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Plate Full of Memories
Every family has treasured recipes, loved not just for their taste of the past but because of warm memories they bring to mind of family gatherings, reunions, holidays and long gone grandparents. Old family recipes, handed down through generations from mother to daughter, written on scraps of paper, backs of envelopes, recipe index cards or in the margins of old cookbooks, languish between the pages of cookbooks and in the bottom of kitchen drawers’ across America. Some of these meals are still served for special family events but many haven’t been enjoyed in years. Now it’s relatively easy to put those recipes into a memory cookbook.

Personal historian, Hella Buchheim’s expertise in legacy preservation has produced a coaching guide called Plate Full of Memories to help you create a family cookbook.These cookbooks become family heirlooms while preserving family recipes and stories.
“One of my saddest regrets is the loss of family recipes.I blame it on language because my grandmother never learned English or most of her recipes were never written down. The inability to create these foods compelled me to create a way to create a family cookbook,” said Buchheim.

Plate Full of Memories, is a user friendly CD that will lead you through the step-by-step process and make it not only possible, but easy and fun for anyone to create a memory cookbook. Charts allow you to follow your progress and it works with Microsoft Word; $19.95 +s/h.Order at www.platefullofmemories.com or call 612-203-2103.

“It’s your cookbook"© Family Cookbooks

by Dale Pool

What memory of a family gathering doesn’t include food? As we look back, our fondest memories of time together with loved ones always revolve around food. Aunt Maggie’s fabulous divinity Grandmother Brewer’s Walnut Cake that miraculous way mom made biscuits with no recipe.

In my family, it is always about FOOD! My maternal grandmother Jesse was a wonderful cook. My paternal grandmother Maude was a stern woman who did not cook but considered herself a great organizer. Mother had a drawer where all Jesse’s recipes resided. Then, Maude decided the drawer was too messy and threw out Jesse’s recipes! All gone forever. If only …
Recipes are like many questions we regret having not asked after our loved ones are gone. I will never have Jesse’s Walnut Cake recipe and no recipe I’ve tried has measured up. This little disaster, while not quite causing a family feud, did make me decide to organize my family’s favorite recipes. My cookbook contained not only the recipes, but our family’s Ten Commandments of Cooking, one of which is “Any recipe not containing sugar, must contain garlic.” Graphics, funny stories and cooking hints were also included.

To prevent other families from suffering the loss of precious family favorites, I started Recipe Traditions, a small publishing company dedicated to turning your family’s recipe traditions into family heirlooms. My It’s Your Cookbook @ Family Cookbooks contain family recipes, stories, traditions and pictures. The cookbooks make excellent fundraisers for reunions, because everyone wants their cooking secrets preserved. The family’s collected recipes and traditions make a unique wedding gift for younger members or dear family friends. What’s true in my family, is true in yours: it’s all about FOOD!

For information, visit www.ItsYourCookbook.com or contact Dale Pool, 601-955-9066, who says no order is ever too small, all orders are important and we give free estimates

Cookbook tips
Joan Airey, Manitoba, Canada, reported that one Airey Family Reunion fundraising project was a cookbook and she shared these cookbook hints.
• Set the deadline a month before you really need recipes because some people will put it off to the last minute.
• Our cookbooks were professionally printed, which several of us paid for and were repaid when books sold.
• You could also pre-sell cookbooks for money to print them.
• Our 250 cookbooks sold out before the reunion was over.

Another tip

For another resource to help make your cookbook, visit Better Homes and Gardens website at www.bhg.com/hometowncooking. The Create-A-Cookbook tool allows users to make a family cookbook. Takes users through various steps including gathering and testing recipes and checking accuracy.

Call for family reunion recipes and stories

The Corlyn Family is compiling a book of family reunion stories and recipes. The reunion is a time when we often over do it at the picnic table or at the catered tables laden with so many goodies. Stay alert to stories and anecdotes about eating to fulfillment and send funny stories and culprit recipes (those recipes you couldn't stop eating). And what about Uncle Harry and Cousin Jim Bob, or Aunt Louise? Sitting on the sidelines, too pooped to pop? Reported by Strella Jasper


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