Cooking up Family Recipes

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Do you want to create a family heirloom that will be treasured for generations? You may recall delicious cobblers or cinnamon rolls made by your grandmother, or do you remember eating your aunt’s signature chocolate chip cookies, or you may realized that no one could make a casserole or meat loaf like mom used to make. Are your kids leaving 7460435_f520the nest soon and wanting to know all of those favorite recipes they grew up with?  Unfortunately, beloved recipes can be lost forever when relatives die. A family recipe cookbook is a good way to share recipes and to research those recipes from years ago.

 Capturing these recipes will preserve those family traditions for many years to come.

I have always had a desire to one day compile a book of recipes from the ones I’ve posted on my blog. I’d love to turn it into an heirloom that I could pass along to my children and I have learned of  a wonderful company that can help all of us accomplish this……..

blurb-recipe-bookBlurb can help you  do it.  You can do this!   Just follow the easy steps and wah-lah – cookbook publishing at its best.  is here to help you create the perfect book of recipes for whatever occasion. Here, you can upload the images, documents, and scanned items and format them to create your book.

To create it, you download Blurb’s BookSmart software, import your photos, text, artwork or even your blog, and drop the content into the layouts of your choice. The software is easy and straightforward

    • Simple to makeJust download Blurb BookSmart, our free book making software, and you’re on your way
    • Customizable – Drop your recipes into one of our cookbook layouts or push the creative edge and make your own layout featuring your illustrations, backgrounds, and photos
    • High quality Our books feature professional bindings and your choice of paper and cover options – or feature your recipes in a beautiful ebook
    • Professionally designed pages – Customize your book with illustrations, backgrounds, photos, colors … Everything to whet your readers’ appetites.
    • Fast and affordablePlace your order and have your cookbook in about a week and receive a discount on volume orders

The cookbooks from Blurb are printed on high quality paper. The images are glossy and gorgeous. You choose the image on the cover of your cookbook.  Do you want your favorite dish on the front, or maybe a family portrait?  The final result looks as good as a Barefoot Contessa cookbook… but it’s yours.  Your recipes, your history.


Cream Cheese Lemon Bars
1 box lemon cake mix –
1/3 cup butter or margarine – softened –
1 egg –
8 ounces cream cheese – softened – cream_cheese_lemon_bars_big
1 cup powdered sugar – 1/2 lemon – grated –
2 tablespoons lemon juice or 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon –
2 eggs –
1 teaspoon vanilla

Container: 9 x 13 baking pan and a mixing bowl
In a mixing bowl, blend dry cake mix, butter, and 1 egg. Press into a 9 x 13 pan, un-greased.
Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually blend in the powdered sugar.
Stir in lemon peel and lemon juice until smooth. Reserve 1/2 cup of this mixture and refrigerate it for later use.
Beat the remaining 2 eggs, add the vanilla, and then beat this mixture into the remaining cream cheese mixture until well blended.
Spread over the cake mixture. Bake at 350° until set, approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
Cool completely. Spread the reserved cream cheese mixture onto the bars.
Refrigerate until firm; then cut into squares and serve.

See If  This Poem Reminds You Of Your Grandma…………..

Grandma’s Cookin’

We travel from the east, west, north, and south for her special recipes cooked with plenty of love. We change our hearts to be more loving, forgiving, and kind to one another after one of her talks. She teaches us lessons from above, then gives us a piece of that delicious buttermilk biscuit.

I can hear her now saying

“Have some home made butter with those biscuits”700-00027398

and eat more if you can

“Have some home made jelly and apple jam”

Boy are you going to be good, she asks?

All I can say is “Yes Ma’am.”

Only for Grandma’s Cookin’

I can hear Grandma now as she cries out from the kitchen while making her peach cobbler, “Get me a little of this and a pinch of that.” This is how she measures her love, the unconditional part she throws in free cause that comes from above.

In Grandma’s kitchen we sit around and clown

No time while visiting her to show a frown

We tell our stories sitting in circles

We tell our problems to family who care

We tell our friend stop by anytime,

sit down, and have a meal if you dare

Only for Grandma’s Cookin’

Copyright © 2007, Dr. M.E. Waters.

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I am sure  there are great stories waiting in your family’s recipes.   Put together a keepsake of family recipes and publish a family cookbook…. Ask family members to test and send you their favorite family recipes along with any stories or traditions that make the recipes special. Ask for photographs and title suggestions as well.  Consider interviewing family members from 2 to 102 about their favorite foods, guilty pleasures, and meal memories. Getting the answers down in print will be interesting now—and in twenty years when kids and grandkids page through your family cookbook. You may be surprised how the more things change, the more things stay the same.

