Modern technology has put the culinary world at our fingertips, enabling us to quickly discover new and exciting recipes from around the globe. Southern cooks like to utilize our Ipads, Iphones, and laptops like everyone else, but never, ever suggest we part with our heirloom cookbooks or recipe box and cards. One simple reason we hang onto them is because they hold the family favorites, those tried-and-true recipes that have been on the dessert buffets and groaning boards of every birthday celebration and holiday get-together. We also love old recipe boxes and cards because they are a piece of our family history. Alongside the batter splatters and grease spots can be found our Grandmother’s note, in her precious handwriting, instructing us to add a pinch of salt to the cornbread or to adjust the bake time of a troublesome pound cake recipe. Every recipe has a story that relates to our past (we call this Aunt Margaret’s cake because…, your grandma and I made these cookies when…)and an early morning browsing through the recipe tin can be as nostalgic as looking through the family photo album. If there is a new bride or novice cook on your guest list, gift her with a personalized recipe box so she can start her own traditions.
You need a place to store your cherished recipes.