January 27, 2012

Preserving Memories: Handing Down Family Recipes


Recipe File Box

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Joyce Cherrier January 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I have a few of my mom’s cookbooks but my sister, who’s 10 years older, has preserved many of the family recipes. My cooking is much different then my parents, since I try to cut out the unhealthy ingredients, but when the holidays come around I miss some of those traditional dishes my parents made. It’s more than about the food — it’s about the memories.

Sara February 2, 2012 at 11:54 am

Joyce, you point out something very important. Many of us don’t cook the way our parents/grandparents cooked. But, as you said, it’s really more about the memories the food gives us. I enjoy figuring out how to ‘healthify’ some of the traditional recipes so my family can still enjoy them. Just this past Hanukkah I used coconut oil to fry up the latkes, trying to keep with the tradition but use a more heart-healthy oil. Of course I also bake many of the latkes too.

Li January 31, 2012 at 8:51 am

I gave my mom some homework when she retired and asked her to write out our family recipes – hers, and those she got from Papito, my grandfather, before he passed away. I gave her a book and a pen and have waited for a few years now.

I think she found it exciting at first, but when she realized how cooking-challenged I could be (I need specific measurements, not just “add salt to taste” because I won’t know how to salt it! LOL) she lost a bit of interest. Then once my sister found out, she then gave my mom her own book (God forbid we make copies of these things) to write the recipes in. Thus, we wait.

I wonder what it is with legacies in my family? My mom has not finished the cook book, just as I never really finished my family tree (it needs to be bound) which sits in a heap of papers held together by a rubber band. Maybe it’s a part of nostalgia – the thought of letting it all go – not having the unfinished project that needs you. Hmm

(I am rambling. This should not be a comment, bc it’s so long and I’ve abandoned the subject matter. :sigh: feel free to delete!)

Anyway, always glad to stop by your site. (((Hugs)))


Sara February 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Li, you’ve got to encourage your mom to keep working on the cookbook. Even just little goals! Maybe do a few recipes leading up to Easter? As they say, baby steps. Getting started is so exciting, but keeping at it is difficult. You know this with blogging!

And, WOW! You finished up your family tree? Get that thing bound! I bet your family would LOVE IT! Seriously, you have 12 days until Valentine’s Day. What a wonderful gift to give yourself (more floor space!) and your family.

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