Some of my favorite memories have taken place in a kitchen! Because they are so precious, I have found a few ways to hold onto those memories. See how to preserve family recipes with sentiment – how precious they are!
I have very early memories of standing on a stool to help my grandmother make lattice top pie crusts for her pineapple pies, helping my mom in the kitchen, and watching my son experiment with cooking when he was very little. He later became a chef and eventually taught me a few things.
Even though Jacob was a chef, he valued family home cooking. Several years ago, he asked for a recipe book filled with all of our family members’ favorite recipes. Although it was a huge undertaking, it was well worth it.
Everyone in the family wrote several recipe cards for him, and we organized them in a recipe notebook. He specifically asked for certain recipes, and we filled in with others. He loved it and went on to cook fresh home cooked meals for residents in an assisted living facility!
Ways to Preserve Recipes with Sentiment
A few years before he passed away, he made us all handwritten recipe books, which contained some of his favorite recipes. As a result, I have started trying to make one of those recipes each year for our family Christmas. Not only was this recipe book a priceless gift, but my daughter took his Peaches and Cream Bread Pudding recipe (in his handwriting) and had it put on a dish towel for me. Precious!
Granny Grace’s Recipes
I have several of my grandmother’s recipe books. Recently, As I was looking through one of her old cookbooks, the cover page fell out of the binding. Normally, I would not have even looked at that page, but I am glad I did. It was covered in hand-written recipes that she used regularly. They were some of our favorites!
A page like that couldn’t be stuffed back into the book, so I framed it and put it in my kitchen. The page has several stains on it, which I am guessing are from the ingredients she used, and the edges are tattered. It is full of character, and as a result, it is a constant reminder of her!
Recipes with Sentiment
Here are a couple of recipes from this page, as she wrote them. She made them frequently, and therefore was well known for these recipes.
Granny’s Sock It To Me Cake
- Mix the first 5 ingredients together well and set aside.
- Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecans together in a separate bowl.
- Pour a layer of the batter into a greased cake pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the batter. Pour the remaining batter on top.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
I cannot tell you how many times my grandmother made this cake. She made it for family events, parties, and many times just because she felt like it. I can make the cake using her recipe, but somehow it just isn’t the same.
There are many varieties of this salad, so there may be something similar in your family. Granny made this frequently, and always for holidays.
- Mix all ingredients together well.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours.
There are so many other ideas and ways to preserve precious recipes with sentiment. Please share your ideas in the comments, because we would all love to hear!
More Recipe Posts with Sentiments
I would love you to join me for my weekly posts of faith, family, and food. Included are some of my favorite quick and easy candy recipes. I hope you enjoy them!
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