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New look and fun with the Beekmans!

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Hey everybody!  Sure it’s been awhile since I’ve here, but it’s another injury-filled couple of weeks for me.  Maybe I should actually rest instead of still playing volleyball for once.  Humbug on that!  Anyhoo, I just have a couple of announcements.

First of all, Jereme’s Kitchen has a whole new look!  It took me awhile to decide on one and I will probably be tweaking it over the next few weeks.  Of course, I could just change it altogether.  I’d appreciate any feedback and thoughts!

Secondly, I got a chance to spend the afternoon with the Fabulous Beekman Boys earlier this month!  And this time they were both here (well, not here exactly, but close enough in Lansing, MI)!  If y’all remember, I was able to attend a reading by Josh Kilmer-Purcell back in April of 2011 when he came back for a visit of his old alma mater (Go Spartans!).  This go around, he came back and he brought his partner Brent Ridge MD with him!  The focus for this talk and book signing was for their new Heirloom Dessert Cookbook.  The recipes they have assembled are a collection of time-honored gems that have been a part of their own family traditions and histories.  Like the previous cookbook, they do leave a space for you personalize the recipes with your own special twist or just leave some notes on what to do.   There is also a space for you to add any family recipes and include it in this heirloom collection.  It’s a nice touch that other cookbooks don’t offer!  And one lucky Jereme’s Kitchen reader might just get their own signed copy to cherish (hint, hint — stay tuned)

Brent and Josh at Schuler's Books in Lansing!
Brent and Josh at Schuler’s Books in Lansing!
These two guys really do seem sweet and genuine.
These two guys really do seem sweet and genuine.

At the book signing, Brent had told me about a blog project that the Boys and Kenn the Biscuit Guy were planning.  So I got to talking with Kenn the Biscuit Guy (there is a very entertaining story about how his name came about, and it involves Martha Stewart!) and he gave me some of the details about it.  The blog is called Bake Like a Beekman over at Blogspot.  What is so great about this is that they will look at one of the recipes in the book, participants will then attempt to create them, and then everyone gets to share their experiences with the recipe.  You can talk about any changes you made, serving suggestions, concerns that you may have, or just share your results.

Here's the Heirloom Dessert Cookbook!
Here’s the Heirloom Dessert Cookbook!

Now the project did already start this past Sunday, with the first recipe being the Walnut Cake.  There are already some results from the participants posted.  A new recipe will be selected every Sunday, and there will be a deadline for submissions.  That way we can all learn everything we can from each other and then all move on to the next recipe!  I think it’s a wonderful project — it’s like we all are taking an online class together.  I look forward to participating and I encourage y’all to join in too!  If you do decide to partake, tell Ken-with-two-“N”s that Jeremy-with-an-“E” sent ya!

Fun fact that I learned from the Beekman Boys on Facebook -- Josh spent some time working at the State News (the school paper and Michigan State).  While there he had to design an ad for the college book store.  His handwriting was used as the design for the neon of The Student Book Store.
Fun fact that I learned from the Beekman Boys on Facebook — Josh spent some time working at the State News (the school paper at Michigan State). While there he had to design an ad for the college book store. His handwriting was later used as the design for the neon of The Student Book Store.
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My afternoon with a Beekman

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I had the good fortune of being able to attend a reading by author Josh Kilmer-Purcell at Schuler’s books in Lansing yesterday.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Josh, both he and his partner Brent Ridge, MD are the subject of the reality documentary on Planet Green called The Fabulous Beekman Boys.  It details the transition and struggles that two urbanites go through trying to develop a thriving business out of their farm called the Beekman.  They have a whole slew of artisanal products, including goat milk soaps (which are fabulous, of course!) and cheeses made with the help of the goats on the farm.  The products are available on their Beekman 1802 website, but according to Josh, they are out of the Blaak cheese and won’t have any more until June-ish so get on the wait list now!

The Spartan alum and ex-drag queen has authored a couple of books, two of which have been on the best-seller list.  At Schuler’s, he did a reading from his most recent book The Bucolic Plague (here’s a link to the an online review from the New York Times) and he talked about a dinner that he and his partner Brent had with Martha Stewart (Dr. Brent was VP of Martha Stewart Healthy Living before the Beekman needed some full time attention).  You’ll have to buy the book in order the get the whole story.  But it was nice to hear about it straight from Josh, well maybe not straight

He was so genuine and personable, like someone you’d known for years.  I’m sure if we’d met while he was at Michigan State we would have been best friends!  Of course, I was there long after he was gone; I think he said he graduated in ’91 whilst I graduated in around 2000 .  Always with the poor timing. . .  Anyhoo, I’m so glad that I got a chance to be there.  And the turnout was great given that there was only a week or so to plan the event.  I just wish that I could have remembered all the questions that I had to ask.  I did happen to remember them on the drive home, and came up with a couple of new ones.  Again with the poor timing. . .  But, thanks to Josh for coming back to the E.L. and sharing a little bit of yourself with us.  And thanks for the fabulous model walking.