Weekend Cook and Tell: Edible Hand-Me-Downs

Welcome to the Weekend Cook and Tell. Every Wednesday we sift through the the food sections of various national newspapers to create a weekend cooking project. We hope you'll cook along with us and share your experiences, recipes, and photos here.

Recently I was the lucky recipient of a good amount of my grandmother's kitchenwares. Since she was moving into a smaller house and not planning to do all that much entertaining she thought it would be best to pass on her beloved China, silver, serving pieces, and gadgets to me. Along with all of these retro goodies I was able to take some of her boxes of handwritten recipe cards, sentimentally the most valuable pieces of the kitchen. These are the kind of hand-me-downs that get me excited.

David Holloway of The Times-Picayune is also a fan of these culinary hand-me-downs. This week he began a feature about family heirloom recipes including a recipe for Baked Beans originally from northwest Alabama that has been passed down for years and even shared with exchange students from Brazil and Korea.

This week for our Weekend Cook and Tell challenge we want to hear about your most cherished family recipes, where and whom they came from, and how they've evolved over the years. Are you writing up recipe cards for your children or grandchildren? Or perhaps compiling a family cookbook to share with future generations?

Show us photos of your creations on Photograzing (make sure to include "Cook and Tell" in your submission title), and tell us about your recipes here! If you'd like to blog the experience, please leave a link in the comments below. We'll post a round-up of your tried and true family recipes and experiences next Wednesday.


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