A few years ago my mother created a handmade cookbook of family recipes that she gave each of her four children for Christmas. It was one of my favorite gifts ever. The small three ring binder has a photo of the farm where I grew up on the front and a photo of our barn on the back. Each page has a little story, a photo from my childhood and a recipe. The recipes bring back memories of the dinners and celebrations with my parents and three younger brothers, my grandparents and close family friends. Even though I don’t often cook them myself, they are a treasure to me.
My husband Steve and I both love to cook, and most nights we cook together and then sit down with our children for a family dinner. Now that our two oldest daughters are grown, I have received many phone calls from them as they grocery shop. “Mom, what do I need to buy to make the butternut squash soup,” Jess might ask. Or, “Mom, what do I need to make that strawberry rhubarb pie Doug loved so much last summer?” from Melissa.
I’d give them the grocery list and then send them the recipe by email so it would be waiting when they got home, ready to cook their own family favorites. These (frequent) phone calls made me resolve to follow my mother’s example and write my own cookbook for my kids. But despite my good intentions, somehow I’ve never found the time. As a full time freelance journalist, there are always other things to write, and other deadlines to meet.
Recently, I realized that’s just what I need for this other writing project – a deadline! I decided a blog would be the perfect way to create a deadline for this cookbook project. Eventually I will do what my mother has done and collect these recipes into a cookbook, but in the meantime my kids will have at least one recipe a week from home. If anyone else wants to stop by for a peek, all the better. Good food and good recipes are meant to be shared.