We were excited to receive so many contest entries for August! The stories that we hear are so wonderful. Some are hysterically funny, and others are incredibly sweet. The number of memories we all have involving food, recipes, and family meals is amazing. Who doesn’t have a story of a recipe mishap, a disastorous holiday meal, or the picky eater in the family? These stories are priceless. Thank you for sharing them, and please continue to do so. Who knows you might win a free cookbook!!
The winner of a free Keepsake Cookbook for August is Stacie of Fairborn, Ohio. Congratulations Stacie!
Last December ten lucky winners won free Heirloom Cookbooks in our 10 Heirloom Book Contest. Each contest participant was asked to tell a story about a family recipe or meal. We received submissions from many states and loved reading the funny and sentimental stories that were shared with us. Thank you contest participants!
The following story by Sarah of Chino Hills, CA was a winner! Not only does this story make you wish you were in a warm kitchen, but it reminds us to hold on to our memories and to document the recipes that seasoned our childhoods…
“I came onto this website for one main reason! That reason happens to be because of my Nonni’s spaghetti sauce. She passed away when I was in 5th grade and I am now in my twenties. We were very close… She lived right around the corner and was the best Nonni ever! Who else would take you out of school early to go shopping?! Nonni used to pull out the stool in the kitchen and put me to work. We would make pasta from scratch, meatballs, sauce, and of course pizzeles. When my Nonni passed away it was really hard on my mom and me. We still think about her constantly- especially around the holidays. I would do anything to go back in time and write down every single ingredient in each of her recipes, but I was too young to think about things like that.
My mom did her best, but Nonni knew best. She didn’t use a cup of this, a teaspoon of that… she used a dash of this, a pinch of that, some here, some there. It is basically impossible to recreate the splendid things she made.
I came on this website to put together as many of my Nonni’s recipes that I could, supplementing with other recipes from friends and family. The title of my cookbook is ‘Mangia! Mangia!’ which means EAT! EAT! in Italian. My mom has no idea that I’m doing this for her, but I sure hope she enjoys it!”
Do you have a funny or memorable story about a family recipe? Share it with us, and you may win a FREE Keepsake Cookbook. This contest begins on the first day of each month and continues until the very last day of the month. Enter today for your chance to win! Click here to go to our contest.
I apologize for my absence on the SI Blog over the last month. Isn’t the Holiday season wild? While I really did miss blogging, the SI team and I enjoyed a wonderful and busy Holiday season helping our community create cookbooks. It was such a joy to help families make such meaningful and thoughtful gifts to give their loved ones.
Maybe it’s just me, but after the Holiday season each year I get into major nesting mode! I like to organize my home and office and re-evaluate my priorities, goals, etc., for the new year. It’s so refreshing to start the new year knowing exactly what I want to accomplish in the upcoming year!
I also realized in my 2007 planning that this is the perfect time to re-evaluate my family traditions and to decide on some projects to celebrate my family ties and loved one during the new year. For example, I decided that I would write my niece and nephew a long letter at each holiday this year. I also decided that I would send my mother and sister my new favorite recipes every couple of months, so that we can continue to expand our collection together!
What are your goals for 2007? If you are looking for a great family project to look forward to, consider making your family cookbook in 2007! U.S. News & World Report agrees! They included “Write Your Family Cookbook” in an article titled “50 Ways to Improve Your Life” in their Dec. 25-Jan. 1 issue.
Speaking of exciting events & ideas for 2007, Secret Ingredients has many things for you to look forward to:
- January Special: Get 10% off your Keepsake Orders in January! Simply enter the promo code “NewYear10″ at checkout for your discount.
- Win a FREE Keepsake in January: Enter our contest for your chance to win a FREE Keepsake cookbook! Click here for details.
- Wedding Keepsakes are coming March 1! These books are the perfect gift for your bridal party or guests. You will have a choice of six color options to match your celebration perfectly! Email us if you have questions.
Please let our team know how we can help you make 2007 memorable!
Also, remember that you may reorder your Keepsake and Heirloom cookbooks at any time. You may choose a new Keepsake cover and edit your title with each new order, so the books you made for Holiday gifts may be recreated for your family reunion this year. Also, if you would like to transfer your Heirloom recipes to create Keepsake cookbooks (or vice versa), we are happy to help.