Thursday, April 4, 2013

Family Recipes

Perhaps you have already noticed, but if not, just under the picture of the log cabin at the top of the page, and on the right-hand side, there is a link to some favorite family recipes.  Most of the recipes were published some years ago as a sort of family history.

Since then the family has grown and others have wanted copies but we had none left, so now with the recipes online, anyone who wants them can use them.

Some of the recipes are from grandmothers and great-grandmothers and some are from more modern members of the family.  Some of the recipes are included as keepsakes rather than meant to be used as they might have ingredients we no longer find palatable.  (One recipe includes blood as an ingredient!)  Other recipes have been used over and over in more recent times.

One thing we noticed in the years since the book was originally put together is that our family recipes are in a constant state of change.  We saw huge differences in the way we eat now compared to the way we ate even 10 years ago.

When possible I have included the name of the person who originally contributed the recipe.  Deceased contributors have their full name listed.  Others are just listed by first name only.

It is interesting how family recipes reflect heritage, dietary needs, and places we live.  Our family recipes include some from our English, German and Swedish ancestors.  Others were popular because of places we lived, such as Alaska.  Still others are included because of various dietary needs.  In addition to just a list of recipes, these recipes paint a picture of our family history.

(The original book included family pictures of contributors.)

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