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Chef Spotlight: Tiffany Deer

CHEF TIFFANY DEER

Tiffany Wahsontiiostha Deer is a professional chef with a love of food and flavor, and a passion for cooking healthy and easy to prepare meals at home.
“In my mind, there are two separate baskets of Native food, or Mohawk food. One basket would be filled with our traditional food, which to me is what I grew up with—it’s meat pie, chicken and dumplings, the mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, turkey. When somebody says they’re having a wedding or an anniversary or a baby shower, “Oh, what are you serving?” “Oh, traditional,” you know automatically that that’s your lineup, that’s what you have to look forward to. That’s incredible, it’s delicious, but the other basket would be traditional food of our people, not what we’re consuming today but what we used to consume yesteryear, and that would be the Hubbard squash, the three sisters—corn, beans and squash—a lot of game…”
“..It’s the connection to our Mother Earth. We’ve grown it, and then what it gives us is like a gift from the Creator, and if you keep that in mind, you have that bond with the food that is more than just flavor…” Read More (from ‘A Very Mohawk Thanksgiving’ Roads & Kingdoms)

 

 

 

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