Taking a Break, Shaker-like

Taking a Break, Shaker-like

Last week I was easing into our vacation with a working trip up to visit Margaret Roach and her fabulous garden in the westernmost Berkshires on the New York state side. Next stop was a hop over the state line into Massachusetts for more Berkshire fun on our annual visit with the same friends we traveled to Italy with in June. By then I was really on vacation, barely photographing or jotting down the recipe for a single thing I cooked.

We visited Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA, or "Shaker-town" as we started calling it with the children. I'd been before, but never took notice of the kitchen. Funny, that.

It was brilliantly laid out, ready to feed their communal family of one hundred three meals a day, every day of the year (no breaks for them!) The implements were all beautiful. Look at this rolling pin.

I thought about Faith's Meyer Shaker Lemon Pie and how rolling out the crust with this amazing tool might be a dangerous encouragement to make two pies when one is needed. Dana recently made 36 pies for a wedding, and kept her cool.

How many pies do one hundred Shakers eat? I say you could squeeze by with ten. Better make twelve, just in case.

Yes, on vacation. But never really quieting the voices of the kitchen.

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