The Christmas season always brings back loving memories and enduring traditions that have become the heart and soul of our family.
It also gives us the opportunity to gather with family and friends (who have become like family), as we indulge in the recollection of our past holidays; and in our family, a majority of those precious memories and fun times usually revolved around the family table and food.
For many years I have toyed with the idea of creating a family cookbook with all of the traditional recipes that my parents, grandparents, and great grandparents have passed down.
Now that I have grandchildren who love to cook and bake, I realized I have the recipes, but for many there are no actual measurements.
I know this may sound a bit unusual, but I grew up in a large Italian family where most things were “a pinch, a dash, or just enough until it looks, or tastes right” directions. That has worked for me for many years, but now I would love to be able to have in writing exactly what my Italian recipe directions should look like for my grandchildren, as well as a place to keep all the wonderfully delicious family recipes.
This year I have asked (ahead of time is best) for everyone to write down their favorite family meals. Everything from soups, to pastas, appetizers, entree’s and desserts, and a special memory they have associated with their choice.
This Christmas Eve when we all gather around the table will be the perfect time for everyone to drop off their personal favorite into the festive Christmas wrapped box marked, “My Best Family Recipe Memory”.
My New Year’s Intention is to create my own Family Recipe Cookbook where we will finally have all of our beloved traditional, as well as some new traditional recipes in one Family Cookbook.
I know this is sure to become a quick family favorite, and I can see the requests coming in now for their own copy of the Family Recipe Cookbook, which by the way makes the perfect gift, filled with plenty of food, fun, memories, and love anytime of the year.
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