Welcome to the Blue Willow Kitchen!

Echo and Caroline (age 3)

A mother-daughter pair, Echo and Caroline, share perfected recipes, the art of the tea table, and a love for all things blue and white.

Blue Willow Kitchen is dedicated to everything we’ve spent our lives developing an appreciation for: hosting afternoon tea, creating tablescapes, doing things the old-school way, growing your own garden, researching historical decorative arts, planning menus, learning essential kitchen techniques, and entertaining.

Echo has been fighting cancer since 2011, and together we want to record as much family cooking knowledge as we can before Caroline can’t readily ask her mother questions anymore. We want to make sure that there aren’t any “lost” recipes, and that all of our memories are saved in the clouds of the internet. We are happy to share them with you as well. 


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Echo R. Fling is a New Jersey-based author, photographer, retired marketing professional, and cancer warrior. She is happily married more than thirty years to a most amiable taste tester. 

Her food blog, The Plucky Gastronome, ran from February 2010 to July 2013.


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Caroline J. Halfinger is a history adjunct, decorative arts enthusiast, recovering picky-eater, and Echo’s daughter. She lives in southern New Jersey with her husband and adorable lapdog, Minnie. She wrote her senior thesis on American dinnerware. 

This blog is a second generation of an original project begun in the summer of 2016. Link here