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The Americas Film Festival of New York 2014

May 22, 2014 | Posted in: | 0 Comments

So excited to announce that our film made for the project “Crazy: A Story About Cake (And Other Things)” is an official selection of The Americas Film Festival of New York and will compete for the The Americas Film Award! The festival is June 2-5 in NYC , check out the full lineup here:

We’ve been loving the response for this film, and are so grateful for the support it has received! We’re continuing to look for fresh stories to film, so if you know someone with an amazing story, please let us know by emailing or tweeting @AmericanRecipe.


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Charleston Food Film Festival 2014

Apr 18, 2014 | Posted in: | 0 Comments

We have some very exciting news about one of the short films we produced for this project – “Crazy: A Story About Cake and Other Things” which has screened in Boston is making it’s way to Charleston South Carolina as an official selection of the Charleston Food Film Fest ( and we will be screening at the Food Porn Party with some other great films Friday April 25th at the High Wire Distilling Co! Party starts at 6:30 pm and will feature all-you-can-eat-tacos, Crazy Cake (Alice’s recipe from the film) made by a PASTRY CHEF, drinks, more food and of course, FABULOUS food movies. Best of all, the stars of our documentary, Jan and Dean Weaver will be there to see the film on the big screen.

Needless to say, we are stoked.

We hope you can make it if you’re in the Charleston area and want to have an AMAZING Friday night! Passes can be purchased on the festival website. Follow @AmericanRecipe and like us on Facebook to see pictures and exclusive updates from the festival!


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Portsmouth Short Film Night!

Feb 23, 2014 | Posted in: | 1 Comments

Hello Everyone!

We are so excited to announce that our short documentary (and one of our episodes) “Crazy: A Story About Cake and Other Things” has been invited to be screened at Portsmouth Short Film Night in Portsmouth, NH! The event is Friday February 28th at 280 Marcy St. Portsmouth NH from 7-9 PM (free!) and Maddie and Justin will be doing a Q and A after the screening. Come down, check out some of Portsmouth’s great restaurants and breweries, see some amazing local films, and make a night of it! Details are at the FB event below:

See you there!

Share your story with us!

Dec 17, 2013 | Posted in: | 0 Comments

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It’s a little over a week until Christmas, and it’s hard to contain my excitement at the thought of the feast we will experience as a result. For my family which leans heavily on my father’s Polish side for tradition this time of year, that means Polish breakfast on Christmas morning, complete with babka, eggs and kielbasa, and some other less Polish things that have become family staples, such as Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookies and Shrimp Scampi on Christmas Eve. I’m sure I’ll  be posting on some of these things over the next few days, but I’m more interested in what Christmas means to your family! What are some of your recipes and traditions? If you aren’t Christian, what are some winter-time traditions and foods your family has?

We at The American Recipe Project are committed to exploring the cultural intersections between food, family, and history for all Americans, but we can’t do it without your help! Please help our research continue and give us amazing stories like the ones you see in our webisodes (! Your story and recipes are important, share them here:

A Rumination on Polish Easter

Apr 1, 2013 | Posted in: | 1 Comments

As I’ve delved more deeply into the family food traditions of many Americans past and present, I can’t help but look back at my own past and begin to mine my own memories. One thing that stands out in my memory, especially around this time of year, is a phenomenon known in my family simply as “Polish Easter” which my father has championed for almost as long as I can remember. As we grew older and Easter became less about going to Church, and more about seeing relatives (or sometimes just making it home from College) and of course, FOOD, Polish Easter became a day-long eating event that defined the holiday.


Polish Easter typically consists of the following:


Pierogies (with farmers cheese, and/or sometimes potato, onion, or mushroom and cabbage)

Kielbasa (homemade from the local Polish deli)


Scrambled Eggs

Horseradish (for the kielbasa)

Sour Cream (for the pierogies)


Orange Juice

Fresh Fruit


Needless to say, it is enough to tide you over until Easter dinner, which was typically some kind of ham or lamb – centric meal, sometimes with more pierogies, vegetables, potatoes, and other side dishes. There are typically copious amounts of pies or honey cake to follow.


And that’s not even including candy.


For anyone who’s still reading and already feeling stuffed, I sympathize. And yet, Polish Easter continues to define the holiday for us, even to the point where my father brought it on the road.


This year, my family traveled to my grandparent’s house in Connecticut (my mom’s side of the family, and of English / French descent) to enjoy Easter weekend. I have many happy memories of Easter at my grandparents as a small child, but had not been there for that particular holiday in a few years. We gathered together to celebrate Easter on Saturday, with the plan to have a quick breakfast and then drive home early on Sunday, to beat the stressful traffic rush. We had a wonderful meal on Saturday orchestrated by my mom, and retired that evening blissfully full. Because of this, I was prepared to face the fact that we might forego the typical Polish Easter traditions this year.

How silly to think that my father would let this tradition fall by the wayside! Little did I know that there were coolers full of pierogies, kielbasa, babka and all the garnishes carefully collected and packed, and then unpacked and cooked! It was suddenly Polish Easter, right there in my grandparent’s house in Connecticut. Even though it was not the typical way they would have done Easter brunch in their house, they thoroughly enjoyed it, and for me, it completed the experience of the holiday. It really was Easter, and we were all together, enjoying a quintessentially American experience – the blending of cultures over a table of delicious foods surrounded by people you love. There is no better feeling in the world.

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