I know it’s always easier to google a recipe and find the five star recipes from Food Network or the like, but there’s something to be said for using recipes from family. Whether they’re handwritten recipes on 3X5 notecards or recipes I’ve memorized from cooking with my mom or grandmother, I love to “follow” old recipes because it makes me feel connected; I’ll make my mom’s cinnamon bread and remember the way I used to feel at the holidays when we’d wake up to cinnamon in the air–just a few ingredients and a lot of love turned bread into a Christmas masterpiece; I’ll make scrambled pancakes in cast iron and remember the excitement of a Saturday morning at Grandma Rocke’s kitchen table and Grandpa’s endless, corny jokes about Rocke’s Honey; a good batch of Dutch Babies winds the clock back to the summer of ’88 when Aunt Jane cooked this specialty a few times during our family vacation to Oregon. The point is, every family recipe is more than dinner on the table. It’s a memory of the past that links beautifully into the current moment and sits down at our table with us as we enjoy our meal and time together. It’s the best way I know how to keep my family with me always, and I think we’ve discovered that there are few better ways to embrace family and love than through great food; I’m pretty sure that fine food from an old recipe can transcend time.
So this link on my blog is dedicated to old, family recipes that we embrace just as much for the memory as we do the flavors.