Baking and Ancestors
This week my uncle dropped off a treasure trove of old documents, letters and notebooks that had been in my grandparents’ home. Like many of us, they are busy sorting and sharing information with family. Written within the notebooks were several recipes from my great-grandmother. Let's look at how we can use these old recipes to add to our family history.
Many of you may have copies of old recipes from your mother or grandmother that you use often. Other recipes you may not have seen before. Or still others are a product of their time and probably not as tasty to our 21st century palettes. Seeing the handwriting of my great-grandmother and the basic cookie recipes make me want to preserve them and share them and make them. So how to get started.
In addition to my suggestions, here are a few sites that may pique your interest.
Here are a couple of recipes from one of the notebooks. I make no guarantees on how they’ll taste as I have not had time to do any test baking! Hopefully, they are good!
So, how does all this tie into our family history research and stories? Food is central to family gatherings…holidays, birthdays, snacks after school. Perhaps there is a note in your Grandma’s obituary about her love of feeding people or making the best caramel rolls. Or you remember your Mom saying that they always had sugar cookies at her Grandma’s at Christmas. Or you remember how Grandma always made a New Year’s cake which was more like a coffee cake. These stories, like the smell of fresh baked bread, bring back memories and help us create a fuller picture of our ancestors’ lives. I can smell those molasses cookies already. Enjoy!
Baking may be regarded as a science, but it's the chemistry between the ingredients and the cook that gives desserts life. Baking is done out of love, to share with family and friends, to see them smile.
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With a lifelong passion for genealogy and history, the author enjoys the opportunity to share genealogy tidbits, inspiring others to research and write their family story.