Sunday, November 30, 2014

Savannah Innkeeper Begins Her Foodoir: Jackie Heinz Takes Her Savannah B&B Guests Beyond Homemade Deliciousness To Treasured Southern Food Stories

SAVANNAH, Georgia USA -- Influential in the Savannah tourism, hospitality, and bed and breakfast communities, Jackie Heinz is a foodie with a sophisticated palate and flair for entertaining.
The inn's recent Wheel of Fortune winner, Ashley Wimberly told WSAV's  Ian Margol that she is going to miss Jackie's warm morning muffins every morning!
This top-tier inn's caterer-turned-innkeeper explains that her southern foodie roots run deeper than those of her lifetime alone ... and all the way to Europe and Germany. "From my grandmothers Lora Menshouse Hackworth and Ora Henry Carroll I developed a love of cooking. My mom had a hand in things as well since she is the one who taught me to make my first pie dough; but, it was my grandmothers who really were the great cooks who inspired me."

Here our Kentucky-born foodie begins her foodoir, first by introducing a few of her heirloom treasures in the kitchen -- the rolling pen her father crafted in his high school wood shop class when he was 16 for her grandma Lora, her inherited candy thermometer and Sunbeam mixer, a vintage potato masher like her grandma Carroll's, and her Mom's Betty Crocker Cookbook -- the one her mother received as a wedding present 59 years ago [turned in this photo to the "Testing Candy" page]. "This is the first cookbook I ever used," Jackie adds.
Despite the grandeur of Zeigler House Inn's presence on magnificent Jones Street, to peek inside Jackie's kitchen, guests are most fascinated with the tempting aromas that spill out and ease with which Jackie produces her delicious homemade fare! It is not likely guests will be ogling Jackie's food-centric family treasures, unless they are antique lovers or until this southern "Steel Magnolia" begins her heart-warming storytelling.

"I use the candy thermometer and the rolling pen almost daily, and I borrow my mother's cookbook occasionally," Jackie explains. "My daddy asked me recently if I still use the rolling pen and I told him, 'Yes, sir, after 65 years it's still rolling perfect pastry dough!"  
"When my grandma Carroll, my Mom's mother, was alive the kids got to mash the potatoes for dinner. When she passed away, each of us were given the opportunity to request something special. The problem was that all the grand-daughters, my cousins, wanted grandma's potato masher! I'm not sure who ended up with it but my mother found this identical one in an antique shop and purchased it for me. Grandma and Grandpa Carroll were both Irish and she is the inspiration for my cinnamon rolls, biscuits, scones and the Colcannon I make for St. Patrick's Day. Gosh, I really miss her cooking! The absolute best fried chicken, pies and pickles ever," Jackie continues.

"Daddy's parents moved from Ashland, Kentucky where his grandfather William Hackworth had a sundry store, to Gallipolis, Ohio. The name is French for "City of the Gauls".  It's more of a village; it's quintessential small town America. I have a hefty glass canister that sat on the shelf with candy in their store. Amazingly, even in daily use in the store, the canister is not chipped or broken. It is a family treasure for sure. They opened a restaurant there, The White Palace Restaurant and ran it for the better part of 30 years."

"My grandma Lora and grandpa Jack made wonderful candy. The candy thermometer that I treasure and use to make pralines and fudge is their's. It still measures perfectly. The patent still shows -- "Patent #1931963 made by Taylor".

Sitting atop the China hutch is a fine crystal, blue pitcher that brings a beam to Jackie's face. "This pitcher was my Grandma Lora's, too. It originally belonged to her parents. My great-grandpa would take it to the pub to get it filled with beer. My grandma said her mother could never understand why he needed to take the family heirloom from Germany, the blue etched pitcher, for beer! My great-grandpa Menshouse spoke in his gruff voice with the occasional German word or phrase until he died."

Recently Jackie received a new edition of the Betty Crocker Cookbook. The comparisons are sure to make for another interesting #foodies entry in this ongoing foodoir.

P.S. If you thought you would arrive at Zeigler House Inn bed and breakfast simply for a wonderful night's sleeps, think again! The food and stories enrich the experience! Talk to us.
The Guardian points to 'foodoir' among the new words published in the 11th edition of Collins English Dictionary (2011). WordSpy points to examples as early as 2009.  

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ABOUT ZEIGLER HOUSE INN

This top-pick, city bed and breakfast inn is an elegant model of Savannah’s world-famous historic restoration. The private and stately Zeigler House Inn (circa 1856) is a Salzberger lumber merchant’s family mansion transformed to seven French-inspired lodging suites and rooms in the downtown Savannah's National Landmark Historic District. At the top-rated, private small hotel the caterer-turned-innkeeper, Jackie Heinz, serves in-room breakfasts, home baked pastries worthy of a French p√Ętisserie, plus en vogue bed and breakfast comforts and southern hospitality. For more information, contact Zeigler House Inn — email innkeeper@zeiglerhouseinn.com or telephone toll free 866/233-5307 in the USA, or 912/233-5307 local or international; 121 West Jones Street, Savannah, Georgia USA 31401. Twitter @ZeiglerHouseInn, Facebook and Pinterest.

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