*If there is a history to this recipe, write about it. Did it come from the Old Country, or was it printed in a favorite cookbook or local newspaper?
*Is there a funny (or sad) story that relates to this recipe, either in preparing it or eating it?
*What sort of memories does preparing or eating this particular food bring out? Are there particular cooking utensils, mixing bowls, serving dishes, aprons, hot pads, furniture (kitchen table), appliances (old cooking stoves, porcelain sinks) that come to mind when you remember this recipe?
*Do you have any photos of your family eating this, or someone preparing it? Do any particular conversations come to mind?
*How has the recipe changed over the years? What sorts of alternate ingredients or preparations have been made? Why?
*Does anyone still make this recipe? Why or why not?
These questions can pertain to a whole group of family recipes or just one in particular. Here are some recent blog posts that inspired this post:
- When Is Raspberry Jam NOT Just Raspberry Jam? by Pat Richley of DearMYRTLE, Your Friend in Genealogy (she also wrote the next two titles)
- Raspberry Jam II
- Raspberry Jam III
- Carnival of Genealogy, 16th Edition: Food and Family Recipes - many family recipes and memories shared here by various bloggers, including myself
Consider creating a family cookbook with favorite recipes and ancestral or family photographs. They make great Christmas gifts or fundraisers at family reunions. Many can be self published for a low cost using your own printer, or a printing business such as Kinko's, Office Depot, Staples, Costco, etc.