Cooking for Generations

Thursday, February 24, 2011

About a year ago I began noodling in my cookbooks. Mostly I would just score the dish on a scale of 1 to 10, but soon I found myself including substitution ideas or tweaking ingredient lists. Then I realized it would be fun to include the date or dates I had made that particular recipe. 

After awhile my noodling evolved to full on journaling. Now I find myself writing down the occasion for the meal or the guest who had a taste. Often I just write "the 3 of us for a regular dinner," but it's fun to look back on when I browse through my cookbooks. (Remember, I'm one of those crazies that actually reads cookbooks; and the Trader Joes Fearless Flyer - I love that thing!)

And how neat would it be if fifty years from now my granddaughter goes to make a chocolate cake and realizes that her grandma made the exact same thing for her dad's 5th birthday party 40 years earlier. 


Erin said...

What a cool idea!

Tim and Debra said...

Love the idea. I actually did something similar with my grandma. Every year for Christmas we would make banana bread together. We always wrote what went wrong or who licked the bowl and then dated it. Now that my grandma has passed away I have the recipe in a frame with a pic of us cooking and all the little inscriptions written all over the recipe.

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