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Warning: when you're working on healthy eating and attending WeightWatchers, maybe working on a recipe book of your family favorites is not the best idea. Holy smokes, I'm ravenous now.

I've been formatting and cutting and pasting recipes all day into the template I'm using for our family recipe book. What a fun and drooly way to spend my very last day of holiday vacation! I was actually a bit worried before I started that I wouldn't be able to find enough recipes to make a substantial book.

Ha.

HAHAHA! Turns out, we have a LOT of family favorites. Years worth. And new ones all the time, since Anders spends quite a lot of time looking for new yummy recipes on various reliable sites. Just the cookie recipes alone are probably enough for a book all on their own.

I asked both kids what family favorites they wanted to include and they both said Creamy Crab Nachos. Heh. I already had it, as well as a couple of others that we return to with embarrassing frequency. I have a huge clip-book stuffed full of recipes both tried and true and for future experimentation, ripped out of magazines or printed out from various sources and friends. My mom gave it to me when I left college and got my first apartment. It was full of our family recipes, each page in her handwriting, and plenty of blank pages for me to add recipes as I discovered good stuff. Now there are no blank pages left and the book is so stuffed it won't close and takes up double the space in the cookbook shelf.

And people think I don't cook! :D

After all, I AM over 50 and have been helping to feed a family of 4 for 18 years, even if Anders is by far the better chef in our kitchen. I was in the AWC cooking club for years and came up with menus every time I hosted Wonders. I've participated in the AWC holiday cookie exchange for nearly 20 years. Some of the recipes I'm including are ones we've served at New Year's dinners and birthday parties and Midsommar. Some of them are basic, like spaghetti squash or deviled eggs. Some are more complicated like Salmon Wellington. It's fun to see the names of all the friends who have given me copies of THEIR favorites, that have become ours, too.

I also see a preponderance of recipes that include one or more of the following: artichokes, crème fraîche, chicken, salmon, spinach, pastry, white chocolate, cranberries and zucchini. I have no problem with that. Yum yum!

It will be fun to have a recipe book with all our favorites collected in one place. I should have thought of this before Christmas! Although, with the amount of recipes still to go through, transcribe, and in some cases, translate, I suspect I might have NEXT year's gifts ready by the time the holidays roll around again!
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I think this is a terrific project. I have my old blue folder of recipes that I love. Inside it's pages are all my tried and trues, recipes cut from newspapers and magazines, recipes given to me by friends, recipes that I hand copied out of books from the library (because I could not afford to buy my own books), recipes handed down in my family from one generation to the next, old family favourites with some of them in my mother or grandmother's hand. It has followed me all over the world and while the pages are buldging, tattered, spotted and smudged (obviously well loved), I count it amongst one of my most precious possessions.

How wonderful that you can do a digital version of this and get it ready for your family - a great gift for your children as well. I know that mine ask me for recipes that they loved, especially some of their nonna's recipes. I'm so glad that I kept them all, plus it's a wonderful way to remember the person when you make it.

I bet that your brother will be shocked to hear that you can cook :D

The problem with my old clip book is that it is stuffed so full I can't find anything anymore. Pages are ripped and don't stay inside, papers get stuffed any which way. It IS a precious possession for all that! I'm glad I've kept it, too :)

(Anonymous)

Which is exactly the condition my family cookbook is in! Yeah...that old adage "the apple doesn't fall....." is still true. I recently bought 2 new books to move several catergories into -(being not digital). It's supposed to be my winter project also. Not started yet! But my old book is so full that it lies nearly flat in the cookbookshelf! Love, Lizardmom

You should probably send me some more recipes! I will be writing you if I can't find all the ones I loived from childhood!

(Anonymous)

Let me know - I've cleared out the soup & salad sections (of ones I'll never make) in my book today -and they now have their own book. Plus have appetizers and desserts set aside to do next - their book is titled beginnings and endings. Soon I'll have 3 books from the 1 -with room to add more recipes in the future and I'll be able to close the books! Strange it seems there's more desserts than any thing else!! :0 Love, Lizardmom

haha! I have more desserts than anything else, too. Hrm...

(Anonymous)
From Megsie

This is awesome! What a wonderful project!

When Jeff and I first got married we decided that we wanted our families to get together for Christmas, but we didn't want to change our original family's traditions. We decided to host a Christmas Brunch every year. We did that up through the Christmas I was pregnant with Sarah. Once she invaded our home, we hung up the oven mitts. So, one year I gathered all of those recipes for the former Christmas Brunch and made a book for Jeff for Christmas. I love knowing where all of those "Brunch-y" recipes are, and it reminds me of when we had the time and energy to host a big meal for everyone. We now host Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Labor Day...but the Christmas Brunch was our own creation.

Re: From Megsie

Wait... you say you DON'T have time and energy to host Christmas Brunch and yet you host Thanksgiving, Christmas Day AND Labor Day? You're insane, woman!!

Now that I'm aware of my food allergies, I've had to begin a new notebook of new favourites. But I made a photocopy of the old one, and gave a copy to each of the kidlets.

I have several friends who have developed gluten and lactose allergies as adults. I really really REALLY hope it never happens to me.

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