Mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food. They can be lumpy, smooth, thick, or thin, and they will still be delicious. Mashed potatoes have a certain quality that makes fans know “everything will be okay.”Continue reading
To the delight of many family researchers and genealogists, some states have designated October as “Family History Month.” The month-long observance is meant to bring families together in a kind of family reunion to remember loved ones, tell their stories, and celebrate current family traditions.Continue reading
Keeping precious memories of family food traditions becomes more important as family members age. Sometimes the elder members of a family are gone before we remember to ask for that excellent lemon pie recipe or the secret ingredient for beef bourguignon.Continue reading
The last official “free” days of summer are just before Labor Day, when everyone starts thinking about school projects, autumn Halloween fun, the holidays, and cooler weather. We still have some warm summer days to enjoy the outdoors, so it would be nice to plan a Labor Day picnic.Continue reading
A dear friend who lived in Peru for many years recently shared this condiment recipe for her Peruvian dipping sauce that is very delicious on just about anything. For that summer get together or family reunion that needs something a little different, try this Peruvian dipping sauce recipe:Continue reading
If you want to make a family recipe book but your family is not cooperating (or you are running out of time because your family reunion or wedding is approaching quickly), then consider one of the 5 (absurd) shortcuts below that will help you make a family recipe book:Continue reading
Not sure about everyone else, but when I taste certain foods my mind wanders back to a different time. The time travel I experience through taste memories isn’t déjà vu (which is an odd phenomenon itself), but an overwhelming sensation of nostalgia, mild sadness, and glee, all at the same time.Continue reading
Every once in awhile, I’ll speak with customers who have questions about supplementary software that they can use to help create their family cookbooks.
After a bit of personal trial and error, I have found, and often use, the following very helpful supplementary software programs. Many other software products probably exist and do similar jobs, but I like the ones described below best because they work and because they are mostly free. Thus, my top 4 supplementary software to use with Matilda’s Fantastic Cookbook Software are:Continue reading
I was looking for some inspired funeral food the other day to take to a grieving family, and was struck by the lack of local information on the subject. I realized that churches could provide a great service for their congregations and the community if they could include a section in their church fundraising cookbook that explains the local traditions of funeral food and funeral etiquette.Continue reading
Can you imagine getting reacquainted with people you once played with side-by-side in the school yard, or worked with on projects at former employers?
With the popularity of Facebook and other social networking sites coming into the homes of everyday mainstream Americans, it stands to reason that social networking reunions with former classmates and workmates may suddenly become as popular as family reunions. Continue reading
We got a lovely note about family cookbooks at family reunions from our software user Colette Surovy of Canada. Colette’s family reunion was held July 3-5 with a grand 165 people attending from all over Canada and the United States.
Colette made a family cookbook for her family reunion using Matilda’s Fantastic Cookbook Software. She collected recipes from family members approximately four months in advance and had a wonderful response from her enthusiastic relatives.Continue reading
Sometimes your friends are your family. Sometimes friends expand our dining horizons more than family members can — teaching us new ways to enjoy food, or broadening our exposure to exotic ingredients they’ve gleaned from traveling, networking or socializing with other friends.
I once introduced a friend to the wonders of jicama with lime and salted chilé powder, and 25 years later he still remembers me for that as we reconnected on Facebook!Continue reading
Some of our lovely “Matilda’s” users have asked questions in the past regarding printing their cookbooks at the neighborhood quick print shop or at one of the national chains instead of printing their cookbook at home.
Many of them would like to get printing quotes from several shops around town in order to get the best product at the best price. We think this is a good idea, and often suggest a standard format for providing this information to the printer/counter person. Continue reading
We are not shy about toting our excellent wares around here at The Cookbook People. We’ve got some really terrific gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day (or any day). We’ve profiled a few gift Mom candidate types to give you some ideas as to which type of Mom would most like the recommended Mother’s Day gift item:Continue reading
Did you see your family members as much as you think you should have in 2008? Maybe it’s time to plan a family reunion and tie it all together with a family cookbook!
Not sure how to do it? Here are some tips to make the planning easier:
1. GUESS WHO
Estimate how many family members may attend the family reunion. Make phone calls to one person in each family group who could estimate attendance. Have them pass the word.Continue reading
Back in July, I talked about creating a timeline for completing your family cookbook in time for Christmas giving. The suggestion for November included taking any missing photos at family gatherings to include in the family cookbook.
Now that Thanksgiving is just over the river and through the woods, so to speak, let’s review some useful tips for taking those missing family photos for your family cookbook: Continue reading
How do you make your own family recipe book without any family members knowing about it? Here are a few ideas that can help you make your secret family cookbook a reality (and end up being much easier than you may think):Continue reading