My Family Cookbook

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When I cook, I think of the women in my family. My grandmother never measured anything and rarely had a recipe in front of her. She was a phenominal cook and I listened as my mom called her frequently throughout my childhood asking “cooking questions.”  img_4290My mom is also a great cook; her gift of combining herbs and spices has excelled restaurant meals.  As a girl, I was a baker. My sweet tooth ruled and I made cookies and cakes for everyone in my path.  img_0820

During the holidays, my mom and aunts made candy together. The cousins would play and bid time till we were called to taste-test!  My other grandmother would have a feast laid out each time we visited Texas.  She made EVERYONE’S favorites!!

Such exuberant love. 

As I cook for my family now, I think about my menu.  I find myself cooking as each of these treasured women before me.  My heart loves cooking. img_4288 One of my most cherished gifts given to me is a family cookbook with recipes from all my family, and also my husband’s family. They are intertwined with pictures scattered through them. img_4289

Such a gift of time and love; priceless to me. When I was first learning to cook as a young wife, I used those recipes from our youth.  When I am missing my grandmothers and mother-in-law, I cling to their recipes; their handwritten script of bundt cakes and stews. I bake their dishes during the holidays and weave in some of our new favorites.

In my family cookbook, I have added my part of the story too.img_0162 I have pages of my children’s favorite dishes. I have birthday pages for each family member with all their individual favorites to celebrate them.img_4291 When my kids come in and help prepare a meal, they see this book with pictures, recipes, and such a rich heritage for us. We cook and talk together. Stories are told, GOOD food is made and this legacy is passed on.img_4292

If you are looking for a gift to give that is from your heart, this one is hands-down a keeper. Collect your cherished recipes and pictures and share the stories attached to them. Bless and add to someone’s meal.

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