What is it about winter that makes me want to eat? I wonder if it’s something about colder weather than triggers some sort of gene that is telling me that I need to bulk up!
And it doesn’t help that Facebook is now covered with all sorts of food suggestions for quick and easy meals. Not sure any of the ones I read are for healthy choices. And some are downright questionable for taste. I often think that the recipes that pop up are geared to a younger generation who were reared on fast and quick food. TV dinners came along in my younger years but they were definitely never served at our house. Both my dad and mom were good cooks. Dad had a few definite things he didn’t like – potatoes which I never could understand until he explained a job he had during WWII. He was too old to enlist so he became an inspector for the Agriculture Dept. One of his jobs was to check out food arriving in boxcars. He lost his love of potatoes after having to inspect carloads of potatoes that had spent too long sitting in the hot Florida sun. So rice was the main starch on our table!
Dad was a wizard when it came to cooking on the grill. I never tasted BBQ until I came to North Carolina but his ribs would’ve been a hit at the best NC BBQ joint. He also made a fantastic appetizer/soup that one of his friends named “Hot O’Mighty”. It was a spicy mixture of tomatoes, onions, roasted red peppers and anything else that appealed to him at the time! My husband makes his hotdog chili the same way – whatever is in the pantry or in the refrigerator!
Mother made so many good meals and she was so artistic that things were always pretty on the table and on the plate. I remember her serving a pickled beet salad mixed with a sour cream mixture – in a cut glass bowl. The colors were so gorgeous. She loved flowers and since they had a nursery, there were plenty to pick on arrange on the table.
In November, Forever had a sale on album printing and so early on the morning of the last day of the sale, I got the idea of creating an album to give to each of our 3 children for Christmas. There were so many recipes that I had grown up with, more that I’d received from dear friends, and those that I’d discovered that had become family favorites. So, that’s what I called it – “Family Favorites”. It helped that I have put copies of these recipes into Microsoft Word. This made it a snap to copy and paste into the 8×8 album. I thought it would just be 21 pages but before 2 hours had gone by, it was up to 30 pages. I kept it simple because I was under the gun, so to speak, and only had 1 day to finish it. There are “chapters” such as “Appetizers, Salads, Entrees, Vegetables and Desserts. At the beginning of each chapter, I had a page listing the recipes found within that chapter. Pages weren’t numbered which allowed me to switch them around as needed. I kept embellishments to a minimum but a little story was told about each recipe such as why it was a favorite and where it came from. I wish now that I’d added in photos on each page and will do that if Volume 2 ever gets printed. But at the end of the day, there were 65 pages filled with delicious recipes. I was thrilled to click that little button at the top of the Artisan project that quickly took me to the Forever Print Shop. Just a few minutes later, I was proofing the pages and then knowing that it was speeding along to the printer. Just about 10 days later, 3 little books arrived ready to be signed and ready to be wrapped for gifts.
The kids loved the book and think that they’ll appreciate it even more as years go by. It was so fun to see them turn the pages and make comments on the ones that were their favorites growing up. This was such a fun project to create and one that brought back so many good memories of growing up within a family of good cooks! I did pay the extra money for “lay flat” page which will make it easier to read while cooking.
Here are a few of the pages.
First page:Creative Memories Legacy Collection: Modern Kitchen Digital Kit, Nancy O’Dell Recipe DK;pixels2Pages: Lets Have Tea PD;Fonts: KG The Fighter, KG Be Still and Know
Second page: Content used: DesignerDigitals: Cooked Addon DK;Creative Memories Legacy Collection: Modern Kitchen DK;Fonts: KG The Fighter, KG Be Still and KnowThird page: Content used:Creative Memories Legacy Collection: Recipe Book DK;pixels2Pages: 2014 11 Kiss the Cook PD;Fonts: KG Be Still and Know