A few months ago, my mom gave me all of her old handwritten recipes - mostly from my grandma. some of these papers are so old that they are like tissue paper, and not only are they hard to read but the have measurements like "make a mound of flour" and "add a glass of milk". I asked my dear darling best friend Grace how I should preserve them and she suggested scanning them into the computer and then printing them in a book. What a great idea!
But you know me. This has turned into an anthropological, design, genealogy project. I decided that I would make this recipe book for a cousin's son's upcoming engagement. Then I thought
how great it would be to add pictures of our family's women to the book. Then I realized that most of the recipes would have to be rewritten/retyped up so that they are legible. And I'd like to add something about how the pictured woman are related. And should I add in the in-laws? How about the third wife of a close cousin (actually she's a dear, I will add her) - but you see the dilemma.
So I've been scanning in recipes like mad. Scanning in photo's of aunts, cousins, great aunts, grandma's, mothers, sisters and great-great grandmas. Trying to add a sort of well rounded set of recipes - but right now it's heavy on desserts.
Here's a funny recipe -
You tell me where the pineapple is. Not sure how to fix this one.... (grace suggests a little query in the book, like "add a can of pineapple?". Sounds good to me.
I come home and scan. I scan before work. I beg new pictures of certain people, cause the ones I have are awful. I don't want anyone to feel left out, so I'm asking for recipes from some of the cousins. Often the recipes are: "Microwave for three minutes or whatever it says on the box" or "call Bonefish grill for takeout".
I want to get this done by Passover so that I can give it to the happy young couple and have other family around to see the book. Good luck to me!