• Leni cooks on the Monticello Stew Stove

    I had so much fun a few weeks ago. I did my first livestream from the historic Monticello kitchen. I’ve always loved to cook on the hearth but this time I cooked on the stew stove while fielding questions from…

  • Indigo House Front Porch Dinners

    Dear Food Folks: There are only 6 more weekends to enjoy my fall history cuisine series at Indigo House. Welcome and enjoy the front porch of my farmstead home where you will hear the rush of the river, enjoy the…

  • Dear Friends of Indigo House

    Heading into 2020 I want to thank all of my friends and supporters and I’ve had an inspiration. Over the seasons of this New Year I want to share with you some of my favorite recipes (some historic – some…

  • Summer 1795: A James Hemings Dinner

    “Summer 1795: A James Hemings Dinner”

    On Saturday, June 22, 2019 I will be celebrating the early summer 224 years ago when Chef James Hemings cooked at Monticello. Archaeologists have recently uncovered the original hearth and stew stoves on which Hemings taught his brother Peter the…