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My Mother’s Cookbook

My Mother's Cookbook Blog

    A cookbook handed down from mom is a treasure. It’s more than just a collection of recipes printed on paper! Stains on the pages tell stories of meals prepared and creased corners point to favorite dishes that were cooked time and time again. Last time I was home, I went through my mother’s cookbook. There were newspaper clippings of recipes and my second-grade school photo marking the page for a recipe of chocolate chip cookies. Written in the margin are notes that suggest additional ingredients and alternate baking times. There’s even a tattered envelope postmarked 1982 that has

Create a Groundhog Day Menu

Groundhog Day Menu Blog Image

February 2nd Holiday So maybe Groundhog Day isn’t the most popular holiday to plan a meal for. We also wouldn’t recommend recipes for actual groundhog, but February 2nd does give us the opportunity to have some creative fun in the kitchen. This holiday is a great way to bring some creativity and education to the table. Start by learning about the humble groundhog. A few facts about Groundhogs A groundhog is also known as a woodchuck and are among the largest members of the squirrel family along with chipmunks and prairie dogs.  They can weigh up to 15 lbs. and

Cookie Exchange to Support a Fundraising Cookbook

Cookie Exchange Blog Post

Holiday cookbooks are popular and make a terrific fundraiser! Finding ideas for a multitude of sweet treats in one little book makes holiday planning easier and knowing the recipes are from members of your community gives you a keepsake book with memories tucked in the pages. Creating Your Holiday Cookbook Set up a Cookie Exchange with your group and while they are digging around for their favorite cookie recipe have them copy down their top favorite recipes. Everyone in the group then brings a plate of cookies from one of their recipes along with the other recipes that they dug

Safety of Canning Recipes

Safety of Canning Recipe

  It’s very common to find old canning recipes tucked into family recipe collections or surface in fundraising cookbooks for groups. In recent years concern has been raised as to the safety of these types of recipes. We are now more aware of what needs to happen to make canning safe, but those that are inexperienced in the kitchen may not know the safety concerns. As with vintage baking recipes, ingredients have changed over the years. From hens that used to free range, and home churned butter, to store bought goods.  For canning, the best example is today’s tomatoes do