Cookshelf: Sherry Wildfeuer
Co-founder at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills
The Camphill Village Kimberton Hills community has been Sherry Wildfeuer’s home since she helped found the center in 1973. It’s the local chapter of the international Camphill movement, a group whose mission revolves around working the land and living as a community. More than 100 residents, including adults with developmental disabilities, live on site and work in the Kimberton campus dairy, café, vineyard and farm. During the 20 years Wildfeuer worked at Camphill, she cooked two meals a day for the farmers and interns there. She’s retired now, but she’s still an exceptionally proficient home cook.
One of her favorite cookbooks is Farmer John’s Cookbook by John Peterson (Gibbs Smith, 2006). The book is a collection of recipes and stories designed to help CSA members turn that mysterious, abundant box of produce into delicious meals. She’s especially devoted to one recipe: Farmer’s Cabbage and Mushroom Pie. The dish is unfussy and hearty, just what you’re hungry for after a long day on the farm. Wildfeuer likes to double almost all the ingredients in the original recipe; her super-sized version is printed here. “When my mother was making pies, she always piled them high,” she says.