant for the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, he has reviewed hundreds of historic roadside marker grant applications from around New York State for historical accuracy.

3 Responses

  1. Pat Skerry says:

    This is such a wonderful idea. I think alot of culinary history can be preserved and taught to future chefs by having an obviously dedicated contributor focus and promote the cuisine of the Adirondacks and beyond. I am looking forward to her insight and help in expanding my knowledge of the food culture that alot of us were raised on and hope to pass to our children.

    • Shannon Houlihan Shannon Houlihan says:

      Thanks Pat! So far I have just picked up casual tidbits about local food history here & there in my travels, but reading your post has inspired me to me a greater effort to learn more. It is a pretty fascinating topic. And one people LOVE to talk about.

  2. Cristi Russo says:

    I have been a lucky beneficiary of Shannon’s culinary giftedness since she started banging out gourmet meals in middle school. Her passion for quality ingredients, heirloom recipes and meals of the highest honorable mention have been a long time inspiration. She is creatively fearless when it comes to crafting new recipes, demystifies the intimidation that can come with cooking, and a wonderful teacher who makes the process fun and accessible. Shannon’s culinary range from 5-star cuisine to the most down-n-dirty comfort foods you’ve ever eaten is impressive. What a great addition to Adirondack Almanac, what a great role for Shannon and what a lucky treat for your readers.

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