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A Gift - Our Family and Food

Monday, December 06, 2010

A Gift - Our Family and Food

We received a Christmas gift in the mail today - a family cookbook - from my sister-in-law who lives on the Big Island of Hawaii. She is my husband’s youngest sister and is a writer by profession.

She had asked all of the family to submit our favorite family recipes to her this past year, as she planned on compiling them into book. The original idea was to create a family cookbook to present to the nieces and nephews when they got married. Since this adventure started, we have had 3 get married – before the book was completed.

Food Memories – Recipes and Recollections from Our Family Kitchens

The following is from the first page of the book...written by my sister-in-law, Peg.

Food has played an important role in all our lives from the very beginning. Being raised on a farm by parents who spent most of their lives producing food, it was at the heart of who we were as a family.

But growing and making food for our family was something Mom and Dad loved to do most of all. And they shared that love with us. Nearly all our family gatherings were organized around the meals we shared. From these meals came wonderful flavors, memorable smells and many very full bellies.

Our yearly themed Christmas Eve dinners inspired culinary adventure and experiments. Whether good or bad (most were very good), we enjoyed being able to share something new.

From our early years, Mom was the one who inspired that cooking curiosity. She was always trying new dishes, reading magazines, jotting down recipes from friends. She even concocted some of her own.

Her love of cooking, baking and enjoying food has clearly been passed down to all of us, as evidenced by this wonderful collection of recipes. Some go back generations, while others are more recent family favorites. And while we can’t get together as often as we used to, we can share great family memories and preserve that family bond by making all the great recipes within this book.

Cheers to Mom and Dad!
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Now, to go make my self a cup of hot tea and sit back and read this treasure of family recipes and stories - cover to cover!
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COOKWITHME65 12/10/2010 12:14PM

    What a wonderful gift. Such a family treasure. Enjoy!

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KMICHA 12/7/2010 8:13PM

    Enjoy your tea as your read through the recipes . . . and enjoy the memories that come with them!!! Great idea!

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DONNACFIT 12/7/2010 7:44PM

    Great gift!! I made one a few years ago for my nieces of family Christmas recipes!!

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ROSEWCI 12/7/2010 5:44PM

    What a treasure! You are so fortunate to have such precious memories & family favorite recipes all collected in one book! And what a tribute to your parents...especially your mom who passed on her love of food & the culinary arts! Now I understand where you get it from Maria! The apple hasn't fallen far from the tree! What a joy for all of you!

Such a special gift this will make for family members! It's a treasure, indeed!

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BUGGYS 12/7/2010 2:49PM

    We have a family reunion every year at our cottage which includes my DH's side of the family and a couple of years ago we all decided to compile our family recipes and put them in a cookbook...mainly the food that we eat at the reunion...it is something that I cherish because everyone, young and old have contribute to this cookbook and it is updated every year! Also, one of my nieces decided to make some of the recipes healthy so another cookbook was compiled with healthy alternatives. It was time consuming for her but oh so worth it to the ones who are trying to lead a healthy lifestyle!

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SHELLEY147 12/7/2010 2:25PM

    What a wonderful idea! Family recipes are definately to be treasured. I'd love to have all of ours in one nice collection! ~hugs~

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REEDSKI 12/7/2010 2:22PM

    That is so neat! I know my sister's in-laws did a family cookbook that I still use and their whole town did one which was even bigger. I use them especially when I need to find one of my sisters' favorite recipes! The problem is the ones I like are higher in fat, sugar, and sodium so I have been getting a magazine that modifies popular recipes to make them healthier.

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NPDSLEUTH 12/6/2010 9:23PM

    What a fantastic way to share a bond with your family. Thanks so much for posting this - It's very inspirational. Best, Nikki

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