Building your Family Heritage with Recipes

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Are you familiar with all of the various Build A Menu features? If you are new member, or even if you’ve been a subscriber for a while, you may not be familiar with a couple of the features-the ability to add your own recipes to your Build A Menu page, and share them with friends and family members.* An excellent way to start creating your recipe legacy.

The other day my eighteen-year-old daughter and I were chatting.

“Do you know what I want when I get married?” she said.

I studied her face, feeling like this was somehow a trick question. “Umm…”

“The recipes of all of our favorite family meals. Like taco casserole, Esau’s stew, ratatouille lasagna…” a contented expression settled on her face as she contemplated, I assumed, the delicious flavors and aromas of these particular meals. Melting cheeses. Spicy hamburger. Roasted eggplant and zucchini.

Grinning, I told her I’m sure I could do that for her. Easy peasy, right? But then I started thinking about how many of these recipes I just throw together. I cut up some of this, toss in a little of that, stir in a smidgen of something else, and ta-da! It’s finished. Unfortunately, when you’re writing out a recipe, “smidgen” doesn’t translate well. Exactly how much is a smidgen? Is that two dabs, a glob and dab, or three pinches?

Building your Family Heritage with Recipes

Of course, this is the reason some wise individual began using units of measurement hundreds, or perhaps, thousands of years ago. I’m sure they were thinking as they forged that first measuring spoon, “Some mom is going to appreciate this when she begins writing out recipes for her daughter!” To which a fellow blacksmith probably replied, “What?”

Anyway, this conversation with my daughter sparked an idea. Instead of just translating possibly confusing recipe instructions for one child, or typing them up and copying them for the all the children in the family, a subscriber could begin adding their favorite family recipes to their Build A Menu page, and not worry about pages mysteriously slipping under the bed, disappearing into file folders, or being used as scrap paper.

Once the children begin preparing to move out or get married, the gift of a Build A Menu subscription would be a treasure. All of those recipes a person has added, and would continue to add, would be at everyone’s fingertips. A click of the recipe and, that week, special childhood memories could be a part of the menu.

Homemade Manicotti Building your Family Heritage with Recipes

Homemade Manicotti

And if other members of the family or friends are Build A Menu members, they can share their favorite family recipes too*. Parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, third cousins once removed can pass along those potluck dish recipes that created a sensation. Cousin Christine’s Faux Potato Salad; Aunt Penny’s Strawberry Dream Jell-O, and Granny Coburn’s Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits; or Nola’s Amazing Manicotti dish.

So, this week as you build your menu, begin adding some of your favorite recipes. It will make it a snap to include them in your weekly line up, and your kids will rise up and call you blessed when, years from now, they don’t have to figure out what in the world a “smidgen” is.

Have a great week!

Marla and the Build A Menu Gals

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