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Monday, February 25, 2013

Nearing the finish line on the cookbook

Progress on the cookbook was the name of the game last week.  There was organizing, sorting, formatting, and all those sorts those types of things.  You know all the things that are not really fun but have to be done so you have a great family heirloom. 

How to conserve household gas. There's a time for everything, and the time to read a cookbook is before you light the gas, not after. Burners should not be lit until the cooking utensil is ready for the flame. Whenever possible, use low heat; whenever practical, use direct heat rather than a double boiler
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I also learned the major drawback to creating a family cookbook.  You are always hungry and want to make all the recipes that you read.  Wow!  There are some really, really yummy sounding ones in there.  I can’t believe that a lot of them I have never heard of and they supposedly from my great grandparents.  The only thing I can think of is that my mom’s family didn’t like them for some reason so grandma didn’t make it.

However, I do wish I had more pictures for the book.  So far it is illustrated with clip art since I don’t have many pictures of the larger family group.  The plea has gone out for pictures, and I hope that they start rolling in soon.  Any day now would be great…

Oh, and stories.  Several people sent in stories about the recipes or other remembrances about their parents and grandparents.  I have learned a lot about the family from them.  Which lead me to also put out a call for more of these to give flavor to the book.  I am waiting, impatiently for those too.

My parents are coming up this week with several cookbooks.  Grandma bought them from organizations as fundraisers over the years.  Dad told me that there are several entries in the books from family.  Even though I have about 20 recipes right now, I think a few more that are not desserts or meat courses would be a good thing.  My family sure has a sweet tooth.

Deadline for completion of the cookbook is the end of the week.  Fingers crossed that I can make it.  If you are interested in creating your family cookbook I suggest you check out these links to get you started!

There are also a ton of websites that will help you design, print, and publish your cookbook.  Just Google "make family cookbook" and stand back. I personally am working on mine with MS Publisher and then I am either going to take it to a copy store to print or I am thinking about using Blurb.  When I get to that point, I will let you know what I decide.


  1. What a nice idea! I wish my mother had written down recipes. She always told me she just threw in whatever was in the kitchen.

    1. That is the way I was taught to cook by my dad. Open the fridge, look inside, figure out what to make. My mom calls in one pot glop.