Gramma’s Sugar Cookies ~ Mama’s White Fruit Cake, Crab Salad, Boiled Cookies ~ Mommy Binckley’s Chicken Perlo, Yellow Squash Casserole, Tartar Sauce ~ Bess’s Kibbee and Stuffed Grape Leaves ~ Gloria’s Fried Shrimp ~ Bill’s Irish Coffee with Susan’s 7 Layer Bars (one of the best dessert combinations evuh imho). In our files, precious recipes from family and friends shared around our table over the years!

Product related recipes that have become classics ~ Green Bean Casserole from Campbell’s ~ Jiffy’s Corn Souffle ~ Bisquick Sausage Cheese Balls ~ Jello Cake ~ Moo, Cluck, Oink ~ Peanut Butter Kisses ~ Rice Krispie Treats? Beloved recipes clipped off  boxes and bags. . . Are any of these in your recipe file?

Hip recipes that at one time or another were passed around and around and showed up at nearly every party over and over until a new “must-try” dish appeared? Seven Layer Salad ~ Broccoli Crunch ~ Spinach dip?

Recipes that define an era, a place, an event, a holiday ~ Cherries Jubilee ~ Fondue~ Caesar Salad ~ Fried Turkey ~ Birthday cakes? Don’t want to lose those!

And recipes from cookbooks and magazines so good that they have graced our tables again and again~ our new family recipes ~ Jumbo Shrimp Margarita ~ Hoppin John Taylor’s Shrimp and Grits ~ Steak Tournedos ~ soooo many.

How do you curate all those recipes so significant to you and your family? Do you copy/paste them into a notebook? Are they on 3×5 cards in a recipe box? Jotted down on scraps of papers, stuffed into drawers here and there? Saved on computer disks? What works best for you?

Around our table, off and on, we have talked about writing a family cookbook. Where do we begin? What criteria do we use for a recipe to make the cut? Mind boggling! Recently I realized I have been sharing favorite recipes in single subject booklets ~ to give as gifts or party favors ~ for a quite a while. When I finished my most recent book, I compiled a list of said booklets that I have “published.” Sometimes a single copy, sometime multiples. I was seriously surprised how many. I might be on to something here.

My latest? Probably one of my favorites! To celebrate decades of Halloween festivities, Captain Romance and I recently published a collection of stories, pictures, and recipes from years of Tricks and Treats at Ghoulton Abbey aka the Sidewalk House. It was great fun digging through the archives. Costumes! Jack-o-Lanterns! Recipes! Projects! Memories galore! After a successful first printing (eight), it is now in its 2nd printing. Woo Hoo! Today, we are offering a copy to one of our (lucky) blog readers. To enter, post a comment on how you curate your family recipes, your treasured recipes. Inspire us! Your entry will be placed in a hat and the winner will be drawn on November 9th.

PS ~ Even if you already have a first edition, you may enter. You might want to share with a friend or family member.

Meanwhile click below for a favorite Halloween recipe, not in the book. Have some friends for supper this weekend!


Trick? or Treat? Witch ever! It’s the little things at the Sidewalk House. Halloween Hugs to all our favorite ghouls, goblins, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, witches. . . .










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