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Food, Food and More Food – Cherishing Family Traditions

on March 17, 2014

Food is one of the great uniting factors in our culture. So many of our traditions and customs revolve around eating. At family gatherings, there is often at least one favorite dish.

For years my sister would jokingly tell me at Thanksgiving time, “You can only come if you bring sweet potato casserole.”

In my family, there are several favorites that Mom made that have been passed around so we all have the recipes. A few years ago, just before Christmas, I decided it was time to hand down those recipes in a format the grandkids could appreciate. So I created an e-book with some of Mom’s favorite recipes.

I was able to include some handwritten pages from one of Dad’s grandmother’s cookbooks showing the original version of the recipe. And my sister provided a handwritten letter from Mom detailing exactly how she went about fixing a full Thanksgiving dinner. It was my little way of sharing some family history–as well as some great recipes–with the next generation.

Grammys Cookbook

Does your family have favorite food traditions?


3 responses to “Food, Food and More Food – Cherishing Family Traditions

  1. Carole Brown says:

    Such a fun and comforting memory. Sharing certain passed-down recipes! Lv the idea!

  2. sharynkopf says:

    My family definitely has food traditions! Especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas — these meals always had to include Grandma’s homemade noodles. That was the highlight for everyone. Fortunately, my dad has continued that tradition and now he’s teaching my nieces how to make them. It’s so simple but so special. And yummy!

  3. Carole, it was fun to do and pretty easy to create.

    Homemade noodles sound good, Sharyn. Now I’m craving noodles :o)

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