It dawned on me a few months into starting this blog that, although I am driven to write about my very own creative adventures in cooking and decorating, I am also creating this space to safely document and preserve some of my mom’s favorite recipes. And I’m so happy about that.
I inherited these recipe cards from both my mom and my beloved maternal grandmother, Ammaw. Look at this collection!I have very vivid memories of my mom sitting at the kitchen table, thoughtfully writing out recipe cards for her own records or for her friends. Seeing my mom and my grandmother’s beautiful cursive writing on these cards is something I cherish.I love browsing through them! I love seeing the well used and well loved recipe cards that are tattered, splattered, and torn.
Most of the time when I am following a recipe, I find myself referring to my iPhone or my iPad. The Pinterest world is full of very much the same well used and well loved recipes. No doubt the convenience is amazing…to do a quick search and find what you are looking for. But I’ve tried to show my daughters just how special and important it is to revisit their Ammie’s little handwritten cards too. I make sure that when a recipe lovingly handwritten by their grandmother or their great-grandmother is being made in our kitchen, that they know the story and the traditions that go with it.
These little cards remind me of family times together, of old friends, and especially of a time when my mom was at her best.
Do you have vintage family recipes?