From Mr. Food Team Member/Head Writer Helayne
I am the queen of procrastination when it comes to gathering together old family photos and recipes, but I finally got inspired after watching this great show on TV recently. It’s called “Who Do You Think You Are?”. It seems to have had just 7 episodes – but I LOVE IT! I hope it will be back on again but, either way, it got me to go online and check out Ancestry.com.
I found a lot of family history information that I didn’t even realize I could easily access. With most of the senior members of my immediate family gone, there’s no one to ask, and I want to preserve what I can for my daughter and her family.
So, finally, and I mean finally, because I’ve thought of doing it a gazillion times before, I started digging out those handwritten recipes from the back of my kitchen junk drawer. The ones typed on my mother’s old typewriter for her special brisket (that, try though I might, I can never make quite the same as hers) and yes, even a very yellowed newspaper clipping from the New York City paper “The News” for a $5 winning French Cheesecake recipe of my grandmother’s from the 1950s! I have a secret recipe of my own for New York Cheesecake that is my “specialty,” but I adored my grandmother and I really should give this one a shot in her memory.
Anyhow, before I start baking, and before I continue gathering the photos and putting together the family tree (and giving up on the whole thing because I have other stuff to do), I really want to put together a family recipe cookbook and give it to my daughter and a few of my cousins who I know would get a kick out of it. In fact, over the years, we’ve created a couple of Mr. Food shows on family cookbooks and how to make your own. You’d think I would have done my own family cookbook then. Well, I’m doing it now, really I am. I might even be convinced to share the cheesecake recipes (mine and my grandmother’s) with Mr. Food…and maybe one day he’ll share them on the air.
Meanwhile, we have some super cheesecake recipes here at MrFood.com that you can try out. And maybe you’ll want to make a family cookbook and give it to your loved ones for the holidays. It’s a nice tradition to start for the next generation. I’ll let you know if I ever finish mine. Stay tuned!