Brass Kousa Corer

In 1915, my great-grandmother, Hannah’s, parents sent her to America when she was quite young. She lived in an extremely large family in Lebanon and her parents struggled to support her. In an attempt to find a better life, she immigrated to America with hope to thrive. As a first-generation immigrant, she cherished her heritage immensely and did whatever she could to preserve culture in her family. Through cooking, Hannah succeeded in preparing delicious traditional Lebanese food that would unite the family. The brass kousa corer was one cooking utensil used while making this food. Specifically coring and stuffing zucchinis making a dish called kousa. I recognize my heritage when I remember the use of the kousa corer. Hannah was able to supply a whole new generation and the following generations to come after that with insight into their identity. It is important to not let the pressure of assimilation blind you from seeing who you really are and where you come from. Living in the American society, I feel I have drifted from the traditional Lebanese culture. However, learning about this kousa corer and my great-grandmother’s life increased my awareness of the importance of embracing one’s heritage and recognizing the beauty of your own history. During holidays, my family and I still celebrate as a whole, enjoying traditional Lebanese food. I have unlocked new appreciation for my heritage because of Hannah’s cooking and this little brass kousa corer. 

Place(s): Lebanon, New York
Year: 1915

– Madeline Doty

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more