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Online Personal Cookbook: How To Make The Best Family Recipes

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Online Personal Cookbook – My personal cookbook is now online.  It’s a collection of recipes from years gone by right up to today – a food blog full of recipes prepared by generations of our family.

The children are grown and have become great cooks themselves but requests for traditional family favorites still come up.  

I still hear it on a regular basis, even from the grandchildren, especially around this time of the year.


Make The Best Family Recipes In Our Online Personal Cookbook

During the end of year holidays, a request is often made for that special recipe along with details on how to make it taste exactly as they remember the dish.

These requests come associated with guilt on my part for not knowing where I stashed the recipe! 

Now I do know where the recipes are stashed and everyone, including you the reader, has access to them.  No more…

  • “Mom, do you remember when you made….?”
  • “Do you still have the recipe for…?”
  • “How did you prepare…?”
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These family recipes were prepared with ingredients purchased in our local markets – both supermarkets and farmer’s markets.  We provide source information and a few reviews – especially where to find the best of everything.

Have your favorite source for fresh vegetables, meat and fish? Do you have a favorite grocery store? Is it:

  • Harris Teeter® at Shops At County Center
  • Wegmans® Potomac
  • Safeway® Stores
  • Giant Food® or
  • Food Lion®?

We have others too. The new Lidl® market at Tackett’s Mill? I shop them all! 


Creating A Personal Cookbook Is Easy!

The current method of collecting written recipes and clippings in folders and binders works well.  After a while, the binders multiply and the folders disappear.

My original thought was to publish a cookbook much like the fund raiser school cookbook I edited years ago.  It is still an easy method with a large choice of publishers available for your personal or group project.

The Online personal cookbook method is much easier!

With the personal cookbook, family members near and far can access, contribute to and print out their favorite everyday or seasonal recipes.

It also allows me the opportunity to sort through the vintage recipes, adjust the ingredients, or maybe tweak the recipe.  Take photos too!  I have gathered decades worth of family recipe clippings for everything from 4th of July Al Fresco dining to family reunion Thanksgiving dinners.

What’s Your Culinary Heritage?

Ours is very diverse.  Added to our personal heritage is the cuisine of countries on four continents we called home at one time.  We’ve just about eaten it all along with our family specialties.

 What the World EatsAll those recipes are streamlined into one neat online heritage cookbook titled De’s Home Style Food Crafting.

New recipes and old favorites are regularly posted to my Personal Cookbook!

On the menu this two weeks ago? A simple Lobster Bisque recipe. Yesterday? Butter Beef made super easy for a busy Saturday.

In fact, we have a solid following on Pinterest, and Twitter as well.

There is no doubt about it – gathering favorite recipes is a family thing. It goes back at least four generations, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Our recipe collection includes newspaper clippings from 1898. We even started a collection of traditional holiday recipes – all family favorites.

Everyone is welcome to read through our recipes and contribute variations or brand new recipes.

So from our home to yours – Bon Appétit!

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