Monday, November 19, 2007
Preserving Family Recipes
Four Sisters Farm Cookbook, a Collection of Recipes and Memories from the Illinois Prairie
For the first few years after I left home, there were frequent calls to Mother for her recipes. And I wasn't the only one; my three sisters did the same thing, requesting instructions for Aunt Esther's candied yams, Aunt Marion's popcorn balls, or the delectable divinity our father made at Christmas - a candy none of us, including our cousin Jean who burned out a Kitchen Aid mixer in her attempt, has ever been able to duplicate!
Fifteen years ago I decided to write a family cookbook, preserving recipes from Mother, my grandmothers and aunts. Included are stories about the recipes, their origins and when they were used, old texts from our 4-H days and family photos.
The title is the same as the farm where I grew up: Four Sisters Farm. Each book is in a 3-ring binder I covered in batting and fabric. The cover from my beat up copy is shown above.