I don’t love to cook, but I wish I did. I remember attending a live video taping of Rachel Ray’s show several years ago and being very envious of the therapeutic method in which she minced, chopped and diced her colorful veggies. I yearned to love cooking the way she did, but I had to accept the fact that having kids in my early twenties and working full-time smothered any desire I had to spend on cooking. The rat race forced me to prepare meals quickly without the luxury of adding the tender love, time and care that Paula Deen and others seem to pour into their meals.
Ten years later I’m learning that you can’t do everything great, and have come to the realization that cooking is not one of my strongest talents. However, I do make an amazing carrot cake topped with cream cheese icing all from scratch; a recipe passed down by my mother to me. The beauty of family recipes is that they are timeless and should be held close and protected within any family. It’s a great way for kids to learn about grandparents and other relatives they did not have the privilege to meet. Family recipes can be used as a great tool for spending quality time while teaching lessons about family pride.
With the holidays quickly approaching, consider saving money by making a family cookbook. Not only is the gift in the time you’ll spend putting it together, but also the precious meals you can share with the ones you love knowing that the recipes came straight from the heart.
My mother’s carrot cake recipe from scratch is our family’s pride and joy. Do you have a prized recipe that’s been passed down amongst your family?
Words By: Sid Powell