I am blessed to have received my husband’s grandmother’s recipe boxes in the mail yesterday from my in-laws. I asked for these boxes so I could compile a cookbook from the recipes.
I love to cook and I am by the memories that revolve around certain recipes that are passed down through the generations and I want to know which ones had special meaning, which ones remind people of certain days and celebrations and now, I realized as I was looking through these recipes, how certain ones can help us remember our loved ones.
I have heard a LOT about how great a cook Grandma Fairchild was and it’s evidenced by how good her sons and many of her grandchildren can cook. I could not wait to get my hands on these recipes because I want to learn from her (even if it’s simply her writing) and because I want to make meals that my husband remembers and loves. (Also because he seems to have missed out on the cooking gene…)
Upon initial inspection here is what I have learned:
1) Grandma liked to please her kids and she had a big sweet tooth. There is a very uneven amount of cakes/cookies/pie/desserts recipes to vegetable recipes.
2) She understood that to be a good cook you had to learn from others. Okay, this is just my opinion, but here is why I think that. Many of her recipes give credit to other people that she obtained the recipe from. “From Hattie” or “Lori’s Meatloaf” – make me aware that she loved good food and she wasn’t too proud to ask someone for their recipe to help make herself a better cook. Something maybe we would have had in common. And she didn’t want to take credit – she made notes on each one that she got from someone else so everyone would know where it came from.