My old recipe box was stuffed to overflowing. Although I know exactly where to find the recipes I need it was difficult for Diana and Calypso to wade through the mess. Given that they are actually showing interest in being in the kitchen now I thought perhaps I should make the recipe box more user friendly. I got a nice new keeper, which necessitated going through the old box and reorganizing things as they moved to their new home.
It was an interesting process since I discovered a few recipes I forgot I had...so ok, maybe the old box was not as workable for me as I thought. I also have a small, neatly bundled set of recipe cards from my maternal grandmother that has always been kept by itself. I have been looking through it trying to decide whether or not to integrate it with my own new file or just maintain its integrity alone.
In any event, looking through some of the old recipes that I don't even really need to reference anymore since I have made the items so many times was a walk down Memory Lane. When both sets of my grandparents had passed I inherited all the photo albums from both sides and I cherish them. I realized in sorting through recipes how much of the culinary history I had also inherited, and also how many of those recipes have never been written down but exist only in our minds. I can think of a few recipes I remember from my childhood but never learned to make that are now lost to history. I also think of certain dishes and desserts I have picked up from outside my own family but that my own kids enjoy so much now, recipes that maybe one day they or their children will refer to as a family favorite.
As Thanksgiving approaches it is time for a lot of family favorites and traditional foods. I'm counting so many yummy ones from my family.
What family recipes are you glad to have?