Let Me Include One Of Our Very Favorite Recipes………..

Summer Berry Pie  (my favorite pie) Mom puts luscious fresh blueberries, strawberries and raspberries to great use in this cool, refreshing pie. A super dessert on a hot day, it provides a nice light ending to a exps12585_TH10123C35Bhearty meal.

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) raspberry or strawberry gelatin
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 graham cracker crusts (9 inches)
  • 4 cups whipped topping
  • Fresh mint and additional sliced strawberries
  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and water until
  • smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until
  • thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in gelatin until dissolved.
  • Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken.
  • Stir in the berries. Pour into crusts and chill until set. Garnish
  • with whipped topping, mint and strawberries. Yield: 2 pies (6-8
  • servings each).


blurb So are you ready to make that Family Cookbook?   Sure You Can!  Turns out it’s super easy.  At Blurb  all you have to do is type in your recipes, upload your recipes and pictures  and they will print them all out for you, and assemble them into your very own cookbook! You will love the ease and simplicity of it, and how fun will it be to look back over your old family recipes,  and remember the last time your family ate them all together!  Then  put them all together in one place where everyone can treasure them, and use them!

Make sure  you add personality and punch (the non-food kind) to your book! It could be a picture of Grandpa’s old milk barn, examples of 40th birthday cakes, a bit of digital sticker embellishments, fun cooking quotes or tips on boiling an egg.

Let Me Share Another Favorite Recipe of Ours…………….


  • de981958ed144a5593ef73cac0d702e1-285x3003 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons of butter, melted
  • 1 egg, lightly beatenHeat oven to 350.

Grease a 9×5 loaf pan with oil.
In a bowl, whisk together the first 5 ingredients.
Carefully stir in cheese cubes until covered in flour mixture. This will help prevent your cheese sinking to the bottom of your loaf of bread.
In a different bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.
Fold the wet mixture into the flour and cheese mixture.
Stir until just combined. Do not over stir. Your masterpiece will turn out like a giant hockey puck.
Pour and spread the mixture into the loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes and then remove from pan. Allow to cool for one hour before slicing and serving.

So get started…think of a fun cookbook title, write an introduction and/or conclusion notes, consider a dedicatory 822261-b11f08132cebfdc16b7a7a2581bb2d88page, and get started. Don’t forget to add a publication date and to give yourself credit as the editor or author.

At Blurb all you do is Fill-in-the-blank recipes,  add ideas and stir. Your cookbook  holds up to 440 pages of your favorite recipes, from soup to nuts. Customize your book in BookSmart with illustrations, backgrounds, photos, colors… everything to whet your readers’ appetites.

Remember to take the the time to make this  cookbook look really special, always  include lots  of  family photos inside.  Place a picture of Grandma holding her award-winning berry pie next to her “secret” recipe. Or if  a recipe has an interesting story behind it, add the story beside the recipe.  Scan a favorite family photo or take a snapshot of  Mom cooking in the kitchen to use for the title page of the cookbook.

Keep it even more fun by including anecdotes (about the recipes or the people), photos, or other mementos that help reveal your family history. But don’t stress over making it look perfect.

imagesThe Best Hamburger Seasoning……55314f97f2aef9b015cac32f433710b3

1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dark brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients together. Sprinkle seasoning on burgers before cooking.

 Personalized cookbooks make perfect culinary gifts for your friends and family
These beautiful books are sure to be treasured by everyone you share them with.
Instant family heirlooms!  Just imagine if Grandma would have made one to pass down to you!
So get on over to Blurb to make one for yourself,  for the bride to be, your daughters, your sons, your sisters, for the new Mom, for your Mom, for the ultimate bridal shower gift, birthday gift or any other occasion where you want to give something super special that will be highly appreciated!

   All  Families  have great recipes? I don’t want to lose my grandmother’s recipes, my mother’s recipes, 1jtSrl.AuSt.156our family heirlooms. That’s why I set out to learn how to make a cookbook.   Take a moment and create your own Family cookbook right now with Blurb.  This would make a priceless gift for any one you love and is sure to be cherished for years to come!  Whatever you do I am now more convinced that it’s important to get all your cherished memories out of the archives and make something to share and display all of them! Write down your story, and become an author too!

A family cookbook can be just as telling about your ancestry as a family tree – maybe more so, because it is what you and your people have always thought of as home. Every family has its ups and downs, but it is the bedrock of your life – keep a family cookbook, and you will keep home with you, wherever you go.

Keep those treasured recipes safe and  Make Your Own Blurb Cookbook Today!





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